Members of the Navy Running club at HMAS Stirling have been hitting the track and training hard for the upcoming 2013 Chevron City to Surf for Activ race due to take place in Perth on 25 August 2013.
Lead by Commander Michael Manfield, the runners have been training twice a week at work and then again in their personal time.
Commander Manfield said that the team training regime has helped members to focus on particular aspects of running.
“We train as a team on Monday’s, focusing on strength and interval training and Wednesday’s, focusing on tempo and distance training. On weekends individuals are encouraged to implement their own schedules,” he said.
The 43 strong team, comprised of all ranks from Seaman to Captain also includes personnel from the Defence Science Technology Organisation, Defence Contractors and even a couple of family members.
This year, the runners have banded together to promote a healthy lifestyle and support LCDR Kelly Haywood’s initiative to raise money for Beyond Blue.
Commander Manfield said that the team was proud to support Beyond Blue due to the admirable work the organisation does for so many people including Defence Force personnel.
“In the Navy, we are sometimes away from our families and friends for long periods of time, Beyond Blue are aware that this is a difficult part of the job and provide support to those who need it.”
So far the team has raised $9390 for Beyond Blue.
“I am expecting that we will exceed our initial goal of $10,000 by event day,” he said.
The runners will compete in all distances, including the marathon, half marathon, 12 kilometre and 4 kilometre distances.
Whilst there is plenty of opportunity for competition within the team, Commander Manfield said the team is more focused on camaraderie and support.
“There is not much rivalry in the team. The group consists of a range of individuals who are different ages, different fitness levels and different ranks, so everyone is very encouraging towards one another,” he said.
With the large number of participants, the Navy team will be in the running to take home the ‘Out in Force’ perpetual trophy which is presented to the arm of the Defence Force or Emergency Services with the most number of participants. The trophy reflects the ability to come together for fitness, team building, personal challenges and community focus.
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