35-milers do it for Honiton

PUBLISHED: 14:14 13 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:48 15 June 2010

The team from Honiton Community College. Picture: Chris Temple-Murray

The team from Honiton Community College. Picture: Chris Temple-Murray

AFTER 13 training sessions, two teams from Honiton Community College stepped out to compete in last weekend's arduous Ten Tors competition in baking heat.

AFTER 13 training sessions, two teams from Honiton Community College stepped out to compete in last weekend's arduous Ten Tors competition - in baking heat.Those taking part were the ones who survived training and who showed the kind of spirit and determination needed to conquer Dartmoor.Taking the 45-mile route were 15 and 16-year-olds Hayley Spiller, Sarah Rouse, Kerri-Ann Upham, Tommy Wilkins, Matt Hammond and James Proctor.Walking 35 miles were 13 and 14-year-olds Tom Dunn, George Taylor, Winston Perry, Nathan Mugford, Corrie Payne and Lauren Strutt.Energy snacks were provided by Devonvale bakery, based at Heathpark Industrial Estate in Honiton.The company, owned by Keith and Trudy Upham, also provided sponsorship for team shirts. Their 16-year-old daughter, Kerri-Ann, was a member of the college's 45-mile team.Team manager Hugh Crawford, who teaches humanities and business studies at Honiton Community College, said students prepared for the challenge with initial walks on Woodbury Common, before progressing to Dartmoor.Day walks were gradually built up to take in whole weekends.Training started in December last year and, last Wednesday, team members were confident of giving the infamous challenge their very best shot.n The 45-mile team dropped out of the challenge on the second day, after completing the eighth tor.Members of the 35-mile team were awarded medals after completing the challenge in good time.

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