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Army November 12, 2009
By LCpl Glenn Power
A MARATHON six weeks earlier wasn't
enough, apparently. So 13 members of 9 Bde's
144 Sig Sqn and one from 9CSSB took up the
challenge of covering 50km or 100km in the
Adelaide Trailblazer Challenge last month.
The event encouraged participants to test
their physical and mental limits over a variety of
distances and, although all but one of the team
was new to the experience, the Army competitors
were more than equal to the task.
Capt Stephen White and Capt Craig
Richardson, both 144 Sig Sqn, came second in
the 100km event in an impressive 13hr 21min.
They finished in darkness as they, and the win-
ners, clocked up the fastest time in the event's
Many of the 144 Sig Sqn team had used the
Adelaide Marathon only weeks before to prepare
for the event.
The 14 military participants started at 7am
with little realisation of what hardship lay ahead
in what, for some, would be the next 24 hours.
The early part of the course, along the River
Torrens and through Adelaide's genteel eastern
suburbs, gave way to the rough, steep tracks of
the Adelaide Hills, and finally into a more forgiv-
ing finish for those who took on the extra 50km.
Which was just as well, according to Capt
Richardson. "Although the remainder of the
course was relatively flat, the pain and stress
on the body resulting from the initial 50 kms,
increased with each kilometre and the only
option was to slow down," he said..
Capt Richardson and Capt White were "blown
away" by their effort, especially since they were
the only leading team carrying packs.
Captains go the distance
PISTOL-shooting "guru" WO1 Ian
Beattie, CATC, had his eye in to win
the Silver Gun trophy in division 2
of last month's Australian Police and
Services National Pistol Competition at
Holsworthy's Liverpool Military Area
It was the first time the competition
had been held on a Defence range and,
despite concerns the facility would not be
ready for competition, it came up to speed
on the day thanks to the combined efforts
of the Australian Army Sports Pistol
Association (AASPA), Holsworthy Pistol
Club and the NSW Police Pistol Club.
At total of 114 Police and Defence
(mainly Army) shooters formed 29 teams
to represent their respective states and
The 33 Defence competitors contested
divisions 2 and 2A (service personnel)
and division 5 (Defence civilians).
WO1 Beattie, a military master coach
for AASPA, won a Smith & Wesson 686
stainless-steel competition revolver for
his division 2 effort. Second place went to
WO2 George Plessey.
Cpl Terry Parker (retd) won division
2A ahead of Capt Clive Whelan (retd)
and Capt Dave Schereck (retd).
Pistol shooting, through the AASPA,
is a National Army Sports Association-
approved sport. The AASPA has 106
members from the three services and
Defence civilian ranks.
It is looking to expand its membership
base in the hope of becoming an approved
ADF organisation, opening the way for
interservice and national competition.
Happy feet: Capt Stephen White (left) and Capt Craig
Richardson, 144 Sig Sqn, on their way to second place in
the 100km event.
Photo by LCpl Glenn Power
Steady hand: WO1 Ian
Beattie shoots for victory
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