Annual Fittest Seaforth Competition
On 5 Jun 13 the third annual Fittest Seaforth competition was held at the regiment’s temporary home, within the Jericho Garrison. This competition is conducted at the final parade of each training year following a rigorous selection process. This year, there were nine competitors, representing the fittest members of the Jr Ranks, Warrant Officers and Sergeants and Officers’ Messes including the two previous champions, Sgt Mayer and Pte Ma. The course stretched nearly 3km and the route climbed the significant hill behind the Jericho Garrison HQ Building three times. The course was comprised of 9 different exercise stations including kettle bell lifts, medicine ball tosses, stretcher drags, as well as water jerry and sandbag carries.
The competition began with a two minute plank and then the soldiers were off and running. Climbing the hill the first two times took about 18 minutes. When the competitors started up the hill for the last time the top 5 were all within a second of one another. At the top of the hill was the very last exercise, the sandbag lift. This provided the competitors a sneak peak at one of the new test components from the FORCE Program which replaces the CF EXPRES test. The sandbag lift requires 30 consecutive lifts of a 20 kg sandbag to a height above 91.5 cm, alternating between left and right sandbags separated by 1.25 m. To make this suitable for the Fittest Seaforth, the height was raised to 1m and was put at the end of a grueling race.
MCpl Iten began the sandbag lift first and when he neared the end he was joined by the next four competitors. By the time they had completed the lift and raced down to the shelter, the top three competitors were MCpl Iten, Pte Chernoff and Sgt Mayer, all completing the route in about 24 minutes. MCpl Iten’s victory means the Fittest Seaforth trophy returns to the Jr Ranks mess for the next 12 months. Congratulations to all the competitors, all of whom completed the course.