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Strong performances from all teams

Final Ten Tors training weekend

At last, a full weekend of good weather for the final Ten Tors Training weekend. And it needed to be given the ambitious and challenging routes that had been planned.

Starting from Belstone in the north east corner of Dartmoor, teams set of at 8am on Saturday morning to begin their anti-clockwise circuit of the north moor. Although this ground had been covered earlier in training, it was nice to be doing it in the opposite direction for once. Sparklingly clean air and strong sunlight allowed outstanding views and showed off the dramatic majesty of Dartmoor.

Heading off from Okement Hill towards Great Kneeset and then on to Sharp Tor was like entering a wilderness. But the strong sunlight was starting to take its toll. By Lane End there had been a number of fall-outs, some no doubt due to the heat. But the majority kept on going with great determination to the overnight wild campsite just south of Bellever Bridge.

Sheltered by forest to the west and with the East Dart river gently babbling by, the flat ground provided an idyllic location for resting weary bodies. Tents were soon up, meals prepared and eaten and sleeping bags settled into for a good rest in preparation for another day’s walking on Sunday.

The 6am start on Sunday was preceded by teams starting their morning routine at 5am. Heading north now teams struck out for Postbridge and Sittaford Tor before heading off in different directions to a range of check points. All the while Cosdon Beacon loomed large on the northern horizon: the penultimate check point on all routes. Ground was covered in surprisingly quick time with all teams making excellent progress on their routes.

The coach departed from Belstone for school at 2pm exactly as planned with a great weekend of training completed, strong performances by all teams, great endeavour shown by all walkers and a remarkable improvement in skills, determination and fitness in evidence.

Many thanks to the following members of the training team who supported this weekend’s training and have done so much to develop pupils’ outdoor skills during the training season: Mr Broughton, Mrs Broughton, Lt Col Clark, Mrs Clark, Mrs Coe, Mr Davidson, Mr Hayter, Mr Jackson, Mr Lines, Cdr Mimpriss, Mr Porter, Mr Pugh, Lt Col Purser, Mrs Sail, Mr Shorthouse, Maj Gen Thomas and Mr Vercoe.

Sadly this was Mr Shorthouse’s final event in support of training. After 10 years’ service he moves on to other adventures in Herefordshire where he has already been approached to join another school’s training team. As well as assisting with our Ten Tors training he has also been an active member of North Dartmoor Search and Rescue team. He has brought a wealth of experience and sound advice and has had an inspirational effect on many pupils; he will be greatly missed.