2018 Race & Fundraising Results

The 2018 Firefighter Sky Tower Stair Challenge raised over $1.25 million for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand.

The firefighters dedicated huge amounts of their personal time over a number of months, with the top fundraising spots highly contested.

Ken Laurie from Hastings Brigade was named the top fundraiser with an outstanding total of $14,040. Well done Ken!

The top individual fundraiser not in a team went to Kevin Hodges from Hastings who raised $7,228 . Kevin also showed his dedication to this event by getting a new firefighter tattoo on his chest with LBC represented on his helmet.

The team that raised the most money was Auckland Airport Rescue Fire who raised $47,935. The brigade who raised the most money based on the number of firefighters in the team was Ashhurst who raised $18,700.

Josh Harrison from Mount Wellington Station kept his first place spot for the 8th year in a row reaching the top of the tower in a record time of 8 minutes and 11 seconds. The fastest woman up the tower was Ady McKenzie from Whangarei with a time of 13 minutes and 12 seconds.

Full 2018 race results can be viewed here

2018 Fundraising Awards

Top 3 Individuals (not in a team)

  1. Kevin Hodges – Hastings  $7,228
  2. Maaka McKinney – Kaikohe Rural $2,958
  3. Andrew Tomlinson – Mangere $2,712

Top 3 Individuals (within a team)

  1. Ken Laurie – Hastings $14,040
  2. Simon Oliver – Taranaki Stairclimb team $11,326
  3. Jonathan Claybourn – Napier Sky Tower Challenge Team $10,269

Class 3: 2 – 5 Team Members

  1. Ashhurst Volunteer Fire Brigade $18,700
  2. Hastings  $14,501
  3. Tamatea Rural Fire Force $12,707

Class 2: 6 – 9 Team Members

  1. Napier $25,453
  2. Onerahi $19,232
  3. Lyttleton $18,439

Class 1: 10+ Team Members

  1. Auckland Airport Fire Rescue $47,935
  2. GENESIS ENERGY ERT $39,873
  3. OCEANAGOLD ERT $24,693

2018 Race Results

Donned – Male overall

  1. Joseph Lepper – Rarangi 11:51
  2. Lewis Shaw – Lake Okareka Voluntary Rural Fire Force 11:54
  3. Thomas Firth – Lake Orareka Voluntary Rural Fire Force 11:57

Donned – Female overall

  1. Julia Bearsley – Pirongia 14:39
  2. Jodie Reymer – Pirongia 16:24
  3. Cara O’Donnell – Ruapehu 17:42

Donned and Started (in full firefighter gear breathing through a breathing apparatus) – Male overall

  1. Josh Harrison – Mount Wellington Station 08:11
  2. Andrew Tomlinson – Mangere 09:19
  3. Gavin Mason – Queenstown Airport 09:34

Donned and Started (in full firefighter gear breathing through a breathing apparatus) – Female overall

  1. Ady McKenzie – Whangarei 13:12
  2. Sally Fleming – Methanex 14:38
  3. Hannah-Marie Weston – Katikati 14:39

Firefighter of Steel – Open – Male

  1. Robert Foote –  Metropolitan Fire Brigade Melbourne 12:26
  2. Sandy Pari – Piopio 13:18
  3. Simon Manawaiti – Warkworth 13:51

Firefighter of Steel – Open – Female

  1. Naomi Whyte –  Waikuku Beach 18:24
  2. Tara Hape – Te Atatu 19:17
  3. Sarah Pavlovich – Pirongia 20:17