Ten Tors 2022 Success!
Well done everyone! After months of hard work and training, 17 out of 18 students successfully completed the Ten Tors Challenge 2022 last weekend, made increasingly hard by the extremely hot and dry conditions down on Dartmoor. They battled through carrying 10-20kg rucksacks with tents, stoves, waterproofs, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, food, first aid kits etc and were totally self-sufficient during the event.
Friday - Navigators planned and discussed routes at JOG, completed a final equipment check, loaded up minibuses and headed down to Okehampton Army Camp, joining up with around 3,000 participants from other schools, around 1,500 other staff and a large military and medical teams.
Friday night - Great chilli enjoyed by all from Smoky Bill, and students enjoyed the atmosphere, played football and played games with students from other schools.
Saturday - Students woke up at 0400, Smoky Bill served a full English breakfast at 0430 and at then started making their way up to the start line at 0545. Unfortunately the early-morning mist caused the parachute jump and helicopter fly-by to be cancelled, but after some inspiration words from South Pole Explorer Harpreet Kaur Chandi (Polar Preet), the cannon fired and the students set off to complete their challenge unaided.
Later in the day JOG Volunteer Iain Richards was presented with his silver medal for helping out with Ten Tors for over 15 years. Massively deserved and there will be hundreds of young people that have benefitted from Iain's expertise and guidance. Well done!
Sunday - All groups were on track when they camped - despite some delays (medical delay for 45-mile team, and KH had issues with their Emergency Tracker Beacon leading to incorrect data being temporarily transmitted to staff and parents!) We all nervously followed their progress online and at the camp Hangar and then went down to the line to cheer them over the finish line along with thousands of other parents. A wonderful achievement from a remarkable group of students - we're all so proud of them!
KH Route (38.8 miles) - BRONZE MEDALS
- Reuben Wood (C) - Year 10, Joseph Clark (Nav) - Year 9, Lucas Hessey-Knocks (Nav) - Year 9, Grace Scotney - Year 9, Gabriella Fyall - Year 9, Ayden Strawson - Year 9
LH Route (38.8 miles) - BRONZE MEDALS
- Leo Fitchen (C), Elliot Ward (Nav), Will Jackson (Nav), Rob Thomson, Connor McClean, Lewis Usher - All Year 10
UB Route (49.7 miles) - SILVER MEDALS
- Imogen Wood (C) - Year 12, Abi Davies (Nav) - Year 11, Luke Waldron - Year 11, Ryan Beale - Year 11, Amelia Patterson - Year 12 - Unfortunately George Berrelly (Nav) - Year 12 was removed from the event by medics on Saturday afternoon - suffering a migraine and nausea (probably heat related).
SUPERSTAR HELPERS / SUBS
- Mason Dagleish (Y9) Tom Fearon (Y9) Jasmin Green (Y10) Tom Jones (Y10)
Finally, massive thanks to the people who gave up countless days of their time to make this possible for our students - Volunteers Iain Richards, Bill & Jazzy Smith, Shaun White and to our dedicated staff Mrs Brooks and Mr Lord, and additionally thanks to Mr Skipp and Mr Reeves for their continued support in enabling our participation.
For some fabulous photos of our students please click the link below.