Bedminster Down School

Fine finish for Ten Tors Teams

A dozen students from Bedminster Down School successfully complete the tough Dartmoor Ten Tors challenge this weekend.

For the first time in several years teams were entered for both the 35 and 45 mile events, both required months of selection and training to reach the right level of physical and mental fitness to compete.  Students were from years 9, 10 and 11.

Bedminster Down School teacher and Lead in Outdoor Education Steve Priday has been organising participation in the event for Bedminster Down School for the last five years with other members of the school staff.  Deputy Ten Tors Team Manager at Bedminster Down School, Matt Eagon said:

“Both our teams did very well and successfully completed the event without anyone dropping out.  They came in with very safe times with hours to spare as they managed to stick to the plans we had in place perfectly.

“This event has a very high drop out rate so we must be doing something right with three consecutive years of 100 per cent completions.   The majority of schools who take part are from the private sector and we’ve held our own despite having far less financial backing and resources.  The benefits of taking part are life-long for our students and I believe we’ve got good enough that success is now entrenched at the school at getting through Ten Tors.”

Alex Trowbridge is in his final year at Bedminster Down and has tried twice before to make the team before succeeding this year.  He was part of the 45 mile team and said:

“The mood at the end was a strange blend of happiness and exhaustion.  Not just for students but staff as well who have supported us in this quest since September.   I think we did our school and ourselves proud and although it’s the toughest thing I’ve ever done, I wouldn’t change a thing.”

The 35 miles team finished at 1241hrs and the 45 miles team finished at 1431hrs on Sunday 7the May, having set off at 0700hrs on Saturday.

The Ten Tors Challenge is organised by the Army, specifically Headquarters 1st Artillery Brigade & 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 ensure that none comes to lasting harm.

Total numbers taking part are limited to 2,400 individuals – four hundred teams of six teenagers.   The challenge always takes place during the second week of May.  Over the last 20 years the temperature has ranged from -2 C to 20.7 C and rainfall has reached 18.6mm in a day.