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Ten Tors 2017


In this year’s Ten Tors event Canford CCF entered two 35 mile teams and I am delighted to report that both teams completed the challenge in good health. The challenge involves navigating a team of six over the demanding terrain of Dartmoor’s beautiful National Park. It is an extreme physical and mental challenge, carrying a heavy rucksack containing everything for self-sufficiency over the 36 hours of the challenge. Some 2,400 individuals from all over the country are set off at 0700 on the second Saturday of May each year in the hope of completing their Ten Tors by the Sunday at 1700.

This year the event was orchestrated by OC soon to be Brigadier James Coote who went out of his way to meet  one of our teams not only out on the moor but also to see them finish (he has fond memories of completing the challenge himself in 1989 when global warming made the conditions considerable harsher of course…!) The walking conditions were favourable  this time - a real contrast to the extreme weather they experienced during their first training weekend! The smiles as they cross the finish line often mask the aches and pains of the journey but the sense of achievement is palpable.

This year's Ten Tors was a particularly special one as Canford teacher Rob Hooker received an award in recognition of over 15 years of voluntary service to Ten Tors!

Many congratulations go to the following pupils who took part, who all thoroughly deserved their medals:

Connie Doxat

Ella Heffner

Archie Hunter

Jack Carpenter

Alex Young

Tom Dodd

Jack Salmon

Sam Downey

Rob Thomas

Thomas Boucher

Emma Crinks

Zach Fenwick

Jessye Phillips

More pictures from the event can be viewed here.

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