Pictures: Ten Tors teams rise to the challenge

The Torridge Scouts team took part in Ten Tors in memory of Barrie Cadd. The Torridge Scouts team took part in Ten Tors in memory of Barrie Cadd.

Monday, May 12, 2014
11:24 AM

The 54th annual Dartmoor trek hailed a success, with more than 2,000 teenagers braving the foul weather, including two Bideford teams dedicating their effort to the memory of scout leader Barrie Cadd.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

The Great Torrington School team of Joel Anderson, Harry Lambert, Noah Stevens, Sam West, Kyra Reeves and Tertia-Tizane Kennedy-Matthews finished at 1.38pm on Sunday.The Great Torrington School team of Joel Anderson, Harry Lambert, Noah Stevens, Sam West, Kyra Reeves and Tertia-Tizane Kennedy-Matthews finished at 1.38pm on Sunday.

TWO teams of scouts from Bideford have taken part in the annual Ten Tors Challenge on Dartmoor in memory of one of their former leaders.

The groups from Torridge Explorer Scouts joined 2,250 teenagers for the two day hike across difficult terrain organised by the Army.

Weather conditions were described as ‘atrocious’, with teams battered by wet and windy weather, but organisers had brought in new routes this year to improve safety and reported eight out of 10 participants were able to finish, with 450 forced to dorp out.

More than 1,000 Army Reservists plus support vehicles, equipment and two Sea King helicopters from RNAS Yeovilton were on hand throughout the event.

The Great Torrington School team of Thomas Humphreys, Aidan Wright, James Brock, Sarah Adams, Jac Simpson and Oliver Chavasse finished at 3.20pm on Sunday.The Great Torrington School team of Thomas Humphreys, Aidan Wright, James Brock, Sarah Adams, Jac Simpson and Oliver Chavasse finished at 3.20pm on Sunday.

The Explorer scouts dedicated their effort to Barrie Cadd, who died last summer aged 23 in Spain’s Picos Mountains.*

This year was the first time Torridge Explorers had entered a 55 mile team, all of whom had previously been coached by Barrie, who also worked at Calvert Trust Exmoor.

Despite losing two members through injury they completed the trek within the allotted time. The 35 mile team was unfortunately forced to withdraw on Saturday night after three members were hit by injury and sickness.

Team manager Angela Moore praised the efforts of all the young people whose preparations had been severely affected by the weather during the run up to the event with access to Dartmoor being restricted, and said they were truly wonderful.

The start of Ten Tors 2014. Picture: Cpl Si Longworth RLC (Phot).The start of Ten Tors 2014. Picture: Cpl Si Longworth RLC (Phot).

Angela, who is stepping down as team manager after 14 years, said her team of dedicated leaders and helpers had been magnificent.

Other North Devon entrants included two teams of six from Great Torrington School, which both successfully completed the 35 mile challenge in good time, following months of training and determination in all weather conditions.

As well as the Army, support for Ten Tors came from the police, Dartmoor Search and Rescue and the British Red Cross.

Event director Brigadier Piers Hankinson said everyone had been accounted for and was now safely off the moor. He congratulated all teams and team members for their preparation and participation.

Scenes from the finish line at Ten Tors. Picture: Cpl Si Longworth RLC (Phot.)Scenes from the finish line at Ten Tors. Picture: Cpl Si Longworth RLC (Phot.)

* Barrie Cadd lost his life while assessing a Duke of Edinburgh expedition in Spain and was not climbing, as previously reported. We apologise for any distress that might have been caused by the initial incorrect report.

0 comments

Comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other North Devon Gazette visitors.


We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by North Devon Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Forgotten your password?


Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique North Devon Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Join our newsletter

Local Search 24 – North Devon
Looking for a:

Location:

Search radius:

North Devon's trusted business directory