Adventure Learning News

Ten Tors 2017

Eighteen Launceston College students took on the Ten Tors challenge over the weekend and all did fantastically well, we entered two 35 mile teams and one 45 mile team and all three completed in impressive fashion crossing the finish line in the beautiful sunshine on Sunday.

The Ten Tors event is classed as a challenge and not a race as there are so many variables in the different routes available, weather conditions and teams personal aims, completing the event is a huge achievement for anybody. We had a fast 35 mile team last year who crossed the finish line at 09:36 on Sunday morning setting an impressive college record, this year we had a team led by Oscar Jones with this target in mind determined to try to beat this impressive time. They shot off at the start and exceeded expectations staying well ahead of route card times throughout and getting to their eight Tor, the furthest teams are allowed to get by the end of their first day. An early start on Sunday and a determined team saw them cross the finish line at 09:27 Sunday morning, shaving minutes off of last years’ time and achieving what they set out to do. The team consisted of ear ten students Oscar Jones, Joe Hunt, Tom Jewell, Charlie Waters, Corey Sillifant & Dominic Roberts.

Our second 35 mile team led by Lauren Goodman had different aims for the challenge, with some individuals having found elements of the training difficult they were focused on pulling together as a team and enjoying the experience that Ten Tors provides. They set out and found their stride early on keeping ahead of their route card times and working very strongly together, they reached their seventh tor by the end of the first day, which set them up very well for a strong finish on the second day. A good start on the Sunday saw them crossing the finish line at 12:36, another impressive finish with Abbie Taylor and Ashleigh Summersby in particular impressed with their own personal resilience the team very proud of what they had achieved. The team consisted of Lauren Goodman, Trystan Gwennap, Ashleigh Summersby, Abbie Taylor, Charlie Vickery and James Kenyon.

The 45 mile team all completed the 35 mile challenge last year in a very strong fashion and were determined to do the same this year. Archie Clarke, Monty Duncan-Adams, Max Dinnis, Geovann Labiel and Jonathan Henwood led by Charlie Tummon started the challenge strong and didn’t break pace throughout. Unlike the 35 mile challenge, teams taking on the longer distances are not allowed to camp at the manned checkpoints and have to camp at least 1km from the checkpoints and wake that bit earlier to reach their next checkpoint in time to check in at 06:00. They had planned to check into their 7th Tor and head to 1km outside their 8th by day one, the furthest they were permitted, and everything went to plan with the boys again walking ahead of route card time maintaining a 5.5km/hr pace throughout and crossing the finish line at 09:36 on Sunday morning, only ten minutes slower than their time last year with an extra 10 miles completed!

All teams have accomplished so much throughout training and during the event itself, they should all be very proud of their achievements and we as a training team are. Watching all of their development and progression throughout the seven month training programme has been very rewarding for us, and I am hugely grateful for all the volunteer staff and external volunteers giving up their time to make the student’s success possible. Huge thank you to Paul Oliver, Harriet Hunter, Sam Sparks, Sam Sharp and Dave Egford for their time, effort and hard work throughout the season and during the event.

Caroline Reade