Monkton finish impressively at Ten Tors
Tuesday, 17 May 2016
This year was the first year Monkton Combe has entered Ten Tors and an enthusiastic group of Year 10 boys jumped at the opportunity to participate in this renowned challenge. The training put the team through their paces in a variety of conditions although the glorious sunshine of the actual event was a pleasant surprise. Unfortunately Henry Fletcher, who had trained with the team, had to pull out so the six representatives included: George Shaw, Joss Wheeldon, Alex Murchison, Euan Haigh, Nick Pritchard and Ed Hooper. The boys were confident in their stamina and navigation but really had to pull together as a team early on the first day. A promising start saw them through their first Tor extremely early but a slight mishap meant they visited their third checkpoint before the second checkpoint, therefore having to revisit the Nodden Gate again. Supporters and staff nervously watched the live route checks online cautious of how far the team would get on their first day. The team managed to dig deep and worked hard to make up lost time and arrived at their 7th checkpoint - Kes Tor at 1830 (10 minutes before their cut off time) allowing them to cruise into their 8th checkpoint - Fernworthy for a well earned rest and sleep. An early start saw the team ready to leave at 6am prompt. They had enough gas left in the tank to meet their challenging target of finishing before 9am on the Sunday and were met by loud cheers of support and encouragement as they came down from off the moor.
The 2nd team to cross the line on the morning. They were very much a team and wanted to finish together. Please click here for more pictures from the event and enjoy the video of them crossing the finishing line. You can also see them interviewed by clicking on this link which will take you to the Torquay Herald.