Sri Chinmoy 24-Hour Race
One of Australia's foremost track ultra races
About the event
Welcome to the Sri Chinmoy 24-Hour, 12-Hour and 6-Hour track races, this year being staged at the Campbelltown Sports Stadium Athletics Centre, near Sydney.
The Sri Chinmoy 24 Hour race has been staged variously at Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney for the past 35 years, and has many times been awarded the prestigious title of National Championship. The event is renowned for the level of care and service provided to runners, and the family atmosphere amongst helpers and athletes (most of the organising team are or have been ultra runners).
Whether you are an experienced ultra veteran, or first-timer keen to explore the realms beyond the marathon, we look forward to welcoming you and encourage you to participate in this special event.
Follow the progress of the race with live results throughout the event.
- $190 early bird
- $220 after 5pm 3 June, closing 5pm 15 June
- $130 early bird
- $150 after 5pm 3 June, closing 5pm 15 June
- 12 noon
- $70 early bird
- $80 after 5pm 3 June, closing 5pm 15 June
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- AURA sanctioned, an IAU bronze label event
Before the Race
Each entrant will receive a timing chip and two race numbers. The number must be worn on the front and back at all times. We recommend an elastic belt to allow for fast clothes changes. Registration will open trackside 90 minutes prior to each event start (8.30 am for the 24 hour run; 8.30 pm for the 12 hour run; 10.30 am for the 6 hour run); and will close 45 miutes prior to the event start (9.15 am for the 24 hour run; 9.15 pm for the 12 hour run; 11.15 am for the 6 hour run). Compulsory race briefing will be 30 minutes prior to the race start.
It is desirable that you bring your own tables and comfortable chairs (if you can). Preference for the provision of tables and chairs will be given to people travelling by air from interstate. While self-crewing is possible for these events, please consider the possibility of “adopting” a runner without a crew and at least help them out intermittently if you can.
You will be able to set up your drink table and chairs in a defined Crewing Zone, to be located on the infield of the track.
If you will be camping at the track, please inform the Race Director beforehand and upon arrival at the track so you may be directed to the correct camp site.
During the race
As individual athletes have different food/drink requirements and tastes it is recommended that competitors bring their own specific food/drink for the event. However, water, sports drink, flat Coke and a selection of nourishing food will be provided at a trackside aid station.
A microwave, hot water urn plus tea/coffee/hot chocolate/miso/soup etc. will be available. The Race Venue will not have food available for immediate purchase during the race duration. The nearest major shops for purchasing groceries and/or take-out are about a 5 minute drive away.
Helpers – Meal Vouchers
For runners’ helpers, meal vouchers will be available for $30 for the 24 hours. This will entitle you to lunch and dinner on the Saturday and breakfast on the Sunday. You will also have unlimited supply of tea, coffee, milo etc. Meal vouchers can be purchased at registration prior to each race.
All food is vegetarian.
All runners will change direction every 4 hours.
Average daily temperatures for June range from 9°C min to 16 °C max. Overnight lows range from 1°C to 10°C.
Given the weather variability at this time of year please bring a range of clothing suitable for a wide range of conditions including heat, cold, rain and/or wind.
A qualified level 2 sports trainer will be in attendance throughout the 24 hours of the event.
As this is an IAU certified event, the following crewing rules must be observed or competitor disqualification may occur:
- Crew/helpers may not enter the course nor obstruct any athlete. They may hand the refreshment to the athlete either from behind, or from a position no more than one metre in front or to the side of, the refreshment table.
- Crews are not able to pass food/drinks to their competitors anywhere else on the track outside of the defined Crewing Zone.
- Crews are not allowed to run/walk with competitors at any time during the race.
In practice, what this means is that if a runner needs to give instructions to their support crew, or a crew has to provide information to the runner, they either have to do it in the seconds that the runner passes by the table or the runner has to stop for more detailed interactions.
Please always be considerate of other competitors on the track. Track etiquette should enable the faster runners/walkers to pass on the inside of the track. If you are using the inside lane please do so only in single file.
If you wish to run or walk alongside another runner or walker please move into the outside lanes.
If you are doing some slower laps please move away from the inside lane to enable faster entrants to pass without having to move around you.
