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Saturday 11 May 2013

RUNNING and BEAR

On Saturday 11 May, CSAR were asked to run the rescue and first aid cover for two huge events taking place in the North West region.

The Sandstone Trail is an event that we’ve worked on before, where participants run (or walk!) the 33 miles from Whitchurch to Frodsham, taking in 3,700 feet of climbs and 5 checkpoints.

Covering the event is challenging as the competitors all move at different speeds, it’s a huge distance from start to finish and not all sections of the route are easily accessible by vehicle. But that’s where our 4x4 ambulances, response and control vehicles come into their own.

By having two vehicles out on the road to cover the trail, plus a team manning a first aid post at the finish, we ensured that all of the almost 250 competitors were well looked after and we were in the best position to respond to any emergency anywhere along the route.

It was a long day for the team members as they had to be ready to go when the competitors set off from Whitchurch at 08.30 and there to deal with incidents the end when some participants finished around 21.00 in the evening.

Happily this year there were no major incidents so the team had chance to enjoy some of the scenery along the route. Congratulations to all those who took part in the event and to the CSAR team members who supported them. The other event on the same day was a spot of ‘Bear’ hunting with 4,000 Cubs and Scouts, plus their leaders, in Tatton Park. With Chief Scout, Bear Grylls flying in by helicopter to a number of events across the region, there was a big turnout for a weekend of camping, including a day of activities on the Saturday.

Activities included dragon boat racing, bell boats, whittling, stilt walking, a fun fair, climbing and paint ball shooting amongst other things – which meant we had the potential to be pretty busy in the first aid post as well as having one 4x4 Ambulance and our control vehicle present. So we drafted in some help from our 5th year medical student friends at Liverpool John Moore’s University (the ATACC Society) to provide some extra support for the team members and gain some ‘hands-on’ experience.

Happily there were only a handful of minor first aid requirements, though almost as many for the adults as there were for the young people! But the team did get to see Bear Grylls briefly and even managed to get him to stop for a photograph before he flew off.

Supporting these kind of events not only provides much needed funds to help keep Cheshire Search and Rescue Team going, but also gives team members the opportunity to practise their medical skills (and ‘bedside manner’) and promote the work of the team to a wider audience. Despite the long days, the events are great fun and we’re grateful for the opportunity to attend.

So, if you see us at any events over the summer, please stop by and say hello – we’d love to meet you!

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