Navy team scorches field in Balfour Burn

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Daryl Peebles (author and photographer)

Location(s): Launceston, TAS

Topic(s): Navy Headquarters Tasmania, Charities, Fundraising & Community

Navy’s Balfour Burners, rear, left to right, Midshipman (MIDN) Aaron McCarthy, MIDN Harry Hubbert, MIDN James Keane, Chief Petty Officer Mark Ham and MIDN Zach Hudson. (Front) Commander Stacey Porter and MIDN Emily O’Brien. (photo: LEUT Daryl Peebles)
Navy’s Balfour Burners, rear, left to right, Midshipman (MIDN) Aaron McCarthy, MIDN Harry Hubbert, MIDN James Keane, Chief Petty Officer Mark Ham and MIDN Zach Hudson. (Front) Commander Stacey Porter and MIDN Emily O’Brien.

The Balfour Burn is a fun-run conducted annually as a fund-raiser for the Tasmanian charity, St Giles. But it is not all fun! The course is up Launceston’s notorious Balfour Street, known for its exceptionally steep hill which is definitely a ‘low-gear’ hill if driving.

An intrepid Navy team consisting of Navy Headquarters Tasmania personnel and student Midshipmen from the Australian Maritime College, took on other Tasmanian organisations (and the hill) in the corporate event – and won!

The outstanding performance came from Midshipman James Keane who completed the course in 1 minute 13 seconds. The winner of the elite athlete section of the event (a champion Tasmanian long-distance athlete), was only four seconds faster with 1 minute 09 seconds.

As well as competing in the event, Navy was represented by the Community Engagement team who set up a marquee in the carnival-like area around the starting line, and was a favourite destination for budding athletes in need of drink bottles or sweat bands.

St Giles’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Ian Wright, said that he was hoping to have raised around $20,000 through the Balfour Burn. The organisation’s publicity officer, Danielle Blewett, again thanked Navy for its participation and enthusiastic support of the charity.

The Navy team lead the pack as they head for the hill during the Balfour Burn in Launceston, Tasmania.

The Navy team lead the pack as they head for the hill during the Balfour Burn in Launceston, Tasmania.