In accordance with IAU protocols, any partial laps completed at the end of the race will be accurately measured with a measuring wheel. Thus, during the last 5 to 10 minutes of the race, competitors will be handed a small bean bag or equivalent marker with their race number on it. This is to be held until the final countdown to zero (PA system) or final siren/gun signalling the end of the chosen race. Unless racing for a pre-nominated record it is recommended that competitors gradually ease down their speed and move close to the track edge during the last 10 sec countdown so that they can stop walking/running abruptly at the final signal (no carryover). At this moment the marker bag should be dropped as close as possible to the edge of the track adjacent to the foot closest to the track edge.
A Race Marshal will soon attend to each competitor, check their number, mark their finish position and then acknowledge that it is OK to depart the track. Competitors are allowed to have a helper bring them a blanket/warm clothes and a chair (NB: placed off the track surface) if required.
Use of iPod/MP3 players
Portable music players may be used for all except the first and last 15 minutes of the race.
2016 Jun 18thSri Chinmoy 24 hour, 12 hour & 6 hour track races, Campbelltown Sports Stadium Athletics Centre, 18 & 19 June 2016
Sri Chinmoy 24 hour, 12 hour & 6 hour track races, Campbelltown Sports Stadium Athletics Centre, 18 & 19 June 2016Saturday, 18 June, 2016
Note: the results published here are provisional only.
A 24 hour race is run not so much Against the Clock, as With the Clock. This particular 24 hour event might also be remembered as a Race Against The Rain: a massive low pressure system was all week threatening to unburden itself over Campbelltown during the course of the event. As it turned out, the race was held almost totally rain-free; with some light showers at the start and again during the take-down post-race before an enormous downpour struck.
Sharon Scholz always looked to have the women's 24 hour race in her keeping, with such wealth of experience and deep reserves of determination and courage to draw upon. In taking the Sri Chinmoy 24 hour Women's Title for 2016, Sharon placed 2nd outright in the race and crested the magical 200km marker with a final tally of 201.931km. She led a small but high-quality women's field which more than held their own, taking 3 of the top 6 placings overall.
The 24 hour men's race saw several leaders. First it was David Turnbull from England, who was aiming at 100km and therefore started at a brisker clip than most. Brendan Davies – current Australian Ultra Runner of the Year, surprisingly appearing in his first ever 24 hour track race – was running with superb form and control, as was the New Zealand champion and 12-hour M60 World Record holder Bryan McCorkindale. Yet when running at such high intensity, any number of hidden forces can assail the attempt, and both Brendan and Bryan would be forced to withdraw during the night.
Malcolm Gamble ran a steady race from the outset, and proved the immense value of a clear and steadfast plan, no matter what else might be happening around him. Malcolm was resolute throughout the night and by morning held a clear, unassailable lead which he would carry to the finish to be crowned the 2016 Sri Chinmoy 24 Hour Male Champion with a fine 222.656km.
The second place winners in both the women's and the men's races were 24 hour first-timers, and both came seriously close to topping 200km at their first attempt: Donna Urquhart took 2nd in the women with a wonderful 192.53km while Stephen Redfern came even closer to 200 with a superb run of 196.575km.
John Yoon (185.916km), Kristy Lovegrove (175.327km) and Sean Smith (163.603km) were next in distance, just ahead of the indefatigable Centurian Justin Scholz, who proved his resilience and class by yet again cracking the elusive 100 mile mark – walking.
The Male 50-59 race turned into a friendly duel between 2 gentlemen of the track, with Kieron Blackmore (157.555km) ultimately yielding the title to the evergreen Anyce 'Kip' Melham (166.720km), racing in his 29th Sri Chinmoy 24 hour race!
Every entrant is deserving of our admiration, congratulations and awe. We hold you all in the highest standing.
If the 24 hour race had seen a fast start, the 12 hour race started as a veritable sprint: with Rick Cooke running as though late for an appointment, American Steve Stowers and Dan Symonds hot in pursuit. This small field produced a nevertheless intriguing race which was always captivating. Steve came with a mission, which he fulfilled to perfection, breaching the US 50 mile and 100km records for M50, making the trip well worth his while. Dan Symonds won the race convincingly in the end with 116km completed.
Gemma Worland took out the Female Under 50 with 86.781km, and Lib Smith the Female 50-59 with 72 km.
The 6 hour race proved a right ding-dong battle with the top 4 placings separated by only 1 km each. Ryan Gooding took the honours with 69.821 km, and Sonia Green the women's race with her wonderful run of 63.029km.
