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Runway fun run takes off at Edinburgh
THE second of the RAAF Base
Edinburgh fun runs was held on the
main runway on August 2.
About 350 runners and walk-
ers from the three services and the
Australian Public Service took on the
This year the fun run was linked to
the Soldier On charity, with wounded
warrior, Garth Camac, participating
and representing the organisation.
FLTLT Samantha Hewitt, the senior
volunteer Soldier On representative at
Edinburgh, also participated.
Mr Camac presented the perpetual
WHEN 150 people ran up and down
the 2400-metre 04/22 runway at RAAF
Base East Sale they had a loftier motiva-
tion than just getting across the finish
They were participating in the base's
Half the Sky Physical Challenge to raise
money for charities supporting women
and girls in the developing world.
More than $5000 was raised from
donations which will go to the Bandung
Street Children's Project -- Rumah
Singgah (Halfway House) in West Java,
Indonesia, and Care Australia.
Fundraising activities from July
15-19 included a trivia night and fines
from dining-in nights leading up to the
About 500 people entered into the
spirit of the challenge.
Personnel participated in a series
of individual physical challenges dur-
ing the week, which culminated on the
Friday with the runway fun run and an
afternoon sports carnival. Events includ-
ed battle PT, ball skills, log flip, PTI
workout challenge, 100-metre dash for
glory and a truck-tyre obstacle course.
These were open to individuals and
teams of six from various units.
32SQN claimed first place in four
Top individual performers includ-
ed FLGOFF Andrew Evans, FLTLT
Sajitha Ramasundara and SGT Derek
Green. FLGOFFs Bryce Martin and
Eleanor Bradshaw claimed the men's
and women's title at the individual gym
challenge, which was held over the
FLGOFF Martin, who backed up at
the Friday afternoon events, was caught
on camera pushing a several-hundred
kilogram truck tyre and trying to make it
go the right way.
"It was a very tiring few days," he
said.Most of the runners in the fun run
chose to run both the 2.4km and 4.8km
distances -- when they reached one end
of the runway they turned around and
PLTOFF Jordan Cowley was
the first male over both distances.
FLTLT Jacqueline Grosvenor won the
women's 4.8km race and SQNLDR
Sarah Wheal won the 2.4km race.
Chaplain SQNLDR Bruce Grey,
of 30SQN, developed the idea for the
physical challenge after reading sto-
ries of resilience and courage shown by
women in Africa and Asia in the book
Half the Sky, Turning Oppression into
Opportunity for Women Worldwide, by
Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl Wudunn.
The term "Half the Sky" takes its
name from a Chinese proverb, "women
hold up half the sky".
Half the sky's
TREADING CAREFULLY: Above,
FLGOFF Bryce Martin competes in
the tyre-rolling competition; right,
members of the School of Air Traffic
Control's tyre-stacking team claim
victory in the hotly contested event.
Photos: AB Julianne Cropley
THANK YOU: FSGT Dan Smythe
GOOD CAUSE: Soldier On fun run participants get off to a flying start
on the RAAF Base Edinburgh runway.
Photos: LAC David Cotton
trophy to SPR Jack Armstrong, of
Army's 1st Combat Engineering
Regiment, who posted the fastest time
of 18min 25sec.
CFN Stefan Marchesi placed
second in the 5km run with a time of
18.43 and PTE Zac Gilbert was third
In the women's section, PTE Ruth
Potter finished first in 21.32. LACW
Kimberley Greenslade, of 11SQN,
placed second in 22.34, and ACW
Christine Chamberlin, of 10SQN, was
third in 23.01.
SGT Owen Batty organised the
fun run with 24SQN PTIs, along with
453SQN's SQNLDR Trevor Langford.
SGT Batty said it was great to
raise funds in support of Australian
servicemen and women who had been
wounded, physically or psychologi-
cally, in contemporary conflicts.
Despite the cold and overcast con-
ditions, a total of $856.15 was raised
through donations from participants.
September 12, 2013
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