Ten Tors 2018

We’re pleased to announce that eighteen Downside pupils completed the Ten Tors challenge, this year. Two teams of six took part in the 35-mile challenge, and one team of six completed the 45-mile challenge. 

After a blessing from Fr Boniface upon departure, the pupils joined other teams at Okehampton Army Camp to attend a safety briefing and undergo a 100% random kit check (10% of all teams were selected, including one of our 35-Mile teams), as well as planning their routes; this included avoiding rare nesting bird areas and only crossing rivers at specific locations on the Moor.

The teams woke at 4am on Saturday morning, before heading to for St Anthony’s Stile for a 7am start. The weather was cool and rather cloudy throughout Saturday, and with good visibility the two 35-Mile teams managed to reach their eighth Tor before camping for the night at Stanton Farm. The 45-Mile team managed to make it to Tor seven.

Sunday was again fine and sunny, once the mist had cleared. Unfortunately one of our 35-Mile teams was held for one and a half hours, as their tracker had failed, before being given a new one, and sent on their way.

All three teams completed the challenge and were delighted to see several parents who had also managed to make it to the finish line to cheer them in. A very successful weekend indeed.