North Devon teenagers joined more than 2,000 other young people for the Ten Tors hike across Dartmoor at the weekend

The Ilfracombe Academy's Ten Tors team: Axel Harper, Jaz Smallridge, Lily Mills, Chanel De’Athe, Sam Walls, Connor Fitzgerald and reserves 
 Ellis Rees and Fin Ball. Picture: Ilfracombe AcademyThe Ilfracombe Academy's Ten Tors team: Axel Harper, Jaz Smallridge, Lily Mills, Chanel De’Athe, Sam Walls, Connor Fitzgerald and reserves Ellis Rees and Fin Ball. Picture: Ilfracombe Academy

North Devon teenagers joined hundreds of others out on the moors at the weekend for the annual Ten Tors challenge.

The gruelling trek saw teams of teens from schools across the South West taking part in 35, 45 and 55 mile treks across Dartmoor.

It also saw routes up to 15 miles in the Jubilee Challenge for children with physical or educational needs.

The event is organised by the Army and welcomes around 2,400 young people split into around 400 groups.

They navigate cross-country over moorland terrain carrying their own food, water and shelter.

Pilton Community College in Barnstaple put out two 35 mile teams and a 45 mile team; who all safely returned from the challenge in good time - the 45 mile team actually came in just before the 35 mile teams.

West Buckland School entered two teams - Team A, an all boys team, captained by Nathan Chambers and Team B, all girls team captained by Jade Freeman.

The boys finished in the top 10 teams, coming in at 9.15am on Sunday morning – a fantastic achievement, while the girls achieved a very respectable time to arrive at 12.30pm.

West Buckland headmaster Phillip Stapleton together with some parents of pupils taking part, cycled down from West Buckland to Okehampton to cheer the teams home.

Ilfracombe Academy students also took part, while Shebbear College entered four teams. Three faired well and completed their challenge in good times but unfortunately one had to drop out due to complications, but everyone was safe.

The Park Community School in Barnstaple’s 45 mile Ten Tors team had a successful event with the whole team completing the route at 12.16pm on Sunday. There were a few blisters but a great sense of achievement for them all. This is the fastest complete 45 mile team in recent memory.

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