Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series
An 8-race series at popular Sydney running venues for your enjoyment, fitness and self-transcendence
About the event
Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team offers an 8-race series at popular Sydney running venues in 2016 for your enjoyment, fitness and self-transcendence. Most events include races over 3 distances:
* Short (3km – 5km)
* Middle (7km – 10km)
* Longer distance (14km – 21.1km)
At two venues – Royal National Park and Dolls Point, a full MARATHON (42.2km) is also offered.
Marathons start at 7am, while all other events start at 8am with Registration opening at 6.45 am, and closing at 7.55 am.
All certified accurate courses, with distance markers every kilometre (every 2km at Royal National Park). Courses at Iron Cove and Dolls Point are on paved cycle/running paths; courses at Centennial Park are cross-country, on gravel and grass; the course at Royal National Park is on an old coach road (now fire trail) through the forest.
Awards are presented in the following categories:
Short Distance (4km – 6km)
Boys and Girls Under 13, 1st to 3rd
Boys and Girls Under 17, 1st to 3rd
Male and Female 17 and Over, 1st to 3rd
Middle (7km – 10km), Longer Distance (14km – Half-Marathon) and Marathon (42.2km)
Male and Female Under 50, 1st to 7th
Male and Female 50-59, 1st to 3rd
Male and Female 60-69, 1st to 2nd
Male and Female 70 and Over, 1st
Post-race pancake breakfast for all.
Short Distance (3-5k)
- per race $17 online, $30 on day
- 8-race series pass: $120
Middle Distance (7-10k)
- per race $22 online, $35 on the day
- 8-race series pass: $160
Long Distance (14-21.1k)
- per race $27 online, $40 on day
- 8-race series pass: $195
Marathon 42.2k (Royal National Park & Dolls Point events)
- per race $47 online, $70 on day
- Long-Distance series pass holders may
- enter each marathon for $10 extra.
ContactPrachar Stegemann0404 071-327Send Email
Upcoming RacesRace 1: 28 February
2016 Series, race 1: Iron Cove 14km, 7km & 4km
The Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series for 2016 gets under way with the familiar loop around Iron Cove, with options of 14km, 7km and 4km. If you’re returning from previous years, welcome back! If you’re participating in the Series for the first time, we hope you enjoy your morning and make these runs a regular highlight of your calendar.
Park at the end of Glover St, Lilyfield. On-the-day registration opens at 6.45 am and closes at 7.55 am, with races starting from 8 am.Race 2: 28 March
2016 Series, race 2: Centennial Park Half-Marathon, 7km & 4km cross-country
What better way to kick-start your holiday Monday? Step up to the Half-Marathon, or stay with the 7km or 4km options as we take to the tracks and fields of Centennial Park for a cross-country race in the heart of the city. See why this is the most popular venue for Sri Chinmoy Races in Sydney.
Park anywhere along Grand Drive. On-the-day registration opens at 6.45 am and closes at 7.55 am, with races starting from 8 am.Half-Marathon & 7km View course map »Race 3: 1 May
2016 Series, race 3: Royal National Park MARATHON, Half-Marathon, 10km & 5km Trail Runs
The Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series goes bush, to the sublime Royal National Park south of the city. Immerse yourself in pristine forest on a lovely trail run. Because you’ll want to enjoy this magical realm to the max, a full MARATHON joins the Half-Marathon, 10km and 5km for a full suite of classic distances.
Parking is near Willow Tree Flat, past Audley. National Park admission fee of $12 per vehicle applies. Alternatively, take our shuttle van from Loftus Station for $10 return, departing regularly from 6.30am.
On-the-day registration opens at 6.30 am and closes at 7.55 am. The MARATHON starts at 7am, with other distances starting from 8 am.MARATHON & Half-Marathon View course map »10km & 5km View course map »Race 4: 12 June
2016 Series, race 4: Centennial Park Half-Marathon, 7km & 4km cross-country
The best time to enjoy Centennial Park is morning; the best way to appreciate this beautiful haven is on foot. What better motivation to keep up your training through Winter than the prospect of a delightful run through the park amongst ducks, ponds, fields, glades and even a mini-pine forest on a glistening June morning?
