Navy people put best feet forward in Sydney's City2Surf

This article has photo gallery Published on SBLT Bianca Wise (author), LSIS Brenton Freind (photographer)

Location(s): Bondi Beach, NSW

Topic(s): Running

MIDN Ben Flood from the Australian Defence Force Academy rounds the final turn for the home stretch as he competes in the City to Bondi 2013 City2Surf fun run. (photo: LSIS Brenton Freind)
MIDN Ben Flood from the Australian Defence Force Academy rounds the final turn for the home stretch as he competes in the City to Bondi 2013 City2Surf fun run.

More than 60 personnel from the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) took on the 2013 City2Surf in Sydney on 11 August.

Based in Canberra, the ADFA students revelled in Sydney's sunny blue skies and the top temperature of 21 degrees on the day of the event.

“This year’s weather was the best I’ve seen,” Midshipman Ben Flood said.

The 14km fun run started in Hyde Park and finished at Bondi Beach.

“After the race we jumped straight into the sea at Bondi Beach, it was awesome.”

With 69,254 runners crossing the finish line this year, it's no wonder that Sydney’s City2Surf has been recognised as Australia’s premier road race.

MIDN Flood enjoyed some friendly rivalry with fellow Navy participants, MIDN Shaun Stibbard and MIDN Eiran Cooper, who is President of the ADFA running club.

“Shaun was running a couple of paces in front of me, so I had someone to chase until we hit Heartbreak Hill.”

Known to separate the boys from the men, the infamous incline known as ‘Heartbreak Hill’ is both the halfway point and toughest part of the course.

“I injured myself during training, so was unfortunately unable to keep up with my mates after Heartbreak Hill. But, I’ll be ready to take them on in the Sydney Running Festival, which is coming up in September.”

The ADFA running club raised $10,000 last year and hopes to beat that figure this year, with close to 20 people already in training to complete either the full or half marathon on September 22.

ADFA wasn't the only establishment to take part in the City2Surf, with a number of Navy competitors from HMA Ship's Kuttabul and Penguin also representing the service.

It was the fifth time that Heart Foundation Ambassador, Leading Seaman Josh O’Hanlon, took part part in the event.

“It’s one of my favourite runs” said LS O’Hanlon, who used the race for training as he prepares for the New York Marathon later this year.

Additional imagery is available at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20131116 and http://images.defence.gov.au/S20131116.