Over 2000 teenagers from the Southwest attempted the daunting Ten Tors Challenge across Dartmoor, 18 from Wiltshire Army Cadet Force.
The two-day challenge, which is organised by the British Army, saw teams of 6 put their navigation and survival skills to the test. As they navigate routes of up to 55 miles across the rugged terrain of Dartmoor, all whilst being Self-sufficient and staying out overnight on the moors.
Wiltshire Army Cadets had 3 teams, 1 Junior and 2 Senior teams who navigated 35 miles and 45 miles respectively.
All 3 teams completed the challenge within the time frame allocated and received their well-earned Ten Tors Medals from Commandant Colonel Britt Haggerty and Deputy Commandant Lt Colonel Pete White
This year’s challenge was started by Colonel Professor Sir Jonathan Van-Tam MBE who is an Honorary Colonel to the Army Cadet Force Medical Volunteers
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/checkpoints in under two days. Teams must be self-sufficient, carrying all that they need to complete their route and stay out overnight safely.
Colonel Britt Haggerty, Commandant of Wiltshire ACF said,
“All our cadets who took part are awesome. Wilts ACF 35-mile team was the first ACF team to complete the event. We also had the most teams as an ACF. Only Wilts ACF had 45-mile teams. An outstanding effort by all cadets and the adults who trained them. The Deputy Commandant and I are very proud of you all, including the cadets who took part in other teams. Well done”