Staying ultra fit to fight

Published on Department of Defence (author), Unknown (author)

Location(s): Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Topic(s): Beyond Blue, Marathon

Five submariners took staying fighting fit to a new level by finishing the Sri Chinmoy Canberra 103 kilometres Ultra Marathon (photo: Unknown)
Five submariners took staying fighting fit to a new level by finishing the Sri Chinmoy Canberra 103 kilometres Ultra Marathon

Five submariners recently took staying fighting fit to a new level by finishing the Sri Chinmoy Canberra 103 kilometres Ultra Marathon.
 
The officers, all aged in their 40s, tackled the event, which was first run in 2013 for the Canberra Centenary.
 
The run increases by 1 kilometre each year — hence the additional three kilometres in 2016.
 
Commander Michael Manfield completed the full distance in 14:43:06, finishing the course ninth of 21 solo event starters in his age group, and the 66th finisher overall.
 
He said it was often a challenge to maintain fitness while at sea.
 
“I’ve only been able to maintain half marathon and marathon fitness at sea,” Commander Manfield said.
 
“And then, only if the submarine’s program conveniently fitted with the schedules."
 
“Given submarine watch keeping requirements, damage control drills, seamanship, and force protection requirement, I believe we need to be training for more than the sub-maximal fitness test.”
 
Commander Manfield’s run also raised money for mental health charity, beyondblue, donating more than $1,000.
 
Commander Dave Graham, Captain Matt Buckley, and Commander Nick Watson, were joined by Captain James Lybrand, a long distance trail running novice, and completed the course as a relay finishing in 10:38:35 sec — the sixth placed all-male team and 13th overall.
 
Trail running has recently appealed to members of the submarine community as method to keep physically and socially active.
 
Captain Buckley said the community had increased their emphasis on fitness, which had resulted in a number of personnel participating for the first time in a range of sporting events such as trail running, mountain bike riding, triathlon and ocean swimming.