ER Response proud to sponsor Spires College Torquay for Ten Tors Challenge
ER Response were proud to sponsor Spires College, in Torquay, for the Ten Tors and Jubilee Challenge held on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May and are incredibly proud of their achievement. All four teams (two in the Jubilee, one on the 35 mile and one on the 45 mile routes) completed the challenge.
Rob Osborne, Managing Director, said, “The reason why we chose Spires College was due to the fact that one of our team’s sons was taking part in the event and we wanted to support this well established event. We are delighted to have been able to support the school as well as involved in the Ten Tors and will be looking at sponsorship next year.”
Nathan Moore, Pastoral Support Manager for Year 7 at Spires College, said, “The teams all did amazingly well, all four teams completed the challenge. We are so proud of the students for seeing the challenge through, the conditions were ideal, and the students made use of this and came in with a few hours to spare. As you can see the hoodies have been worn with pride, they have been worn for the last two days in school as well.
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.
Training for the Event is the responsibility of the participants’ Establishments and often starts months in advance. Completing Ten Tors is not easy with the terrain, distances and often the climate all conspiring against success. It is though achievable with the right commitment, training, endurance and grit: as the Event’s founder once said: “If there is anything more important than the will to succeed, it is that the will shall not falter.”
The Event starts and finishes at Okehampton Camp and is organised by the Army’s Headquarters South West with support from the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force as well as civilian emergency services and volunteers. It consists of two challenges, the Ten Tors Challenge and the Jubilee Challenge.
The Ten Tors Challenge
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 the Northern half of Dartmoor, visiting ten nominated tors / 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.
The Jubilee Challenge
The Jubilee Challenge is run closer to Okehampton Camp and is designed for young people aged between 14 and 21 with a range of challenging conditions. Participants enter as individuals or teams and complete one of several routes suited to their abilities.
Find out more about the Ten Tors challenge here >