Year 8 Tackle the Exmoor Youth Challenge
Following weeks of preparation, hours of trekking, and a few victory selfies, 12 Year 8 pupils suited up, ready to tackle their final test: the 2019 Exmoor Youth Challenge.
Organised and hosted by The Rotary Club of Exmoor, the Youth Challenge is an annual competition that sees children aged 10-17 undertake a challenging walk on Exmoor. The trek itself requires teamwork, consideration, responsibility and endurance.
In the build up to the event, our Head of Outdoor Pursuits, David Hands, took the group on a number of test runs to advance their skills in compass work, pacing and navigation. Over the open terrain of Dartmoor, they were able to practise distance walking – giving them a flavour of things to come. The team also used pacing and bearings to help them in their navigational decisions, before venturing to the highest parts of the moorland where they stood triumphant on Black Tor.
On the day of the event, the air was cool, making it the perfect weather for a long day of walking. Decidedly nervous at the start, the pupils soon got into the swing of things and remembered all they had learned in the previous weeks. The children finished the 16 miles in an excellent time, with the boys placing third and the girls’ team seventh and eleventh respectively.
Commenting, David said: “It was great for the children to finally get to the challenge itself, having spent weeks of training in a variety of conditions. I am extremely proud of the teams for their efforts and they should all be pleased with their final results.”
He added: “My thanks must also go to Mrs Hayden-Briffet for her continued support, and to all of the parents and children for their company and enthusiasm throughout.”
Published on: Thursday, January 1, 1970