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We all hear about our intrepid Warminster Ten Tor teams, but what have they actually been getting up to?
22 Feb 2023
Written by ToucanTech Support

We all hear about our intrepid Warminster Ten Tor teams, but what have they actually been getting up to? How do they prepare? How much training is involved? How much self belief do they really have to have?

There are many challenging outdoor events, but Ten Tors stands alone in its scale, ambition and the fact that it is aimed solely at young people. The Event takes place every year on Dartmoor during the weekend following the May public holiday and is now firmly established in the collective consciousness of the South West. All those who attempt Ten Tors will undoubtedly remember it for the rest of their lives and for many it will be a life-changing experience.

The Ten Tors Challenge is attempted by 2,400 teenagers in 400 teams of six. The teams navigate routes of 35, 45 or 55 miles (depending on age) over Dartmoor, visiting ten nominated tors and check points in under two days. Teams must be self-sufficient, carrying all that they need to complete their route and stay out overnight safely.

45b Team member, Lottie, commented on the incredible atmosphere, “The atmosphere on arrival at Okehampton Camp on Friday afternoon, was already incredible, even without all the teams present. The camp at first glance didn’t seem to have the capacity to fit the 400 teams who were competing in, let alone the supporters, team managers and the military – but somehow it did. It was packed with nervous energy and eager anticipation for the next day and we all felt it.”

Our Teams have returned home to Warminster and have gained much from their experience of Dartmoor. Our successful 35 mile team member John, said:

“From Steeperton we had to reduce the pace as a lot of the members of our team fought their tiredness and pains to keep up. We made the short journey to Okement hill. Now finally we just had to make it up the long hill to our final checkpoint at High Willhays over unpathed terrain. Now was the final 5km down to the finish at Okehampton camp this would show the members of our team such as Seb and Rosie fighting their excitement to finish to stick together as a team as Archie was fighting an injury in his feet. We still made it across the line as a full team at the very good finish time of 12:54. I am really proud of our team for working together to not only achieve a good time but also ensure that we crossed the line as a team of 6.”

We must commend our pupils for their courage and perseverance, which was summed up perfectly by pupil, Tom Campbell-Barnard, in his report:

“We learnt many lessons over the weekend, but I think every member will take away something different. The most important thing though, is that everyone was willing to participate in the first place and as many famous sportsmen have said in one variation or another: ‘you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take’. While we missed the shot this time, there will be other shots and at least we gave ourselves a good chance rather than none at all. Besides, there is always next year, and for the year 11s the year after that, and while it might not be the same without Captain Holt, the challenge will remain as will our willingness to take the shot”.  

Many congratulations to the teams for taking part and most of all, inspiring our younger pupils.

Thank you to the parents and staff for supporting over the weekend.




Warminster School
Church Street, Warminster
Wiltshire,BA12 8PJ


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