PE department prepares teens for intensive two-day hike

A team of four from a Plymouth secondary school have begun intensive training for the Ten Tors hill-walking challenge in May.

Plympton academy students Ellie Buxton, Malachi George, Christopher Mace and Kian Shepherd will compete in the annual challenge. Four hundred teams of teenagers will join them on Dartmoor.

The event – which is exclusively for young people – challenges students to undertake hikes of 35, 45 or 55 miles in under two days, while carrying their camping equipment for a night out in the elements.

The Plympton foursome has received support from the school’s PE team in preparation for the event, and recently completed an 18-mile trek as part of the training regime.

The team combined their training with pupils from Coombe Dean school, Devonport high school for girls and Plymouth high school for girls, also  entering teams in the challenge.

Bob Costin, a volunteer for the Ten Tors challenge who is managing the combined group’s training, said: “The weather can be really diverse on Dartmoor. In the practice walk we saw all four seasons in one day. The students all put in tremendous effort.”


Main: Students Malachi George and Christopher Mace brave the rain on a practice trek

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