Reserves and Cadets from across the South West attended this year’s Ten Tors and Jubilee Challenge in usually high numbers.
In total 26 Cadet units from across the South West were represented at the event, across all three distances of 35, 45 and 55 miles. The Cadets were among 2,400 young people between 14 and 19 who took part in the 56th event.
The event, which is the largest youth challenge in the UK, is organised by the Army’s Regional Command, Headquarters South West, and supported by the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy.
Reserves also play a key role in the running of the event, which is utilised as a training opportunity. Reserves from all services support the event in a number of ways, including manning checkpoints, providing team progress support, overseeing night time stops and supporting those who are unable to carry on.
Reserves from the Royal Wessex Yeomanry provide the Moor Support Group which monitors and reports on the welfare and progress of all participants throughout the Challenge. Any individual who is unable to continue will enter the ‘Fall-Out’ system, which is the responsibility of Royal Wessex Yeomanry soldiers.
6 Rifles, who has over 450 spare-time soldiers, are responsible for establishing, managing and administering Okehampton Camp in support of Ten Tors. They are joined by Reserves from 165 Port & Maritime Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps, who are the public’s first point of contact when reaching the camp. Reserves from the regiment are responsible for organising the parking of the 5,000 vehicles which use the camp over the course of the weekend, and ensure the traffic on the narrow access road keeps moving.
36th Signals Regiment is a Reserve unit based in Bristol. During the Ten Tors Challenge, Reserves from the unit provide communications and UK operationally experienced Royal Signals soldiers to support the operations rooms, support helicopters and check points, whilst also utilising the tracking and information management system to maintain situational awareness, and track the participants as they move across the moor.
Officer Cadets from both Bristol and Exeter University Officer Training Corps (UOTC) also provide support to the event. Officer Cadets from Bristol UOTC run the Start and Finish areas of the event and those from Exeter are responsible for the running of the Jubilee Challenge. Officer Cadets from Exeter will provide escorts for young people with disabilities, man check points to track the participant’s progress, and are ready to assist in the event of any problems.
Below is a list of the Cadet units who were represented;
– 13 (City of Exeter) Squadron(Sqn) Air Training Corps (ATC)
– Bristol & Gloucestershire Wing ATC
– St Peters Combined Cadet Force (CCF)
– Budmouth College CCF
– 1387 (Liskeard) Sqn ATC
– 197 (Devonport) Sqn ATC
– Bournemouth School CCF
– Devon Army Cadet Force (ACF)
– Monkton Combe CCF
– 2171 (West Plymouth) Sqn ATC
– Devon and Somerset Wing ATC
– 2377 (Plympton) Sqn ATC
– King’s Bruton CCF
– Wiltshire ACF
– 2381 (Ilminster) Sqn ATC
– Warminster School CCF
– Canford School CCF
– 299 (Exmouth) Sqn ATC
– 874 (Sherborne) Sqn ATC
– Sherborne School CCF
– Writhlington School CCF
– Dorset & Wiltshire Wing ATC
– Godolphin School CCF
– Cornwall ACF
– 2309 (University of Plymouth) Sqn ATC
– Heles School CCF