Park anywhere along Grand Drive. On-the-day registration opens at 6.45 am and closes at 7.55 am, with races starting from 8 am.Half-Marathon & 7km View course map »Race 5: 10 July
2016 Series, race 5: Dolls Point MARATHON, Half-Marathon, 10km & 5km
The full suite of classic road race distances: 5km, 10km, Half-Marathon and a full MARATHON make this annual event a true festival of running. The courses are scenic loops – flat for the most part, with a challenging rise over the spectacular Captain Cook Bridge crossing the Georges River. Relax post-race over a pancake breakfast in the happy ambience of Peter Depena Reserve, alongside Botany Bay.
Park off Russell Ave, Dolls Point. On-the-day registration opens at 6.30 am and closes at 7.55 am. The MARATHON starts at 7am, with other distances starting from 8 am.MARATHON, Half-Marathon, 10km & 5km View course map »Race 6: 11 September
2016 Series, race 6: Iron Cove Half-Marathon, 7km & 4km
If you’re aiming for the Sydney Marathon later in the month, this is the perfect tune-up race, the final Half-Marathon of the Series. Even if you’ve raced this course many times before, there’s always a buzz about the Iron Cove events with such a great crowd all gathered for the same purpose: sheer enjoyment!
Park at the end of Glover St, Lilyfield. On-the-day registration opens at 6.45 am and closes at 7.55 am, with races starting from 8 am.Half-Marathon View course map »Race 7: 23 October
2016 Series, race 7: Centennial Park 14km, 7km & 4km
Alongside New York’s Central Park and London’s Hyde Park, Centennial Park is one of the truly great urban parklands, affording that perfect blend we all yearn for: the peace and satisfaction of Nature in proximity to city comfort and amenities. Few places in the world can boast such a perfect locale for running so close to the CBD…
Park anywhere along Grand Drive. On-the-day registration opens at 6.45 am and closes at 7.55 am, with races starting from 8 am.Race 8: 18 December
2016 Series, race 8: Iron Cove 14km, 7km & 4km
We endlessly speculate what it is about the Bay Run which makes this course so appealing – constant proximity to water, smooth flat wide pathways, the bonhomie of morning joggers and dog-walkers… Whatever your reasons, it’s one week to Christmas – enjoy!
Park at the end of Glover St, Lilyfield. On-the-day registration opens at 6.45 am and closes at 7.55 am, with races starting from 8 am.
Enter online for this race only.
Distance Age Category Male Time Date Female Time Date 4 km Under 13 Angus Beer 14:24 15/12/2013 Sarah Playford 16:00 10/6/2012 4 km Under 17 Jarrod Biczo 13:46 10/6/2012 Caitlin Bickerton 16:18 27/2/2011 4 km 17 and Over Neill Robbie 12:36 16/12/2012 Belinda Dent 16:02 28/3/2010 7 km Under 50 Jake Stollery 22:58 20/10/2013 Lauren Hamilton 25:06 24/5/2015 7 km 50 - 59 Richard Sarkies 25:24 11/9/2016 Raewyn Harlock 29:18 16/12/2012 7 km 60 - 69 Witold Krajewski 28:37 10/6/2012 Kate