Sea legs get running

Published on LEUT Phillipe Fairs (author)

Location(s): Caboolture

Topic(s): HMAS Moreton, Running

Lieutenant Commander Parsons, Commander Clowes, Able Seaman Phie, Captain Beard, Warrant Officer Scott, Chief Petty Officer Stapleton, Lieutenant Fairs and Lieutenant Callander. (photo: LEUT Phillipe Fairs)
Lieutenant Commander Parsons, Commander Clowes, Able Seaman Phie, Captain Beard, Warrant Officer Scott, Chief Petty Officer Stapleton, Lieutenant Fairs and Lieutenant Callander.

On a hot summer’s night in February, members of the ship’s company of Brisbane base HMAS Moreton took a 12 hour watch – relying on teamwork, endurance and resilience to get them through.
 
Participating in the Dusk to Dawn endurance running event at Caboolture, just north of Brisbane, the Navy team joined runners sweating their way around a 500 metre track, which winds its way through a historical village.
 
Commencing at 6:00pm on Saturday and finishing at 6:00am on the Sunday, runners changed direction every hour, enduring hot and humid conditions, with day time temps soaring into the 30s and an overnight low only dropping to 22 degrees.
 
Moreton 
fielded a team of 10 in the relay, with two members also participating in the half marathon and one competing individually in the 12 hour endurance event.

Consisting mostly of part time and novice runners, the team was pitted against seasoned long distance runners, some in teams of up to 20, with approximately 130 participants across all events.
 
Captain Michael Beard and Commander Andy Clowes got the team off to an impressive start whilst competing in the half marathon, taking out the top two podium positions.

Both runners backed up their impressive efforts by running additional legs in the 12 hour relay overnight.
 
One of Moreton’s more experienced runners, Lieutenant Commander Jason Parsons, competed in the individual 12 hour event, using it as a trial run prior to participating in the Ultra Trail Australia 100 kilometres in the Blue Mountains in May.

“I haven’t run such a long distance before and thought it would be a good idea to test myself prior,” he said.
 
After a gruelling 12 hours, Moreton’s team finished an outstanding third overall with a massive total of 123 kilometres.

Lieutenant Commander Parsons shuffled his way to eighth in the individual event with a total of 87.5 kilometres. 
 
Warrant Officer Col Scott said the late night duty wasn’t all about the exercise though.

“Whilst it was a long and tiring night, this event was a great opportunity to engage with the local community and we look forward to participating again next year,” he said.