Ten Tors takes place for a weekend each May, when a total of 2,400 young people leave the Dartmoor market town of Okehampton and aim to walk over ten of the moor’s tors in a display of endurance and team work.
The annual event is organised by the British Army and includes teams from schools and clubs around the country, although many of the entrants are from the West Country. Thousands of supportive spectators turn up to watch the event every year, and although it is not officially a race the challenge is taken very seriously by those who enter.
The Ten Tors is the only event of its kind, and with 400 teams taking part every year it’s also a huge one. The achievement is one that stays with those who complete it throughout their lives, and it’s always a great experience to be part of the atmosphere. The event is the only challenge walk in Britain aimed at young people in particular, and no matter what the weather the teams must complete the whole, rugged route and transport all of the necessary equipment safely.