Air Cadets and volunteer staff from Devon & Somerset Wing of the Air Training Corps have returned from the Ten Tors Competition which was held this weekend.

One of the Wing’s teams completed the 55 mile section, another the 45 mile section,  whilst a further four teams completed the 35 mile challenge.

There may be many challenging outdoor events in Britain today, but Ten Tors stands alone in its scale, its ambition, and the fact that it is aimed solely at young people.

The event takes place every year on Dartmoor during the weekend following the May public holiday and is now firmly established in the collective consciousness of the South West. All those who attempt Ten Tors will undoubtedly remember it for the rest of their lives and for many it will be a life-changing experience.

Training for the event is the responsibility of the participants and starts months in advance. Completing Ten Tors is not easy, with the terrain, distances and often the climate all conspiring against success. It is achievable though with the right commitment, training, endurance and grit.

The event starts and finishes at Okehampton Camp and is organised by the Army’s Headquarters South West with support from the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force as well as civilian emergency services and volunteers.

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 / check points in under two days. Teams must be self-sufficient, carrying all they need to complete their route and stay out overnight safely.

Well done to all the Air Cadets who formed teams for the event this year.