The 2015 HMAS Cerberus Cross Country Championships were held on 18 March involving more than 650 Defence members. Cerberus is Navy’s largest tri-service training establishment, and the annual event lets Defence members from all three services and specialisations pit their fitness against their colleagues in fun way while keeping up the long held tradition of competing for the Grey Smith Cup.
Competitors run a five kilometre course for individual placement in 12 divisions and to determine the Departmental winner of the Grey Smith Cup. Four categories are hotly competed for, being the Open Male and Female, and the Masters Male and Female.
Lieutenant Commander Grey Smith was born in 1887, joined the Royal Navy in 1903 and served in the First World War. The annual cross country event has been held at Cerberus since 1928 in his honour.
Organiser for the event, Leading Seaman Physical Trainer Jacob Machen, was pleased to see the turnout for the event and the enthusiasm of the competitors.
“This was my first 'rodeo' and I was pretty excited as these events are important for teamwork and inspire a will to win,” Leading Seaman Machen said.
“The championship gets personnel involved that don’t usually get the chance to participate.
"We all find it hard to get away from our desks and deadlines, but this activity gives the opportunity for us all here at Cerberus to get out, get active and have fun at the same time.”
The 2015 Department winner for the Grey Smith Cup was won by the Engineering Faculty, with the cup being accepted on their behalf by the Open Male winner Seaman Star Bradley Stevens.
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