After months of preparation across the UK’s toughest terrain, six teams of students from Writhlington School and Mendip Studio School, made their way to Okehampton Military Camp, on Dartmoor, ready to compete in the 2017 Ten Tors challenge.
Over 2,400 young people took part in this year’s challenge allocated over 24 different routes across Dartmoor. Three teams of students completed the 35 mile route, one team completed the 45 mile route, one team completed the 55 mile route and one team took part in the Jubilee Challenge.
Head of Outdoor Education, Nathan Marshall, commented
‘This really was an exceptional year for our students. All the routes are set ‘as the crow flies’ so realistically they are all walking much further than their allotted distances. The time and dedication shown by students is inspiring and we truly are incredibly proud of them.’
This year Ten Tors celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the Jubilee challenge. The Jubilee Challenge is a trekking expedition on northern Dartmoor designed specifically for young people with special needs, both physical and educational. Close to 400 participants are involved in the Jubilee Challenge each year entering as a member of a team or as an individual. Just like the Ten Tors Challenge, they are required to trek and navigate across northern Dartmoor to specified checkpoints.
Executive Headteacher, Mark Everett said:
‘This year we entered teams for every distance of the Ten Tors challenge, we are very proud of our outdoor education provision and believe the opportunities it offers to our students is invaluable.’