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Volume 55, No. 12, July 5, 2012
AFTER being crowned ADF tri-
athlon champion in April, CPO
Shanon Purcell went one better
in the final race of the season
to take out the Defence triathlon
national ironman in Cairns on
In doing so, CPO Purcell, of
ADF Counter IED Taskforce, has
decided he is not a big fan of
"About half of the 42.2km run
leg was in the canefields in the
heat of the day and it was the
biggest challenge of the race for
me," CPO Purcell said.
"The temperature reached
about 28 on the day, but in the
fields it is quite protected, there
is no breeze and it feels like it's
about 40 degrees.
"Unlike a lot of the other com-
petitors I am based in Canberra
so I am sure getting a taste of the
He said the support of other
ADF competitors and his wife and
friends helped him get through
the gruelling run.
"My wife cycled out and really
encouraged me to keep going and
a couple of friends did the same
and that really helped," he said.
CPO Purcell finished the
3.8km swim, 180km ride and
42.2km run in an impressive time
of 10hr 27min 52sec.
"For me it's all about the chal-
lenge," CPO Purcell said.
"I was listening to a woman
being interviewed the other
day who had done something
big in sport and she said that it
shouldn't be about time, it should
be about the personal challenge
and I really believe that."
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