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Shebbear College pupils finish Ten Tors training session

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

TEN TORS: Shebbear College pupils finish A training challenge for Ten Tors. They are Stanley Hill, Anna Bennett, Jake Weeks, William Cox, Angus Cunningham, Lucy Ann Nadin and Heather Matthews.

TEN TORS: Shebbear College pupils finish A training challenge for Ten Tors. They are Stanley Hill, Anna Bennett, Jake Weeks, William Cox, Angus Cunningham, Lucy Ann Nadin and Heather Matthews.

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YOUNGSTERS from Shebbear College took part in a training session on Dartmoor in preparation for their next Ten Tors challenge.

The group completed their November practice walk which helped them learn about safety and staying on course.

Mark Charman, spokesman for the college, said: "It is quite tempting, especially when visibility is good, to divert across open ground to the next target Tor rather than to take a slightly longer route on a track.

"Leaving the track for open ground may result in dangerous conditions underfoot, such as wet and boggy ground and trip hazards.

"By comparison, sticking to the track is not only the safest option, but often the easiest."

The group started at Okehampton Camp and walked more than ten miles, tackling East Mill Tor, West Mill Tor, Yes Tor, High Willhays, Dinger Tor, Oke Tor and Belstone Tor.

Mr Charman said pupils took five hours to complete their mission.

He said: "The Ten Tors challenge, along with the training and preparation that it requires, is an experience which allows the pupils to learn valuable lessons in organisation, dedication and self-discipline."

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