GETTING up Esrom Street is hard enough without carrying a 40kg backpack, but that’s exactly what Matthew Watts and his team of Army Reservists did in Sunday’s Edgell Jog.
It’s the fourth year the reservists have been in the jog this year they fielded a team of eight.
Sergeant Watts, from the 1/19 RNSWR Bathurst Depot said the group love to be part of the jog; they use it as a recruiting exercise, chatting to other walkers as well as holding an information stall with giveaways on the day.
“It’s a great community event and all the money goes to a good cause,” he said.
Sergeant Watts said all his men carried their army issued backpacks on the jog, weighing around 40kg, as they would be expected to carry on the job.
And he said the wet weather was no deterrent, with the men trained to “seize and hold ground regardless of the weather or terrain.”
The officers were also joined on the jog by their families, who participate to support their husbands.
Kelly Carter, whose husband is in the Army Reserve said it’s a fun family day.