Three Sidmouth College Ten Tors teams successfully crossed the finish line at the Ten Tors challenge last weekend.

Sidmouth Herald: The 55-mile team with their medals: Tom, Sam, Roman, Harriet, Olly, JamesSurviving the hot weather, rough terrain, heavy packs, navigation, blisters and aching bodies, twelve year 10 students completed the 35-mile hike over Dartmoor, and six year 12s hiked an incredible 55 miles over the two days.

Sidmouth Herald: One of the 35-mile teams: Ronan, Jude, James, Arden, Alfie, TomThe two 35-mile teams consisted of Abi, Alfie, Arden, Emily, George, James, Jude, Lily, Mazie, Ronan, Tom and Tom. The 55-mile team, all of whom successfully completed the 35 mile route in 2022 and the 45 mile challenge in 2023, consisted of Harriet, James, Olly, Roman, Sam and Tom. Not many participants achieve all three bronze, silver and gold awards, so this really is an exceptional achievement.

Sidmouth Herald: One of the 35-mile teams: Abi, Lily, Emily, Maizie, Tom, GeorgeBen Richards from Sidmouth College said: "As ever, we are immensely proud of our young people who took on this challenge and the months of training through the very wet winter months.

"It’s been a joy watching them all develop the skills, fitness, and teamwork required for the challenge.

"The spectacle of the final weekend really is a celebration of their resilience and achievement, and they should be very proud of themselves. It was great to share this moment with the students’ families on Sunday. Thanks goes out to the many people involved in supporting our 2024 Ten Tors participation, it really is a team effort each year."

He added that alongside the commitment from students to participate is the equally commendable commitment from the team of adults supporting and mentoring the students and enabling this opportunity.

He said: "Sidmouth College is very grateful to our experienced and skilled support team comprising numerous volunteers and College staff who give up their free time. Thanks also extends to the support students receive from their families.

"Sidmouth College Ten Tors would also like to thank the Sid Vale Association Keith Owen Fund who generously supported an application for £3,000 for Ten Tors equipment, and to Sidmouth Town Council who awarded Ten Tors money to support student participation. This support has been fundamental in enabling our students to participate and we are very grateful to these local bodies for recognising the value of Ten Tors in developing the young people of Sidmouth."