Rowe 33:54 20/10/2013 7 km 70 and Over David Iverarch 32:06 11/9/2016 8 km (old course) Under 50 Thomas Do Canto 26:09 27/2/2011 Natasha Cole 31:26 24/2/2008 8 km (old course) 50 - 59 Keith Bateman 27:47 16/10/2011 Grace Stone 38:59 16/10/2011 8 km (old course) 60 - 69 Rob Connolley 33:05 10/5/2009 Jo Rickards 42:05 28/11/2010 8 km (old course) 70 and Over Arthur Andonopoulos 45:56 24/2/2008 14 km Under 50 Mitch Dean 48:41 10/3/2013 Sandi Rabie 57:10 10/3/2013 14 km 50 - 59 David Riches 51:43 13/12/2015 Raewyn Harlock 56:25 15/12/2013 14 km 60 - 69 Bill Lonsdale 1:01:15 10/6/2012 Kate Rowe 1:16:24 13/12/2015 14 km 70 and Over Vic Egerton 1:26:15 13/12/15 16 km (old course) Under 50 Thomas Do Canto 54:04 28/3/2010 Audrey Hall 1:04:54 10/5/2009 16 km (old course) 50 - 59 Wayne Gregory 1:01:45 10/5/2009 Kate Rowe 1:21:59 28/3/2010 16 km (old course) 60 - 69 Witold Krajewski 1:08:44 27/2/2011 16 km (old course) 70 and Over Bert Sloan 1:34:45 2/11/2008 Half-Marathon Under 50 Anthony Farrugia 1:13:20 14/10/2012 Elizabeth Pittaway 1:25:53 18/10/2015 Half-Marathon 50 - 59 Martin Dawson 1:21:44 14/10/2012 Raewyn Harlock 1:28:57 14/10/2012 Half-Marathon 60 - 69 Gary Dalton 1:27:29 24/5/2015 Hideko Sato-Fraser 1:55:33 14/10/2012 Half-Marathon 70 and Over Dennis Van Wyk 2:05:54 11/9/2016
Distance Age Category Male Time Date Female Time Date 4 km Under 13 Morgan McDonald 14:27 29/3/2009 Taylor Porter 15:28 9/6/2013 4 km Under 17 Daniel Siepen 13:49 23/11/2008 Jessica Durand 14:53 13/6/2010 4 km 17 and Over Ali Najem 12:47 1/4/2013 Lisa Biffin 15:09 6/4/2015 7 km Under 50 Edward Fernon 23:16 1/4/2013 Lucy Starrat 25:27 24/3/2008 7 km 50 - 59 David Riches 25:56 11/9/2011 Eija Stewart 33:37 9/6/2013 7 km 60 - 69 Witold Krajewski 28:47 11/9/2011 Kate Rowe 34:54 9/6/2013 7 km 70 and Over David Iverarch 32:14 12/6/2016 Kerry Bray 41:01 21/4/2014 14 km Under 50 Ross Johnson 48:12 11/12/2011 Laura James 57:24 25/11/2012 14 km 50 - 59 Keith Bateman 50:58 23/2/2014 Raewyn Harlock 1:01:53 11/12/2011 14 km 60 - 69 Gary Dalton 59:42 22/2/2015 Dian Hall 1:22:19 23/2/2014 14 km 70 and Over Elwyn Elms 1:22:42 24/2/2013 Half-Marathon Under 50 Matthew Cox 1:08:46 7/6/2015 Laura James 1:23:34 9/6/2013 Half-Marathon 50 - 59 Keith Bateman 1:16:21 29/7/2012 Raewyn Harlock 1:33:24 25/3/2012 Half-Marathon 60 - 69 Victor Correa 1:30:51 28/3/2016 Helen Stanger 1:44:05 25/3/2012 Half-Marathon 70 and Over Bert Sloan 2:09:47 23/11/2008
Distance Age Category Male Time Date Female Time Date 5 km Under 13 Jack Porter 19:25 10/7/2011 Taylor Porter 19:36 14/7/2013 5 km Under 17 Blake Lampert 17:20 8/7/2012 Taylor Porter 19:49 12/7/2015 5 km 17 and Over Jake Stollery 15:51 14/7/2013 Fiona Reid 18:09 11/7/2010 10 km Under 50 Robbie Neill 33:28 10/7/2011 Noni Cooper 37:52 13/7/2014 10 km 50 - 59 Ian Cameron 37:10 8/7/2012 Sharon Lane 46:24 8/7/2012 10 km 60 - 69 Witold Krajewski 41:01 10/7/2011 Helen Stanger 46:55 10/7/2011 