The College is celebrating its best ever result in the Ten Tors challenge that took place on 5-7 May 2017.
Having entered two teams for the event, the weekend saw twelve students travel to the rough terrain of Dartmoor, visiting ten nominated checkpoints during the two-day challenge. The teams had to be self-sufficient during the challenge, packing and carrying all necessary supplies, navigating routes and camping for the night. The challenge, organised by the Army, is considered one of the toughest events held for young people in the country.
The College students walked the 35 mile course (the hardest allowed for their age group), deciding on the second day to join as one large team to cross the finish line together. Their finish time of around 1pm was the earliest the College has ever celebrated finishing the event, for which every student is rightly proud.
Year 10 team leader and prefect, Jacob Cates, was thrilled with the teams’ result: “It was a phenomenal result for us. It was extremely tiring but a huge achievement for us all and we now have an award for life. We were all relieved when we took the decision to stop racing each other; it really brought us all together and crossing the finish line made the pain all worth it! Ten Tors has taught me the importance of teamwork, social skills and communication and I could not be prouder of my team and the chance to represent Newton Abbot College in such a positive way.”
Ten Tors has taught me the importance of teamwork, social skills and communication and I could not be prouder of my team and the chance to represent Newton Abbot College in such a positive way.Jacob Cates, Year 10