Seven Year 9 students from Fairfield High School were among 2,400 13+ year olds who recently took part in the Ten Tors Challenge on Dartmoor.
All of them completed the 35 mile challenge with Cabot District Scouts, an amazing achievement.
In order to achieve this, they undertook training during the past six months, starting with day hikes of 14+ miles going on to a final weekend challenge of 35 miles.
Over the weekend they were up at 5am Saturday to start walking at 7am. They carried rucksacks of approximately 30lbs and were completely self-sufficient until they completed the challenge on the Sunday afternoon.
Walking on Dartmoor is no easy feat due to the rough terrain. They had to plan their route around the 10 check points they are given and navigate the course (similar to Duke of Edinburgh). This challenge helps the walkers to become independent and great team players.
Jennifer Ross, Year 9 Achievement Co-ordinator at Fairfield High School explains:
“We are so proud of our students for their terrific achievement. Kyle, for example, did not know his team members well before the challenge, as they came from different Scout Troops. Understandably he was slightly apprehensive, but he overcame this huge challenge with the biggest smile on his face. Well done to all involved.”
Well done to the FHS students who took part, what a fantastic achievement!