A marathon effort by Melbourne runners in Guam

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Joshua Goener (author), LSIS Kieran Dempsey (photographer)

Location(s): Tumon Bay, Guam

Topic(s): HMAS Melbourne (F05), Running

Members from HMAS Melbourne at the finish line of the Guam Marathon event, held annually on the island of Guam. (photo: LSIS Kieran Dempsey)
Members from HMAS Melbourne at the finish line of the Guam Marathon event, held annually on the island of Guam.

Going for a run ashore is a great way to train with your shipmates and explore a foreign port.

While conducting a logistics visit to Guam recently, members of HMAS Melbourne’s Ship’s Company had the opportunity to participate in the United Guam Marathon.

The ship’s Navigating Officer, Lieutenant Benjamin Hicks, lead the charge, quickly arranging for anyone interested to get involved.

Despite the early start, officers and sailors in Melbourne colours participated in all of the event’s races, including the 5km, 10km, half marathon and marathon. 

The Melbourne running crew put in a strong showing throughout the day, with a notable performance by Able Seaman Sarah Madden-Johnson who completed the half marathon in 1 hour and 32 minutes, placing fourth overall in that event. 

Lieutenant Jason Battley completed the full marathon, while Lieutenant Ben Hicks joined Able Seaman Madden-Johnson in completing the half.

The ship’s Physical Training Instructor, Leading Seaman Martin Kaye said the runners did the Royal Australian Navy proud.

“The event provided a fantastic opportunity for members of Ship’s Company to represent both HMAS Melbourne and the Royal Australian Navy whilst accomplishing a physical and mental challenge that they should all be proud of,” Leading Seaman Kaye said.

Members of the ship’s company who participated in the 10km and 5km events were:

10km
LEUT Benn Van Balen, LEUT Jonathan Stacey, PO Luke Bogan, PO Mark Butler, LS Martin Kaye and AB Graeme Trenham.

5km
LEUT Scott Humphries, LEUT Becky Shao, SBLT Nick Irwin, MIDN Sam Parker, MIDN Trent Saunders, AB Ricky Harwood.