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By LEUT Kelli Lunt
FORTY members of HMAS
Toowoomba, including the CO
CMDR Ivan Ingham, recently
competed in a full marathon event
-- 42.2km or 703 laps around the
flight deck, in a bid to raise money
The participants competed in
teams and individually over a four-
hour period, with the direction being
changed every 15 minutes to ensure
an even impact on the runners' bod-
ies.Organiser and Toowoomba's
Physical Trainer, LSPT Nicole
Gunthorpe, said she was absolutely
thrilled by the number of people
who participated and the amount of
money that was raised.
"The number of people who
participated was unbelievable," she
"I didn't really expect to have
that many runners."
In total, more than $3500 was
raised for the ship's charities.
"There are many considerations
when conducting a marathon at sea.
We were lucky we had great sea
and weather conditions on the day,
although it was a little hot out there.
We had heaps of people who
came out to support the runners too,
so there was a great atmosphere."
LSPT Gunthorpe, herself a
competitive triathlete, said the idea
really gained momentum with many
people wanting to challenge them-
"I think there are a lot of peo-
ple on board who are physically fit
and like to raise the bar for personal
achievements," she said.
"Their enthusiasm and their abil-
ity to encourage others just to give
it a go made sure that the event was
a success. The opportunity to raise
money for worthwhile charities
gave them an extra incentive to push
themselves that little bit harder too."
"I think there are a lot
of people on board
who are physically
fit and like to raise
the bar for personal
-- LSPT Nicole Gunthorpe
The day of the marathon also
coincided with CPOCTL Simon
Butterworth's 40th birthday. His love
of running, the challenge of pushing
through a pain barrier and his desire
to run a marathon distance was the
motivation to run the full four hours
on his own.
In fact, when LSPT Gunthorpe
mentioned to him that she was con-
sidering holding the event it was
CPOCTL Butterworth who provided
much of the motivation to get the
marathon up and running.
"I decided on my 39th birth-
day that I would attempt my first
42.2 kilometres as a 40th birthday
present," CPOCTL Butterworth
"I wasn't really planning to
run an official marathon event, it
was just the distance I wanted to
"The most enticing thing about
this run was the fact that it took
place on the ship's flight deck in
quite hot conditions. Running hun-
dreds of laps around what was a
very tight circuit on a steel deck
really tests your mental toughness,
not to mention your body. Besides
this, I got to do it on the RAN's fin-
est warship, HMAS Toowoomba.
Beats the Gold Coast Marathon
CPOCTL Butterworth complet-
ed 666 laps, only falling short of
his goal by three kilometres, and
raised more than $800 himself. At
the finish, in acknowledgement of
CPOCTL Butterworth's inspiration-
al achievement, all of the partici-
pants fell in behind him to cross the
line as one team.
Overall, a total of 406km was
run by the participants on the day.
The marathon was one of sev-
eral sporting initiatives held dur-
ing Toowoomba's deployment on
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: CPOCTL
Simon Butterworth celebrates his
40th birthday as he comes through
the finish line.
Photo: LEUT Kelli Lunt
By LCDR Antony Underwood
THE thundering herd blasted off
around HMAS Harman (CMDR Bruce
Shearman) oval for the 46th time in
as many years late on the morning of
And the man behind the gun,
Chairman of Queanbeyan Legacy Jack
Sealey, got to fire it twice -- firstly for the
walkers and secondly for the runners.
This year's Bonshaw Cup was run,
and walked, under perfect conditions.
The sky was blue and, if it had been any
warmer, there could have been complica-
As well as entrants from Navy, Army
and Air Force, Defence civilians and at
least three schools joined the 300-strong
As usual, the main leg of the course
was from the Harman Junior Sailors'
Club, across the hill, down to the site
of the old receiving station and back.
But the course, including two laps of
the Harman oval, was somewhat longer
than in years gone by -- measured by the
physical trainers organising the event at
First past the post and overall winner
was Luke Grattan, a Defence civilian
with the Submarine Combat Systems
Program Office. He hit the ribbon in
21min 11sec -- achieving a blistering rate
of progress of 18.13 kph.
Second and third across the line
were, respectively, Nick Horsepool of
Geoscience Australia in 21'29" and
Defence contractor David Shepherd in
First Navy runner across the finish
line was LSPT Alex Minney, of HMAS
Kuttabul, in 22'32" who had taken out
the annual Ship-to-Shore race just a fort-
Last across the line was Alice
Reynolds, a lady who has been around
longer than most, in a creditable 79' 41".
In between was a huge variety of run-
ners and walkers, ages and teams.
In presenting the awards after the tra-
ditional Bonshaw barbecue, CO HMAS
Harman, CMDR Bruce Shearman, said
he was "delighted" with the turnout on
His final presentation was of a big
cheque -- for $1000 -- to Harman's
adopted local charity, the Legacy Club
Chairman Jack Sealey expressed the
club's gratitude for Harman's generosity.
"Queanbeyan Legacy is extremely
grateful for Harman's continued sup-
port," he said. "This donation will go
towards providing outdoor seating for
the ladies under our care living at Legacy
"It is for seating they use while wait-
ing to catch a bus on the King's Highway
outside the village."
Bonshaw run and won
OFF AND RACING: Competitors in the 46th Bonshaw Cup race off the line
after receiving the starters signal by Queanbeyan Legacy Chairman Jack
Sealey. Race winner Luke Grattan (Number 010) gets a good start and
averaged more than 18kph over the 6.4km race.
Photo: LSIS Paul McCallum
MORE than 100 Navy person-
nel took part in the Sydney 2009
World Masters Games, which
attracted over 25,000 participants
from more than 100 countries.
The event is the largest of its
type in the world and Navy fielded
competitors in more than 20 of the
28 events. While it was more about
participating in the games than win-
ning, most competitors achieved
great results and personal bests.
CPOCIS Alan Clark competed
in four events and won gold in the
men's TK1 200m and 500m sprints,
and fourth in the 21km marathon
sea kayak as well as fourth in the
TK1 100m sprint.
LEUT Clare O'Brien won silver
in the women's surf ski event and
silver in the women's oceanperson
The two touch football teams
did very well. The Navy men's 30's
won bronze and the Navy men's
35's won silver.
The women of the Navy netball
team played 18 games over eight
days, which is more than they nor-
mally play in a year.
CMDR Bell won bronze in the
55-64 age group for golf and LEUT
Dave Baker came in fourth -- only
one point behind in the same age
In the ADF men's 35+ hockey
the team won a gold medal and the
ADF men's 40+ hockey team won a
Members of the Navy squash
team also did particularly well with
CPO Dave White winning bronze.
The games encouraged partici-
pation in sport at all levels and rep-
resented an ideal opportunity for
Navy to increases its profile. It pro-
vided Navy teams with an oppor-
tunity to compete with teams from
other organisations and overseas
and all participants reported having
a great time.
World Masters Games highlights
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