In just under 48 hours, Nick completed a 250-mile triathlon which saw him swim five miles, cycle 215 miles and run 30 miles in a circular route around the county.
The charity event, called the Devon Revolution, started on Friday, July 15 at 12.30pm at Axmouth harbour, with thanks to Axmouth Yacht Club, where Nick kick-started his challenge with a five mile sea swim to Branscombe, followed by a 215-mile bike ride along the South coast to Yelverton.
From there he followed the border of the county to the North Devon Coast past Barnstaple, before heading East across Exmoor to finish the leg at Hemyock. He then started his 30-mile road run across the Blackdown Hills, finishing on Sunday, July 17 just before 12.30pm.
A support team followed Nick on his route around Devon, providing spare equipment, first aid and moral support.
Dave O’Callaghan from Gentry and Partner supervised water safety in his boat, while White Horse Motors in Whitestone lent an Isuzu D-Max Yukon to follow Nick’s tracks throughout the weekend.
The support team consisted of past county chairman, Chris Berry, joined by county chairman Jake Henson, and members Sarah Bellew, Georgina Davie and Katie Maynard. Arena Screen kindly donated tops for the challenge, whilst Double U Print provided a banner for the truck.
Many members from across the county met Nick on his route to cheer him on, offer moral support and make donations. The Butland family from Yelverton hosted Nick and the support team on Friday evening, whilst the Manley family were hosts on the Saturday evening.
Chris Manley, chairman of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ joined Nick on part of the run.
Chris said: “We’re so proud of Nick’s achievements in completing this challenge and raising funds for the much-needed Rural Hub.
“The Hub will become the main office for young farmers across Devon enabling the charity to develop its services to young people within the county.
“Members past and present, and the general public have dug deep and shown their support to Nick throughout the weekend. It was great to see the support of everyone on ‘Facebook’ and ‘Twitter’ where you could track Nick on the challenge.”
With more than 1,600 members, Devon YFC supports young people in rural areas across the county, and is part of the wider National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs across England and Wales. The organisation provides training, competitions, sports and travel opportunities.
As well as being the central hub for the Devon YFC office, the new building in Cheriton Bishop will provide office space for local organisations and charities including the Farming Community Network, the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institute and the British Wool Marketing Board.
Currently Nick’s fundraising page has reached more than £7,500 and donations are still welcome. To sponsor Nick for his efforts and to help with the Devon YFC rural hub, visit: www.virginmoneygiving.com/DevonYFC .
Nick’s fundraising brings the total Rural Hub raised to £311,000 towards the £400,000 target.
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