Driving rain and gale force winds at this year’s Ten Tors challenge, along with a new route and a student injury resulted in one of the toughest expeditions yet for Camborne Science and International Academy.
A dozen students from CSIA made up two teams for both the 35 and 45 mile distances, seeing the groups navigating across Dartmoor, some of the toughest terrain in southern England.
Nuala Dalton, team manager at CSIA, said: “The Ten Tors challenge is about resilience, determination and team work and this year, our students demonstrated that more than ever before.
“One of our students in the 45 mile team injured his hip and the response from his fellow teammates was exemplary.
“They were so supportive of each other, carrying extra kit for their friend who was very disappointed but determined to keep going.”
Entrants trekked in blustery and torrential rain, relying on their navigational skill, teammate support and fitness - while carrying all of their amenities. The injured student was insistent on finishing the course but damage to his hip cartilage meant it was impossible.
“They were absolutely gutted not to complete the challenge,” added Nuala. “But we are all so immensely proud of what they achieved that weekend. They experienced what the Ten Tors is all about; instilling life skills and values, coping with setbacks and problem solving.”
CSIA’s 35 mile team completed the course and were greeted by joyous and relieved parents at the finish line.
“Our students pushed themselves to the limit in a brutal environment. In return of their months of hard work, as well as their determination during the challenge itself, is a life experience which will stay with them forever,” said Nuala.
Principal at CSIA Ian Kenworthy said: “I hope our students will look back on their Ten Tors challenge in the future and realise just what they achieved not just as a team but individually. It’s so much more than a trek across Dartmoor, it’s a life-changing experience.”