Outdoor Education (continued)

On the Friday both teams completed their required briefings and scrutiny. The team then had to plan their route after being allocated Route G. Planning went well and the team developed an excellent strategy to get around the moor.

Saturday 5am we were awoken by a blaring chariots of fire soundtrack and made sure the team were ready and fed to undertake their challenge. We made our way up to Anthony Stile for the Ten Tors prayer and some inspiring words from the Officer Commanding the exercise. The cannon sounded and the team were off, in what was a sea of young people sprinting to get onto their routes.

sprain I have seen in my professional career and I’m disappointed the people supervising did not help by crashing them out because they must have been in a great deal of pain.

The team got into camp and settled for the evening and were determined with their start in the morning making excellent time to their first tor especially with an injured member. Sadly the team were crashed out upon getting to the Dartmoor Holming beam due to not making the required time. From a professional perspective, I feel that if the first aiders made a better decision regarding the twisted ankle this team would’ve completed the challenge. We are very proud of them, especially with them demonstrating leadership and teamwork to take care of their injured team mate.

Mr Fairnington, Outdoor Education Leader


Miss Hervey and I had the pleasure of joining the Jubilee Team on their bronze challenge. A 5.30 early morning start saw the team of 6 groggy but excited. By 7.30 we were at the start of the line with the boys raring to go. Sharing two large rucksacks between them, full of water, extra food and plenty of sweet treats, they began in high spirits.

Initially there was tracker difficulty, a cause for concern for us at base camp but this was resolved and we were able to keep track of the team and what they were doing but cannot be exactly sure of their timings along the route. Having reviewed the data the team did a good job of following their route with only a couple of errors. With a team member becoming injured early on with a twisted ankle the team demonstrated excellent team work, supporting them by removing weight on their pack and encouraging them. The injured member did a great job to keep going with what was is the worst

The foggy, downcast moor never once fazed them, chatting laughing and imagining themselves crossing the finish line like heroes. Reaching the halfway point saw them really blend as a team; checking if everyone around them was warm enough and had enough to eat and drink. The outstanding team took us all by surprise when we reached checkpoint 6 and found there was no one to stamp their card. Their incredible pace had resulted in beating the Jubilee Volunteers to their own checkpoint! They all found a fresh burst of energy and after a quick lunch, we soon saw the last checkpoint over the brow of the hill.

With the challenge drawing to a close the team pulled together and decided to cross the finish line as a team. They turned the final corner into Oakhampton Camp and the spectators cheered and clapped, the team beaming from ear to ear. In the last second, Jack leapt forward in front of the team and finished first. It was a test to their rapport, but in true team spirit

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