10 km 70 and Over Dennis Pender 59:01 13/7/2014 Kerry Bray 58:41 13/7/2014 Half-Marathon Under 50 Ben Bell 1:13:06 13/7/2014 Magda Karimali-Poulos 1:22:21 12/7/2009 Half-Marathon 50 - 59 David Riches 1:20:16 8/7/2012 Catherine Davenport 1:46:21 14/7/2013 Half-Marathon 60 - 69 John Dawlings 1:40:00 14/7/2013 Kerry Bray 2:06:10 10/7/2011 Half-Marathon 70 and Over Brigid Quinn 1:55:14 14/7/2014 Marathon Under 50 Danny Burgess 2:41:08 13/7/2014 Natasha Hjerrild 3:31:30 12/7/2015 Marathon 50 - 59 Glenn Gielissen 3:14:46 12/7/2015 Anne Newman 3:51:03 13/7/2014 Marathon 60 - 69 Ray James 3:28:48 13/7/2014 Marathon 70 and Over
Royal National Park
Distance Age Category Male Time Date Female Time Date 5 km Under 13 Marc Mardini 23:36 4/5/2014 Isabella Mardini 23:21 4/5/2014 5 km Under 17 Max Jameson 20:21 4/5/2014 Nicola Kain 24:27 12/10/2014 5 km 17 and Over Keith Bateman 17:13 4/5/2014 Heidi Jones 21:14 4/5/2014 10 km Under 50 Nic Bailey 37:41 12/10/2014 Amy Carrad 41:00 1/5/2016 10 km 50 - 59 Michael Wilding 44:08 1/5/2016 Cathy Davenport 51:16 3/5/2015 10 km 60 - 69 Christopher Bowern 46:43 12/10/2014 Helen Stanger 55:05 4/5/2014 10 km 70 and Over Dennis Pender 1:00:46 12/10/2014 Half-Marathon Under 50 Jake Stollery 1:19:02 4/5/2014 Erin Hargrave 1:35:29 4/5/2014 Half-Marathon 50 - 59 Peter Sewell 1:32:35 1/5/2016 Kim Tudjman 1:56:34 12/10/2014 Half-Marathon 60 - 69 Craig Russ 1:48:24 12/10/2014 Merridy O'Donnell 2:20:54 3/5/2015 Half-Marathon 70 and Over Marathon Under 50 Ian Gallagher 2:47:16 4/5/2014 Alicia Ralph 3:37:05 1/5/2016 Marathon 50 - 59 Geoff Barnes 3:18:19 1/5/2016 M Jac Tremayne 4:16:17 4/5/2014 Marathon 60 - 69 Victor Correa 3:24:58 1/5/2016 Marathon 70 and Over
Distance Age Category Male Time Date Female Time Date 2 miles Under 13 Max Jameson 13:18 12/6/2011 Taylor Porter 12:32 3/8/2014 2 miles Under 17 Benjamin Moss 12:03 12/6/2011 Emma Dixon 21:19 12/6/2011 2 miles 17 and Over Eddie Kumsuv 11:36 19/2/2012 Kathy Clarke 16:08 19/2/2012 8 km Under 50 Jonathan Heron 30:05 23/5/2010 Isabelle Crouche 31:38 19/2/2012 8 km 50 - 59 Frank Zeichner 30:36 23/5/2010 Sylvia Nichols 40:03 12/6/2011 8 km 60 - 69 Witold Krajewski 33:18 12/6/2011 Dorothy Siepmann 47:35 4/11/2007 8 km 70 and Over Edward McMaster 50:53 23/5/2010 16 km Under 50 Ross Johnson 55:59 19/2/2012 Louise Noble 1:07:39 12/6/2011 16 km 50 - 59
John Dawlings 1:06:19 12/6/2011 Desie Joannides 1:33:54 19/2/2012 16 km 60 - 69 Dave Byrnes 1:08:26 12/6/2011 Helen Stanger 1:19:06 19/2/2012 16 km 70 and Over
Distance Age Category Male Time Date Female Time Date 4 km Under 13 Hayden Brown 16:01 27/11/2011 Maddison Zahra 19:53 12/9/2010 4 km Under 17 Brad Fraser 14:59 21/6/2009 Maddison Zahra 19:00 27/11/2011 4 km 17 and Over Shaun Hardy 14:49 27/11/2011 Courtney Sanford 15:17 27/11/2011 8 km Under 50 Victor Correa 29:16 27/11/2011 Natalie Malligan 33:29 6/5/2012 8 km 50 - 59 Keith Bateman 27:15 27/11/2011 Pennie Psaltis 39:53 21/6/2009 8 km 60 - 69 Rob Connolley 34:24 21/6/2009 Jo Rickards 41:53 12/9/2010 8 km 70 and Over Edward McMaster 57:40 6/5/2012 16 km Under 50 Pete Conway 57:37 12/9/2010 Kathryn Parkinson 1:07:18 21/6/2009 16 km 50 - 59 Jicton Correa 1:05:12 6/5/2012 Raewyn Harlock 1:06:57 6/5/2012 16 km 60 - 69 Witold Krajewski 1:08:45 27/11/2011 Merridy O'Donnell 1:29:02 6/5/2012 16 km 70 and Over
