Sunday, March 12, 2017

2017 State Championships Days 1 and 2.

I was originally going to wait until tomorrow or later in the week to give a rundown of this year’s Victorian State Urban Fire Brigades Championships, but things have been pretty full on.

A slightly lighter workload for me this time, “only” 9 events (plus a march in the torchlight procession in the evening last night), of which I have run 6 so far.

Yesterday started for me with the ladder race.  Won my first heat with a time of 8.14.  Second heat was a nailbiter, got beaten by 0.01 of a second, with a second best for the season time of 7.94.

My next event was the C section 4s, late in the afternoon.  Won our heat with a solid run, then backed that up with a season, if not team best run of 20.21, to score 5th place.  First time we’ve placed in this event at the state championships, which was a good note to finish the day.

Today started with a second place in the pumper and ladder 5s.  We ran our best ever time (16.16 seconds), and it took another team to smash the record to beat our time.

The middle of the day was a little frustrating, with no success in the 2 man marshall or the hose and reel sixes, but my day finished with a win in the Y8 event.  We’ve not run this as much as we’d like, but everyone put together a great run to take the win.

While those were all the events I was involved in, the team had two more successes to report, with the results of yesterday’s Discipline contest (dress uniform inspection and marching) announced, putting our team in second place for that event, and the team also winning the hose, hydrant and pumper 4s event.

At the end of the second day, we are in second place in our section aggregate.  Day 3 will be a challenging day.  I am in the 3 remaining events for us to run, but it won’t be easy and will take every bit of fitness and skill to increase our points tally.

- Tony via Tumblr

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