Welcome to Ten Tors 2021

Welcome to the Ten Tors 2021 web site. You can look back on Ten Tors 2020 and previous years in the archive.


TT Secretary's Notices

Fri 22 Jan 2021 — Hill Skills’ Providers – Special Offer

Following on from the 18 Dec 20 Ten Tors Notice regarding adding value to your Ten Tors training, Mountain Training England, the National Governing Body, is offering a special deal to Ten Tors by waiving the application fee to schools and groups and Team Staff.

A special form follows, which you might find easier to complete than the usual form. Mountain Training England’s Chief Executive, Guy Jarvis, explains that Hill Skills Tutors are required to hold a Mountain Training Hill and Moorland Leader (HML) qualification as a minimum. He did explore the recognition of the Summer Moorland Leader (SML) qualification with the UK Boards but this was not accepted for quality assurance reasons. Instead, he is offering a funded ‘exemption from training’ route whereby qualified SML holders may directly attend an HML assessment to gain this UK qualification at no cost.

Details of the requirements, process and Application Form can be found in the link here.

Applications must be submitted before 5 Feb 21.


Fri 15 Jan 2021 — One day Ten Tors Challenge - a summary of the contingency plan

Should we not be able to run the full Ten Tors Challenge because of Covid-19 restrictions, lack of training time and/or no camping being permitted, our last contingency plan before cancelling is to hold a limited Ten Tors Challenge (TTC) involving one day events, with a third of the teams taking part on Fri 7th, Sat 8th and Sun 9th May (the Jubilee Challenge would continue to be held on the Sat).

The TTC would aim to be inclusive for those travelling long distances or having limited training opportunities. In planning the routes, our aim has been to support the maximum number of participants to succeed, while maintaining our usual high standards of safety.

The TTC would take place on the north end of North Dartmoor starting and finishing at Okehampton Camp. All the controls would be Safety Controls and, for additional safety, be vehicle accessible. The 11 clockwise and 11 anticlockwise routes would be 32.5 km for the 35 milers, 37.5 km for the 45 milers, and 42.5km for the 55 milers; this may be reviewed, depending on situational changes.

The kit list may be reviewed to reflect the activity being undertaken, and details will be promulgated if required. We are currently reviewing the safety requirements for the proposed one day events, and will distribute the details as necessary.

The Ten Tors Rules requiring training on Dartmoor are being reviewed, to ensure that the training is safe and appropriate.

Allocation of routes would take place on the Mon preceding the TTC, (Mon 3rd May), to allow teams additional time for planning their routes and for Team Managers to check them, as well as conduct briefings.

It is anticipated that teams will need to arrive at OKC by 0630 hrs on the morning of their event, and the finish would close at 1900hrs (although it is expected that most teams would finish earlier); these proposed timings will need to be confirmed.

To shorten the Registration process, information required for the safe running of the one day TTC will be collected by, Control Cards/Wrist Bands/ Rule Cards printed by, and other documentation completed by Team Mangers, as part of online Pre-Registration; this will result in a rapid check of the teams starting and the issuing of trackers, before teams continue to the start.

The start will be spread in a wider area than usual, as will the finish and presentation, to provide required separation.

The Army are keen to provide participants with a worthwhile challenge in May. The detail of it will depend on many factors, so planning remains flexible to cope with the situation and will benefit from your views. If you have any questions or suggestions, please address them to the Ten Tors Secretary


Wed 13 Jan 2021 — A message from Lieutenant Colonel Dom Maxwell-Batten - Event Coordinator

Dear Team Managers,

I hope you are all keeping well in these challenging times.

I wanted to personally give you a brief update on the plans for Ten Tors 21, and thank you for your patience and understanding.

At this time, we do not know what the format of this year’s Event will be, but please be assured that I will give you any information I have regarding the format of the Event as soon as possible. The options being considered are a full two day Event with COVID-19 measures or a number of one day Events with no overnight camping for teams.

If the physical Event is cancelled, our aspiration is to support Establishment-organised activities as part of a virtual Event. Our priority is to ensure the safety of all those involved in the Event, and our aspiration continues to be to deliver as full an Event as we feel it is safe, legal and appropriate to do.

Thank you again for your perseverance in these uncertain times, and please be assured that I will update you again as soon as I am able to.


Wed 6 Jan 2021 — Payment date change

Due to the current situation with COVID-19, we (the organisers’) have decided to delay payment again until further notice.

Rest assured, we are still working hard planning a safe event (in whatever format that maybe), if Government guidance permits it.

The moment any decisions have been made we will inform you as quickly as possible.


Sun 3 Jan 2021 — Payment date change

In light of the current COVID situation, payment has been delayed by a week and it will now open on the 11th January.

We don’t anticipate a decision on the type of event being run this year until the middle of January at the earliest.


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Headquarters South West

Event Director

Colonel NR Holmes (Neville) MBE