Distance Age Category Male Time Date Female Time Date 6 km Under 13 Hayden Brown 26:01 31/7/2011 Sianna Steele 26:46 9/9/2012 6 km Under 17 Will Chaffey 23:35 3/8/2008 Audrey Trenear-Hall 26:31 3/8/2008 6 km 17 and Over Adam Horder 22:08 31/7/2011 Eileen Cantwell 25:09 9/9/2012 12 km Under 50 Lee Cook 42:19 31/7/2011 Lorna White 51:03 31/7/2011 12 km 50 - 59 David Riches 45:49 31/7/2011 Merridy O'Donnell 1:05:19 31/7/2011 12 km 60 - 69 Brian Radburn 53:14 9/9/2012 Renee Reynolds 1:12:18 31/7/2011 12 km 70 and Over 24 km Under 50 Brendan Davies 1:28:02 9/9/2012 Athene Chariot 1:46:02 31/7/2011 24 km 50 - 59 John Dawlings 1:47:06 31/7/2011 Annie Tobey 2:15:57 9/9/2012 24 km 60 - 69 Sid Astbury 2:05:02 31/7/2011 24 km 70 and Over
2016 Sep 11thSri Chinmoy Sydney Series 2016, race 6: Iron Cove Half-Marathon, 7km & 4km runs, Sunday 11 September 2016
Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series 2016, race 6: Iron Cove Half-Marathon, 7km & 4km runs, Sunday 11 September 2016Sunday, 11 September, 2016
Like a favourite song, the Iron Cove course can be run and re-run countless times and one never tires of it: indeed, one savours it the more with each repetition. Each undulation, each arc, each vista across the Bay is like the smile of a dear friend: familiar, heart-warming and encouraging.
A smaller-than-usual ensemble gathered at the start for race 6 of the 2016 Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series, on a cool morning which seemed born for one purpose: the enjoyment of running.
Despite the smaller field, several course records tumbled which is no mean feat on the most-used course of the Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series.
Dennis Van Wyk established a new best time for Male 70 and Over in the Half-Marathon of 2:05:54; while 2 records fell in the Men’s 7km race. Richard Sarkies – who came in 2nd outright – beat a 4-year-old mark in the Male 50-59 with his blistering run of 25:24; while David Iverarch continued his rampaging way in the Male 70 and Over with another impressive record of 32:06.
Tim Carlson showed the benefit of consistency by winning the men’s Half-Marathon in a fine run of 1:22:13 from Stephen Redfern’s 1:23:15. Neal Ames took out the Male 50-59 in 1:39:53; and Kieron Blackmore showed he has settled well into his new age group with a fine 1:34:53 to win the Male 60-69.
Alan Leabeater won the womens’ race comfortably in 1:39:54, from Dianne Abdo’s 1:41:07. Belinda Lockwood took home the Female 50-59 first place prize with 2:01:57.
