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Army December 6, 2012
Marathon effort in Washington
THE Australian Army Liaison Officer to Marine
Forces Pacific, Lt-Col Paul Smith, completed the
37th Marine Corps Marathon in a field of 515 runners
from more than 54 countries in Washington DC on
Braving chilly temperatures and the threat of
Hurricane Sandy, Lt-Col Smith said the hurricane hit
the US East Coast the following day, stranding many
thousands of people for days after.
"It was my second marathon, having run the
Canberra Marathon back in 2011, but this was made
special by the crowds and the support of the Marines
who manned every water point and were also spread
out among the thousands of spectators along the route
to cheer us on," Lt-Col Smith said.
Each finisher had his or her medal presented by a
Marine and was able to have a photo in front of the
Marine Corps Memorial at Arlington.
This year the Marine Corps Marathon sold out its
marathon registration spots in two-and-a-half hours,
which prompted organisers to provide early pre-regis-
tration for active duty military members.
Cpl Max Bree
TWO Australian colonels battled
3000 athletes for more than 10 hours
in the Ironman Florida at Panama
City Beach on November 3.
Cols Jason Ross and Spencer
Norris, on exchange with the US
Army, took on the 3.8km swim,
180km ride and 42km run.
The hardest part of the gruelling
race was to have enough food to
keep going, according to Col Ross.
"The biggest challenge during
a race is ability to stay fuelled," he
said. "My nutrition plan called for
about 300 calories per hour. They
call the bike leg in Ironman the roll-
"The challenge here is to have a
nutrition plan (mixture of gels, high-
carb drinks and solids) that will
have you in good form to start the
Col Ross finished 233rd overall
in 10:30:17, while Col Norris ran in
357th with a time of 10:56:18.
Col Norris said the water temper-
ature was 21C, while the ironmen
ran through heavy humidity.
"The conditions on the bike were
great, although a tough headwind
toward the end, and the run was a
little warm at 30C with high humid-
ity," he said.
Col Ross started training for the
event 10 months out, with a swim-
ming, riding and running regime
"The biggest challenge is to
maintain motivation to train the
long hours, usually in excess of
20 hours a week, while balancing
work and family commitments,"
"Ironman has the ability to take
over your life."
Finishers: Colonels Jason Ross and Spencer Norris after completing
the Ironman Florida.
Ironmen take to Florida event
Worldly honour for sergeant
SGT Ian Roberts was named as
vice-captain of the World Defence
XI after a stellar performance for
Army at the 2012 International
Defence Cricket Challenge (IDCC)
in Canberra from November 13-24.
Sgt Roberts, of 8CSSB, went on to
play an Australian Cricket Association
Masters team that included six former
Test players on November 24.
Chasing 107 in a Twenty20 match,
the World Defence XI won by seven
wickets, with Sgt Roberts adding eight
runs to the total before being bowled
by former NSW paceman Richard
The Army cricket team bowed
out of the IDCC to the Malaysian Air
Force in the semi-finals.
Army played games against Navy,
Air Force, New Zealand Army and Air
Forces, the Royal Malaysian Air Force
(the defending champion from 2009)
and the Pakistan Joint Services.
Army also produced an eighth
team, the Anzac Barbarians, to make
an even number of teams, played in
both 50-over one-day matches and the
shorter Twenty20 format.
Army also reached the Stan Sismey
Plate Final of the one-day matches
against long-time rival Air Force.
However, team captains and manage-
ment decided to call the match a draw
and played an unscored friendly game.
The matches during the past few years
between RAAF and Army have been
extremely hard fought and a draw
seemed a fitting end for both teams.
In Army's semi-final against
the defending champion, the Royal
Malaysian Air Force scored 7/227 in
its 50 overs. Army's top order strug-
gled against the Malaysian pace bowl-
ers, losing 4/54 before seeing through
its 50 overs to amass 8/190.
Sgt Don Mander, of 3 Rec Coy, top
scored with 43 not out.
Army opened the tournament with
an impressive victory against the
Royal New Zealand Air Force in a T20
match that saw opening batsman Sgt
Roberts post seven 6s and six 4s in his
total of 81 runs off just 31 balls.
Army also went on to record
wins against Navy, Air Force, the
Barbarians and New Zealand Army.
In the tournament grand final,
Pakistan Joint Services maintained its
unbeaten run with a seven-wicket vic-
tory against the Royal Malaysian Air
Force. Malaysia batted first and scored
9/171 from 50 overs, leaving Pakistan
with little trouble in reaching the total
in the 28th over.
Pakistan's opener Mir Azam scored
111 runs off 91 deliveries, which
included eight 4s and six 6s.
Meanwhile, Maj Lindsay Holmes
and Maj Grantley Woods were award-
ed life membership of the Australian
Services Cricket Association for their
long and dedicated service to the
They are two of only 16 life mem-
bers in the 25-year history of the
Full results can be found at http://www.
Stellar performance for Army earns selection in World Defence XI
Cpl Max Bree
THE 6 Avn Regt team
soared to victory
in the Kapooka
9s Rugby League
ing the Air Force
side in the final on
thumped their RAAF
cousins 24-0 in the
final, despite nar-
rowly securing a
12-all draw against
Air Force in an earlier
Pictured here are
Cfn Ross Hunter and
Cfn Logan Chin, of
6 Avn Regt, making
a tackle against Air
Force in the final.
Photo by Cpl Max Bree
On the run: Lt-Col Paul Smith, an Australian
liaison officer with the US Marines, joins the
Marine Corps Marathon in Washington DC.
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