The Team

We want to introduce the team of 4 runners and support crew who are setting out on our 1100km journey!

Jason Ey

Jason Ey, the instigator of the Late Arrivals Club Commemorative Run, served as a Navy Clearance Diver for ten years, including during the Iraq War. When he first thought up an idea to run across the Nullarbor Plain in 11 days, he never imagined that this tribute would get this much traction and he would love to see the event expand beyond just one year.

Jason is a proud ex-serviceman with a proud family tradition of military service including both his grandfathers, his father and his uncle. As each generation passes, they take their stories with them and Jason sees this a terrible loss, not only of the unrecorded history but also of the lessons in life, perseverance and the endurance of the human spirit. Jason, who adored his Grandad, is grateful that he knows some of these stories and wants to share that history to ensure it is not forgotten. The Late Arrivals Club Commemorative Run is his way of paying tribute to his grandfather, but also to all veterans whose stories need to be shared.

Even though Jason knows that the challenge will difficult, he feels his experience as a Navy Clearance Diver and the strength of his Grandad will help carry him through. He believes he has what it takes to conquer this challenge, as long as he can put up with the flies!

When planning this run, Jason knew which charity he wanted to raise funds for. Legacy WA has a long history of supporting the families of deceased and incapacitated veterans, and with the recent loss of so many veterans to suicide, Jason feels: “It’s so important that we support Legacy so they are there to support the young families who are left by themselves.”

Steven Dean

Steven Dean has an impressive service history. During the Iraq War he was a Navy Clearance Diver and later he joined the Tactical Assault Group, an elite direct-action and hostage recovery unit. He went on to become a private military contractor working in Iraq and Afghanistan, before switching to conservation work in Southern Africa with the International Anti-Poaching Foundation. With such and extraordinary resume, it’s clear that Steven has the fortitude and commitment to see this latest challenge through.

For Steven, the Late Arrivals Club Commemorative Run provides a platform for him to work on his personal fitness goals and Ultra Marathon aspirations. Although initially he thought the idea was “nuts!”, he soon realised it was the challenge he was looking for. By breaking up the run into small, achievable goals, Steven plans to chip away at the distance to reach the end. Slow and steady!

Steven is keen draw attention to the mental health issues that plague our veterans. Leading by example, he wants to show that setting goals is a positive way to overcome adversity and pull yourself out of darkness. For Steven, the work Legacy WA does to aid veterans and their families is needed now more than ever, and he is happy to support this charity.

Heath Whitfield

With a long family history of military service, Heath Whitfield added his own name to the list with eleven years as a Navy Clearance Diver. It is this family connection that still motivates him today in the form of the unwavering support, inspiration and motivation he receives from his father.

During his time in the Navy, Heath had his fair share of close calls and knows how to keep his head in a stressful situation, but even he was sceptical when he first heard about the Late Arrivals Club Commemorative Run. Then he read the history and reasons behind the run and couldn’t say no. Unfazed by the distance, he sees avoiding injury and not having any reason to pull out as the hardest part of the challenge; if only to prevent the lifetime of insults and jokes at his expense the rest of the team will send his way if he does.

Heath views this run as not only a great personal challenge but also a good way to raise money for a fantastic cause. He has a lot of respect for the work Legacy WA does with veterans and their families and is keen to support this amazing charity.

Josh Thornhill

He may be the youngest of the group, but Josh Thornhill brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the team. With over ten years of military service, both as an Army Engineer and a Navy Clearance Diver, he is disciplined and focused, but he also likes to have a laugh and joke with the boys. Josh values teamwork and believes that keeping up morale with support and laughter is essential to making sure everyone’s spirits are kept high.

As soon as Josh heard about The Late Arrivals Club Commemorative Run, he was eager to take part. The story of Mick Ey and his mates inspired him and he wanted to honour those men who faced such hectic conditions and returned home. For Josh, the limited recovery time each day and the harsh the climate conditions will be the hardest part of the challenge. However, with the support and love of his kids and family, and enough fresh socks, he’s confident he has what it takes to run across the desert for 11 days straight!

Through his run, Josh will pay tribute to the mental battles faced by our military brothers and sisters, and for those who have lost in the battle and wars within their own minds. He hopes to raise awareness of the mental health epidemic within the Australian Defence Force whilst raising funds to support the families left with only memories.

Tony Ey

Tony Ey, son of Reginald Ey from the bomber crew. Father of Jason Ey, one of our runners. The Chief! Currently spending his days doing humanitarian aid throughout Southeast Asia he’s given his time to help us go the distance in the desert.

Tony himself spent 20 years in the Military, also a Navy Clearance Diver. His father, both his uncles, both his brothers and his son all have war service so no surprises a charity such as Legacy is close to the heart. He served as one of only 49 Australian Clearance Divers in South Vietnam during the war.

Tony is both excited and proud to be a part of the Late Arrivals Club run in March 2020.

Angela Brient

Angela is a war widow. In many ways she sums up the whole reason for this event. She has four young children aged between 8 and 14. They are all without a Dad as a direct result of his active service.

After 22.5 years in the Air Force husband Terry sustained a severe spinal injury on deployment in the Middle East. Despite successful surgery, his mental heath suffered before taking his own life in 2017.

Angela is working tirelessly behind the scenes with administrative duties and making sure safety management and traffic plans are set in place. We are so grateful she is on the team and having Angela onboard is a constant reminder that Legacy need our help to make sure families like hers are taken care of after such sad circumstances resulting from someone trying to serve their nation the best they can.

Steve Stoll

Steve is a veteran himself serving in the Royal Australian Navy. He now currently manages the Legacy Camp located in the South West of WA as a full-time volunteer.

There are over 4000 active volunteers throughout Australia who ensure Legacy’s promise to care for the families of deceased veterans is kept.

Legacy are the beneficiary of our commemorative run and having Steve on the ground representing this amazing charity is going to be a great help to our mission.

Steve wants to be there to help the runners achieve their goal and is excited to be a part of a team that highlights mate-ship, courage, and perseverance.

Davina Dean

Davina is looking forward to documenting this unique and worthwhile cause which symbolises the ongoing daily struggles faced by our veterans and their families.

Davina is an award-winning photojournalist from Zimbabwe who relocated to Perth in 2015 with her husband and Late Arrivals team runner Deano. Together they own and operate their film and photography company based in Bridgetown, WA that provide for families, businesses and not-for-profits www.twodee.com.au

Along with sharing her camera talents with the world, she has also kindly volunteered to take care of the team providing first aid. We expect a blister or two(hundred) so she may have a busy 11 days in the desert ahead of her.

Somer Jones

Somer joins our crew for the preparation phase of the run to ensure our runners will be taken care of performing at an optimal level throughout the 11 days.

Somer is a Personal Trainer as well being in charge of all things diet and nutrition at her gym.

We’re excited to have her knowledge and expertise onboard taking out all the guess work of supplements, hydration, vitamins and minerals.