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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.
Kingswood School in Bath were the third team to cross the Ten Tors finish line:
The first three teams across the finishing line were: Churcher's College combined cadet force, Pilton Community College and Kingswood School.
More than 2,000 teenagers from across the West were out on Dartmoor this weekend for the annual Ten Tors challenge.
It's a gruelling test of survival and navigation, especially with the weather they had to deal with. We caught up with a team from Chew Valley School at the finish line.
Around 2,000 teenagers have completed the Ten Tors challenge on Dartmoor. Four hundred teams attempted to hike either 35, 45 or 55 miles across the national park in the annual event organised by the army.
Clare Forestier joined them.
230 students taken off Dartmoor for "minor injuries". Organisers say they were prepared for more incidents due to the poor weather.
First girls to finish 35 miles on the Ten Tors are from Chew Valley School.
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...
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.
More than 50 students have dropped out of the Ten Tors challenge on Dartmoor due to injury.