Battle for the Bonshaw Cup

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Kiz Burtenshaw (author), SGT William Guthrie (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Harman, ACT

Topic(s): HMAS Harman, Running

Under starter's orders 'they're off ' in the 2015 Bonshaw Cup. (photo: SGT William Guthrie)
Under starter's orders 'they're off ' in the 2015 Bonshaw Cup.

The Bonshaw Cup is the second oldest running event in the Australian Capital Territory and was run again on 30 October at HMAS Harman. First contested in 1963, the 5km fun run/walk has progressed from an exclusive Navy event, to being one where the broader Defence community can now participate, promoting positive relationships.

Commanding Officer Harman Commander Jayne Craig, spoke of the importance of the activity.

"The Bonshaw Cup is a fabulous tradition that brings together people from Defence who work in all locations across Canberra and in particular it unites and connects people who work at Harman, she said.

"This year with over 120 participants, we had a great day, focussing on health and wellbeing and keeping fit."

Bonshaw Cup has traditionally awarded prizes to the first male and female to cross the line across a variety of categories. However, breaking with tradition, or rather creating a new one, an additional category was added to the 2015 event. This year a number of competitors competed for the 'Best Dressed' category and the competition was fierce.

Chief Petty Officer Keith Robinson in a Grey Nomad mobile home costume came away with the prize and said the new category had encouraged more participation and inclusiveness to the event.

Some of the competitors for the 'Best Dressed' category in the 2015 Bonshaw Cup.

Some of the competitors for the 'Best Dressed' category in the 2015 Bonshaw Cup.

"We are all pretty fit and it is a requirement for us to be so, however, being a service member is not all about physical fitness, it is about mental fitness too, and having a category that embraces creativity and individuality rewards that innovative thinking," Chief Petty Officer Robinson said.

After the event participants shared a well earned BBQ in the Harman Junior Sailors' Mess where Mr Jack Sealy from Queanbeyan Legacy, Harman’s ship's charity presented the awards and trophies to the winning individuals.

The overall run champions were Commander Chris Leece in a time of (20.12) and Corporal Veronica Dudderidge in a time of (22.41), while the overall walk champions were Commander Steve Cornish in a time of (37.47) and Captain Fiona Freeman in a time of (39.54).