Show­down a scorcher

Cops test their lim­its

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By SI­MON ED­WARDS

Royal New Zealand Po­lice Col­lege phys­i­cal train­ing in­struc­tor Steph Bradley toughed it out into sec­ond place at The Long­est Day, a bru­tal test of strength and en­durance.

The event was held in Lower Hutt on March 9, start­ing with a 5km run from Melling Bridge down the River Trail to Hutt Park, be­fore a se­ries of chal­lenges, test­ing strength, co­or­di­na­tion and en­durance.

Bradley took sil­ver in the women’s sec­tion, bested by nuggety Aus­tralian Fed­eral Po­lice New South Wales of­fi­cer Christie An­der­son. Lower Hutt po­lice con­sta­ble Daniel Turner was the over­all win­ner.

Down­town shop­pers lined the foot­paths of Mar­garet St to watch the final throes of the com­pe­ti­tion, the sec­ond-to-last event in the week- long Aus­tralasian Po­lice and Emer­gency Ser­vices Games.

Or­gan­iser Matt Dyson, from Lower Hutt’s Mad Cross- fit Gym, said some com­peti­tors set a ‘‘scorch­ing’’ pace, with two, Turner and fire­fighter James Sharp, cross­ing the line within sec­onds of each other in just over 23 min­utes.

‘‘ We’d only just mar­shalls into place.’’

Other chal­lenges such as swim­ming, in­door row­ing and a push-ups con­test all led to the show­down in Mar­garet St.

In the final medal hunt, eight open men’s com­peti­tors had been whit­tled down to four – all of them from Lower Hutt: Turner, 25, Sharp 27, Nick Hale, 31, a quar­an­tine in­spec­tor and Craig Wal­lace, 38, a fish­eries


the of­fi­cer. Wal­lace was out af­ter the ‘‘Jerry Can Sui­cide’’ event, a run­ning race with 20kg cans placed at 20m, 40m and 60m to re­trieve and carry to the fin­ish line. Hale was the next to go, tak­ing the bronze medal af­ter nar­rowly dip­ping out in a hor­i­zon­tal haul of a truck tyre piled with a 20kg weight and 12kg sand­bag.

With barely time to catch their breath, the po­lice con­sta­ble and fire­fighter slugged it out for gold and sil­ver in an­other car­ry­ing race in­volv­ing the tyre, jerry can, weights, wheel­bar­row and sand­bag. Turner crossed first, de­spite a valiant sprint by Sharp at the fin­ish.

It was a great ad­ver­tise­ment for the Mad Cross- fit gym, where Turner said weight and en­durance ex­er­cises with rope and ev­ery­day [heavy] ob­jects is grist to the mill.

He said those kinds of ex­er­cises had helped him rad­i­cally im­prove his times in the po­lice fit­ness train­ing tests, ‘‘and do my job bet­ter’’.

Sharp said the Long­est Day events fea­tured sim­i­lar strength and car­dio ex­er­cises to the Fire Ser­vice’s Combat Chal­lenge.

‘‘They’re de­signed to push you phys­i­cally and men­tally.’’

An Aussie v Kiwi net­ball match at Wal­ter Nash sta­dium later in the af­ter­noon was the last games event.

Tyred? Porirua-based po­lice train­ing in­struc­tor Steph Bradley bat­tling her way through The Long­est Day.

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