St Joseph’s School Ten Tors team were once again outstanding in their efforts as they completed their 35 mile course faster than any other team assigned the same route. Their blistering pace saw them arrive home at 9:50 am, placing them in the top ten out of over 350 teams competing over the 35 mile distance.
The team was made up of Year 10 pupils Joe Allen and Max Darwall, as well as Year 9 students Olivia Collings, Darcey Courtney-Bridgey, Arlen Morell-Davies and Chloe Smith. They showed a real competitive edge throughout, and a sense of teamwork that had shone through in training. They walked the first 8 Tors before camping on the Saturday evening, ensuring a good night’s sleep before setting off again at the permitted 6am start time.
The team is trained by Mr Sam Matthews and Mr Paul Hine. Team manager Mr Matthews said “This team have worked incredible hard over the training period and I had every confidence in them to achieve this challenge. Whilst the challenge is not a race, finishing so early and being first in from their route shows what a strong group these pupils are in terms of mental and physical fitness. They were superbly led by Joe and had one of the finest navigators in Max to get them around the moor.”
Despite their exhaustion, Chloe and Olivia, and a very proud Mrs Smith, had time to stop for an interview with the ITV West Country news crew on hand, and it was apparent to all ITV viewers just how much the girls – and the whole team – had gained from this unique experience.
Headteacher Mr Oliver Scott said “I am so proud of all the children have achieved, and the efforts of our outstanding staff to provide these opportunities for our pupils. We teach teamwork resilience and independence as key values for at St Joseph’s School, and to see these exemplified by Mr Matthews and his team is fantastic. They deserve every credit for what they have achieved, their success is quite remarkable.”