GTS Pupils tackle Dartmoor Ten Tors Challenge Triumphantly

Posted on: 13/05/2013

Three teams from Great Torrington School successfully completed the Ten Tors Challenge over the weekend 11th to 12th May. The teams have been training continually since November along with their teachers. This training
prepared them for the actual event which tested their navigation and camping skills, fitness, resolve and teamwork.

Two of the teams completed 35 mile routes whilst the third walked 45 miles. This year the conditions on the moor were some of the worst conditions that many involved in Ten Tors challenge have seen for quite some time. Miss McCarthy,
GTS Outdoor Education Leader praised the pupil on completing their challenge saying “for the last six months they have trained very hard, in every kind of imaginable conditions and they have truly done themselves proud, they are incredible”.

Mr Farmer, GTS Team Manager felt immensely proud of the girls 35 mile team saying “they stuck together as a team even though one member was starting to struggle. They shared the kit out and kept morale up by working together. They were
determined to finish as a team and they did. Throughout their training they took on board the feedback and navigated very well. They demonstrated respect for each other and I had every faith in them to finishing together”.

Miss Amos, Headteacher of Great Torrington School, “I would like to thank Miss McCarthy, Mr Farmer and Mr Jones and all the volunteers both staff and parents for the support they have given to our pupils over the last six months and during
the event and making it a great success”.

This is what the pupils had to say about their Ten Tors Challenge:

Sara-Jane Vanstone (35 mile team)

"The whole Ten Tors Challenge experience is emotional. I was so excited when I woke up on Saturday morning and I was looking forward to breakfast. I couldn’t believe it when I was standing on that start line and the cannon went off at 7am – it was ‘Wow’ this is the start of it. The experience taught me a lot about myself and that you really can do anything in your life, it was a big challenge. Approaching the finish line I could see my mum and it was extremely emotional, I would do it all over again for that one moment!"

Tom Davey (35 Mile Team)

"My brother did the Ten Tors challenge and so I wanted to complete it myself. It was horrible conditions, but we kept taking bearings and we had trained well. It was relief to reach the finish line and I am so pleased that I have completed the Ten Tors Challenge."

Emily Hookway (35 Mile Team)

"I have never done anything this tough before and I wanted to do a hard challenge and push myself, this is why I took up the Ten Tors Challenge. It was horrible weather but I thought that we have had a lot of training this year in poor weather conditions so I felt well prepared and we kept taking really good bearings. When we got to the 4th or 5th tor we didn’t feel we were going to make it in time because of the weather, so we slowed our pace down and kept checking our bearings. I was so glad to get to the finish line and complete. Amazing!"

Great Torrington School pupils who competed the Ten Tors Challenge 2013 are as follows:

Boys 35 mile team: Samuel Gilbert, Jordon Whitear, Oliver Kenneally, Ashleigh Deakin, Tom Davey, Alan Kerr.

Girls 35 mile team: Elizabeth Ward, Daisy Bazell, Phoebe Baker, Emily Hookway, Sara-Jane Vanstone and Katie Moores.

Mixed 45 mile team : Anna Gray, Chloe Kenneally, Henry D’Alberti-Nicholson, Harry Constable, Anna Chavasse and Harry Gilbert


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