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Ten Tors

Ten Tors 2018

More than 2,300 teenagers completed the annual Ten Tors challenge under sunny skies on Dartmoor.

The event organised by the Army’s South Western HQ in Okehampton, saw youngsters take on a 35, 45 or 55-mile route across the moors over the course of two days.

After heavy rain on Friday evening, the 400 teams of competitors were met with mainly dry conditions after setting off early on Saturday morning.  After months of training and preparation, teenagers walked 1 of their chosen routes in their teams.

The achievement medals were presented by Devon’s five-time Olympian Jo Pavey and Olympic rower Heather Stanning. The idea of the challenge is for the teenagers to become self-sufficient for the weekend – carrying everything they will need for the trek and making their own decisions.

They must rely on teamwork, navigational skills, grit and determination to succeed.

There can be no use of mobile phones or GPS and no adult intervention although each team is monitored in a military operations room manned 24 hours by both military and civilian staff via a GPS tracker, which not only gives their location but also enables them to contact the organisers in an emergency.

The event also features a Jubilee Challenge walk for children with physical or educational needs. More than 400 children walked courses ranging from just under eight miles on a road suitable for wheelchairs to a 15-mile cross-country route on the north of the moor.

Gordon’s School CCF entered two teams (1 boys and 1 girls) on different routes but both in the 35 mile / 55 kilometre (Bronze event).  Alice Cresswell and Elliot de Vere Green led the teams.

The girls’ team were Sadie Hibbins, Daisy Kenworthy, Ella Litjens, Emma Cohen, Emily Jones.  The boys' team were Theo Lee-Clarke, Jacob Duffin, Max Wynne, Luke Esperanca and Jesse Holmes. The girls completed the course in 19 hours 31 minutes and the boys in 21 hours.

Both teams did amazingly well, every single one of them dug deep to complete the challenge over the 2 days, they really are an inspiring bunch!

Many thanks to Sharon Fox and John Balmer for all there support over the weekend.

Ten tors 2017

Congratulations to the Gordon’s Ten Tor’s Team of 2017, who have now completed their Bronze challenge.

Congratulations to the Gordon’s Ten Tor’s Team of 2017, who completed the arduous 35 mile, (55 KM) Bronze challenge across Dartmoor in a time of 20 hours and 15 minutes.

 Over 400 teams from all over the country take part in the annual event, which is held during the first weekend of May, at Oakhampton Camp on Dartmoor.

The team representing Gordon’s school this year was led by team captain Cameron Colloff and team members, Holly McMullen, Magnus Jackson, Benji Holland, James Wigzell and Emily Garner.

Starting the challenge at 7am, along with another 2,400 students the team were challenged with having to navigate 35 miles across the moor through a series of 10 checkpoints manned by the Army.

The challenge is a test of endurance that participants must complete as a team without any outside assistance, being self-sufficient at all times. The team must also spend the night wild camping out on the moor.

The first day the team walked from 7am until 7:20pm with all their equipment, taking 12 hours and 20 minutes to complete seven of their 10 checkpoints.

The final day the team were helped by favourable weather conditions, completing the final three checkpoints in approximately eight hours and 20 minutes.

A fantastic achievement and an experience they will remember forever. Well done to all!

 

Ten Tors 2016

Congratulations to the Year 10 Gordon’s Ten Tors Team of 2016 who completed the arduous 35 mile (55 KM) Bronze challenge across Dartmoor in a time of 23 hours and 30 minutes.

Over 400 teams from all over the country take part in the annual event which is held during the first weekend of May at Oakhampton Camp on Dartmoor.

The team representing Gordon’s School this year was led by captain Katie Hancock and team members, Harry Bolland, Harry Gordon, Anna Blatchford, Grace Cresswell and Keavy Bye.

Starting the challenge at 7am alongside 2,400 other students the team were challenged with having to navigating 35 miles across the moor through a series of 10 checkpoints manned by the Army. 

The challenge is a test of endurance that participants must complete as a team without any outside assistance, being self-sufficient at all times. The team must also spend the night wild camping out on the moor.

The first day the team walked from 7am until 8pm with all their equipment, taking 13 hours to complete 6 of their 10 checkpoints. The final day the team were helped by favourable weather conditions, completing the final 4 checkpoints in approximately 10 hours.

A fantastic achievement and an experience they will remember forever. Well done to all.

Ten Tors 2015

Congratulations to the Gordon’s Ten Tors team who completed the challenge and crossed the finish line in Oakhampton Camp, Dartmoor in May. Pupils were Dan Farrow, David Hutchings, Gemma Wood, Lizzie Mosdell, Sophie Hay and Poppy Colloff. The team completed the challenge in just under 23 hours. Well done to all involved.