A Classic running event

This article has photo gallery Published on MIDN Robert Fowler and LS Nicholas Constance (author), POIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Stirling, WA

Topic(s): HMAS Stirling, Running

Participants in the HMAS Stirling Annual Causeway Classic fun run at the start of the 6.4 km run along the Garden Island causeway.
(This event was held in accordance with WA State Govt regulations for public gatherings). (photo: POIS Yuri Ramsey)
Participants in the HMAS Stirling Annual Causeway Classic fun run at the start of the 6.4 km run along the Garden Island causeway. (This event was held in accordance with WA State Govt regulations for public gatherings).

For the last 13 years HMAS Stirling been host to the Defence Bank Causeway Classic, a 6.7km fun run from the Pass Office at the Causeway entrance, over the low and high-level bridges and culminating at the sports pavilion.

Usually held as part of the Stirling Walk to Work Family Fun Day, this year things were done differently to comply with COVID-safe regulations.

To maintain social distancing the walk and fun day was cancelled, but thanks to the hard work of the PTI staff and dedicated volunteers, the Causeway Classic run was able to go ahead.

“This was a worthwhile event that has been well supported by the defence community over the last 13 years,” Chief Petty Officer Physical Training Instructor Steven Adams said. 

“We were thankful to our sponsors and all those who volunteered on the day and allowed us to continue to coordinate events such as this.”

The winning times went to Seaman Nathan Walsh in 23 minutes and 43 seconds for the male category and Able Seaman Selina Fine with a time of 33 minutes and 44 seconds in the female category.

Winners in their age categories were Lieutenant Commander Travis Kemsley and Leading Seaman Kelly Dalgleish for the 35-44-year olds.

Petty Officer Leigh Pope and Army Warrant Officer Class 2 Rita Connelly won the 45-54-year-old categories.

Among the competitors was HMAS Stirling Executive Officer, Commander Guy Lewis, who took home the prize of winner of the 55+ year old males in 31 minutes and 51 seconds.

A special award for best dressed went to Warrant Officer Lex Davidson who bought some light hearted fun to the event by completing the race in 1 hour 1 minute and 20 seconds, an impressive time for a man fully dressed in an inflatable T-Rex costume.

The event provided an opportunity, not only the runners but also for personnel from all around Stirling to get out and enjoy a nice morning whilst enjoying a breakfast and refreshments provided by National Australia Bank, Military Bank and Smart Salary.

Imagery is available on the Navy Image Gallery: https://images.navy.gov.au/S20203212.