A Kiwi team again headed over to Montgomery, Alabama in the United States for the Firefighter Combat Challenge World Finals in October.
Running as members of Team Hobbit New Zealand, the team this year had eight competitors.
Entry to the Lion’s Den is achieved by hitting demanding times by age group—this is the target for the most serious FCC competitors.
In the first run on the first qualifying day, Deane Mark achieved his Lion’s Den time. Later Ian Campbell also qualified for this exclusive club. Congratulations to these outstanding competitors from Te Awamutu.
Tanja Grunwald from Whanganui also excelled with a second placing in the +40 women category.
Tom Reid a ‘legend’
Tom qualified for finals day in the 60+ Individual class. He also ran a tandem race with Jacques Bretton to qualify for the finals and a relay event with some “really old” firefighters—with a total of 200 years experience!
Tom dedicated his Individual finals run to his good friend Tony Moylan, who sadly passed away the day before. He and Tony go back to 1988 when they started running together— in 2005 they won the National Waterway title.
Putting down a personal best time of 2:06.53, Tom was awarded the bronze medal. His tandem team ran a time of 1:59.88, placing second.
Hard work is truly rewarding
Team Hobbit now has some new members to add to the many old Hobbits from past events. They are well known around the Combat community and the organisers appreciate the great effort they put in each year to attend.
It’s a lot of hard work but it is truly rewarding to follow your sporting dreams.
Photo: Back row, left to right: Neil Gardiner (Takaka), Tom Reid and Scott Cubitt (Christchurch Airport), Deane Mark and Ian Campbell
(Te Awamutu). Front: Anna Alexander (Te Awamutu), Geoff Curle (Sumner) and Tanja Grunwald (Whanganui).
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