Our gratitude to all who played a role in this magnificent drama: each and every runner; all of the runners' helpers, family and supporters who came with their hearts' encouragement and goodwill; alongside the medical team of Robert Glasson-Smith and wife Lina; Martin Fryer whose dedication to perfection produced an immaculate set of results and enabled us all to enjoy peace of mind through the race; the ever-helpful staff of Campbelltown Sports Stadium Athletics Centre; and members of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team from Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney.
In 2017 the Sri Chinmoy 24 hour, 12 hour and 6 hour races will likely be held in July, on a weekend to be confirmed – at the same wonderful venue.
2015 Jun 13thSri Chinmoy 24-Hour, 12-Hour and 6-Hour Race, 13 & 14 June 2015, Results
Ancient cities had their stadia, where citizens flocked to witness great dramas of the human condition – epic tragedies of Sophocles, lavish intrigues of Seneca, masterful eloquence of Shakespeare – for entertainment, edification and ultimately, for transformation.
Today our stadium is but a simple 400 metre loop of synthetic compound; our protagonists humble runners and walkers: yet our drama is every bit as gripping, as moving, as universal, elevating and yes, as transforming as any offered on any stage of yore.
Here the drama unfolds largely within: the outer quest to pile up loop after loop after loop, mirrors the inner quest to transcend. The outer prize may be a trophy and a pat on the back: the inner prize a glimmer of self-discovery, a further finger-hold on the baffling rockface of self-conquest.
2015 saw the Sri Chinmoy 24 hour, 12 hour and 6 hour races staged for the first time at Campbelltown Sports Stadium Athletics Centre track. With all amenities of a world-class facility, yet removed from the turbulence and tension of the inner city, the atmosphere at Campbelltown amongst athletes, organisers and facility staff was friendly, supportive and happy throughout. We look forward to returning next year and beyond.
In an event which is more about inner reward than outer accomplishment, it is not always meaningful to focus on distances and comparisons – for one who may have covered only a slight distance may yet have resolved all manner of inner conflicts along the way and achieved a sense of blissful liberation as a result.
Yet one performance commands our attention, admiration and amazement: Bryan McCorkindale from Christchurch, New Zealand broke the World Record for Men 60 and Over for 12 Hours. Bryan, the defending champion from last year’s 24 hour race had entered the 24 hour event again with the intention of having a shot at the 12 hour and 100 mile records and then seeing what might be left for the remaining time. As it happened, he was on good pace for the 12 hour record but had to dig very deep to stay on pace during the final few hours. His determination and focus were extraordinary and swept the entire environs and spectators into an all-consuming effort of will to reach and breach that goal: first the track record of 129.525 km set by our own Cliffie Young in Sydney in 1982; and next the all-time 12 hour record of 132.167 km by the legendary Frenchman Max Courtillon at Moreuil in 1988 … Bryan’s outer calm belied an indomitable power that felt like a volcano burning on a measured fuse. All else was blocked out of the awareness as we witnessed the stupendous effort required to transcend the best that 60+ humankind has yet achieved. In the end, there were only 400 metres in it – a mere one of those laps after laps after laps – as 12 hours yielded 132.565km and a new World Record for Bryan and, it felt, for us all.
Bryan, we salute you, a true champion among champions.
2014 Jun 14thSri Chinmoy 24 Hour and 12 Hour Track Races, Blacktown International Sportspark, Sydney, 14 and 15 June 2014 – Provisional Results
Sri Chinmoy 24 Hour and 12 Hour Track Races, Blacktown International Sportspark, Sydney, 14 and 15 June 2014 – Provisional ResultsFriday, 13 June, 2014
The annual Sri Chinmoy 24 Hour and 12 Hour Track Races were staged at the Blacktown International Sportspark on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 June 2014. Final results, as well as progressive results follow:
2014 Jun 14thRace Report: Sri Chinmoy 24 & 12 Hour Races, Blacktown Sports Park, 14/15 June 2014
Race Report: Sri Chinmoy 24 & 12 Hour Races, Blacktown Sports Park, 14/15 June 2014Friday, 20 June, 2014
It was my great pleasure this year to step up from being a helper at the two previous editions of this event to being the Race Director. It wasn’t a hard decision as it is a Race Director’s dream to have such an experienced and joyful group of volunteers to work with as the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team (SCMT) and such a wonderful mixture of runners to serve that spanned an experience spectrum from complete newbie to National Team level, and that came from near (Sydney) and far (Western Australia and New Zealand).
I have already had feedback from many runners telling me about how the enthusiastic support by members of the SCMT and their provision of such an outstanding selection of tasty food (some runners were asking for the recipes) helped them to achieve something special in their chosen events.
