Hundreds of Reserves from across the South West have helped to successfully deliver the famous Ten Tors Challenge, which saw 2,400 young people take on a two day trek of either 35, 45 or 55 miles across the wilderness of Dartmoor.
The event is the largest youth challenge in the UK, and is organised by the Army’s Regional Command, Headquarters South West, and supported by the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy.
Reserves play an essential role in delivering 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.
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.
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.
Other local units that contributed to this year’s Ten Tors event are The Royal Wessex Yeomanry, 7 Military Intelligence, 10 Signal Regiment, 105 Battalion REME. They were also joined by 9 Regiment Royal Logistics Corps, a regular unit based in Wiltshire, who run the Moor Support Group.
Of course local Cadet Units were well represented amongst the teams of young people taking part. Congratulations to all of those who took part!