August 2008 - Interservice rivalry alive and well in Dunedin
In a first ever challenge, six members of the Otago Naval Reservist Unit, HMNZS TOROA, will compete in this years Army Twin Peaks Battle Tab Competition set on the hills North West of Dunedin City this Saturday 16 August.
The Twin Peaks Battle is a timed military foot race carrying ‘patrol order’ for teams over a distance of 26 km. The route takes competitors over the twin peaks of Flagstaff and Swampy Summit walking tracks and Leith Valley Road framing outstanding views over the City of Dunedin.
Image Right: From top left to right - Scott Turner, Dean Jane, Hamish Tyson, Jimmy Kershaw-North, Peter Campbell and Iain Johnstone all kitted out and ready for the challenge (NIS-08-165).
This endurance race has only ever been contested within the Army, but this year the challenge has been firmly placed in the Navy’s court to ‘come in and have a go’ in the gruelling event.
The Navy Team is made up six members from the TOROA Naval Reserves and all locals of Dunedin; Waitahuna Primary School Teacher and Naval Leading Seaman Iain Johnstone; Dunedin Visitor Centre Administration Officer and Naval Ensign Peter Campbell; Cadbury’s Team Member and Naval Able Seaman Dean Jane; Project Manager for Transfields Services and Naval Able Diesel Engineering Fitter Jimmy Kershaw-North; Apprentice Carpenter at Stevenson and Williams Builders and Naval Ordinary Seaman Hamish Tyson and Hydraulic Technician for JM Davie Hydraulics and Naval Ordinary Seaman Scott Turner.
Most of the team have family living in Dunedin and along with their workmates and mates in the TOROA Naval Reservist Unit, they expect to have plenty of support and encouragement on the day of the race.
The team members have been training hard for the event covering many miles completing pack runs on a Wednesday evening and hill walks on many a Saturday and Sunday afternoon. They all agree they are ready for this challenge and simply “bring it on”.
Above Image: The Navy Team on completion of the challenge (NIS-08-166).
The last word goes to team member, Peter Campbell, when asked why he is entering this event says “As Sir Ed (Hillary) said .. because it is there. We have been training by going for runs in the gear we will be wearing on the day. I anticipate it to be a gruelling event and don’t expect to be able to walk at all the next day”. Watching coverage of the endurance events at the Olympics in Beijing also provided that extra bit of motivation for this epic ‘Clash of the Services’ event, after giving all they had the navy team were placed 8th in the competition.