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May 12, 2011
SGT Lance Purdon, whose illustrious
sporting career was thrown into jeopardy in
2003 when he had a pacemaker fitted, add-
ed to his achievements by finishing a close
second in the ADF 10km men's veterans
road race on April 6.
SGT Purdon, of Canberra, won the sil-
ver medal with a time of 39min 35sec, for
an average speed of 15.16 km/h, which
was only 83 seconds behind WO1 Kevin
SGT Purdon was formerly captain of the
Air Force Australian football team. A tal-
ented midfielder, he also played for the ADF
He was forced to retire prematurely
when he became sick with heart problems.
In 2003, one day after his 31st birthday, he
was fitted with a pacemaker and was told
by doctors that it was the end of contact
sport for him.
That meant a change of focus -- but it
has certainly not stopped him.
His name has figured in a multitude of
results, including triathlon, marathon run-
ning, cross-country and now this event in
atrocious weather at Jervis Bay Air Field.
"I gave this race every ounce of energy
and I am proud of the gutsy finish, as I
pipped CPO Ray Winkler in a 400m sprint
to the line, after running shoulder to shoul-
der from the 2km marker," he said.
SGT Purdon said he was in good shape
for the race at Nowra, having competed in
the New Zealand Ironman in March, which
bodes well for his next quests for glory.
"I ran this race for Air Force and to
help my preparation for the Arafura Games
half-marathon and the Olympic Distance
Veteran men: WO1 Kevin Muller (38:12)
1, SGT Lance Purdon (39:35) 2,, 3. CPO
Raimund Winkler (39:36) 3, FLTLT Simon
Kerr (40:40) 4.
Open men: LEUT Scott Baxter (37:47),
1, MIDN David Vaugh (39.25) 2, LS Luke
Heckenberg (40:35) 3.
Open women: SBLT Megan Hoare (41:39)
1, CPL Jessica Robson (43:09) 2, MIDN
Lara Carr (55:26) 3.
Veteran women: CPO Annie Schofield
(50:36) 1, MIDN Kara Eaton (53:46) 2,
SGT Suzanne Scragg (58:00) 3.
Masters' men: CAPT Andrew Whittaker
(43:17) 1, LEUT Richard Bosdyk (44:30)
3, CAPT Paul Bradford (44:40) 3.
Triathlon in Darwin in May," he said. "I
am also in training for the Gold Coast
marathon, which is also an ADF event,
after running in it last year."
SGT Purdon's result was not the only
success for Air Force at Jervis Bay.
CPL Jessica Robson, of Canberra, fin-
ished second in the open women's section,
and SGT Suzanne Scragg, of 462SQN,
claimed bronze in the veterans' women's.
CPL Robson was only 90 seconds
behind SBLT Megan Hoare.
"I was happy to get a place because
my decision to run was a last-minute
one," CPL Robson said.
She is also an accomplished long-dis-
tance runner and was really only hitting
her stride by the end of the 10km race.
"The last race I trained for was a
100km road race I ran in New Zealand in
February, while my next event will be the
Gold Coast 100km in June."
of her last-
SILVER MEDAL: SGT Lance Purdon finishes second in
the veteran men's section.
Photos: AB Justin Brown
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