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COLYTON GRAMMAR SCHOOL
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TEN TORS

Ten Tors is a challenge for 14-18 year olds from schools and youth organisations. Teams of six have to walk 35, 45 or 55 miles across Dartmoor, visiting ten tors on the way. Leaving at 7am on Saturday, they have to be completely self-sufficient, camp overnight on the moor and return to Okehampton Camp by 5pm on Sunday.  Colyton Grammar School has a proud history of involvement in the event and entered four teams in 2016.

With strong winds and heavy rain, the four teams set out on Saturday 9 May 2016, to walk across Dartmoor in two days, along with some 2,000 others. 

In an experiment, the 35 mile team contained some younger (Year 9) students for the first time and they stormed round, arriving back at Okehampton Camp at just after 11am on Sunday morning. 

In a spectacular display of fitness and team spirit, the first of the two 45 mile teams arrived back eight minutes before the 35 milers, despite having done an additional 10 miles.  They were only narrowly beaten, being one of the first teams on their route.

No doubt as a consequence of the good reputation Colyton has in the competition, we were allowed to have an additional 45 mile team, which enabled an additional six students to take part. They again exceeded expectations, arriving back with 2.5 hours to spare and fully justifying their selection. 

The 55 mile team achieved the unbelievable feat of walking over 35 miles in one day, continuing to walk for 14 hours until it was nearly dark. They arrived back at the quite staggering time of 13:51, less than three hours after the 35’s. Some of the team even had the energy to jump around at the end to celebrate!

Congratulations to them all on a stupendous result all round!

The date for the 2017 Ten Tors Challenge is 5-7 May 2017 and here is a link to the official website.

Introductory letter for parents -

PROPOSED TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR 2016/17

Sunday 2 Oct 2016
(18 miles)
Sidmouth Area
Footpaths & byways around Sidmouth.

Sunday 16 Oct 2016 (approx. 16 miles)
Haytor & Hameldown
Footpaths and tracks on the moor around Haytor and across Hameldown.
An introduction to map reading and walking on Dartmoor.

Sunday 5 Feb 2017
South Dartmoor walk (14 miles)
Micro-navigation training.
Hopefully poor visibility to make this more challenging!

Saturday 25 Feb 2017
South Dartmoor walk & Navigation Practice
A chance to develop team skills and practise navigation.

Sat 18 & Sun 19 March 2017
North Moor Camping Weekend (24+ miles)
North Moor walk with full expedition equipment, camp overnight, then a shorter walk on Sunday.

Sat 1 & Sun 2 April 2017
Practice Expedition (30+ miles)
With full expedition equipment. Wild camping. 

Friday 21 - Saturday 22 April 2017
Team Training
Final training for the teams only. Late walk, wild camp and early start.

Friday 5 - Sunday 7 May 2017
TEN TORS CHALLENGE

Final preparations in school on Friday morning, arrive at Okehampton Camp early Friday afternoon.

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