Clinton Devon Estates completes the 100 mile Nello Cycle Challenge

On Sunday 25th June, a team of seven from Clinton Devon Estates took on the gruelling 100 mile Nello Challenge, with three more team members completing the challenging 55-mile route, to raise money for local cancer charity, FORCE (Friends of the Oncology and Radiotherapy Centre, Exeter).

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Clinton Devon Estates completes the 100 mile Nello Cycle Challenge

FORCE believe that those diagnosed with cancer deserve the best possible treatment and professional support close to home. Since 1987, the charity has been funding local research and buying equipment to improve patient care.

They offer physical, emotional, psychological and practical support for those who need it from their Cancer Support and Information Centre in the grounds of the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

John Varley, Estates Director and member of the Clinton Nello team 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.

“I would like to thank all of our generous sponsors and those who came to support us on the day. I’m proud of the team for agreeing to take on the challenge and for their hard work and commitment to completing the course, despite the slippery roads from recent rainfall.”

The Clinton Devon Estates team has so far raised over £1,200 of their £1,500 target. You can still support the team and help them reach their total by donating via their fundraising page here.

The first Nello cycle took place in 2000 in the memory of Topsham resident and cycling enthusiast Nello Ghezzo, who sadly lost his life to cancer. The chosen route was one of his favourites thanks to the stunning scenery, challenging hills and exciting downhill sections. You can read more about the Nello 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