24 Hour Race
After the traditional minute of silence to contemplate the journey ahead (and to be grateful for all that had helped them get to the start line!) the 24h runners enthusiastically embarked on their mission on a slightly wet track after some steady overnight rain. Thankfully, the weather cleared to perfect running conditions for the rest of the race and the performances matched this accordingly.
A fine standard was set in the Men’s 24h race with 5 entrants finishing over the 200K mark, 11 exceeding 100 miles and 24 entrants exceeding 100 K. The early race lead moved from John Power to Kevin Muller but eventually New Zealander Bryan McCorkingdale (M60-69) prevailed with a perfectly paced race that reflected his strength and experience.
Serial ultramarathon racer Kevin Muller completed over 220K in this race only one week after coming 2nd in the Gold Coast 100K race!
Experienced C2K campaigner and keen trail runner Kevin Heaton showed his class with 216K on his 24h track debut, displaying great restraint to walk extra periods early in the race when he was ahead of schedule.
A very determined and focused Robert Knowles stuck to a brutally tight schedule in the last 6 hours of the race in an attempt to get his 24h Guinness Book of Records barefoot title back (the existing record was around 211K), which required a barefoot PB of over 30K. The provisional results (212.210K) suggest that he may have just sneaked in a new record, which is a phenomenal achievement.
Matt Chamberlain was one big ear-to-ear smile as he celebrated breaking 200K while Chris Knowles had a superb run to make the nervous 190’s. Adam Connor, Geoff Last, Darren Kime and Colin Brooks also ran very brave and determined races (with some impressive new PBs in there) to break the famous 100 mile target.
Whilst a recently injured and underprepared Justin Scholz might have been disappointed with missing the walking records he was going for, the rest of the runners and helpers were simply amazed that he could yet again walk well over 100 miles in 24 hours on a bad day!
Trevor Allen, Steve Domonkos, Dean Metcalf and Kurt Topper all ran a credible 150K plus, each fighting their own personal battles to make it into this challenging distance range.
The effervescent Geoff Tomlins finished his very first 24 Hour Race with a very tidy 143K despite an early foot injury, some extreme chafing and some extended breaks. He gave a fantastic interview at the awards ceremony that was colorful and full of pithy wisdom. Joining him in the 140’s were excellent runs by Charbel Sandroussi, Anyce “Kip” Melham (a long time participant of this event and previous winner), and a very mellow and contemplative Billy Pearce, who was using this race as a training run for the Adelaide 6 Day Race later this year.
For some runners and walkers this year it just wasn’t meant to be but they had the courage to start, to do their best on the day, and remained in good spirits throughout: Michael Thompson fought blisters, Mal Gamble was not quite healed from a soleus injury and Jo Blake’s conscience as a dad got the better of him in the mid afternoon as he snuck off for quite a few hours to see one of his sons’ football matches before returning to the track, but eventually retiring later on. Visiting New Zealander Andrew Shelley was hoping for his Centurion walk debut but unfortunately things didn’t go his way - I have no doubt he will be back even more determined to get it right. A number of walkers and run/walkers, including the inimitable Louis Commins, Robert Osborne and Graeme Thompson performed admirably, and the ever popular Greg Finlay finished on 114K with a “blistering” last lap after a race plagued by blisters!
It was wonderful to see the return of previous Australian 24 Hour representative, Meredith Quinlan, to the winner’s podium with one of her typical steady paced races, a very strong finish, and yet another final result in the 210 to 220K range. Meredith has been spending more time on the mountain bike recently but decided to return to the track to remember just how fun these events can be!
Like Kevin Muller, Annabel Hepworth is a serial ultramarathon racer who also achieves amazing results week after week with almost no recovery in between. She displayed incredible strength and resilience to run over 180K in what she believed to be quite a cathartic race for her, having started the race with many things weighing heavily on her mind but finishing with a beautiful smile and an open heart.
Third place went to Jade Crim, who had a blinder of a race, finishing with 157km thanks to her mighty perseverance and the help of a very supportive and animated crew while fourth place went to the ever smiling New Zealander Heather Andrews who attained an excellent 135K in style.
Fifth and sixth places went to two delightful visitors from Brisbane: both Cassie Smith and Subala Kamalan had tough races but both triumphed with very credible distances of 123K and 100K, respectively.
