Four incredible teams of determined pupils from Truro School joined 2400 other teenagers from across the Southwest for the annual Ten Tors challenge held in Dartmoor at the weekend. Friends, family and staff were there to cheer them across the finish line at the end of their incredible two-day challenge of endurance, navigating and survival.
This huge event starts and finishes at Okehampton Camp and is managed by the Army’s Headquarters South West with support from the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force, as well as civilian emergency services and volunteers.
The challenge sees teams of six navigate routes of 35, 45 or 55 miles over the North half of Dartmoor visiting ten nominated tors and checkpoints in under two days. All team members must individually carry everything they need to be self-sufficient for the entire challenge including one overnight campout on the moor. All 400 teams set off with only a compass and a map for navigation – no GPS and no smartphones allowed.
All four teams have been training hard for this over many wet and wintery weekends since October and have shown huge levels of commitment to the challenge and one another.
Mark Aston, Head of Outdoor Pursuits said “On the first day the teams walked from 7am until the evening, with some of the longer-distance teams walking well into the night. They were challenged by thick fog which made the navigation very tricky at times with all teams reaching their 6th or 7th tor, meaning they were well over halfway. They should be very proud!”
A big thank you to all our staff, parents and volunteers involved in the training, preparation and support for Ten Tors this weekend. It takes months of preparation, hard work and dedication from everyone involved. Heartfelt congratulations to our teams for their grit, resilience and teamwork. You have done us all proud. Well done!