Friday 11th May to Sunday 13th May saw the annual Ten Tors challenge take place at Okehampton camp. On Friday, the two teams were given their routes and we spent the morning route planning at Haven Banks. Fortunately, the two routes we were given were ones that we had practised during training.
At lunchtime we set off for Okehampton Camp and spent the afternoon checking equipment and checking the route planning. The students then had some free time to go and explore the camp. In the evening, we had a meal together in the mess tent gratefully provided by Mrs Plowman.
At 5.00am on Saturday morning, we were woken to the sound of the ‘Chariots of Fire’ soundtrack and after a huge amount of bacon rolls, the two teams made their way to the start point. They witnessed an aerial display, the reading of the Ten Tors prayer and then the beginning of the challenge to the cannon being fired. 2400 young people all started at the same time across various different routes across Dartmoor.
An anxious time was had by staff and parents constantly staring at the website waiting for updates on the teams’ progress. Both teams made good progress and set up camp in good time on the Saturday.
Sunday was a bright day on Dartmoor and both teams made good progress and it was a pleasure and a relief to see them cross the finishing line and get their medals.
All students have shown incredible perseverance, commitment, team work and drive and are to be commended. Well done to all the finishers.