Nic Bailey showed a good turn of speed to win the Men’s 7km race in 25:10 – he had to, to be the only one to finish ahead of Richard Sarkies’ Male 50-59 record-breaking run. Next home was John Tucker with 25:33. Brian Radburn won the Male 60-69 in an excellent 32:08, even though he was pipped by 2 seconds by the older flying David Iverarch.
The Women’s 7km race was won by Lilian Molesworth with a fine solo run of 28:08; Lianne Christall took out the Female 50-59 in 38:58; and Kerry Wilson the Female 60-69 with 38:03.
Greg Churchill withdrew from the Half-Marathon on the morning due to an injury. He decided to “run with the kids” in the 4km instead, to keep them company. They obviously didn’t get the message, as he flew away from the field to win by over 2 minutes in 14:49. Mitchell Dean won the Boys Under 13 in 17:17; Callum Predavec the Boys Under 17 in 22:54.
Erika Rimes won the women’s 4km race in 18:03 from Gemma Glynn’s 18:12; while Carissa Lam won the Girls Under 13 in 28:55.
2016 Jul 10thSri Chinmoy Sydney Series 2016, race 5: Dolls Point Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10km & 5km runs, Sunday 10 July 2016
Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series 2016, race 5: Dolls Point Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10km & 5km runs, Sunday 10 July 2016Sunday, 10 July, 2016
After a week of relentless rain in Sydney, one could have been forgiven for assuming that the Bureau of Meteorology’s forecast for Sunday was a joke: a UV warning was issued!
When the rain started falling again at 3.30am, another day of drizzle beckoned. Yet the Bureau’s forecast proved absolutely correct – the sun shone, coats were cast off and yes, sunscreen was applied.
The Sri Chinmoy Dolls Point Festival of Running has seen all manner of conditions over the years: cold, rain and gale force winds which once blew hats and even eye glasses off runners on the crossing of the Captain Cook Bridge. Yet today’s conditions proved the best yet, with mild temperatures and nary a breeze.
Construction works on a section of cycle path just south of Peter Depena Reserve enforced a late change to the course, with a detour along suburban footpaths and a consequent shortening of the northern turnaround point. Because this revised course could not be officially measured and certified in time, unfortunately any course records which might have been set cannot be recognised.
The marathoners were first to get the legs turning over, at 7am, followed an hour later by the Half-Marathoners, then in turn the10km and 5km runners. Thien Vuong led from the outset and ran a steady pace the whole way to record a good win in the men’s marathon in 2:58:24, though Lachlan Dansie was not far behind in 2:59:48, delighted with his first-ever sub-3 hour effort. Glenn Gielissen was 4th outright and 1st in the Male 50-59 with 3:10:56; while Leon Barnard led home the Male 60-69 in 3:44:51.
Athene Chariot, making her long-awaited return to the Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series after a lengthy hiatus, looked comfortable in the lead of the women’s marathon, but sadly had to withdraw from the fray due to injury. We hope your absence will not be not so long this time Athene, and wish you a speedy recovery!
Kirby Clarke, running in her first-ever Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team event, ran strongly throughout to record a fine win in 3:36:09; while Jane Trumper was dauntless in her Female 50-59 victory in 4:07:19.
Sara Burgess was dominant in the women’s Half-Marathon, winning in an exceptional 1:31:14. Vicki Jeffreys was 2nd overall in the women’s race in taking out the Female 50-59 with her strong run of 1:37:30; while Veronica Hopkins won the Female 60-69 in 2:29:25.
Timothy Molesworth meanwhile had won the men’s race in a solid 1:17:45. Stephen Orr took out the Male 50-59 in 1:29:45; and Noel Weeks the male 60-69 with 1:51:23.
The closest race of the day was in the men’s 10km event, with Matt Craft (37:03) just edging out Nelson Santos’ 37:07. Greg Rankin took out the Male 50-59 in 47:17, though both more senior age groups did progressively better – Brian Radburn winning the Male 60-69 in a faster time of 45:42; and David Iverarch the Male 70 and Over with a splendid 45:29.
