Clinton Devon Estates’ pedal power raising funds for FORCE

A team of eight from Clinton Devon Estates is once again taking on the gruelling Nello Cycle Challenge to raise money for local cancer charity, FORCE (Friends of the Oncology and Radiotherapy Centre, Exeter).


Clinton Devon Estates’ pedal power raising funds for FORCE

The team’s preparations are now well underway for the 19th annual event taking place on Sunday 24 June, which will see cyclists take on either a 100 mile or 55-mile circuit across Devon.

The challenge began in 2000 in memory of Topsham resident and cycling enthusiast Nello Ghezzo who lost his life to cancer. The chosen route was one of Nello’s favourites, offering challenging hills, exciting downhill sections and stunning scenery.

The challenge is not a race, but in the absence of competition there is an overriding determination to raise as much money as possible for the charity. Participants and their donors have raised an incredible £80,000 for FORCE since the race began.

In 2017, a team of seven from Clinton Devon Estates took on the challenge raising over £1,200. Estates Director, John Varley, was part of Clinton’s Nello team last year and will once again be taking on the 100-mile route.

John said: “The Nello Challenge is a tough event but is entirely worthwhile when you know it is for such a great cause and one that supports people within our community at a real time of need.”

FORCE strive to improve patient care by assisting in the purchase of advanced equipment and funding for vital research at the University of Exeter Medical School.

If you would like to sponsor the team, please donate via their Virgin Money Fundraiser page here. To find out more about the Nello Challenge, visit the event page here.

Handing over something more valuable than we have today,

– Estates ethos

We are trustees for life of the countryside

– 22nd Baron Clinton, 2002

Do what you can to elevate your profession. It is an honourable one

– Robert Lipscomb, Steward 1865 – 1892

…and the Lord Clinton was, by the whole Council, brought to the King’s presence, who after like thanks was given, was pleased that he should be made High Admiral of England and one of his Privy Council…

– Official record of appointment of 9th Baron Clinton as Lord High Admiral for life on 4th May 1550

But our power for good or evil in this world’s affairs in a countryside is enormous

– Robert Lipscomb, Steward 1865 – 1892