Jubilee Challenge 2018

Throughout the weekend Emily, Sam and Hayden were fantastic. They did everything they were asked to do and more. They coped with the chemical toilets, looked out for each other and made their own lunches. They helped to ‘rescue’ the equipment and resources when Plymouth College’s tent was destroyed overnight Thursday, by wind and rain. They were praised by the scrutineers for the quality of their kit and having packed bags correctly  (even had carrots for the horses)! A big thank you to Mrs Reade and our own ten tors teams for the pizza and chips supper. After a hot chocolate night cap the team were bedded down by 10.30pm.We were then up at 5a.m. Saturday to wash and kit up. The temperature overnight had dropped to 10 C but all were warm in their tents. The evening had remained dry and the wind had dropped which made preparing to walk much easier. We all saw the helicopters carrying the cannon and the parachutists before watching the Ten Tors mass start. At 7.30 we were off. Thank you to all who came to wish us well.  Having been elected as team leader Sam proceeded to get the route card signed at each check point, on his own. Then, during the ascent of Okement Hill, the team rescued a fellow participant who had gone into a ditch with her electric chair. Both Hayden and Sam proved to be good pace setters and Emily kept up well. The weather remained favourable allowing us to take drink and snack stops at our leisure. After 4 ¾ hours the team organized their finish formation and decided as leader, Sam should be slightly in front as they walked together up to the finish line, which he proudly did. Having received their medals they waited patiently to be given a ‘well done cuddle’ from parents. Having walked so effectively and efficiently we were ‘in’ before parents got through the car park!! Other than general tiredness there were no blisters or injuries, just 3 pleased as punch students and 3 very proud families.

An enormous thank you to Ms Owen, Mrs Dearing, Mr Mitcheson, Ms Carlton and Mrs Wright  for their enthusiasm and commitment throughout the year and to all the wonderful people who made the effort to come over and see us in at the finish. Also to our sponsors The Waste company, Launceston. RPM signs, Chatteris (great banner, tees and clock). The Pasty House, Tavistock. The Fox and Hounds Hotel, Bridestowe. Lakeside café, Roadford.

Finally, thank you to  Dave Paver, Tony Clark, Captain Mc Dougall, Corporal ‘Adam’ of car park fame and all of the Ten Tors organizing committee- another brilliant event.

Bring on the 2019 challenge!