On Saturday 7th May fourteen students from South Molton Community College set off across Dartmoor to compete in one of the most arduous youth challenges in the UK, the Ten Tors Challenge.
The weekend started for the students with registration and scrutineering on Friday, the atmosphere was very exciting, especially fuelled with the sound of the helicopters! Radio Devon was at Ten Tors Base Camp and interviewed many participants, including SMCC. Will Wardle said he was “quite ecstatic, it’s nerve-racking whilst checking bags, we want to make sure it’s all ready for scrutineering.” The training over the past few weeks had gone well according to Alex Glasspool, he said “we’ve had two overnight stays which went very well, we’re looking forward to doing the event”.
The teams began their challenge at 7am with twelve year 10 students split into two teams undertaking 35 miles, led by Team Leaders Alex Glasspool and Will Wardle. Year 11 students, Emily Yelland and Belle Kennedy-Brown joined forces with Honiton Community College to complete the 45-mile challenge.
After twelve to fifteen hours hiking carrying their camping equipment and supplies, each weighing a maximum of 30lbs, the teams set up their camps for the night. By 6am Alex Glasspool’s team were the first of the three teams to be packed up and back on their feet. Unfortunately, Emma Sing, who was in Will Wardle’s team, was already carrying an injury prior to the event and made the hard decision to withdraw on Sunday in order not to jeopardise her team’s chances of finishing the challenge within the time limits.
All students put into practice the skills they had learnt over the past few weeks during their training sessions, led by Claire Campbell and Kay Willmott. They had to rely on their teamwork, navigation skills and resilience to finish the challenge and just after 3pm Sunday afternoon everyone was delighted to have crossed the finish line. Josh Thorne’s comment as he finished was “I can’t wait for next year!”