Bronwyn Wood won the women’s 10km in 43:11; Tracey O’Donnell the Female 50-59 in 49:37; Rosemary Roedigger the Female 60-69 in 46:37; and the indefatigable Kerry Bray the Female 70 and Over with 1:02:47.
A relatively sparse field turned up for the 5km race today, though what they lacked in numbers was certainly made up for in eagerness. Carter Clifton was rewarded with 1st place in the Boys Under 13 with 26:08; Gerard McMahon took out the Male 17 and Over in 21:49 – but it was Louise Graham who took line honours in the race for the women in 21:17.
Our special congratulations and gratitude to Trent Morrow: congratulations for completing his 309th marathon today, and gratitude for supplying 2 pairs of superb Altra running shoes as prizes for a few of today’s winners!
Please also enjoy this wonderful selection of photos from Shane Braz Photography!
2016 Jun 12thSri Chinmoy Sydney Series 2016, race 4: Centennial Park Half-Marathon, 7km & 4km, 12 June 2016 Results
Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series 2016, race 4: Centennial Park Half-Marathon, 7km & 4km, 12 June 2016 ResultsSunday, 12 June, 2016
How many ways can you tell the same story?
This is the challenge facing the report-writer for a Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series event in Centennial Park… there are only so many ways of saying:
* "the park is a jewel of Sydney"
* "It was a stunning morning"
* "the course has something of everything"
* "there was tremendous camaraderie amongst the runners"
* "pancakes were devoured to the very last serve" …
… not that this experience becomes in any way boring, it's just that one wonders if readers will believe if we continue regaling them with tales of spending near-perfect mornings running with wonderful people on a beautiful course in a sublime setting…
Storyline of the morning was David Iverarch's new course record in the Male 70 and Over category in the 7km race of 32:14. David beat all the younger Male 60-69 category, which was won by Bruce John Flaherty's 34:54. The race had been won by Nelson Santos in an excellent 26:11, just besting the amazing Peter Sewell who took 2nd outright, in winning the Male 50-59 in 26:24.
Alison Newitt took out the women's race with a sensational 27:56, which placed her 3rd amongst the Male Under 50 and 4th outright in the race. Sue Pendlebury won the Female 50-59 with a fine 36:47, and the amazing Rasa Pes the Female 60-69 with 41:17.
A smaller-than usual field in the 4km race had seen the Boys Under 17 category won by Shoryu Daz-Zaman – who also came 2nd outright – in 16:18, behind his friend Nishan Gill-Misson who won the race (and Male 17 and Over) in 15:26.
Willow Sewell was fastest in the Girls Under 13 with 16:57, a time which earned her 4th place overall. Elaine Glass took out the Female 17 and Over category in 21:31.
It was an excellent day for the Balnave children, with Ee-Shyan winning the Girls Under 17 in 23:04; Ren-Shyan winning the Boys Under 13 in 17:34, and brother He-Shyan taking 2nd place in the Boys Under 17 with 20:35.
While the 4km and 7km were being run and won, the Half-Marathoners continued their 3-lap journey through and around the Park. Laura James – defending course record holder – returned to once again win the women's race with a resounding 1:25:28. Jane Baker took out the Female 50-59 in 1:50:02; and Kate Rowe the Female 60-69 in 2:02:32.
Darren Moyle's 1:15:31 proved too strong in the end for James Costello, who took 2nd in the men's race with 1:15:45. Stephen Orr won the Male 50-59 in 1:29:28; and the amazing Victor Correa the Male 60-69 with 1:32:44 (only just ahead of Kieron Blackmore's 1:33:23)…
... even though on the surface the story appears the same, yet within each re-telling, there are ever-new surprises, discoveries and revelations.
2016 May 1stSri Chinmoy Sydney Series race 3: Royal National Park
Sunday the 1st of May saw more than 300 runners line up for the Sri Chinmoy Royal National Park 5K, 10K, Half and full Marathon trail runs.
