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August 30, 2012
MORE than 40 Navy personnel were part of
the human tidal wave of 85,000 competitors
taking on the world's biggest fun-run, the
ADF Running and Navy Running
Association members recorded impressive
times in the14km run from the Sydney CBD
to iconic Bondi Beach on August 12.
Spearheading Navy's assault on the gru-
elling course was LEUT Rowan Walker, of
HMAS Kuttabul, who placed 12th in a time of
LEUT Walker said getting to the start-
line in reasonable shape after completing two
marathons in the past three months was a
challenge for him.
"It was a decent effort because I felt quite
fatigued after the Gold Coast Marathon only
six weeks' earlier," he said.
"In the race itself I always find the fast
mass start challenging -- and a little scary."
LEUT Walker is aiming for the Surf Coast
100 in September and the Auckland Marathon
on October 28.
"As a relay runner I'll do 50km on trails
down in the Surf Coast region in Victoria and
only five weeks later I'll tackle the Auckland
Marathon in New Zealand," he said.
LEUT Walker said 2012 had been good
so far with a few wins and solid places down
in Victoria as well as his second place in the
Great Ocean Road Marathon in May, before
placing sixth at the Gold Coast last month.
"I think the success comes from the fact
I now have a few years of consistent running
behind me and I know how to manage my
training," he said.
Navy APS runner Luke Grattan clocked
49:48 to finish 12th in the men's 40-49 age
group and 106th overall.
"I was very happy with my effort because
I'm still on the road to recovery after a foot
operation," he said.
Navy Running Association coordinator
CHAP Max Walker said 19 Navy runners
from HMAS Harman, Albatross, Kuttabul,
Watson, Penguin and Waterhen participated in
Runners navigated their way through a sea
of walkers, joggers and runners, with LSWTR
Roger Isaaks placing 1378 in a time of 58:44.
LSWTR Isaaks said being posted to
Watson provided him with the opportunity to
prepare for the challenge of 'heartbreak hill',
which usually robs runners of the energy in
"It gets a little bit easier each time I con-
quer heartbreak hill," he said.
AS FAR as omens go, surely it was only a matter
of time before Defence lawn bowlers conquered the
aptly named Soldiers Point Six Way Challenge.
The event had been a stumbling block for Defence
since its inception in 2009 with last year's two-shot
loss a clear indication the team was heading in the
With the help of a strong Navy contingent, the
team won four of its five matches against teams from
the NSW police, firefighters, RSL, greenkeepers and
railways at Port Stephens, NSW, on July 24-25.
LS Luke Piper, of HMAS Cerberus and LS
Andrew Batterham, of HMAS Kuttabul, played bril-
liantly all week.
Their Navy teammates were CPO Wade Vidulich,
of HMAS Kuttabul, CPO Phil Black, of HMAS
Harman and AB Justin Bell, of HMAS Cerberus.
Victory at Soldiers Point ended a successful rep-
resentative season for the Australian Services Bowls
Association's (ASBA) national team which boasted nine
The team tasted competition on the big stage at
the Australian Open earlier in the year where ASBA
patron and national coach Steve Glasson was also com-
peting and Defence bowlers gained valuable experience
against some hot opposition.
The fine form of Navy bowlers augurs well for the
Australian Services Bowls National Championships
which will be held at Booval in Queensland from
Navy is the defending champion and team manager
PO Steve Adams, of HMAS Stirling, is confident of
"We've recently uncovered some fantastic bowlers
through our own Navy championships and some are
one graders," he said.
"There are combinations that can be tweaked and
we still haven't seen the best of Navy lawn bowlers."
RIGHT LINE: LS Luke Piper, of HMAS Cerberus,
helps the ADF team win at Port Stephens.
"That's probably as much a mental thing
as physical fitness."
"It isn't about winning or even doing your
personal best -- but participating in something
that you would not normally do," he said.
Other strong performers were PO Rhod
Hunter of Penguin (59.34), LCDR Dave
Murphy of Watson (1:01.19) and LS Des
Doyle of Kuttabul (1:01.19).
LCDR Murphy said the biggest chal-
lenge for all the runners was not only push-
ing through the pain barrier on 'heartbreak
hill', but trying to deal with the large number
of competitors at the start-line and the chilly
weather that inspired 15,000 race entrants to
stay in bed. "It's always tempting to just walk
up heartbreak hill but that costs you so much
time," he said.
Other Navy runners included: WO Thomas
Birkmyre, of Kuttabul (1:04.47), Ron Postma, of
Kuttabul (1:06.37), WO Ivan Oreb, of Cerberus
(1:07.08) MIDN Matt Stobo, of Watson (1:10.01),
CPO Andreas McPherson, of HQJOC (1:10:08), AB
Zola Smith of RAN Band (1:12.17), LEUT Kit Low,
of Penguin (1:14.21), LCDR Joanne Haynes, of
Kuttabul (1:18.20), PO Maurice Anlezark, of Harman
(1:21.34), and LS Amanda O'Neil, of Penguin
(1:21.50), SBLT Adrian Philip (1:30.48) and LEUT
Annalise Pearson of Watson.
Runners join in
fun of City2Surf
ON THE RUN: LS Des Doyle approaches the finish line in the City2Surf (left) as Luke
Grattan steams ahead to finish 106th overall (right).
Photos: Michael Brooke
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