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Army November 26, 2009
By WO2 Graham McBean
BRAGGING rights were on
the line as Aussie and Kiwi
soldiers from CTF 635 hit the
bitumen in Solomon Islands
for the inaugural 21km
and fun run.
The race started at 6.30am
and the temperature quickly
soared but some credible per-
formances were recorded.
Australian Capt Rupert
Hindle finished ninth overall in
1hr 32min 46sec, with Kiwi Lt
Alan Cockerill just 10 seconds
behind in 10th place.
The New Zealanders didn't
contest the women's event,
which was taken out by Cpl Erin
Lehane in 2:11.31.
Capt Hindle said it was his
first half-marathon and it was
also a way to help make the
event a success for the Solomon
"I have done triathlons and
the City2Surf so this was an
opportunity to do something a
bit different," Capt Hindle said.
"Most of the run to the turn-
around was covered in trees but
the last three to four kilometres
through Honiara was dappled
shade and made it hotter."
About 350 runners, including
more than 30 CTF personnel,
competed in the event, which
helped the community as the
entry fee went to local charities.
Cpl Lehane said she usually
ran to de-stress but had never
CRICKET, as they say, was the win-
ner as the combined CTF 635/PPF
side took home the silverware from
Solomon Islands' first cricket season
in 15 years.
RAMSI 2 comprised soldiers from
Rotation 19 of Op Anode, the CTF
headquarters and the PPF, who were all
at the gala presentation at Honiara Golf
Club on November 6 to collect the cup.
The competition was a personal goal
of Solomon Islands Prime Minister Dr
Derek Sikua, who wanted to bring back
competitive cricket to his country.
Four teams met twice in six weeks
through the round-robin competition,
vying to make it to the grand final.
RAMSI 1 met RAMSI 2 in the final.
The winning runs were hit by PPF mem-
ber Suz Law with three overs to go.
RAMSI 2 captain Pte Josiah
Williams said the competition had
rekindled his joy of the game and it was
great to be a part of bringing cricket
back to Solomon Islands.
"It would be funny if in 20 years'
time cricket was going well here, to look
back and say 'we started it'."
No cheating the heat
Hard yards: WO1
Pete Green, Cpl
Scott Burnham and
Pte Johnny Rose
(above) and Cpl
Erin Lehane in the
Sig Marcus Andersen
Winners: Solomons PM Dr Derek
Sikua presents Pte Josiah Williams
with the cup.
Photo by Capt Rupert Hindle
covered 21km. An MP3 player
from her mum had made the
pain more bearable.
Just for something differ-
ent, RSM CTF 635 WO1 Pete
Green said he decided to create
his own heavyweight category
and three Australians partici-
pated in uniforms and pack. He
knew it was going to be difficult
but "it was taxing in the end".
"My good friend, the
RQMS, was driving the safety
vehicle so any thoughts of giv-
ing up and getting into the car
were clearly banished," WO1
By Cpl Jane Ashby-Cliffe
HQ JOC personnel hit the
ground running for the
General John Baker Complex
Ring Road Challenge.
The 4.2km interbranch
challenge was run around the
perimeter of the Bungendore
base, outside Canberra.
Navy lieutenant Trent Lam
won the race in 15min 27sec,
with Capt Haydn Barlow finish-
ing in the top three placings, in
He said the pace was fairly
hot in the first few kilometres
and then the hills took their toll.
"When I got to the final hill
I was completely spent," Capt
"It was good to get outside
with everyone for a run. I think
people will look forward to the
challenge in the coming years."
Chief Staff Officer to J2
Intelligence Branch Lt-Col
Scott Gills said the turnout
was better than expected and,
despite the effort expended, was
a well-earned break for all.
"It was a great opportunity
for all personnel to compete in
a physical activity and socialise
with different branch mem-
bers," Lt-Col Gills said.
The challenge will be run as
a charity event from next year.
Running rings: Capt Haydn Barlow outside the
Photo by Leut-Cmdr Peter Hateley
Army's golfers were the sartorial stars,
if not the champions with the irons, of
this year's ACT interservice titles at
Mollymook on the NSW South Coast.
The Army players (above) teed off in
bright-red chequered pants and shirts
that ensured they would not be lost
from sight had they needed to fetch
balls that strayed outside the fairway.
The team, which won last year's event,
edged out Navy for third spot this time
around. Favourites APS won the title,
beating Air Force in the final.
a tee ....
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