The Gryphon School Teams in Ten Tors Challenge
The Gryphon School entered two teams into this year’s Ten Tors Challenge on Dartmoor run by 1st Artillery Brigade. The twelve Gryphon students who took part have been training hard since September. The challenging weekend tests students’ navigation, endurance and teamwork over three different distances. Only 80 per cent of teams who start finish the event.
The Year 10 and Year 13 students who participated learnt navigational skills, first aid and the importance of teamwork as well as undertaking gruelling training walks around Mere Down, Cheddar Gorge and Dartmoor.
The Gryphon Teams benefitted from the help and experience of Sherborne School which regularly enters teams. The help of its staff was invaluable both during training and with backup logistics.
Hopes were high for the team from Year 10, attempting the 35 mile bronze route, and the team from Year 13 tackling the 55 mile route. The first day dawned wet and windy as both teams prepared to pit themselves against Dartmoor, the weather and the distances. Thankfully the weather brightened up and the Year 10 team completed the 35 miles route easily coming home nearly 5 hours inside the limit. Sadly, despite trying valiantly, the Year 13 team failed to make the cut off times and were ‘crashed out’ by the organisers.
Steve Hillier, Headteacher, said, ‘This is a famously arduous and challenging event and we are immensely proud of all the students who trained so hard and who took part. Our thanks also go to the Gryphon staff who made it possible by helping and supporting them.’
Photo Above: The Year 10 Team relaxing after the finish
Left to Right: George Goodfellow, Lewis Perry, Maddie Webster-Harris (Team Captain), Charlie Rohde, Jacob Brazier, Josh Whittick.