Last weekend the School’s Ten Tors Team departed for Dartmoor and the gruelling 35 mile Ten Tors Bronze challenge. The team consisted of Rory Kavanagh (Capt), Jeremy Fox, Eva-Johannah Huelsman, Ellie Hill, Aaron Cook and Toby Huxtable.
The annual event sees 400 teams of six walkers attempt to navigate a 35, 45 or 55 mile route across the barren moor in under 36 hours. The weather is usually challenging and this year was certainly no different with sharp showers, hail at times and strong winds to contend with.
The team arrived at Okehampton Camp to receive a safety brief and go through a rigorous kit check to make sure they were well prepared for what lie ahead. The event started at 7am on Saturday morning when the massed groups were briefly blessed with a window of good weather and sunshine. The start was marked by a the Brigade Commander reciting the Ten Tors prayer (below), a helicopter fly past and the firing of an artillery piece. Not long after they set off, the DCS team found themselves walking into the inclement weather for the majority of their route. Their spirits were not dampened by this; they pushed on throughout the day, arriving at their seventh Tor to camp the night. The following morning at 6am they set off with the wind behind them and made very good time, eventually coming in 3rd of 10 on their route. The competition is not timed nor placed, as every team is competing against the moor and conditions. They returned to Okehampton Camp, the finishing post, at 12.15pm on Sunday, sore but elated to have completed the challenge; an endeavour that, once the aches and pains have subsided, will live with them for a lifetime.
The Ten Tors Prayer
O God who has made the Earth of great beauty, and who has given us the Spirit of Adventure, we thank you for the beauty of the world, for the courage and vigour of young people, for the companionship and for the opportunity to enjoy all these gifts.
We pray that you will keep them safe on this great venture and grant that they may meet each challenge and difficulty with unselfish courage and so find the true spirit of comradeship as shown to us by Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen