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AFTER four months of physical train-
ing, mental preparation and team
administration, staff and trainees from
the Defence Force School of Signals
(DFSS) confronted the gruelling chal-
lenge of Tough Mudder.
The endurance event, which took
place on April 1 at the Grand Prix circuit
on Phillip Island, was set across 20km
with 28 obstacles dotted throughout the
As the name of the event suggests,
the course was tough going and by the
end had 22,000 participants covered in
The DFSS team comprising 40 staff
and trainees all successfully conquered
the Tough Mudder obstacles within a
time of about two-and-a-half hours.
Though each obstacle posed a differ-
ent challenge, it was evident the DFSS
team's military training regime ade-
quately prepared them for the course --
more so than many of the civilian com-
One of the more difficult obstacles
on the day was Everest. The obstacle
stood at about 6m and was constructed
from timber with rubber sheeting cover-
ing the near vertical ascent.
Battling fatigue and covered in mud,
it took a great deal of determination and
tenacity for the DFSS team, who worked
in small groups, to ensure each member
reached the summit.
The support and dedication of the
team coordinators, OC Spt Wing Major
Adam Strickland and PTI Sergeant
John Penhall, ensured the DFSS team
achieved the desired end state -- to suc-
cessfully complete the challenge and
then go home to recuperate.
Tough going: RSM DFSS, WO1 Mark Gaskell, looks for assistance in
DESPITE walking away with six blisters and
the likelihood of losing four toenails, ultra run-
ner WO1 Kevin Muller, of the Army School of
Health, is stoked with his performance and ready
to do it all again.
WO1 Muller finished second overall and covered
221.4km in the Coburg 24hr from April 14-15.
Relatively new to ultra running, WO1 Muller
beat his goal of 200km after running 553 laps and
maintaining his race position for more than 16 hours,
finishing 13km behind winner Ewan Horsburgh.
"I am very happy to achieve 221.4km on debut,
which is much better than I was aiming for," he said.
"Apart from two shoe changes and some quick
stops in the trackside portaloo I managed to run for
"I was expecting a large drop in pace during the
early hours of the morning but this did not occur and
this was where I covered the extra distance."
WO1 Muller said his race plan was to complete
28 laps in the first hour, then 27, 26, etc down to 20
laps an hour and hold that for as long as possible.
"That would have got me over 200km and I
would have adjusted down if I had major tiredness or
injuries," he said.
After what felt like a slow start, WO1 Muller
pulled away from the pack and set a steady pace.
"I headed out in third spot at what felt like a very
slow pace. However, I was soon in second place after
a few minutes."
"When the gun fired to signal the finish I was
expecting to feel much better as I no longer had to
keep going. But within minutes I was feeling very
stiff and sore and became nauseous and just made it
to the toilets to empty my stomach."
After completing his first marathon in 2008 he
completed four Melbourne Marathons and four
50km trail events before setting his sights on the
"I doubt I had ever run more then 70km in a week
before," he said.
"I did my first 100km-plus training run in late
February and managed five more before mid-April."
WO1 Muller said he enjoyed the ultra running
environment as it had a different feel to more tradi-
"The thing I like about the ultra running com-
munity is they are all very friendly, willing to share
advice and encourage every other participant during
the run," he said.
"Ultras don't have as much of a competitive race
feel to them, rather everyone is happy for fellow
participants to achieve their time/distance goals and
make it to the finish."
"I have entered the Adelaide 12hr road champion-
ships on July 14 and the Tan Track 100km ultra in
Melbourne on August 12," he said.
"The main ultra race I am preparing for this
year is the Coast to Kosciuszko on December 7.
It's a 240km run that starts on the beach near Eden
NSW, goes to the top of Mt Kosciuszko and finishes
at Charlotte's Pass. The minimum entry standard is
a primary qualifier of at least 180km in a 24hr event
and a secondary qualifier of completing at least one
other event of 100km plus.
"I hope to achieve the second qualifier both in
Adelaide and at the Tan Track."
A hard day
at the track
Ultra runner ready for more after impressive performance
Ultra effort: WO1 Kevin Muller is ready for his next
challenge after the Coburg 24hr.
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