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Army April 12, 2012
Trailblazer on track
Ultra-runner Cpl Caine Warburton gears up for the North Face 100
Sights set on
ADF triathletes will join 1500 competitors in the
Sydney Olympic Triathlon to be held on April 14-15.
The triathlon follows the 2000 Olympic course
and will include a 1.5km swim, 40km cycle and
10km run with the Sydney Harbour Bridge closed for
the duration of the race.
Treasurer Australian Defence Sports Triathlon
Association (ADSTA) Capt Peter Howden, of HQ
Forcomd, said the historic course held its own unique
"The most exciting part is we get to swim with the
sharks in Sydney Harbour," he said.
"So there will be some fast swim times with this
in mind. We will also have by far the largest presence
of any team with 50-plus competitors at the event."
As the deciding event for the ADSTA National
Olympic Distance Championships, the triathlon has
attracted the largest ADSTA turnout for any event the
association has conducted in many years.
The championship is decided over three races --
Noosa, Geelong and Sydney.
"With ADSTA President Maj Dave Thomson, of
HQ 1 Div, and PO Shannon Purcell still in the run-
ning to win the first ADSTA Championship series,
the Sydney race will have plenty of spice," Capt
Maj Thomson said he was looking forward to the
Sydney race. "It has the most spectacular back drop,
but sadly there will be no time for sightseeing," he
said. "The race is on."
Commandant RMC-A and ADSTA Patron Brig
Dave Luhrs will also compete alongside 28 Army
triathletes, nine Air Force representatives, 10 Navy
competitors and five Defence civilians, in his first
race since becoming the patron.
He said he was looking forward to the event and
wished everyone good luck and a safe race.
"As evidenced by the high number of competi-
tors this year, the sport of triathlon continues to grow
within Defence," Brig Luhrs said.
"The opportunities provided through the sup-
port of the ADF Sports Council and the ADSTA
Committee allow ADF members to compete and
represent the ADF in a variety of high-profile events
conducted over some great courses."
As part of the weekend ADSTA will be holding its
annual general meeting at Randwick Barracks.
For more information on the sport of triathlon contact
email@example.com or go to www.adsta.asn.au/main/
Cpl Mark Doran
WHEN Army last caught up with Cpl Caine
Warburton, of Defence Force Recruiting Coolangatta,
he had just proposed to his fiancée on their com-
pletion of the 2010 North Face 100 in the Blue
This year the marriage will be sealed with another
100km run at the North Face 100 on May 18.
While Cpl Warburton and his wife Tymeka did not
wear runners to their wedding, they did begin the day
with a romantic run before the sunrise ceremony in
October last year.
Their honeymoon in Japan was mostly spent on the
ski slopes with a few runs in between.
Being knocked out in a skiing accident did not slow
Cpl Warburton down and it was only when he returned
to Australia he realised his shoulder was broken.
Despite this he still managed to race the Bogong
to Hotham 64km race on January 8 with a top-10 fin-
ish, though the race was shortened to 35km because of
Last weekend, on a whim, Cpl Warburton entered the
50km Nerang State Forest race and not only won it, but
set a new race record. That win has also put him in con-
tention for a sport on the Australian ultra running team.
"I only entetered on the Friday night and had had my
usual running week so I wasn't thinking about a placing,
let alone winning," he said.
Cpl Warburton said he had not tapered or prepared
because he was focusing his energy on the 60km Wild
Horse Criterium to be held on April 8 and the 42.2km Mt
Mee Classic Trail Marathon on April 22.
"I was just taking it easy using the race for a long run
before my next race. I surprised myself and everyone
when I finished about 30 minutes clear of second place."
Last year was also a busy year for Cpl Warburton as
he competed in more than 15 trail runs and ultra mara-
thons from 5km to 50km, which he consistently won.
Now considered to be in the top 10-15 ultra runners
in Australia, Cpl Warburton said he was pushing hard to
mix it with the top runners at the pointy end of the field.
"The biggest challenge is having the confidence in
yourself to put your body on the line, and sometimes
your money where your mouth is," Cpl Warburton said.
"You have to know your strong points and really
work them during a race.
"Other challenges of competing in a 100km run are
nutrition selection and making sure you are thinking
about the long term by not going out too hard with your
pace at the start.
"You have to think about how you will be feeling in
four to five hours rather than what you are feeling at the
As a member of the Australian Ultra Runners
Association and with running sponsorship, Cpl
Warburton weekly trains up to 10 hours per week run-
He is also able to train with Tymeka when she has
weekends off from the Queensland Police Service
Academy. He said the atmosphere and culture of the sport
was very inclusive.
"It doesn't matter if you are the competitor who
comes first or last, everybody is treated the same and
there is no elitism in ultra running, which is the most
appealing part of the sport," he said.
Long road: Cpl Caine Warburton, of DFR, in training for this year's North
Face 100 (right) and with his wife Tymeka (inset).
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