Frankton snatches Chillfactor glory
Firefighters’ fun raises $10k for Bruce Grant Youth Trust
They arrived as defending speed champions at Coronet Peak but the Wanaka Fire Brigade’s Chillfactor team got more than they planned on from four blokes from Frankton.
Two teams of four from Queenstown and one each from Frankton, Wanaka and Auckland Airport took part in the Firefighter Chillfactor Challenge at Coronet Peak on Friday.
Scoring was divided into three sections – a race to complete as many runs on the M1 as possible in two hours in full firefighting kit while holding a 30 metre-long, 20 kilogram hose; a fun hose haul, which saw members of the public pulled across the deck with a fire hose; and fundraising for the Bruce Grant Youth Trust.
In the keenly-contested race down the mountain Wanaka and Frankton were separated by seconds, swapping the lead often and the difference coming down to who made it through the gates first. Frankton were the eventual winners with a new course record of 16 runs.
Wanaka captain Layton Craig said the competition with Frankton meant the team adopted a more aggressive style this year after previous wins.
‘‘It was feet together, straight and down – with a tuck sometimes.’’
Frankton team member Bill Falcone said it was awesome.
‘‘It was really good competition. Wanaka kept the acid on.’’
Queenstown and Frankton shared honours for the fundraising aspect while the Queenstown snow boarding team won their race and Queenstown won the hose haul, leaving them as eventual winners of the trophy.
About $10,000 was raised for the trust in memory of Queenstown man Bruce Grant, who died climbing K2 in 1995. It provides for young people looking to further themselves in the arts, sport or cultural fields.
Trustee Craig Ferguson said Grant, an Olympic skier, would have loved the novel ski race and camaraderie it inspired.
A special guest at this year’s race was United States firefighter Kelly Melton who had to postpone medical work in Sierra Leone to be at the event.
Almost there: Wanaka members Dave O’Sullivan, Ardouin Baker, Deane
Weastell, Layton Craig and Rob Thorpe after securing second place at the Firefighters Chillfactor Challenge. Racing: The Wanaka fire brigade team competing at the Firefighter Chillfactor Challenge at Coronet Peak, on Friday.