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Cpl Nick Wiseman
AFTER almost 100 marathons span-
ning 30 years, WO1 Gary Pattrick,
of AHQ, still considers himself a
beginner to the sport.
His marathons have taken him to
scenic locations around the world with
the 100th planned for the Gold Coast
WO1 Pattrick said he got into mar-
athon running as a means to keep fit.
"We are required to maintain a fit-
ness level in Army and because of my
duties, I found this was the best option
for me," he said.
"As an individual sport I could fit
my training in whenever and wherever
His first marathon was at
Holsworthy in May 1983.
Since then, WO1 Pattrick has com-
pleted marathons in five continents
and plans to expand that to seven in
the next year or so.
Running across different coun-
tries has been rewarding with high-
lights in Buenos Aires, Paris, Hong
Warrant officer tackles 100th marathon milestone after taking up running in 1983
On the run for a century
Capt Ian Marston
RUGBY union players from 6 Avn Regt may be kings
of the sky, but they also showed their expertise at
ground level by defeating the School of Inf in the final
of the Kapooka Sport Series rugby union tournament.
Played on March 16, the event had a reduced field
of teams, however, the competition was played with the
gusto of a huge event.
The day, the grounds and the espirit de corps were
perfect for the impending clash of players willing to
represent their units.
A series of round-robin matches were played, with
each team competing in four games to determine the
top four positions to play in the finals.
At the end of the minor rounds, 6 Avn Regt and the
School of Inf placed first and second respectively.
These two teams played off for the shield in what
was an extremely fast and hard-hitting game.
6 Avn Regt ran out winners 34-10 with the score not
being a great indication of the game.
The Riverina ADF Rugby Club (RARC) ran third
in the minor competition and played Pucka Boars to
determine the winners of the cup.
In what was a very entertaining and high scoring
game, the RARC ran out victors 43-22.
The player of the series was the super hero from the
School of Inf, Lt Daniel Bligh.
Next year, the competition will be held on March 15
and will celebrate the 21st anniversary of the K Series.
The Kapooka Summer Sports Series, comprising
rugby league and golf, will be held on November 15
Visit the ARTC website at http://intranet.defence.gov.au/sites/
ARTC/ for more information on the games.
6 Avn Regt
flies in for
Hard yards: LT Dan Wakely, of the Riverina ADF
Rugby Club, is tackled by the Pucka Boars.
High flyers: 6 Avn Regt players give a celebratory
cheer after winning the annual Kapooka Sport
Series rugby union tournament.
Photos courtesy of Sharp Shots
Kong, California, New Caledonia and
Currently in his eighth year posted
unaccompanied to Canberra, WO1
Pattrick said he had a daily training
routine which negated the need for a
"I usually run to work each day,"
"Rather than work on distance,
I run for time and can adjust it as
Not even winter stops him running
as cooler weather is much preferred by
the marathon runner.
His 99th run is planned later this
year for Rotorua, New Zealand, and
will be the second time he has been on
the starting line for that race.
He originally made the start line in
1999 but the event was cancelled 10
minutes before the start due to parts of
the course disappearing into a lake.
He is looking forward to returning
and completing that event in May.
With some of his ultra-marathons
taking more than eight hours, WO1
Pattrick said he used the time to take
in the scenery and solve the problems
of the world.
"Long distance running is great for
reducing stress levels," he said. "I find
you can resolve a lot on a run."
Long distance running
is great for reducing
-- WO1 Gary Pattrick
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