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Ten Tors 2018

Ten Tors 2018

This year’s Ten Tors 2018 challenge over the weekend of 11-13 May was a resounding success all round for Canford.  We entered two thirty five mile Fourth Form teams and, for the first time in a number of years, one Lower Sixth 45 mile team.  This annual challenge involves 400 teams of six who, depending on age, face hikes of 35, 45 or 55 miles (56, 72 or 88km) over the rough terrain of Dartmoor, visiting ten nominated tors / check points in under two days.  The teams must be self-sufficient, carrying all that they need to complete their route and stay out overnight safely.

The advance party set up camp in driving wind and rain and the forecast for the actual event caused a bit of concern. Luckily our Lower sixth team have a history of being “weather gods” and true to form, the clouds dispersed over Friday night and the event morning saw glorious sunshine over the moor.  Having been woken up at 0500, four hundred teams, mainly from across the southwest, made their way up to the start point entertained by parachutists and helicopters en route. After the traditional introductions, Ten Tors prayer and the bugle two artillery guns triggered the start of the challenge at precisely 0700.

The teams’ progress over the next 36 hours could be tracked online and it was very clear by the end of day one that all the teams were making excellent ground; each one getting to their predicted and preferred destinations in time for camp. Sunday morning saw more perfect walking conditions and with the wind in their sails and the end in sight, (it was all downhill from there…) all teams seemed to find extra strength and belief in themselves and romped home just before lunch and all within about half an hour of each other – possibly it was the thought of the famous post event pasty!

The smiles said it all, despite them masking a fair amount of discomfort/pain from various parts of the body!  We, the staff who had trained them, were immensely impressed and proud of the way they approached and undertook this event – a true team effort. Congratulations!

Fourth Form teams

Charlie Cameron, Charlie Anstee, Ed Loveridge, Lucy Norris, Eve Hewett, Will Hobden

Sasha Mowat, Gemma Kendall, Alice Milton, Samuel Smith, Will Yeatman, Matthew Butterfield


Lower Sixth team

Luke Reid, John Ireland, Patrick Perry, Will Hannah, Om Ramchandani, James Norris


For more information about the Ten Tors challenge, please visit

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Reporting by Rob Hooker, Ten Tors 2018 team manager