Training for Ten Tors 2018
Following the success of our teams in 2017 Coombe Dean students will once again be joining students from Plympton Academy and Devonport High School for Girls for a joint training programme. 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 schools, will assist him.
Coombe Dean students wishing to train for the event will be overseen by Mrs Hodges, assisted by our other staff, including myself, and our own team of volunteers. 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 once again agreed to support us.
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 either me or Mrs Hodges if you have any queries regarding Ten Tors 2018.
Headteacher (and qualified Mountain Leader with 18 years experience of training Ten Tors teams)
|SAT 21 OCT 2017||TASTER WALK||PRINCETOWN||FIRST SATURDAY OF HALF TERM|
|THUR 2 NOV 2017||PARENTS EVENING||TBC||TBC|
|SAT 4 NOV 2017||INTRODUCTION TO NAVIGATION||DEVONPORT HIGHSCHOOL FOR GIRLS|
|11/12 NOV 2017||PRACTICAL TRAINING WEEKEND||TBC||35s PLUS ANY NEW 45 AND 55 PARTICIPANTS|
|SAT 25 NOV 2017||DAY SACKS||NORTH MOOR||ALL TEAMS|
|SAT 9 DEC 2017||DAY SACKS||NORTH MOOR||ALL TEAMS|
|6 SAT JAN 2018||DAY SACKS||NORTH MOOR||ALL TEAMS|
|SAT 20 JAN 2018||BACK PACKS (FULL KIT)||NORTH MOOR||ALL TEAMS|
|SAT 3 FEB 2018||BACK PACKS (FULL KIT)||SOUTH MOOR||ALL TEAMS|
|SAT 24 FEB 2018||BACK PACKS (FULL KIT)||SOUTH MOOR||ALL TEAMS|
|FRI 2 MAR 2018||NIGHT WALK AND OVERNIGHT CAMP (EARLY FINISH SAT 3 MAR 18)||TBC||45+55 TEAMS|
|SAT 3 MAR 2018||TENT AND TRANGIA PRACTICALS AND KIT CHECK||COOMBE DEAN SCHOOL||35 TEAMS ONLY|
|10-11 MAR 2018||WEEKEND CAMP
(FOX AND HOUNDS)
|NORTH MOOR||ALL TEAMS|
|24-25 MAR 2018||WEEKEND CAMP
(WILD CAMP DOE TOR)
|NORTH MOOR||ALL TEAMS
NB. CLOCKS GO FORWARDS
|21/22 APRIL 2018||WEEKEND CAMP
(BLACK TOR) – EARLY FINISH SUNDAY
|SOUTH MOOR||ALL TEAMS|
|SAT 28 APRIL 2018||COMPLIANCE BRIEF FULL EQUIPMENT KIT CHECK||DEVONPORT HIGHSCHOOL FOR GIRLS||ALL SELECTED TEAM MEMBERS|
|11-13 MAY 2018||TEN TORS 2018||START & FINISH AT OKEHAMPTON CAMP||ALL SELECTED TEAM MEMBERS|
To read the news post on Ten Tors 2017 – Click Here
When is it? – May 11th and 13th 2018
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/