By: Blonde Two
The Ten Tors Challenge is an amazing event and every year we Blondes hear from people from all over the country who remember their own Dartmoor Ten Tors challenge with pride and sentimentality.
The pride is well deserved and we completely understand the sentimentality (cue tissues). We had good evidence of sentimentality at this year’s camp:
Picture the scene: A hangar full of rugged, outdoorsy, gear-clad blokes (I know, it’s a great scene isn’t it!) They are given the floor by the army (who organise the Ten Tors Challenge) to ask questions about the weekend so far. There are many questions that could be asked about rules, routes, teams etc. but there was one that was burning on everyone’s lips; “Why wasn’t ‘Chariots of Fire’ played, as it has been for a very long time, at 05:00 on Saturday morning?” You’ve got it folks, these outdoorsy Ten Tors blokes are as sentimental and traditional as they come and they were very, very upset about the new (rather more modern) wake-up play list. I have to admit to agreeing with them; Mr Blonde Two plays a game with me every now and again – he puts ‘Chariots of Fire’ on and then times how long it takes me to cry – it never fails!
Our missing Ten Tors signature tune really did cause a scandal and there was disapproval and murmuring aplenty. I felt a bit sorry for the lady who had to explain the ‘error’ but I have a very strong feeling that ‘Chariots of Fire’ will be back in its rightful place next year!