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Twelve pupils complete Ten Tors in Dartmoor
This weekend, twelve pupils took part in the 61st Ten Tors event on Dartmoor – and the memories will live on forever!
The teams this year consisted of a C year group (35-miles) and an A3 year group (45-miles).
- Ottilie F (Team Leader)
- Eddie W (Deputy Team Leader)
- Myles A
- Abi P
- Oscar V
- Freddie T
- Emily S (Team Leader)
- Isla D (Deputy Team Leader)
- Hubie M-S
- Gabe R
- Jonty S
- Sephy W B
Head of Outdoor Education Duncan Curry commented: “Both teams performed incredibly well and were a credit to the school – we are immensely proud of you all!”
The Ten Tors Challenge is attempted by 2,400 teenagers in 400 teams of six. The teams navigate routes of 35, 45 or 55 miles (depending on age) over the Northern half of Dartmoor, visiting ten nominated tors / check points in under two days. Teams must be self-sufficient, carrying all that they need to complete their route and stay out overnight safely.
What followed was two days of hard graft and pure independence. There is no outside communication or support allowed, although the Army are on hand to manage the entire event.
Duncan Curry added: “The pupils have been training hard over the past few months to prepare themselves for the tough challenge, walking over 150km during these arduous training weekends. The main event is like no other, entirely organised by the British Army. There are helicopters flying overhead, field guns starting the event, top level military celebrities and an incredible sense of belonging and pride for all involved.”
After a 5am wake up on Saturday, the teams moved to the start line, the low mist and poor visibility created an eerie atmosphere, and as the smoke from the guns became visible through the mist, 2,400 pupils headed onto the moor with nervous anticipation. There are 32 routes in total, meaning the start is a chaotic few minutes, as teams try and get an early lead ahead of their rivals, whilst moving against teams going the opposite way.
Duncan Curry continued: “There will be many stories of deep peat bogs, challenging river crossings, low mist and endless hills. Poor visibility on the high moor created some interesting moments for both teams but the skills and knowledge from the training allowed the pupils to confidently navigate throughout.
“Both teams made it through to the finish line in good time with sore backs, sore feet, soaking wet, blisters on blisters but with an overall sense of pride and achievement. Standing tall to receive their medals with proud parents watching on is a moment to remember for them all. It may take a few days for the pain to recede and maybe longer for the blisters to heal but the incredible memories of the weekend will last forever.”