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CRAWLS under 10,000-volt electrified
wire, tyre carries, cargo net climbs and
sprints through flaming haystacks have
all proven personnel at HQ Norcom are
The inaugural Blood Sweat and Fears
half marathon fitness challenge took
place on May 4 at Lake Bennett and in
the surrounding bush near Darwin.
The course featured 20 obstacles, each
more strenuous than the last, designed to
break up a 21km cross-country run.
Event organisers said the NT bush,
in conjunction with the harsh climate,
made it one of Australia’s ultimate fitness
The 14-strong team from Norcom
included an even mix of men and women
across the ranks.
LS Michelle Lakin said the event
strengthened the team ethos at the HQ.
“We had a buddy-up system and this
changed a lot during the 21km but we
never ran alone,” she said.
“It was a great feeling to arrive at the
next obstacle with your team mates to
motivate and encourage you and egg you
“One of the last mystery obstacles
was called ‘Roach or Run’ and we were
given the choice of eating a cockroach
or running an extra 750m down and up a
“I chose to eat the cockroach. I just
swallowed it whole – it was disgusting.
The first of the Norcom competitors
crossed the line just over three hours and
20 minutes from their start time.
Chief of staff Gp-Capt Bill
Kourelakos said the event highlighted the
diversity and professionalism in the HQ.
“I think we’re used to working hard
and pulling our own weight, but this
event really highlighted the unique-
ness of Norcom as a small joint military
headquarters with a big responsibility,”
“Supporting each other is the only
way we get the job done.”
Maj Chris Linden
GUNNERS from 102 Coral Bty,
8/12 Regt, in Afghanistan and
Adelaide remembered fallen
mates with a test of physical
endurance, completing a cross-fit
workout dubbed “60-toucan” on
The name is drawn from the
number of Adelaide-based 102
Bty personnel killed on opera-
tions – 62 – and the battery’s
emblem – a toucan.
Gnr Oscar Commandari said
the session was tough, but a good
way to remember the battery
members who died on operations
and support each other on the
“We’re out here today to slog
it out to put in an effort to give
thanks to the boys who have gone
before us in the battery,” he said.
“You’re here with your mates
and you don’t want to be the one
that gave up so you just keep
pushing no matter what.”
The workout was deliberately
tough, according to battery
Taking on tough
Battery remembers fallen members with gruelling PT session
commander Capt Eugene
“We ran almost 8km and did
62 repetitions each of the nine
exercises – after a few exercises
the guys felt every rep,” he said.
The soldiers in Tarin Kot
and South Australia, more than
10,600km away from each other,
undertook the challenge for Coral
Day on May 13, which com-
memorates the battery’s decisive
role in the 1968 Vietnam battles
of Coral and Balmoral. The bat-
tery was awarded the Australian
military’s first ever Honour Title,
Coral, in 2008.
Sweating it out:
Members of 102 Coral
Bty start the 60-toucan
challenge with a 400m
run. Inset, Gnr Chol
Nuer completes one of
62 reps with a weight
Photos by Cpl Colin Dadd
Northerners face the
hardest half marathon
Warm up: From left, Flt-Lt Shannon Monk, Lt-Col Anita Gannon, Leut-Cmdr
Phillipa Hay, Wg-Cdr Belinda Crooks-Burns, LS Kieran Hollis, Sqn-Ldr Peter
Janssen and Flt-Lt Robert Bride make the daunting walk to the registration
desk at the start of the Blood, Sweat and Fears challenge.
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