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Ten Tors challenge: Teenagers cross finish line

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Media captionThe 56th event started on Saturday morning, with some 2,400 teenagers taking part

Teenagers who trekked across Dartmoor in the Ten Tors challenge have crossed the finish line.

Competitors aged 14 to 19 hiked distances of up to 55 miles (89 km) and visited 10 nominated tors.

The 56th event started on Saturday morning, with some 2,400 teenagers - many from school and youth groups from across the South West - taking part.

The first team to cross the finish line was Torbay Scouts who took part in the 35-mile (56 km) route.

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Image caption The 56th event started on Saturday morning, with about 2,400 teenagers taking part

Ten Tors

  • The first Ten Tors expedition took place in September 1960
  • Over the years interest in the challenge has grown and now up to 400 teams take part
  • Camping overnight, the teams complete the challenge without adult guidance
  • In 2013, the challenge saw its most significant overhaul in 30 years as Army bosses attempted to improve safety and reduce the number of river crossings
  • During the challenge teams visit 10 nominated tors, which are hills or rocky peaks.

Source: BBC/Ten Tors

Image caption Hundreds of people watched the thousands of teenagers cross the finish line

The event is organised by the Army and assisted by the Royal Navy, the Royal Air Force and the Dartmoor Rescue Group.

Each team has a GPS tracker, so safety teams can find out where each group of teenagers is. The tracker also has an emergency button if help is needed.

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