Intrepid Challengers Undertake Ten Tors Challenge
Last week, the three King’s College Ten Tors teams successfully completed their respective distances (35, 45, and 55 miles) in fine form, notching up some impressive times, despite carrying heavy loads and experiencing some very changeable Dartmoor weather.
The teams arrived at Okehampton Camp on the Friday afternoon, where they were greeted by an already established base camp. After a safety brief, the pupils knuckled down to route planning and kit administration, before heading to bed in preparation of an early start.
In the usual fashion, the campsite's tannoy system began its Saturday morning call at 5am with the theme from Chariots of Fire. This wake-up call informed the participants that they had just two hours before they were required to set off. As final preparations took place, our Headmaster spoke to the students to wish them the very best of luck.
After an impressive sky diving display by the Army and a countdown from Johnny Mercer MP, the 105mm artillery cannons fired at 7am sharp and our intrepid teams crossed the start line and embarked upon their gruelling routes across the finest terrain the South West has to offer.
By Sunday, the weather had brightened significantly and each team strolled in, exhausted, emotional but nonetheless elated.
This year marks the third and final outing on the challenge for Lottie Cannons and Gemma Bulbulian, having previously completed the 35 and 45 mile distances.
This year’s team members were:
55 Miles: Jack Mead, Bertie Williams, Charlie Lavender, Gemma Bulbulian, Lottie Cannons and Freya Wiessler.
45 Miles: Siji Abere, Rob Coombs, Harriet Fox, Zac Stickland, Ed Hunt and Ben Tingey.
35 Miles: Joss Chippendale, Andrew Sullens, Tom Richardson-Jones, George Glanvill. Lydia Thornhill and Camilla Campbell-Smith.