Leader's Challenge 2019

04 Jul 2019

On Tuesday 2nd July Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) members took part in the ‘Leader’s Challenge 2019’. An event organised annually by our Team Leader to test our capability across Mountain Rescue England and Wales core skills.

All details were kept top secret until a week before the event. An eagerly awaited email from Team Leader Ben, confirmed the main theme for the challenge... fitness!

We regularly work alongside West Yorkshire Police (WYP), Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) and the Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), who have an annual (or more frequent) basic fitness test. So with help from the HART Physical Trainer a range of tests were designed to reflect the physical demands of our work.

This tends to be bursts of energy, followed by standing around, before another burst of energy. This can be quite demanding, especially when you factor in carrying personal or team equipment and a casualty on a stretcher.

We were told not to worry, no one had to be a racing snake (though we have quite a few of those!) as we would be taking part in sections, with our individual times averaged. Section 5, consisting of our Team Leader, Deputy Team Leader and five trainees was earmarked as the one everyone wanted to beat or rather not get beaten by. Not that we’re competitive or anything!

Our challenges were; Stretcher Test - a timed test to assemble two team stretchers, complete an obstacle course with each stretcher (+load) and dismantle them.

Rope Test - a timed test to set up our standard rope system used to lower and raise a stretcher.

Bleep Test - based on WYP requirements for their search teams we had to reach level 6.3, which is around 5 minutes of effort. The CVSRT average was 8.5, and the best was 12.2!

YAA/HART Test - a timed test carrying a fell party kit and items in both hands around a 20m course, and completing simple medical skills. The requirement is to finish in under 14min. The CVSRT average was 9min 20s, and the fastest 7min 34s!

And guess who won?! Section 5!

A HUGE thank-you to everyone involved in organising and running the event. It was an extremely enjoyable, but tiring, night.

Thanks also to The Craggs Country Business Park for hosting the event. And a BIG thank you to our friends Craggies Café, Butchery and Deli for keeping us fuelled with pie and peas, and Vocation Brewery for keeping us hydrated with craft beer.

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