12 Hour Race
The start of the 12 Hour race at 10 pm brought a new wave of energy to the track which certainly helped the 24 h participants to enter their second half with renewed vigour.
So far in 2014 Canberra’s Paul Cuthbert has completed two tough trail ultras (North Face 100K and 168K Ultra Trail Mt Fuji in Japan) but decided to broaden his experience and have a go at the 12 Hour, which he won (supported by his lovely family) on debut with over 116K on a much less forgiving surface. I’m sure Paul is looking forward to once again making the podium in the upcoming Canberra 101K trail race in September.
Second place went to a smiling and stylish James Sylvester whose positive attitude led him to a smart 111.6 km, while 3rd and 4th was a close contest between Matt Menegazzo’s 104K and Mark Northcott, who was very happy to break 100k with 15 minutes to go and power on to 103K.
Another Paul with a strong trail ultra heritage, Paul Shoemark, ran a courageous 98 K to fall just short of the century. Rob Howarth also had the century goal but entered at short notice, had a strong start and recovered at the end after a mid race slump to finish with a very respectable 88km on debut.
Stromlo 12 Hour regular and stalwart Saul Richardson once again surpassed 80K while Australian champion racewalker and Coburg 24 Hour race director, Tim Erickson, had a hard day at the office and unfortunately fell well short of the remarkable records that he had set in the previous edition of this event.
One of the truly inspirational performances of this event that went under the radar involved Greg Smith. This race was the icing on the cake for Greg after a remarkable journey in the last 6 months including abstention from alcohol, losing 20 kg of bodyweight and raising almost $6000 for the Australian Missing Person’s register. Cheered on by coach Gary Mullins and a very enthusiastic crew Greg exceeded his wildest expectations by walking 65K!
Legendary vets ultrarunner Ron Schwebel set an absolutely cracking pace in his brave attempt to break the M60 50K record but the brutal pace proved too much in the cool conditions and cramping unfortunately forced him to retire early.
Bernadette Benson came into this race with a mission to go hard and take a lot of records home and she did this and more. In a gritty and extremely focused display of strength, grace and determination she covered over 133K to take out first outright place as well as setting new records including the Canadian W45 6hr record, the AUS and CAN W45 100k records, and the AUS and CAN Open 12 hr records for W45. Her speech at the awards ceremony was memorable, perfectly capturing her own success and disappointment, giving honest and gracious thanks to those who helped, and bringing all runners into her victory, by explaining how she had watched others going through their own tough times and drew on the strength and courage they all showed.
Cambewarra’s Sabina Hamaty is always a glowing presence on the track and she not only fulfilled her aim of just running for pure joy (rather than competitively) but also just happened to run a very good distance of over 108K for second place.
Third place went to Helen McDonald who, like many others, made a very successful transition from trail to track with an impressive 98K on debut, while Rebecca Horsburgh surprised herself my walking an amazing 68K on very little preparation Cathie Wiltshire (Cool Running’s Gadfly) didn’t have a great run for her in terms of kms but was delighted to achieve 64K and a bonus sprint finish after carrying a back injury for the last 12 months.
Overall, the event was a great success, thanks to the runners, crew, volunteers and the support of the race sponsors (Shotz Sports nutrition Australia for the best electrolyte, gels and bars around; Blisterprevention.com.au for ENGO patches and superb education materials, and Highly Tuned Athletes for Video recording of the event as well as their race packs and great offers on specialist electronic gear that is highly sought by ultra runners).
An absolute standout aspect was the incredible atmosphere at the track created by the crews, most notably the luminous Sarah Jane Marshall and her colleague Gordon Plunkett who not only crewed for their 7 runners but catered to any other orphans throughout the race with an energy that was absolutely infectious.
What is most gratifying for a Race Director after the sleep deprivation has worn off is the realisation that all of the runners, crews and volunteers that were present last weekend have had their lives changed forever - none of us will ever be the same. A shared journey of determination, grace, enthusiasm, poise, courage, gratitude, joy and love and an absolute understanding of what it means to be part of the true universal oneness of humanity.
I do hope we see everyone again next year but in the meantime I will leave you with two quotes from Gordon Plunkett’s crewing report posted on Cool Running Australia which capture some of my feelings in a nutshell:
“One thing I love about this sport is some people you have never met but after a quick hello and 24hrs of pain you know them very well and remain friends for a very long time”.
“Sharing this from another side was just awesome; helping runners to achieve their running goals is very rewarding”.
Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team
19 June 2014
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