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AFTER finishing a credible third in his
age group in the Sydney Marathon on
September 22, CAPT Michael Beard
appears to have caught the marathon
"I'm only a novice at this marathon
game," CAPT Beard said after finish-
ing the 42km course in a respectable
3hr 9min 50sec ahead of 178 finish-
ers in the 50-54 year age division and
169th out of 3391 runners all up.
The Director Military People
Policy now has his sights set on 2014.
"I think I'll have a bit of a break
over the summer before I turn my atten-
tion to the next Australian marathon
event in April next year followed by
either the Gold Coast marathon in July
or the Melbourne marathon in October,"
"I am also hoping to expand my
horizons a bit with a view to complet-
ing some marathon events overseas,
probably starting with New Zealand.
"Ultimately I would like to com-
pete in the London marathon within
the next few years."
Not bad coming from someone who
had only run one marathon before.
"My wife Lucy suggested I take
a step up and try the Canberra half-
marathon which I did in April last
year," CAPT Beard said. "I reckoned
one. An ambitious decision at the time
but I reckon it feels pretty good when
you successfully complete something
that 95 per cent of the population will
He said further impetus to extend
his running distances came after losing
relatives and friends to various ail-
ments and diseases over the past few
"I thought if I was going to
improve my chances of continuing a
healthy life, particularly into retire-
ment, I needed to make a difference
and be more ambitious in terms of get-
ting the most out of my ability to run,"
"For me the marathon represents
a challenging and rewarding way to
make a real difference to my health by
taking me beyond my comfort zone
into the realm in which I need to con-
tinually confront and overcome the
limitations of body and mind."
He said the hardest part of the
Sydney marathon was the last 6-7km.
"I recall someone once saying any-
one can run 32km, it's the last 10 that
makes all the difference," CAPT Beard
"I can honestly say the hardest part
of this particular run was the last 6km
looks to future
FIFTEEN Navy players have been
chosen in an Australian Services
Rugby Union (ASRU) team to play a
series of games at home to prepare for
a trip to Tonga next month.
Thirty-three players -- 15 from
Navy, 15 from Army and three from
Air Force -- were chosen in the squad
after the Australian Services Carnival
The lead-up games are against
Melbourne Mana in Melbourne
on October 23, ACT Brumbies
Provincial XV at Kapyong Oval,
RMC in Canberra on October 27
and Australian Barbarians at Sydney
University on November 1.
The team will travel to Tonga on
November 2 to play two matches
against Tonga Defence Service on
November 6 and 9.
ASRU coach WO Tony Doherty
expects Tonga to be a tough opponent.
"This will be the first time in
recent history that ASRU has trav-
elled to Tonga," WO Doherty said.
"The heat and humidity might
be a telling factor, but we will not
be looking for excuses when we get
ASRU beat Tonga in the inter-
national rugby championships in
Canberra in November 2011 but
that's no reason for confidence,
according to WO Doherty.
"With ASRU travelling to Tonga
it definitely gives the home team the
advantage this time, but we will be
up for the challenge," he said.
As part of its 50th year celebra-
tions, ASRU is holding a dinner in
the John Eales room at the Sydney
Cricket Ground on November 1.
Event organiser COL Anthony
'Max' McIntyre said Army, Navy
and Air Force 'rugby tragics' were
due to flock to the dinner in what is
shaping up to be a fitting tribute to
the last 50 years of services rugby.
"To mark this momentous occa-
sion the ASRU Board is organising
the dinner to ensure we celebrate
achievements of players, coaches
and officials over the years," COL
For more information and tickets
go to the ASRU Website: www.ser-
NAVY REPRESENTATIVES: LS Shayne
O'Reilly, LS Brad Thomas, LS James
Smith, AB Tait O'Sullivan, PO Jason
Harrington. Barbarians match and
Tonga leg of tour: SMN Aaron Loudon,
SMN Will Solway, AB Alex Wilson,
SMN Jacob Morel, AB Alex Brown, AB
Nigel Maher, MIDN Zebedee Leyroyd.
Domestic leg of tour only: MIDN
Samuel Williamson, AB Joshua Deckart
and AB Chris Bradshaw.
where my average splits per kilome-
tre blew out from 4:15 for the first
30-35km to 5min plus at various stages
over the last 7km."
CAPT Beard said discovering the
secret to a successful training regime
helped on his marathon journey.
"When I upgraded my mobile
phone I discovered these things called
apps," he said.
"The training app I currently use
encompasses a graduated four-week
phased program over a 16-week period.
"It centres on five daily runs (dis-
tance, speedwork or tempo runs)
and one long endurance run (up to
22-32km) each week that progressive-
ly builds up the weekly mileage totals
over three weeks. Every fourth week is
usually a recovery week."
He said he probably covered about
90km a week in his training but there
was also preparatory work to be done
off the track.
"I once read you don't run a mara-
thon on good looks and a secret reci-
pe," he said. "A balanced diet, coupled
with healthy eating and a significantly
reduced alcohol intake helps comple-
ment the required training regime.
"Dedication and commitment,
together with having great family sup-
port are also essential to the training
regime and your preparation in the
lead up to the marathon event."
Rugby players get
ready for Tonga tour
LCDR Damon Craig started the
week with the bronze and ended
the week with another bronze
medal in the opening days of the
Australian tenpin bowling champi-
onships in Townsville.
The championships, from
October 5-24, featured bowlers
from throughout Australia, includ-
ing a squad of 16 ADF bowlers.
LCDR Craig was third in the
Restricted Cup for singles.
Then he teamed with Army col-
leagues WO2 Brett Thomas, WO2
Steve Ritchie and CPL Richard
Channell to finish third in the
Restricted Teams Challenge.
-- Full coverage in the
next issue of Navy News
Bronze start at tenpin
WINNING FORM: Defence tenpin bowlers, L-R, Alan Dyer, Troy Peters
and LCDR Damon Craig display their medals from the first week of the
Photo: Barry Davies
IN THE RUNNING: CAPT Michael Beard on his way to finishing third in
his age group in the Sydney Marathon.
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