Ross Marathon tests Navy runners in the Apple Isle

Published on LSIS Jo Dilorenzo (author and photographer)

Location(s): Ross, TAS

The Navy HQ Tasmania team pose for a photo at the finish line at the completion of the Ross Marathon in Tasmania. The Navy HQ Team is made up of ADF members and  civilians and family members. (photo: LSIS Jo DIlorenzo)
The Navy HQ Tasmania team pose for a photo at the finish line at the completion of the Ross Marathon in Tasmania. The Navy HQ Team is made up of ADF members and civilians and family members.

On a fresh Sunday morning in Tasmania in September, no marathon world records were broken. But, members of the Navy Headquarter Tasmania (NHQ-Tas) team that participated in the Ross Marathon achieved a number of personal best times.  
 
Celebrating her return to full-time work after maternity leave, Leading Seaman Kirri Lee Brazendale pulled together a team of Defence members and civilian workers from Anglesea Barracks, motivating them to take part in the Ross Marathon.
 
The Ross Marathon is an annual event that has been running since 2004. It encourages the community to take part in physical activity and embrace a healthy lifestyle. The Ross Marathon is gaining a reputation nationally and overseas amongst marathon enthusiasts and offers the challenges of full, half and quarter marathons, as well as a team event and a fun run/walk for all ages.  
 
After overcoming serious health complications from the birth of her daughter, Kirri Lee adopted a new appreciation for health and fitness and encouraged her team at NHQ-Tas to train and compete at the event.
 
“Returning to work from maternity leave was a challenge, but it showed me that I could use my time more efficiently,” said Leading Seaman Brazendale.
 
The NHQ-Tas team entered 20 runners in various events, including the full marathon, team marathon and the half marathon.
 
Defence Health supported the combined Defence and civilian team, by paying for their entry fees and accommodation costs.
 
The Commanding Officer of NHQ-Tas, Commander Stacey Porter, ran the team marathon with her husband and two teenage daughters.
 
“It was a great effort from all who took part in the race. Even though it was individual efforts, we worked and trained together as a team,” said Commander Porter.
 
“Our team was united by our support to each other and by showing our pride in Navy and our unit, by wearing our Brand Navy NHQ-Tas singlets,” she said.
 
With the weather in Tasmania finally warming up, the NHQ-Tas Team is keen to keep fitness high and is now looking for the next team challenge.