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400 teams of 6 hike 35, 45 or 55 miles depending on age over the rough terrain of Dartmoor, visiting ten nominated tors or check points over two days. The teams must be self-sufficient & camp overnight.
'The impact Ten Tors has had on me is to push through the pain barrier and to keep going until you cross the finish line! To me, it means that now I have achieved the bronze 35 mile, I am going for gold 55 mile when I am old enough.' Misha Higgerson (35 mile)
The Ten Tors Challenge is organised by the Army, specifically Headquarters South West, from its Moor Group Headquarters at Okehampton Camp. It is assisted by the Royal Navy (with manpower and helicopters), the Royal Air Force and the Dartmoor Rescue Group: between them they oversee the participants and their safety.
The following Poltair students took part in Ten Tors 2018 last weekend:
- Jak Brassington (Team Leader)
- Misha Higgerson
- Morgan Holland
- Lewis McCullough
- Tom Preston-Harley
- Richard Weighill
- Jared Brown
- Rachael Hide
- Liam Williams
These students pushed themselves to their physical and mental limits and are an inspiration to others. They have trained on Dartmoor for the past 8 months in preparation for this weekend. They deserve to be acknowledged for the guts, commitment and determination they have shown repeatedly throughout the whole experience.
'Ten Tors has completely changed me as a person and it has changed my perspective on a lot of things. A few years ago I did not know about Ten Tors and now I have completed it twice. It is an amazing experience and an opportunity to find out about yourself and what you are capable of achieving - things that you would never have found before.' Jak Brassington (35 mile Team Leader)
Ten Tors changes everyone who is exposed to it; participant, parent, family, checker, Team Manager.
'Ten Tors has changed my life. I started in Year 9 and want to achieve more as a result. It has left me with a desire to succeed and a huge respect for Dartmoor. The weekend and season has been a unique experience but I am very grateful to Miss B for keeping 45 team hopes alive.' Liam Williams (45 mile)
As Team Manager, the journey for the young people involved is more than can be put into words. Eight months of training later, teams have united & created trust, belief & friendship in each other like no other. It really has been a test in survival of the fittest and the toughest 35 milers and an ongoing journey for how mentally strong young the 45 milers are. You are a credit to yourselves, your families and Poltair. I am proud to be a Team Manager & I am incredibly proud of my participants of 2018.
Helen Blackburn Poltair Ten Tors Team Manager (35 & 45 mile)
On Wednesday 25th April our group attended the KYBA Awards ceremony at The Eden Project. KYBA was formed 11 years ago as Cornwall's own book award. We read 6 books and voted on our favourite. When we went to Eden one of the activities was to help choose the next year's long book list.
This year Ali Sparks hosted the event and had us all laughing, she had been one of the authors of the 6 books last year, but didn't manage to win. Other schools did presentations about their favourite books and the author's present made speeches and the ones that were unable to attend sent videos.
We had the opportunity to purchase books and get them signed by the authors during the break.
A presentation on Goldfish Boy won, it was very interesting and combined music and poetry into it, this year's winner was Haunt Me by Liz Kessler. We felt it was well deserved as we had enjoyed it. We look forward to taking part again next year.
Thanks to Mrs Braithwaite and Mrs Hancock for their support with this.
The KYBA team