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Army November 26, 2009
By Tpr Michael Franchi
SIGNALLERS travelled from near
and far to attend the Signals Corp
Week at Borneo Barracks, Cabarlah.
The Caduceus Cup, a 108km relay
for all units, was one of the main events
during the week, giving the signallers
the chance to outrun each other in a
variety of races.
CO 7 Sig Regt Lt-Col Jeremy
Freeman said it was about the signals
units getting together for corps week.
The competition consisted of sev-
eral different races during the day.
"There is the Caduceus Cup, which
is an open race, the Athena cup [72km]
for females, the Gretian Cup [72km]
for those over 35, the Commandants
Trophy [108km] for minor units and
the Reserve Shield [72km]," Lt-Col
The Defence Force School of
Signals (DFSS) team took out the
men's open in 7hr 45sec, closely fol-
lowed by the 1 Sig Regt Team A.
1 Sig Regt kept close once again in
the Gretians division, but finished sec-
ond to 7 Sig Regt (4:7.21).
In the Athena Cup, DFSS once
again kept 1 Sig Regt at bay, this time
by three minutes as they completed the
race in 2:46.35.
Each team consisted of about 10
people, rotating through 3.6km laps
until the required distance had been
Lt-Col Freeman said the compe-
tition originated as a race between
Cabarlah and Brisbane but was now
run at Borneo Barracks.
The signallers also participated in a
golf and rugby competition.
At the signal, run like the wind
AC Aaron Curran
Y scored two out of three at the
ralian Defence Mountain Running
mpionships in Canberra on
More than 20 Defence competitors
part in the event, which started and
ed at Mt Majura Vineyard.
The Championships were held in
njunction with the "3 Peaks" 26km
n (men's championship) and
2 Peaks" 20km run (women's cham-
The route took the runners from
ineyard to Mt Majura, Mt Ainslie, Mt
sant and back to the start.
Fortunately for the runners, the heat
that hit south-east Australia stayed away
and they got off in the cool early morning
just after sunrise.
Army picked up first place in the
26km men's veterans and men's masters
Sgt Dan Cross finished the veterans
run in 2hr 9min 32sec. WO2 Pat Thomas,
who travelled from ALTC at Bonegilla for
the event, finished the masters in 2:7.36.
Lt-Col Karel Dubsky placed third in
the veterans in 3:28.45.
In the 20km women's veterans cat-
egory, Cpl Jeni Greenland finished in
WO2 Thomas said he had done sev-
eral mountain runs but not many this
"I found it was rough under foot and
tough on the ankles coming down the
hills," he said.
The race had been tough because of
the fast pace but he was pleased with his
result and felt fitter at the end than he
"Given the conditions, I was pretty
happy with how I went. I enjoyed the day
and will be coming back next year," WO2
Flying start: Signallers set off on their relays. Photo by Tpr Michael Franchi
I think I can: LCpl Caine
Warburton strides up Mt
Ainslie, while WO2 Pat
Thomas (inset) heads for first
place in the masters event.
Photos by LAC Aaron Curran
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