Ten Tors

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Training for Ten Tors 2017

Coombe Dean students will be joining students from Plympton Academy (formerly Ridgeway School) and Devonport High School for Girls for a joint training schedule. This will be overseen by Mr Costin, a Royal Naval Officer with many years of Ten Tors experience. An established team of volunteers, who are used to working alongside staff from the two schools, will assist him. In addition, Coombe Dean staff, assisted by our own volunteers, will be involved throughout the training schedule. I will be coordinating the Coombe Dean support team, although I will not be present at every training event. However, we are very fortunate that Mr Hodges, a Deputy Headteacher at a Plymouth primary school, qualified Mountain Leader and experienced member of the Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team, has agreed to be responsible for training our 35 mile students. Mr Hodges will be involved in all aspects of training, except the Taster Walk on Sunday 16 October.

The table below shows the dates for the training schedule. To be considered for either the 35 or 45 teams, students will need to be committed to the training schedule. They should make every effort to ensure that they can attend all these dates. Teams will be selected on the basis of the observations made by staff throughout the training schedule. Remember, Ten Tors is a team challenge, and the best team is not always made up of the strongest individuals! That said, all students should seek to become as proficient as possible in all areas of the challenge: physical fitness, navigation, camp-craft, team work, first aid and group leadership.

More details about timings, routes, equipment etc. will be given prior to each event. Parents are asked to complete a standard Coombe Dean consent form (Click Here), which will be used throughout the training schedule. It is imperative that staff are informed of any changes to this during the course of the year.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of further assistance.

Richard Woodland
Headteacher (and qualified Mountain Leader with 17 years experience of training Ten Tors teams)

SUN 16 OCT 2016 TASTER WALK PRINCETOWN NEW STUDENTS ONLY
THUR 3 NOV 2016 PARENTS EVENING PLYMPTON ACADEMY  7 – 8.30PM
SAT 5 NOV 2016 INTRODUCTION TO NAVIGATION DEVONPORT HIGHSCHOOL FOR GIRLS 35s PLUS ANY NEW STUDENTS ON 45

9AM – 1PM

12/13 NOV 2016 PRACTICAL TRAINING WEEKEND GUTTER TOR SCOUT HUT 35s PLUS ANY NEW STUDENTS ON 45/55

TIME TBC

SAT 26 NOV 2016 DAY SACKS NORTH MOOR ALL TEAMS
SAT 10 DEC 2016 DAY SACKS NORTH MOOR ALL TEAMS
SAT 7 JAN 2017 DAY SACKS NORTH MOOR ALL TEAMS
SAT 21 JAN 2017 BACK PACKS (FULL KIT) NORTH MOOR ALL TEAMS
SAT 4 FEB 2017 BACK PACKS (FULL KIT) SOUTH MOOR ALL TEAMS
SAT 25 FEB 2017 BACK PACKS (FULL KIT) SOUTH MOOR ALL TEAMS
FRI 3 MAR 2017 NIGHT WALK/CAMP (EARLY FINISH SAT 4 MAR 17) 45+55 TEAMS
SAT 4 MAR 2017 TENT AND TRANGIA PRACTICALS PLYMPTON ACADEMY 35 TEAMS ONLY
WED 8 MAR 17 (TBC) KIT CHECK TBC ALL NEW STUDENTS
11-12 MAR 2017 WEEKEND CAMP
(FOX AND HOUNDS)
NORTH MOOR ALL TEAMS
25-26 MAR 2017 WEEKEND CAMP
(WILD CAMP DOE TOR)
NORTH MOOR ALL TEAMS
22/23 APRIL 2017 WEEKEND CAMP – EARLY FINISH SUNDAY
(BLACK TOR)
SOUTH MOOR ALL TEAMS
SAT 29 APRIL 2017 COMPLIANCE BRIEF & TEAM EQUIPMENT KIT CHECK PLYMPTON ACADEMY ALL SELECTED TEAM MEMBERS
6-7 MAY 2017 TEN TORS 2017 START & FINISH AT OKEHAMPTON CAMP ALL SELECTED TEAM MEMBERS

To read the news post on Ten Tors 2016 – Click Here

TEN TORS

When is it? – May 6th and 7th 2017

Who can take part? – Anybody in Year 10 – 13


What is it all about?
  – Ten Tors is a very straight forward proposition.

(Exert from the Exeter University Website …)

“Think of a marathon – you’d need to cover 26 and a bit miles.  You’d need to be fit, and marathons are on roads, mostly.

But Ten Tors adds another ten miles – or, if you’re up for it, another twenty miles.  Or, if you’re insane, almost thirty miles to that original twenty-six.  Tough enough?

Now add the requirement that you stop, cook and eat at least two meals on your route – and that you sleep out overnight and carry everything with you that you need  – so add a tent, cooking gear, food, water and a sleeping bag to the stuff you’re going to carry.  Forget the road – you’ll do it over Dartmoor.  Dartmoor can be cruel, so add wet- and cold-weather gear to that pair of running shorts you had in mind, and to that load you’re going to cram into a rucksack.

About the route – forget those neat painted lines to guide you.  You’ll be told to visit ten tors specific to you that you have to check in at, and you’ll be told which ones they are on the morning before you start.  So there’s a bit of navigation, and Dartmoor’s tors  tend to be at the top of its many hills…

The good news is you’ve got twenty four hours to cover the ground.  But that’s a maximum.  (You’ll be stopped for your overnight camp at eight pm, and you won’t be allowed to start again before six.  If you don’t get home before five on Sunday afternoon – you don’t get home…).  And you’ll do it as part of a team of six – you’ll get a certificate if all six of you finish, but you’ll be pulled out if your team drops below four.

And you don’t have to run, the objective is to finish – Ten Tors isn’t a race!

The truly astonishing thing is that you – two thousand four hundred of you, every year for the last fifty years – volunteer, ask, want and even demand to do this!!
And the more incredible thing is that you’re too old to enter if you’re twenty.

Ten Tors is the toughest challenge there is, and you want to do it for the same reason people climb mountains, for the same reason people sail around the world – not to be the first, not even to be the fastest or the best;  you need to see if you can do it.  It’s not about the mountain, or the sea, or even Dartmoor – it’s about you, five mates, and whether you’ve got the drive, spirit and determination to keep going no matter what’s thrown at you on the way.   One man put it a whole lot more succinctly than I can:

“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” (Vince Lombardi  1913 – 1970)

What do I have to do to take part? –   See me without delay!

Read more on the challenge on the Ten Tors website: http://www.tentors.org.uk/

 

R Woodland