Walking towards health and fitness at Stirling

This article has photo gallery Published on Department of Defence (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (photographer), CPOIS David Connolly (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Stirling

Topic(s): HMAS Stirling, Walk to Work Day, Heart Foundation

The runners for the Causeway Classic (7km run) stride out over the low level bridge at the beginning of the race as a part of HMAS Stirling's Walk to Work. (photo: LSIS Lee-Anne Mack)
The runners for the Causeway Classic (7km run) stride out over the low level bridge at the beginning of the race as a part of HMAS Stirling's Walk to Work.

Personnel from HMAS Stirling, in Western Australia, once again donned the sneakers to participate in the annual walk-to-work day and 'Causeway Classic' fun run on 9 October.

The event was conducted in conjunction with the National 'Walk-to-Work Day' supporting healthy hearts and the Heart Foundation.  This year, more than 60 participants took part in the Causeway Classic event, which is gaining a greater local profile each year. The trophies were donated by Navy Running Association through the ongoing commitment of the Navy Sports Council.

The event is structured as a day of fun for those wishing to participate and is held on the only day of the year in which the full HMAS Stirling causeway is closed to all vehicle traffic. The course is 6.5 kilometres starting at the boom gate entrance and finishing at the sports pavilion.

Striling Petty Officer Physical Trainer Steven Adams said the activity encouraged fitness for all levels with the event encompassing a social, family affair conducted during school holidays.

HMAS Stirling members and their families make there way up the high level bridge as a part of the Stirling's Walk to Work.

HMAS Stirling members and their families make there way up the high level bridge as a part of the Stirling's Walk to Work.

"This year we also included displays from the newly formed Off Watch Centre, with clubs such as the diving, sewing, table top gaming and rock ‘n’ roll dancing clubs showing what hey had to offer Stirling personnel in their down-time," he said.

"Congratulations to all for their participation and well done to those aspiring to beat their results from last year."

Able Seaman Acoustic Warface Analyst Submariner Ashley Moore won the male line honours with a smashing time of 24 mintues 25 seconds with Able Seaman Communication and Information Systems Amy Elkington winning the female line honours with a time of 27:50.

Winners in their divisions were Master Beck Bertoncin in the U18 division. Able Seaman Amy Elkington and Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain David Whitehead won the Female and Male 18-34 divisions respectively. Mrs Melissa Duncan and Able Seaman Moore won the 35-44 divisions, with Petty Officer Electronics Technician Rita Connelly and Lieutenant Commander Mark Rowan winning the over 45 divisions.

The event as a whole was considered a great success with mother nature providing an excellent spring day, all local objectives achieved in particular the opportunity to take in the picturesque environs of Cockburn Sound as the runners transited the Causeway and a few potential champions from the west available and ready to represent the Navy Running Association at future events.