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Day of sport at Camp Bastion

March 13, 2011

Camp Bastion hosted two major sporting events today.

At 7am, 672 runners congregated for the start of the Bastion Marathon and Half-Marathon; raising over $12,000 (£7,700) for a number of chosen charities. Along with these elite athletes, the field was also joined by Batman, Superman, Wonderwoman, Santa….and some fruit!

670 runners set off for 26 miles in the heat and dust. Picture: Flt Lt Nick Downs. Crown Copyright 2011.

The marathon runners were joined by 2 bananas, Wonder Woman, Batman, Spiderman...and Santa! Picture: Flt Lt Nick Downs. Crown Copyright 2011.

Later in the day, as the temperature climbed to 27 degrees, 8 teams from the UK, US, Denmark, Bahrain and Afghanistan took part in the Op HERRICK 13 International Football Competition. Teams gathered at the Camp Shorabak (Afghan National Army base) football stadium, in front of some very animated and passionate supporters.

RAF Regiment team take on the Afghan National Army team. Photo: Flt Lt Nick Downs. Crown Copyright 2011.

After many hard-fought matches, the competition final saw the RAF Military Police team take on the team from Bahrain with what appeared to be a deadlocked match decided by a fantastic long-distance half volley by Cpl Lowes; resulting in a 1-0 victory.

Cpl Lowes of the RAF Military Police holds aloft the trophy after presentation by the ANA Commander (right). Photo: Flt Lt Nick Downs. Crown Copyright 2011.

On behalf of his team, Cpl Lowes received the winners trophy from the ANA Garrison Commander…and the other teams went home empty-handed!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. neil permalink
    March 13, 2011 22:10

    This is why we have the best.Good luck to all of them,stay safe.

  2. Jason Belcher permalink
    March 13, 2011 22:32

    Great to see our troops letting their hair down. STAY SAFE.

  3. March 14, 2011 18:47

    Great to see that even in the field of battle our troops and others have compassion for those needing our support…..and have a helluva lot of fun in the process:0)

    Well Done One & All
    God Bless and stay safe

    Agnes & All at ‘Support our Soldiers’

  4. March 15, 2011 11:16

    It was so good to hear that all the Troops joined together, for the sports day, and had some fun, free time, and also to raise money for charity’s

    Well done to every one that took part, great pictures.

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