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May 4, 2012
IT'S A case of no pain, no gain for six Navy
runners training for the gruelling Northface 100
in Sydney's picturesque Blue Mountains on
They have run on average 100km a week
to prepare for one of the toughest races on the
Australian race calendar.
The six runners are CHAP Rendall 'Max'
Walker, of HMAS Watson, LSWTR Roger
Issaks, of HMAS Sydney, ABMUSN Emma
Lefroy, of RAN Band Sydney, ABCD Stephen
McDonald, of HMAS Penguin, LSMED
Dionette Wilson, of HMAS Penguin, and CAPT
Peter Scott, of HMAS Kuttabul.
For some, the Northface 100 will be the
longest distance they have run, which will chal-
lenge them both mentally and physically when
fatigue and muscle cramps set in.
ABMUS Lefroy, who plays the flute, said
she was confident of finishing within 20 hours
even though the longest distance she had ever
run and walked was 45km.
"I love getting out into the bush so this is an
obvious challenge for me," she said.
CHAP Walker said he had trained hard for
the event and expected to do a lot of praying
during the back end of the race.
"I have done two 50km runs before, clock-
ing about six and half hours for each, but the
Northface 100 will be a new challenge," he said.
CHAP Walker said he was aiming to com-
plete the race in less than 14 hours to qualify for
a coveted Northface 100 silver belt-buckle.
LSWTR Isaaks ran the Northface 100 last
year in a time of 16.5hr, but is aiming to run
faster for a silver belt-buckle.
"The hardest part of the race is the last 20km
when the body has no energy and wants to give
up," he said.
"It then becomes a question of pushing on
through the pain barrier, which is where my Navy
training and discipline will make a difference."
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ROAD RUNNERS: LSWTR Roger Isaaks, left, ABMUS Emma Lefroy and CHAP Rendall 'Max' Walker
train at HMAS Watson for the Northface 100 in the Blue Mountains on May 19.
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RAN Rugby Union will be look-
ing to go back-to-back when it
takes on Army and RAAF in
the Australian Services Rugby
Championships at Victoria
Barracks in Sydney from May
After scoring in the dying
minutes of the deciding game
last year to snatch a 25-22 upset
win against Army, RAN coach
WO Anthony Doherty said his
team was ready to do it again.
"We will again be competi-
tive in our centenary year," WO
"Our players want to consol-
idate what they started last year
by holding onto the silverware.
"Unfortunately we have had
to make changes to last year's
winning line-up due to injuries
and personnel being away with
"This, however, allows other
players the opportunity to rep-
The RAN women, combined
with a small contingent of
RAAF players, also took the
honours off Army last year with
a 10-5 win. Sixteen Navy play-
ers and eight Air Force players
broke Army's six-year strong-
hold and Navy will be looking
to emulate that result.
All three services will go into
their respective training camps
from May 5-12 before the first
games are played on May 13
between RAN women and Air
Force women and Army men
and Air Force men. This will
be followed on May 16 by Navy
men versus Air Force men and
the deciding matches played on
May 19. Navy and Air Force
women will again join forces to
take on Army women. Navy Old
Salts will also take on Army Old
Boys at midday on May 19.
Australian Services rugby
union squads will be announced
at the end of the ASRC. The
women will face the British
Army team in Canberra the last
week in May and a men's team
will play a one-off test in July. It
is hoped the ASRU women will
also tour the UK in October.
PHYSICALLY preparing the next gen-
eration of ADF leaders might be his
business, but POPT Brad Hetharia, of
ADFA, showed he is no slouch when it
comes to doing the hard yards.
POPT Hetharia whipped around the
full marathon course of the Australian
Running Festival held in Canberra on
April 15 to finish a credible 13th out
of more than 1300 runners in a time of
2hr 42min 57sec.
Not to be outdone, several more
senior officers ran the course in
respectable times. CAPT Peter Scott,
Commander Australian Maritime
Warfare Centre, and CAPT Chris
Smith, of Navy Strategic Command,
finished in 3:24.52 and 3:28.41 respec-
tively, while CAPT Simon Bateman, of
Navy Strategic Command, and CAPT
Will Martin, COS CN, completed their
first marathons in a respectable time of
They were pipped at the post by
CMDR Lewis Gaha, of Navy Strategic
Command, who managed to prepare
the ground for his running mates by
hurling himself over the line two sec-
onds ahead of them -- perhaps demon-
strating the value of giving that extra 1
CMDR Dave Graham, of HMAS
Creswell, decided he needed to go a
little further and after completing the
marathon in 3:24.51 went on to com-
plete the 50km event.
LSMEDSM Dionette Wilson, of
HMAS Penguin who is preparing for
the Northface 100 also undertook the
50km event and finished in 4:46.
"It was a slow time but I was help-
ing a friend complete the distance also
and that's what these sorts of events
are about," LSMEDSM Wilson said.
There were also Navy representa-
tives in the half marathon and 10km
events which occurred during the
festival. Most notable of these were
CAPT Mike Beard, of VCDF Group,
who ran 1:34.46 in the half marathon
and CAPT Warren Bairstow, of Navy
Strategic Command, who raced around
the 10km course in 50min.
CAPT Bateman said the event,
which raised $139,000 for charities,
demonstrated the value of Navy's fit-
ness requirements across all ranks.
"A good showing from Navy dem-
onstrates the value of a good basic fit-
"If our people can knock over a
marathon on a weekend who knows
what they can achieve during the
week," he said.
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