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Army September 17, 2009
WHEN Capt Craig Richardson,
144 Sig Sqn, flagged the idea of
entering a team in the Adelaide
Marathon he could not have expect-
ed to be swamped with takers.
After all, a 42km foot slog is not
something you volunteer for lightly.
Not unless you are prepared to put
months of sweat and discipline where
your mouth is.
And this is what impressed Capt
Richardson most about the nine
members of his squadron who took
up the challenge he threw down at
Keswick Barracks in May.
The volunteers were of various
standards, he said, but the one thing
they had in common was no experi-
ence whatsoever in running marathon
So it was up to Capt Richardson,
a veteran of 15 marathons, to lead the
way in training and on race day, on
The team members stuck to indi-
vidual training programs but came
together once a week for group train-
ing. "We had really good attendances
at the weekly sessions," he said. "It
culminated in a 30km training run a
few weeks before the race."
Monitoring his troops on the day,
Capt Richardson, who was the first
of them to finish, in 3hr 20min, was
proud to see eight of the nine make
it to the end. One dropped mid-race
because of injury.
"I have to say they finished in var-
ious states," he said. "But the impor-
tant thing is they made it."
He singled out the efforts of Cpl
Peter McGradey, whose work had
restricted the time he could dedicate
to training for the race.
The fact four women took part
was also satisfying. "Usually, for
something like this, you only get one
or two, if that," Capt Richardson said.
"But we had almost even numbers
And the gruelling experience has
apparently failed to deter any of the
runners. "Pretty much everyone has
indicated they want to do it again
next year," he said.
Meanwhile, 18 members have
signed up for the Adelaide Trailblazers
event in early October this time, an
"easy" run or walk of 100km.
of a first
LITTLE more than half an hour after
AFL legend Ron Barassi fired the
starter's gun on August 30, Lt-Col
Nathan Crowley led his Defence col-
leagues home in the annual 10km
Lake Attack in Melbourne.
About 2800 people ran or walked
around scenic Albert Park Lake for wor-
This year was the 27th anniversary
of the Defence charity event, which
started as an Army road relay between
Puckapunyal and Melbourne.
It has evolved into a series of fund-
raising events, which allow mainly
Victorian-based Defence personnel to
raise money for various charities.
The run/walk moved to Albert Park
Lake in the mid 1980s and has become
an increasingly popular fixture on the
Lt-Col Crowley, Land Systems
Division (Victoria Barracks, Melbourne),
was the first Defence member across the
line, finishing in 36min 41sec.
The Defence and Emergency
Services 5km teams event was won by
Sgt Lee Dyson, Sgt Shane Wall and
WO2 Carl Gardiner (138 Sig Sqn), with
a cumulative 57.47.
It was a family fun day at Grebe pic-
nic area, with an array of entertainment
Highlights included an energetic
warm-up led by triple world aerobics
champion Sue Stanley, the appearance
of a Roulette from the RAAF's elite
formation aerobatic display team and a
The day also provided an ideal
opportunity for members of Defence to
put up their displays and interact with
Defence Lake Attack manager Cmdr
John Goss said participation this year
"exceeded all expectations and closed at
a record number for the event".
A record attack on the lake for charity's sake
COMPETITORS in the Defence
duathlon championships were
pushed along in a high-class field
when the event was staged in con-
junction with the Australian titles
in Canberra last month.
Army's Sgt Penelope O'Regan,
2HSB, finished second in the wom-
en's event, in 2hr 24min 49sec. LCpl
Wayne Eliot was the best of the
Army men, with a smart 2.13.07.
Because it was held in conjunc-
tion with the Australian titles, com-
petition was of the highest standard
for the 10km run, 40km cycle and
5km run in variable conditions
which challenged competitors.
Interstate and Canberra com-
petitors were among the mix of
Defence athletes who participated in
the event, consisting of a 10km run,
40km cycle and a 5km run to finish.
Australian Defence Sports
Triathlon Association spokesman
AB Michael Baruch said the scene
had been set for good times.
"The course was ideal for speed,
with both the run and cycle legs nice
and flat," he said.
Last year's Defence champion,
Sub-Leut Scott Baxter, was too
strong for his other service rivals
again, winning in 2.03.57.
In the women's field, Navy APS
Jodie Barker finished seven minutes
ahead of Sgt O'Regan.
Made it: Cpl Matthew Mangelsdorf, 144 Sig Sqn, has enough energy left to
celebrate as he finishes the Adelaide Marathon.
Photo by LCpl Glenn Power
Go to whoa: The start of the Defence Lake Attack. LS Nina Nikolin
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