Set in the beautiful Royal National Park, the main track takes the runners out and back – easy, right? However, Mother Nature, with all her beauty on show in this spectacular race also gives the runners some challenges to keep everyone honest. The course is undulating with a nice little hill at the end, it’s just a little bit rocky at times, and - well muddy. As one competitor commented “just run through the first puddle and then you don’t have to deal with dodging anymore”. Good advice I say! And yes, many a runner came back with mud sprayed up their legs. Watching them cross at the finish you knew they had a good race.
The Marathoners arrived in the predawn to register and collect their numbers, the heavens were showering us with light rain and all runners toed the line at 7am to start the first of one small and two long loops up the course.
An hour later the three other races were started, with all competitors now out enjoying the course.
Coming in first were the 5k finishers with Paul Molloy cruising in to win in 21:17. In the Under 13, Lewis Cook secured first place in an impressive 23:53, with Evie Cook taking out the under 13 girls in an equally amazing time of 24:56, only 6 seconds behind the 13 – 17 female leader Jade Garrahy who did a time of 24:50, who in turn was only 8 seconds behind the over 17 year old women’s leader Nyree Gale in a time of 24:42. It was a busy finish chute when the 5k pack came in!
In the 10k race Jeffrey Whalan made it under the 40 minutes mark winning the under 50 male category in 39:24 with Alistair Sandilands hot on his tail in 2nd place in 39:58 The women’s leader, Amy Carrad, was just over 1 minute behind Alistair, finishing in 41 minutes flat, winning the under 50 female category and placing fourth outright while Tracy Davenport took out second place in the Women’s under 50 in 42:46.
Unfortunately, a missing turnaround sign meant that almost all of the field in the Half Marathon ran an additional 600 metres or more. Hence the times are slower than they otherwise would have been. The Half Marathon saw James Carroll take out first place in 1:31:09, with Paul Gillan 2nd in 1:32:57 and Aaron Cooper in 3rd in 1:33:51. Peter Sewell was first in the Male 50 – 59 in a great time of 1:32:35, putting him second overall while Michael Rendle won the Male 60 – 69 category in a time of 2:01:06.
Watching Larissa Tichon cross the line to place first in the women’s category was fantastic to see, she looked effortless in her time of 1:46:28. Second place getter, Julia Wenner, came through smiling in 1:55:03, with third place not too far behind for Millerine Brikkerin in 1:57:17. Amanda Smith was first in the 50 – 59 category in 2:10:04 while Merridy O'Donnell took out the 60 – 69 category in 2:24:15.
The wonderful finale to these events was the triumphant finishes of the Marathon runners. First place male, Under 50 Raymond Wareham comfortably broke the 3-hour mark in 2:54:58, with Darren More 2nd in 3:02:06 and 3rd place to Stephen Redfern in 3:05:11.
Winning the 50 – 59 category was Geoff Barnes in an impressive 3:18:19, placing him in the top 10 marathoners for this race while Sydney Strider Victor Correa won the 60 – 69 category comfortably in 3:24:58, adding yet another win to his new age category! In the same category, Ray James had a hard day at the office, finishing in 6:26:30 but perhaps can be excused as he ran another marathon the day before at the Relay for Life!
First in the women’s race went to Alicia Ralph who looked strong as she came into finish in 3:37:05, 2nd place going to Mary Ryan in 3:40:45 and 3rd to Katy Anderson in 3:51:48.
An ever-smiling Jane Trumper took out the women’s 50-59 category in 4:46:16, finishing yet another of her more than 100 marathons, finishing side by side with her husband Peter.
A special mention should be made to Kelvin Marshall who drove all the way from Queensland and Zach Benjamin who flew from Japan to run his first trail Marathon in the Royal National Park. Well done! As well as Steve who did the half marathon on his birthday and still made it back to celebrate with his family!
Congratulations to all competitors! We applaud you for challenging yourself and hope you enjoyed the race as much as we enjoyed putting it on! We look forward to seeing you again soon.
About the Organisers
The Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team
Serving the athletic community for over 35 years...
Team Founder Sri Chinmoy
A lifelong advocate of fitness and self-transcendence...