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Eighteen King’s College pupils set out in driving rain to take part in the Ten Tors Challenge on Dartmoor last weekend.  Despite the atrocious conditions at the start, the weather was kind for the most part, even proving a little too hot at times.  Such dramatic changes in weather only add to the complexities of undertaking a challenge of this nature.  All three teams (35-mile, 45-mile and 55-mile) completed their respective distances and although a number of pupils returned distinctly foot weary, they were delighted to have successfully completed the event.

Brigadier Jez Bennett commented:  “Ten Tors is still the largest and foremost event of its kind in the British Isles, presenting real opportunities and challenges to bring out the very best in our young people, these young people who are the stars of our show [today].  To complete the challenges takes considerable commitment and determination not just from the individuals and teams participating, but also from the adult team managers and group leaders whose selfless commitment and dedication brings the experience and love of the adventure to new generations.”    2015 was the 55th Ten Tors event and one that all three teams will remember for a long time to come.  The 55-mile team, although a little worse for wear, have fond memories of taking part in the Ten Tors Challenge since being at King’s,  with this, their final event before heading off to university.  The 45-mile team were excited to be on the ITV Westcountry news earlier this week, being interviewed after they crossed the finish line, and the 35-mile team actually managed to get a few extra kilometres under their belts through a minor map reading error in the planning stages! The staff who led the event were immensely proud of all three teams; the boys and girls all showed exceptional teamwork, determination and resilience.

Photographer: Vicki Crandley