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Ten Tors 2016

After a successful training period which began back in February when the temperatures were somewhat colder, eighteen pupils made it to the start line for the Jubilee Challenge Event 2016 all keen and raring to go. This year we had a real mixture of old hands and enthusiastic newcomers and in the end it turned out to be a vintage year with all 18 pupils completing their routes, an increase from last year. To say that all the teams performed outstandingly well is an understatement because everywhere you looked there were youngsters applying themselves to the task in hand and enjoying the challenge that had been set. One of the biggest challenges this year was trying to get Francesca’s electric 4-wheel drive buggy to become more reliable – easier said than done when the battery kept dying on the training sessions and the event itself. Still, all ended well and with a bit of muscle power, Francesca persevered to get over the line to get her much-deserved Bronze medal. This year stood out due to the mature way in which the teams conducted themselves, and in particular how they worked well together as a team. Altogether we had 7 Gold medals, 4 Silver medals and 7 Bronze medals with all four teams coming back earlier than expected. Worthy of special congratulations were the A team, consisting of Fred Rogers, Toby Watkinson-Biddulph, James Pound and Aaron Jones (all Gold), plus Conor O’Rourke (Silver) and Callum Taylor-Pratt (Bronze) who were not only completely independent of any adult but put in an amazingly fast time. Jessy Motteram also deserves mention for his strong showing in leading the B team, followed by rookies Robbie Daley and Jacob Yonwin who were exceptional. Let’s not forget our girls either – 6 this year, claiming two Golds (Charlotte Martin and Emily Martin), two Silvers (Sophie Sproston and Georgina Page) and two Bronzes (Ellie Caunter and Francesca Moss). Ten Tors has never been in better shape, and as one of the oldest traditions in the school remains as popular as ever. Thanks to all the staff who helped, as always – but especially Mr Wallace, Mr Cooper, Mr Choudhury and Jack Dale, plus Mrs Bradfield, Miss Dunne, Mrs Pitocco and Mrs Mowat. Roll on next year – come on Year 8s, it’s your chance to join up for the first time!!