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Twelve Pupils Complete Ten Tors In Dartmoor

Published on isbi School News dated Tuesday 2nd of May 2023

This weekend, twelve pupils took part in the 61st Ten Tors event on Dartmoor – and the memories will live on forever!


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.

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