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Exceedingly good golf from Alex

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over two rounds on the fi nal two days of the championships. Strong favourite for the title was POPT Wendy Briggs (HMS Drake) and she duly showed the way in the fi rst round with an impressive 77. LA(Phot) Claire Jones (also Drake) was second – and this was the way things ended after the fi nal round with Briggs recording an 82 to regain the trophy. PO Nicky Wade (RM Poole) took the net handicap prize. The men’s Inter Command

team events were a repetition of the 2009 contest and another outstanding success for Portsmouth led by WO1 Bob Mitchell (HMS Collingwood). They were successful in both

the start of the back nine and with Kippen playing steady golf, the newcomer completed a memorable championship debut triumphing fi nally by two shots. The ladies event was played

Cole fi red-up up for 100K

GREEN beret Cpl Brian Cole helped England hold on to one of athletics’ most demanding endurance trophies.

the matchplay and strokeplay events. The strokeplay was very close with one round to go but the second-seeded Royal Marines were not able to match an impressive surge from the Pompey players. The matchplay went true to

After winning the 35-mile (57-kilometre) English selection race back in March, the NCO from Stoke Armed Forces Career Offi ce headed to Boddington near Gloucester as the team captain for the UK AAA 100K National Championships.

form with both Portsmouth and Royal Marines entering the fi nal match on level points. By virtue of a better win/

loss ratio (goal difference!) the marines had to win the match while a halved affair would suffi ce for Portsmouth to retain the title. A halved match is indeed how it turned out and Pompey held on to the title.

The season so far has seen the ladies again performing well in their friendly matches registering wins against Hayling and Yeovilton Society (men!) and losing out to Southwick Park. A number of ladies also competed in the Perranporth Open where they departed with numerous prizes.

improvement in the men’s representative matches where, although losses have been recorded against opposition such as Cornwall, Leeds and District and the Civil Service, the margins of defeat have been signifi cantly less than of late. The men’s results have in no

small way been improved by the addition of fi ve new players all new to the Service this year. With one or two more

events scheduled for both men and ladies between now and September, thoughts are turning towards the Inter Services at West Lancashire Golf Club where the ladies will be striving for an unprecedented third consecutive win, and the men looking to end a series of disappointing results.

A ridge too far

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fatalities on the other side of the mountain during the period of our expedition.”

Although the team did not summit, they do not believe they failed. “Given the weather conditions, no matter what we did there was no way we could have made the summit of Makalu,” said Surg Lt Hornby. “However, the real success was making the safe descent in the most hideous of conditions with the real risk of avalanche or cold injury.”

There has been some Rapids progress

LT PAUL Bastiaens contends with the raging waters of the Breitach in the Alps at the ‘business end’ of the RN Kayaking Association’s Exercise Bavarian Splash. Eight members of the RNKA took advantage of the excellent facilities and experienced staff at the Naval Outdoor Centre, Germany (NOCG – known as Bavarian Surprise until revamped, rebranded and reopened in April 2009 by then Second Sea Lord Vice Admiral Sir Alan Massey).

Lt Bastiaens organised the training session with the aim of giving developing paddlers a chance to really push themselves on challenging high-volume rivers which don’t exist in the United Kingdom.

Assisted by the centre’s senior instructors

and river leaders Sgt Maj Paul Farr and Mark Waugh, the team managed to bag fi ve different rivers in fi ve days, carrying out white-water safety and rescue training. Unfortunately the weather was unusually wet

for the Alps at this time of year, which meant that some of the glacial-fed rivers were low due to lack of sun. Fortunately,

extremely high. Taking part in such a trip in the past used to

the rain-fed rivers were

involve lots of organising as an offi cial exped with approved instructors, funding, transport, accommodation and all the necessary paper work had to be sorted out well in advance. At NOCG everything is already in place, with the added advantage of local knowledge.

The association, known more for its com- mitment to competitive canoeing, is seeking to branch out into the development of canoe sport as a whole within the Royal Navy and Royal Marines.

developing the paddler as a whole rather than just focusing on the competitive element of the sport and the fact that enjoyment of the sport should always be the priority.

The association recognises the importance of

kayakers hope to make this an annual training and development event. For more information about the association and all forms of canoe sport in the RN, visit

Engineering a hockey triumph

DESPITE the annual hockey Inter-Specialisation tournament turning into a closely fought Inter- Branch event, the competition lost none of its edge as fi rst the Royal Marines, then Warfare, then the Fleet Air Arm threatened to run away with it.

formidable outfi t lost to the Combined Purple and Green Engineers, everyone sat up and began to take notice, writes Lt Cdr Alan Walker about his fi nal tournament before leaving the Naval Service. Engineers? Looking like winning? – whatever next? The Engineers ended up unbeaten, winning two and drawing two – the latter against the FAA and RM. The Fleet Air Arm were second, a point behind the Engineers but

