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Sorrento Unit soars up the seat

Published 12/11/2015

The Sorrento Unit had a fabulous day supporting the Arthur's Seat Challenge on the weekend.

The Sorrento Unit has supported the race for a number of years providing volunteer marshals and vehicles however this year five stalwarts of the Sorrento Unit went above the call of duty running to the top of Arthur’s seat as an official VICSES team.
Considering that many of the teams entered came from schools, the team had some pretty stiff competition but in true SES fashion, finished the task.

The fastest up the hill arrived 26.34 min, with fastest female 5 minutes behind, after leaving Rosebud Pier, 6.7 kms away. SES lead runner's time was up there with the best and the overall team performance was very creditable.

  • (4814) Olivia Gregory 00.47.00
  • (4815) Dave Rowe 00.58.08
  • (4816) Dave Archer 01.11.39
  • (4818) Margaret St Mart 01.20.29
  • (4817) Catena Basile 01.20.29

The crew on course (Steve Martin, Margaret Davis, Mark Daw, Mike Ringham, Jesse Balshaw and Brad Wood) provided radio coverage in the case of an medical emergency or clearing any timber that might have fallen on the road.

The Arthur's Seat Challenge is a 6.7km run/walk, held annually since 2002 to promote the profile of the ‘Fit to Drive Program’ and raise funds to enable the program’s continuation. The Arthur's Seat Challenge is a wonderful annual event, especially for families, schools and sporting groups to come together and raise community awareness about the over representation of young people in road crashes. Overtime, the community, through this combined action has successfully educated young people about safer road use."

As a Road Crash Rescue Unit, Sorrento Unit feels that it is part of their duty to support any event that is organised to achieve this aim. Not only has the unit provided sets of brochures to be included in the first 2000 competitors bags, they will also have a pictorial display of road crash pictures and messages in the marshalling area.

This event is not only support by VICSES, but also Victoria Police and the Mornington Peninsula Shire.

Sorrento Unit will be back next year and hopes to encourage members from other units, particularly those who do Road Crash Rescue, to join them in supporting the Fit2Drive organisation's effort to reduce the road toll among our youngest drivers.