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09 May 2016

Ten Tors 2016

Two 35 mile teams of Canford pupils entered this year’s Ten Tors Challenge and both finished successfully with all six participants of each team setting off in different groups at 7am on Saturday and crossing the finish line just before 2pm on Sunday.  Their yomp around Dartmoor’s National Park produced some really painful and large blisters but the teams showed real determination and teamwork to complete the challenge. 

The Ten Tors Challenge is organised by the Army, specifically Headquarters 1st Artillery Brigade & South West, from its Moor Group Headquarters at Okehampton Camp. It is assisted by the Royal Navy (with manpower and helicopters), the Royal Air Force and the Dartmoor Rescue Group. It involves four hundred teams of six teenagers and is held each year in May.   The teams, depending on age, face hikes of 35, 45 or 55 miles (56, 72 or 88km) over the rough terrain of Dartmoor, visiting ten nominated tors / check points in under two days. The teams must be self-sufficient, carrying all that they need to complete their route and stay out overnight safely.

This year the weather conditions were favourable, making navigation straightforward but careful water management was needed to keep them hydrated throughout.  By chance the teams converged with two legs to go (about 11km) and they all came across the finish line together in one exhausted but happy bunch just before 2pm.  Many congratulations to all involved on a fantastic achievement!

Canford A= route JO                                     

Luke Reid (Team Leader), Martha Baldwin, Charlie Ford, Jordan Le Boutillier, Matt Ambrose-Hunt and Leo Bishop                        

Canford B= route LC

Gus Jarrold (Team Leader), John Ireland, Tallulah Judd, Patrick Perry, Om Ramchandani and James Norris

Reporting by Rob Hooker - Team Manager



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