But when the sky blues, a

they were left to rue their result against the bottom team Warfare 2, who must have caught the WAFUs still in bed, metaphorically speaking. There were some great stories:

the greenie from HMS Enterprise who was allowed a crew change a couple of weeks early from his survey ship in Bahrain. The CO of HMS Portland who got his female seaman specialist to represent her branch from a very long way away indeed and the young man from HMS Quorn shipped ashore on the Isle of Man to catch a fl ight to Southampton. There were the sad bits too: 42 replies (both ‘yes’ and ‘no’) from 800 personnel listed on 18 signals. Many ships just not bothering to even reply... Many of those who turned up to

play had been watch-on stop-on at sea for years; the last time we saw Tony Williams was as U23 ‘man of the tournament’ as a S/Lt in 1996. Now he’s a senior Lt Cdr PWO. Many others saw the event as their chance to “get back into” hockey. We go with what we get on these occasions: 60 or 70 people gave up a day or more of their weekend to play in an RN tournament. They all received commemorative medals, they all went away with a smile on their faces and the members of the top three teams all got prizes as well. The winners, the Engineers (a mix of WE and ME, plus a Schoolie from way back), won the Delta Bravo Trophy: two glass balls in a goldfi sh bowl complete with a bush tucker trial star and suitable engraving! It will reside for six

months in HMS Collingwood before transferring to Sultan in January.

had two representatives and LPT Regaina Cawley from Neptune kept the fl ag fl ying for the PT branch as the sole clubswinger present.

level tournament with just enough senior players and umpires present to provide a knowledgeable lead for the 30-odd new players present. By the laws of what’s gone

before, some of those players will be representing the Navy before very much longer. Amazing but true – and well worth the efforts.

All-in-all a splendid grass-roots-

A lot of work went into trying to get 32 specialisation teams – there were not many specialisations who were not represented. Even the regulating branch

Thanks to the success of the exercise Picture: PO(ACMN) Andrew Davies

The race is both an individual and a national team event with England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales all competing to win the team race and the Celtic Plate, which England has won for the past 14 years. Brian takes up the story of

his gruelling victory: “I was up at 5am for an easy two-mile jog before my breakfast of porridge and toast. By 8am, I was on the start line ready for what lay ahead.

“My plan was to run around six minutes 40 seconds per mile for the full 62 miles, the level I had trained at for the last 12 weeks.

“The race started with one

athlete going off at a six-minute mile pace with me and two other athletes running at 6.30 per mile. The two athletes that were with me dropped off after 40 miles. I then had just one athlete to catch.”

At the half-way point the commando was 11 minutes behind the leader – but in true RM spirit he was undeterred for he knew the pacesetter had started too quickly and would be unable to maintain such a tempo. And so it proved. “At 58 miles I was told by my

support team that I was taking two minutes per mile out of him. I still had three miles to go and pushing myself through the pain barrier, ran to the fi nish to win by 90 seconds,” said Brian. “My fi nishing time of seven

hours, seven minutes was one of the fastest times for 14 years, a course record and a personal best for me.” As well as helping England to

victory, the triumph has lifted the Royal to top spot in UK rankings for long-distance running. His time means he’s qualified for the world championships in Gibraltar in November. “Hopefully the route will not include the standard Rock Race route, well known to Navy News readers,” Brian added.

US take cup from Ark Pulling power in Gibraltar

we didn’t conquer the mountain, but the mountain didn’t defeat us. The weather was the only winner so in effect this was a no-score draw.”

The team hope to return to the mountain in 2012 as they believe the challenge is achievable. For further details and to see a picture gallery of photographs and video taken on the mountain visit

Lt Cdr Hart added: “In the end

ON A visit to Mayport HMS Ark Royal challenged the local Naval community to compete for sailing’s Read Cup. The trophy was presented by Capt S J Read in 1954 to encourage team races between the RN and USN. Sailors from Jacksonville Naval Air Station accepted the challenge, hosting the race in their Flying Scot dinghies. The two races were very closely contested with both sides lacking match racing experience. The fi rst race saw Cdr Rob Bellfi eld lead the fl eet from

TWO-SIX, heave!

the Combined British Forces Shield contest moves (literally) towards its climax as the RN Divers take one more step (again, literally) towards victory. The shield is, explains LPT Daz

the start to take line honours. Lt Cdr Toby Clay took fourth with LA(AH) Andy Cemm taking sixth. One point down after the fi rst race, Ark had all to play for in the second race. After a thrilling duel between the lead RN boat and two

In the glaring Mediterranean sun,

event, It’s A Knockout in a swimming pool.

supreme at pulling, defeating their Army opponents 3-0 on the tug of war ‘field’.

American boats, Cdr Bellfi eld was pushed into second place. Lt Cdr Clay came in fi fth and LA(SE) ‘Normski’ Whiteside sixth. The result meant that the Americans took the cup by six points.

Hoare (you might remember him from such ships as HMS Lancaster), “like fl ight deck sports onboard but with different Royal Navy departments taking on other teams like the Royal Gibraltar Regiment and the RAF.” Disciplines include six-a-side hockey and football, tag rugby, volleyball, tug- of-war (pictured here by Cpl Ralph Merry) and the impending decisive

The Gib-based RN frogmen proved

That helped the divers to a one- point lead over 642 Signal Troop, who in turn enjoyed a one-point advantage over the Gib Regiment. Given his Senior Service credentials Daz is spurring on RN sporting activity on The Rock, including the 20-20 Royal Navy/Royal Marines cricket team, The Commanders, whose season has begun with a win, a defeat and a draw.

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