COVID: Army-Led Ten Tors Trek Event Cancelled

The Army-led event, which had been set for May, will no longer take place but organisers say a virtual substitute is being planned.

One of the UK's biggest outdoor adventure events for young people has been cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions.

Ten Tors 2021, was due to take place over the weekend of 8 and 9 May and would have seen teams navigate routes of 35, 45, or 55 miles over the northern half of Dartmoor, visiting 10 checkpoints in under two days.

Led by the British Army's Headquarters South West, based in the heart of Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, the event would have involved 1,000 reserve and regular personnel from all three services in the region.

It would also have included partner agencies, such as the Duchy of Cornwall, British Red Cross, Dartmoor National Park, Devon and Cornwall Police, local authorities and a host of volunteer organisations.

It is the second time the annual challenge has been cancelled due to COVID-19 in its 61-year history.

However, organisers say there will be opportunities for those missing out to take part in virtual events.

Ten Tors' first all-girls team cross the finish line in 2019.

In a statement Colonel Neville Holmes, Commander Headquarters South West and director of Ten Tors, said: "It is with regret that I have to announce it is no longer possible to hold a physical Ten Tors event on Dartmoor this May.

"As you know, we have been working closely with the local authorities and Ten Tors Policy Committee to plan a safe and enjoyable event but the restrictions that will still be in place over that period mean this is no longer possible.

"I know this will be a huge disappointment to many, however, given that safety is always our number one priority, I hope you understand.

"We are planning to enable a virtual event which teams may wish to conduct closer to home during 2021 to keep the Ten Tors 'flame alive'.  

"I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the enablers and volunteers who continue to support the event and hope that we will be able to deliver a full Ten Tors in May 2022."

Cover image: The Ten Tors challenge last took place in 2019.