PUPILS from Matravers School successfully conquered Dartmoor on Sunday, as all three of the school’s teams managed to successfully finish the Ten Tors challenge.
Despite terrible weather conditions, the 55-mile team consisting of Year 12 pupils Rob Morris, George Beer, Brad Foster, Dylan Tuck, Ryan Down and Clark Evans completed the distance at 3.52pm.
The team, which also completed the 35 and 45-mile treks in previous years, remarkably managed to cover the distance faster than the teams from the school carrying out the shorter distances.
The 35-mile team – Bertie Gmaj, Esme Humphrey, Bethany Brawn, Jonathon Kirk, Adam Hiscocks and Jessica Scott – finished at 4.37pm, and the 45-mile team four minutes later.
A team from John of Gaunt also completed the event, after previously having to be rescued by police due to bad weather during a practice run in April.
The 35-mile team of Sam Read, Ollie Cooper, Ben Gale, Chris Tracey, Rob Farrell and Tom Coller completed their distance with six minutes to spare.
The school’s 45-mile team also put in a valiant effort, but after injuries to two members they were fallen out by the Army after being deemed too slow.
Headteacher Andy Packer said: “I want to congratulate the group and I was pleased to see them back at school on Monday.”
St Laurence in Bradford on Avon’s 35-mile team finished with one member dropping out, while Warminster School’s 35-mile team retired at Tor 8.