King’s kids complete gruelling Dartmoor challenge

All 30 of The King’s School’s adventurers completed last weekend’s arduous Ten Tors challenge on Dartmoor.

The teams began at 7am on Saturday morning, and the final group crossed the finishing line to the cheers of supporters at just after 4.30pm on Sunday afternoon.

Dave Nicholson, pastoral support worker at the schools, said: “Apart from some nasty blisters and aching muscles all the students enjoyed the challenge and will undoubtedly remember it for the rest of their lives.”

He also wanted to emphasise the team effort to get the pupils through the event from the 15 or so staff and volunteers, from the training walks to the practise trip to Okehampton and the event itself.

This was evidenced as Julian Page and Liz and Pete Shortland each received medals from the army for their work as volunteers over 11 years.

The students were part of the 2,500 strong group who took part in the annual event, where teams walk either 35. 45 or 55 mile routes across the national park, pictured above in pirate fancy dress are Bobby Caldwell, Lydia Fanzo, Grace Nicholson, Gareth Johnson, Ollie Weeks and James Hawkins.