Friday, May 16, 2014
Young adventurers from Exmouth Air Cadets have once again conquered the elements to complete this year’s Ten Tors challenge.
Two teams from 299 Squadron entered the event at the weekend, with a team of younger cadets, led by Cadet Jazz Hoe, entering the 35-mile route, and an older team led by Sergeant Dan Bagnall taking on the 45 miler.
Setting off at 7am on Saturday, the teams self-navigated their way across Dartmoor in strong wind and driving rain.
Returning on Sunday afternoon after a night out on the moor, the cadets crossed the finish line to cheers from their proud parents, with months of navigation training and wild camping having paid off.
The 35-mile team were also fortunate enough to be presented with their medals by Air Chief Marshal, Sir Peter Lord, a proud day indeed for all concerned.
The full line-up of the 35-mile team was Cadet Jazz Hoe, Sergeant Josh Morley, Cadet Jack Murdoch and Cadet Max Kilner.
The full 45-mile line-up was Sergeant Dan Bagnall, Sergeant Nick Sly, Sergeant Ollie Hackney, Corporal Richard Buston, Cadet Elliot Redhead and Cadet Arun Wangdi.
The cadets meet at their Exmouth headquarters at the top of Phear Park on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
The next intake will be on July 1, and anyone interested in joining – and being in the running for next year’s Ten Tors teams – can visit the website www.299exmouth.com to find out more.