Army runners win ADF Cross Country
Army has secured bragging rights after two of its fleetfooted soldiers
edged out more than 200 other service personnel from the Navy and
Air Force, to help Army win the ADF Cross Country Championship at
Holsworthy Barracks on July 21.
work: ADF Cross Country Champions Pte Fiona Dubbels and
Cpl David Whitehead.
Photo by Bill Cunneen
Cpl David Whitehead, 4RAR, won the Men’s Open for the second year
running, while Pte Fiona Dubbels, 1HSB, won her first ADF Cross
With 4RAR missing some of their top runners, the depth of the 1HSB
team proved too strong and they convincingly took out the Champion
Unit/Ship trophy from 4RAR with 145 Sigs Sqn third.
Pte Whitehead cantered to victory in the Men’s 8km cross country
in a time of 28:15. Spr Mat Jeffrey, IRR, was second in 30.01, and
Navy’s Leut Josh Nottle, NSC, was third in a time of 31.36.
The evergreen Sgt Rob Comb, 1HSB, produced an impressive performance
to win the Men’s Over 40s in 29.53, a better time than the runnerups
in the Men’s Open.
The winner of the Men’s Open, Cpl Whitehead, described his victory
as “extremely satisfying”, but was disappointed his anticipated
showdown with the ADF’s top runner, Navy’s Sub- Leut Rowan Walker,
“I was expecting a tougher race against Sub-Lieutenant Walker because
he is the ADF’s champion long distance runner,” Cpl Whitehead said.
Sub-Leut Walker, who won the 5000m at the ADF Track and Field Championships
in Victoria in February in a record time of 14.59 was unable to
attend the cross country event, but he and Cpl Whitehead are set
for their titanic showdown at the Sydney City to Surf on August
In the Women’s Open 6.3km event Army also scored a clean sweep,
with Pte Dubbels winning in a time of 28:35, closely followed by
runners-up Cpl Amy Hall, 1HSB, and Cpl Janine Davidson, LHQ, who
both battled hard from the outset and finished with only five seconds
Pte Dubbels also won praise for her courage in the event, as she
was so nervous before the race that she could not eat breakfast.
“I was quite nervous before the race I couldn’t eat but now I’m
very excited because this is the first major championship I have
ever won,” she said.
Pte Dubbels said her maiden victory would encourage her to tackle
“I have been a runner all my life but I have only started to take
running seriously in the past 12- months because of the rewards
that it can bring,” she said.
Men’s Open (Under 40 years)
Cpl David Whitehead 4RAR (Army) 28.15, Spr Mat Jeffrey IRR (Army)
30.01, Leut Josh Nottle NSC (Navy) 31.36
Men’s Veterans (40-44 years)
Sgt Rob Come 1HSB (Army) 29.53, Sgt Shepherd 4RAR (Army) 33.17,
WO2 Scott Thompson AAB-M (Army) 37.38
Men’s Masters (45 years +)
Chaplain Don Kauss 1HSB (Army)
Women’s Open (Under 35 years)
Pte Fiona Dubbels 1HSB (Army) 28.35, Cpl Amy Hall 1HSB (Army) 30.45,
Cpl Davison LHQ (Army) 30.50
Cpl Jacqui Morgan 1HSB (Army) 36.20, Capt Veena Cochrane 1HSB (Army)
38.33 Champion Unit/Ship 1HSB Champion Service Army