Top times for fire­fight­ers

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DASHA KUPRIENKO

One of the re­gion’s fastest fire­fight­ers aced the an­nual Sky Tower char­ity climb on the week­end, de­spite bat­tling his own health is­sues.

Queen­stown Air­port Fire Res­cue’s Gavin Ma­son climbed over 1100 stairs in 9 min­utes and 34 sec­onds in Auck­land on the week­end to be the third fastest to the top.

Af­ter last year’s stair climb, Ma­son was hos­pi­talised and treated for the rare auto-im­mune dis­ease drome.

‘‘I did some train­ing try­ing to get back to pre­vi­ous abil­i­ties af­ter the event last year. It was cool to get up there and get it done - made me re­flect on the year of ad­ven­tures and get mov­ing for­ward.’’

As he was com­pet­ing for the third time as a top five fin­isher, he ran in the first wave of fire­fight­ers. His col­league Si­mon Bow­den was 29th over­all and com­pleted the chal­lenge in 12 min­utes 2 sec­onds.

Guil­lain-Barre

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Fire­fight­ers have to wear their full kit and breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tus, weigh­ing up to 25 kilo­grams, dur­ing the climb for Leukaemia and Blood Can­cer New Zealand.

Wanaka Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade vol­un­teer Pete Small­field was sec­ond fastest in the re­gion, com­ing sev­enth on the week­end. Wanaka vol­un­teer Plinio Nonato got to the top in 11 min­utes 19 sec­onds, plac­ing him 16th over­all.

De­spite hav­ing a stom­ach bug a day be­fore, Small­field climbed over 1100 stairs in 10 min­utes 28 sec­onds, one minute faster than he did last year.

Small­field was happy with the re­sult and he had no strat­egy but to get to the top. ‘‘Put your head down and go as hard as you can, as fast as you can.’’

Naseby fire vol­un­teer An­ton Hood, 18, fin­ished the chal­lenge in 13 min­utes 11 sec­onds, two min­utes faster than last year.

Frank­ton, Ar­row­town and Cen­tral Otago’s fire brigades also par­tic­i­pated in the chal­lenge.

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Pete Small­field and Gavin Ma­son af­ter com­plet­ing the Sky Tower Chal­lenge on the week­end.

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