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Army July 21, 2011
By Cpl Zenith King
GLORIOUS conditions greeted 35
ADF runners competing in this year's
Defence marathon championships held
in conjunction with the Gold Coast
Marathon on July 4.
During the gruelling 42.2km race, the
5086 competitors were treated to a view
of the picturesque coastline between
Burleigh Heads and Runaway Bay.
First across the line for Army was
PTI Sgt Wayne Heath, 2HSB, in a time
of 2hr 39min 30sec, just shy of his
personal best and 27th overall. He fin-
ished third behind Leut Rowan Walker
(2:20.23) and Sqn-Ldr Richard Gardiner
Averaging 3.46 minutes per/km, Sgt
Heath was satisfied with his time and
enjoyed lining up against some of the
"Initially I was a little disappointed
because I just missed my personal best,
but I'm stoked to run sub 2:40," he said.
"I was fortunate to be able to be with
the elites prior to the race; you learn that
their preparation is similar and anything
can happen on the day.
"The course is great because it's flat,
the weather is fantastic and it falls in
school holidays, so it's easier to con-
vince the family to have a holiday
around my marathon on the Gold Coast.
"It's always great to see old friends
out on the course as well as meeting
new club members running their debut
Competing for the fifth time, Sgt
Heath was among 21 Army starters and
said he enjoyed racing against the clock
and pushing his own personal limits.
"The entire race you run just below
red line, so it's a balancing act to not tip
over and blow up. I tried to maintain a
consistent pace but the last 4km was a
slog," he said.
"During the race you concentrate on
your own form and the pack you're sit-
ting with, and you're also checking for
In 2:58.26 Maj Jeff Rudd, LWDC,
crossed the finish line first in his age cat-
"It's a great thrill just to cross the fin-
ish line of the marathon," he said.
"Achieving my goal of a sub 3hr mar-
athon was very satisfying and a reward
for the hard work I had put in prior to the
"A Kiwi has won my age category
in the Gold Coast Marathon for the past
two years, so it was a nice feeling to win
the age category this year and knock the
Competing in the Gold Coast
Marathon for the seventh time, Maj
Rudd said he found himself, like always,
fighting against his body from the 35km
"This is when you call on all your
training and both physical and mental
toughness to get through the next 5km,"
"From there the finish is in sight and I
draw energy from the cheering spectators
that line both sides of the last 2km of the
Maj Rudd said the Gold Coast was an
ideal location for a marathon with great
"The course is very flat and scenic
with the Gold Coast's surf beaches and
broadwater on one side and holiday high
rises on the other," he said.
"There are plenty of things to look at
and keep your mind occupied."
The first ADF woman across the line
was Maj Candice Cushway, Strategic
Logistics Branch, in a time of 3:52.20
followed by WO1 Diane Voss, Army HQ,
in a time of 4:21.58 and Capt Glenys
Ewings, 7 Sig Regt, in 4:40.11
The Gold Coast Marathon attracts the
best runners from around the world due
to its flat course and mild temperatures.
This year the 22-year-old track record
was beaten by Kenyan Nicholas Manza
Kamakya in 2:10.01.
The next race on the ADRAA calendar is the
Sydney City2Surf on August 14. For more infor-
mation contact Luke Grattan by email to
1. Sgt Wayne Heath, 2HSB, 2:39:30
(third in ADF, 27th overall)
2. Maj Jeff Rudd, LWDC, 2:58.26,
(fifth in ADF, 148th overall)
3. WO2 Rodney Holland, 7CSSB,
3:02.06 (7th in ADF, 186th overall)
4. Cfn Brenton Turner, 9FSB, 3;16.52
(10th in ADF, 457th overall)
5. Sgt Lee Dyson, 3:19.18 (11th in
ADF, 508th overall)
6. Maj Filip Likar, HQ 1Div, 3:20.58
(12th in ADF, 529th overall)
7. Richard Adams 3:35.59 (13th in
ADF, 860th overall)
8. Capt Ian Perrin, Rotary wing
Aircraft maintenance School,
3:41:31 (15th in ADF, 971st
9. Ricky Smith, 3:48.10 (18th in ADF,
10. WO2 Rodney Northfield,
31/42RQR, 3:50.37 (19th in ADF,
1. Maj Candice Cuhway, Strategic
Logistics Branch, 3:52.20 (22nd in
ADF, 1645th overall)
2. WO1 Diane Voss, Army HQ,
4:21.58 (26th in ADF, 2836th
3. Capt Glenys Ewings, 7 Sig Regt,
4:40.11 (27th in ADF, 3409th
4. Sgt Bernadette Rogash, 7CSSB,
4:46.47 (29th in ADF, 3593rd
5. Pte Milijana Tankosic, 2/14 LHR
QMI, 4:54.45 (31st in ADF,
Top effort: Maj Jeff
Rudd, LWDC, crosses
the finish line first in the
M55-59 category of the
Gold Coast Marathon.
DEFENCE Squash is building on
its success at the NT Top End Open
and the Arafura Games with prepara-
tions for this year's National Squash
Championships at RAAF Williamtown
well under way.
The nationals will take place from
August 7-12 and a record number of
players is expected to compete this year,
with Defence's top male and female
players expected to nominate.
ADF Squash President LCdr Nick
Barker said the forecast for the week
was for some exciting, competitive
squash, with opportunities for everyone
to learn and improve their game.
"It's not just about the top players,"
LCdr Barker said.
"The nationals is for players of all
standards with everyone being evenly
matched against players of similar
"The future of squash within
Defence rests with beginners, casual
Membership on the Defence Squash
Facebook group is gaining momentum
and helping to spread the word on
squash in Defence. All Defence Squash
members are eligible to join. Access
is by DRN e-mail request to either
Cpl Craig Baldwin (craig.baldwin@
defence.gov.au) or Phil Whiteman (phil.
personnel should read DI(G)ADMIN
08-1 before posting anything on social
networking sites such as Facebook.
ADF squash nationals
open to all abilities
and club players as well as the elite.
The tournament will guarantee plenty of
games for all participants."
Entry forms can be found on the Defence
squash website at http://intranet.defence.gov.
au/pspg/sites/Squash/ or from Sgt Melinda Boyd
on (02) 6937 5820 or email
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