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Drop out rate for Ten Tors less than 10 per cent

First team to cross the finishing line

More than two thousand teenagers from across the West took part in the annual Ten Tors event this weekend. In teams of six, the 14-19 year olds walked routes of 35, 45 or 55 miles, depending on their age.

This year 365 teams entered, with 325 completing the course. The drop out rate was just under 10 per cent. After a shower on the start line, the weather was relatively good for the teenagers.

First across the line was the Combined Cadet Force from Churcher's College in Hampshire at 09:10. It's the second year in a row they've been the first team to finish the 35 mile course. They were closely followed by the teams from Pilton Community College in Barnstaple and Kingswood School in Bath.

Morale was high at the finish line, as tired teenagers were reunited with worried parents:

Now in its 55th year, the event has become one of the biggest tri-service military exercises in Britain. Brigadier Jez Bennett, who organises the event, says the challenge is now more important than ever - teaching teenagers to respect the outdoors and each other:

The teams of students, scouts, ramblers and cadets come from Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire. They start training months in advance, for what is often one of the toughest challenges of their lives. This weekend they have been tested to their limits - and many will be back again next year to do it all again.


First Teams across the line in Dartmoor

Churcher's College combined cadet force were first
First team across the line was the combined cadet force from Churcher's College, Hampshire Credit: ITV News

The first three teams across the finishing line were: Churcher's College combined cadet force, Pilton Community College and Kingswood School.

First teams across the finishing line
First teams across the finishing line

Schools struggle to meet demands for school dinners

Yesterday saw thousands of children across the West go back to school, and for many infants there was the added bonus of a free lunch.

The Government wants to ensure all 4 to 7 year olds get a hot dinner. But not all schools met yesterday's dealine. In Somerset alone, 15% of children will only have a cold lunch, because kitchens aren't ready. And a quarter of the new kitchens in Bristol schools have been delayed as suppliers struggle to meet demand. Ken Goodwin reports from a school in Gloucestershire.


Almost 3 thousand take on Ten Tors challenge

Almost 3 thousand young people are on Dartmoor this evening - pushing themselves to their limits - as this weekend they compete in Ten Tors Challenge. The event takes place ever year - but organiser say for 2014 it's got even harder.

A further 300 teenagers with disabilities are joining them for the jubilee challenge. Clare Forestier reports...

Car parks saturated at Ten Tors

A limited park and ride service will be operating from Okehampton College tomorrow as car parks are saturated on Dartmoor for the Ten Tors challenge.

"Due to further heavy rain falling over the course of today onto already saturated ground, the car parks in Okehampton Camp are increasingly impassable to all but the most robust 4X4 vehicles. Therefore, the successful but limited park and ride facility operated from Okehampton College today will be repeated on Sunday. There will be some limited car parking at the camp.

It must be stressed that 2 wheel-drive and small 4X4s will struggle with mobility. Traffic control will be coordinated in the town. Again, car share system for either park and ride or limited on site parking must be employed. This worked very well this morning and your further patience is greatly appreciated."

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