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Alternative Ten Tors Challenge

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With many events, sports fixtures and competitions being affected by lock down and social distancing, a number of our pupils were unable to take part in the annual Ten Tors Challenge back in May.

So, to provide them with an opportunity to use their navigation and other skills they developed during their training sessions in the Lent Term, our SSI S/Sgt Ron Mason devised an alternative 'Ten Tors' challenge on the first Sunday back at school.

Ron has been running the Ten Tors programme at King's for over 20 years and was keen to do something to mark the missed occasion. Hours of planning and preparation went into this, with ten new tors being named and located across the foothills of the Blackdown Hills. These tors were given names after our returning '55-mile' team of Upper Sixth leavers and a few members of our CCF staff team.

Starting from King's, the pupils (in their original two 35-mile, 45- and 55-mile teams) set off for the first tor, Milo's Mountain. Plotting their way along the route, the teams visited Biggsy's Bridge, Ramsden's Ridge, Potter's Pass, George's Jungle, Lucy's Lane, Patch's Peak, Pearson's Junction, Godfrey's Descent and Speyer's Home Leg, the latter being the place where our usual photographer and former King's pupil, Will Sykes, met the team to take the traditional Ten Tors team photos.

Commenting on the event and the idea behind it, Mr Mason said: "We were obviously disappointed not to be able to attend the main event in May. This is usually the pinnacle of the hard work and training the pupils have put in during the winter months across the Quantocks and Dartmoor. Seeing the pupils back at school and eager to get going was fantastic. Despite a couple of navigation errors, it was a great day and a great start to our CCF programme."

He added: "We are very much looking forward to starting the whole Ten Tors training process again at the start of January."

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