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CPL Cassie Fien, who scored an em-
phatic win in the Sydney half-mara-
thon on May 16, is certainly not one
to rest on her laurels.
No matter that she ran the
21.1km race (along with nearly
9000 others) in 71min 59sec -- the
fifth-fastest time in the event's 19-
CPL Fien is a PTI at RAAF
Base East Sale and she flew back to
Victoria after the race because she
had to take a class at 5am the next
And more than that. She got up
a bit earlier so she could go for a
6½km run at 4.30am, just to shake
out the cobwebs.
"You gotta do what you gotta
do," she said, as if it was nothing
out of the ordinary.
And maybe it isn't for CPL Fien.
That's why she is increasingly a
high achiever in her field. Talent
The Sydney half-marathon also
doubled as the Defence half mara-
thon championship (SQNLDR
Richard Gardiner, of RAAF Base
Williamtown, won the men's
Defence title -- finishing 10th out-
right). CPL Fien now holds three
Defence titles -- for the half-mara-
thon, the 10km and the 5000m.
Last year she broke the late
Kerryn McCann's race record in
the Great Ocean Road 21.1km
event and represented Australia
in the world half-marathon in
As one of the leading half-mara-
thoners in Australia this year, she is
in line for a call-up again later this
To date, CPL Fien, 24, has not
wanted to run an actual marathon,
fearing burn-out over the longer dis-
But if all goes to plan, she hopes
to make her marathon debut next
CPL Fien is self-coached and
plans to keep it that way.
"I've dreamed of representing
Australia in the marathon since I
myself," she said.
Days before her 13th birthday in
1999, CPL Fien's father and coach,
Kerry, was killed when a truck hit
the bicycle he was riding.
"When he was dying I told him I
[would become a marathon runner],
even though he couldn't hear me."
Fien was presented with the per-
petual Kerryn McCann Trophy and
a cheque for $5000 for winning in
She held out 2009 winner
Melinda Vernon (74:50) by almost
three minutes, with third placegetter
Anna Thompson finishing in 75:29.
"Wow, Sydney, that was awe-
some," Fien said in a packed Hyde
Park after her win.
"The buzz, the atmosphere, the
people cheering you on, it was so
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I've dreamed of representing
Australia in the marathon since
WITH second and third place
in the Defence eight-hour
mountain-bike title race near
Nowra on the NSW coast
on May 16, Air Force is in
good shape for the world 24-
hour title that will be held in
Canberra in October.
FLTLT Shane Taylor, who
punctured on the first lap and
then spent three hours work-
ing his way through traffic
trying to catch the leaders,
finished second behind PO
And CPL Michael Crummy
finished third, continuing the
fierce tri-service rivalry by
edging out two Army riders,
reservist LCPL Jamie Bailey
and SGT Michael Hernan.
There is some serious
training going on at the
moment for the world 24-hour
championship and these five
cyclists are among Defence's
FLTLT Taylor regards
Nowra as a good litmus test.
"If you can ride for eight
hours, you can ride for 24
hours," he said.
The Defence race was held
as part of the NSW endurance
series and as such there were
350 people in the event all up.
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Photo: LSIS Kelvin Hockey
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