Stover entered its first ever team in to the Jubilee Challenge event this year. Our team consisted of Anna-Mae Cole (Captain), Maddy Hopson and Riccardo Munafo. And they were the 3rd team back in the whole event – fantastic!
Team Managers Colin Brown and Amanda Head are very proud of all of them. “We are so impressed with their commitment and determination to succeed, even when the going got really tough. The 35-mile team showed a great depth of maturity and we know they’ll all be back for another go next year.
Sidney Raynor (Captain), Jake Williams (Navigator), Orla Cahill, Ben Barker, Sam Hicks, Katja Tobias made up Stover’s 35 mile team. They finished in a time of 1352 hours and were the first team back on their particular route.
There were three levels of challenge which are over one of 26 specific routes; the bronze routes are 35 miles long for pupils aged 14 - 15 years. The silver routes are 45 miles long and open to 16 and 17 year olds. The gold routes are 55 miles long and open to 17 - 20 year olds.
The idea of the main challenge is for teams of youngsters to walk across Dartmoor on a set route which visits 'Ten Tors' and lasts over two days. The teams meet at the Okehampton Army Camp on the Friday where they prepare kit and camp overnight. On Saturday morning the teams set off at around 7.00am. The bronze participants must camp on a Tor whereas the silver and gold teams can camp anywhere on the moor. The next day the teams must have visited the furthest Tor on their route and return to the Okehampton camp by 17.00pm thus completing the expedition.
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