A skiing accident broken leg didn’t stop the Commandant of Dartmoor Military Training Area from playing his part in the running of the annual Ten Tors Challenge. Lt Col (Retd) Tony Clark OBE late The Parachute Regiment took to Tramper to get around Dartmoor and Okehampton Camp to make sure that support for the Event ran smoothly.
The 47th Ten Tors challenged 2,400 teenagers in teams of six from the South West to walk between ten of Dartmoor’s rugged tors on routes of 35, 45 or 55 miles. Starting at 7am on the Saturday morning and with a compulsory night stop, the youngsters had to finish the challenge by 5pm on Sunday. Checked before departure to make sure the teams were properly equipped, thereafter they had to be totally self sufficient. Unlike 2007, when the Event had to be stopped because of heavy rain and swollen rivers, this year’s weather was clear and warm enabling most of the participants to finish. Those who were unable to meet the challenge fell out and were escorted back to Okehampton Camp by road to be reunited with their families.
In parallel, 250 less able youngsters challenged themselves to travel on foot, wheelchair or on crutches distances of up to 15 miles in a day. Tony Clark said ‘Using Tramper for the weekend, made me realise how much guts it takes to live with a disability and to achieve the Jubilee Challenge. I was humbled by their efforts.’
The Ten Tors Challenge is organised by 43 Wessex Brigade with the support of the Royal Navy, the Royal Air Force, the Defence Training Estate, the Dartmoor Rescue Group and the National Park Authority.
Its purpose is to develop self sufficiency and teamwork, fitness and stamina, and an understanding, love and respect for the special qualities of Dartmoor.