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Race 10 of the Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series for 2012 was held around Iron Cove over 14 km, 7 km and 4 km courses on Sunday 16 December 2012. Full results by age category for each of the 3 distances follow:

Sri Chinmoy Iron Cove 14 km 16 December 2012 full results by category>>

Sri Chinmoy Iron Cove 7 km 16 December 2012 full results by category>>

Sri Chinmoy Iron Cove 4 km 16 December 2012 full results by category>>

"Everyone's a winner" is a phrase especially applicable at small fun-runs. On Sunday 16 December, for the final race in the Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series for 2012, over 14 km, 7 km and 4 km at Iron Cove, every finisher – whether 1st, 21st or 101st across the line – wore that smile of satisfaction that can only come from the reward of genuine effort.

On a still, humid and very warm morning, there were some outstanding performances with new course records set across all three distances.

The course used for the Sri Chinmoy runs at Iron Cove was this year changed from an out-and-back 8 km and 16 km configuration to the full 7 km loop of The Bay. Thomas Do Canto owns the course records for both the old 8 km and 16 km courses, destined now to remain forever. So with new courses now in effect, today he added the 14 km record to his impressive resume, winning in a superb 48:49 – but not before a battle royal with Anthony Farrugia who trailed by a mere 6 seconds at the finish. John Dawlings took out the Male 50-59 in 1:02:56; and Elwyn Elms the Male 60-69 in 1:26:05.

Alisia Barrell was dominant in the Women's 14 km race, winning in 1:01:23 from Sharon Antonir, Athene Chariot and Sonia Favero. Jackie Korhonen won the Women 50-59 with her 1:18:12.

Ali Najem set the pace and took the new course record in style in the 7 km event, winning in a fine 24:04, from Hamish Wallace (24:36) and James Carroll (24:45). Stephen Durante won the Male 50-59 with 32:59 after a close race with Stephen William Bond (33:06). The Male 60-69 saw another close – and even faster – race, with Brian Radburn (30:39) edging out Rob Connolley (30:49); while Edward McMaster claimed the Male 70+ yet again with 53:44.

One of the best age-group runners in the Sydney scene, Raewyn Harlock seems to get better and better, winning the 7 km Women's race outright today in 29:18 and setting a new course record for Women 50-59 in the process. Jess Dougherty was next in 29:47, taking out the Women Under 50 from Jenny Doak (30:07) and Sally Hannah (30:09).

While the 7 km and 14 km courses are only new this year, the 4 km course has been in use now for 7 years, so for a record to be smashed takes quite a run. Neill Robbie blazed around the course in a sensational 12:36, leaving the timing crew waiting another 3 and a half minutes before they would be called into action again – this time for Hayden Brown, 1st Boys Under 13 in 16:07; from the 1st Boys Under 17 runner, Josef Falcomata in 16:25.

Outright winner amongst the females in the 4 km race was Girls Under 13's Renee Lewis in 17:24, from Isabella Mardini in 17:44. Zoe Iron won the Girls Under 17 with 20:58; and Sofia Hakanson the Female 17 and Over in 20:20.

Full results by category are published for all 3 distances, along with a photo album from the morning.

The Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series for 2013 will commence on 24 February, at Centennial Park. In the meantime, the Sri Chinmoy Races crew wishes to thank all runners and walkers who participated in the Series in 2012, and to wish all a joy-filled Christmas and a blossoming New Year.

Race 9 of the Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series for 2012 was held in Centennial Park over distances of 14 km, 7 km and 4 km (cross-country) on Sunday 25 November 2012. Full results by age category for each of the 3 distances follow:

Sri Chinmoy Centennial Park 14 km, 25 November 2012 full results by category>>

Sri Chinmoy Centennial Park 7 km, 25 November 2012 full results by category>>

Sri Chinmoy Centennial Park 4 km, 25 November 2012 full results by category>>

Over the past few years, I have attended many Centennial Park races as an official. This time, for a change, I attended as a competitor. Now I can have an athlete’s-eye view of the course enjoyed by so many of Sydney’s cross-country runners.

The organisers of this event, of course, would suggest that, if you plan to do this event, you prepare slightly more than I did. The Olympic motto, that has inspired athletes (both elite and amateur) around the world, is “Faster, Higher, Stronger”. My motto was “unwell, unfit, untrained”. This wasn’t exactly positive reinforcement, but it would be a useful excuse. I was ready to tell anyone in advance that I wasn’t exactly at my peak (which was around 1995), but nobody was interested, so I didn’t have to use my watertight excuse.

Instead, I noted that – as part of my duty as an official – I drove from Canberra, heading off at 2:00am. Hence, with only three hours’ sleep, I arrived in Centennial Park, ready to run 14km, unwell, unfit, un – oh, you already knew that, didn’t you? Moreover, it was the hottest, sunniest day in some time, with the piercing Sun providing an extra challenge to the runners.

So I was basically sleep-running. This worked fine, as my mind switched off, and I was able to enjoy the race in my somnambulist state, usually not competing with anyone else. Now I discover that this is a truly unique race, a great race for road runners willing to make a break into simple cross-country trails. I was also able to enjoy the festival-like atmosphere when I returned, clusters of runners gathered after earning their Sunday rest. It’s easy to miss this when you’re focused on recording numbers in the timing tent. I can speak now without boasting, when I say that the timing crew, aid stations and marshals all did a fine job, ensuring that the races ran smoothly, even as the early summer Sun was beating down on us, giving us a need to replenish that left longer than usual queues at the pancake barbecue, plus endless refills of water and electrolyte drink. If you were out this morning, running any of the races, you would have been both pleased and toughened by the experience.

Noivedya Juddery (14 km, no. 91)

New records were set in the 14 km race, with Laura James (Female Under 50) lowering her own course record from last year to 57:24, and Martin Dowson – who took second outright – setting a new benchmark in the Male 50-59 with an outstanding 54:37.

Full results are posted here
, along with a photo album from the course.

Race 8 of the Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series for 2012 was held around Iron Cove over the Half-Marathon (21.1 km), 7 km and 4 km courses on Sunday 14 October 2012. Full results by age category for each of the 3 distances follow:

Sri Chinmoy Iron Cove Half-Marathon 14 October 2012 full results by category>>

Sri Chinmoy Iron Cove 7 km 14 October 2012 full results by category>>

Sri Chinmoy Iron Cove 4 km 14 October 2012 full results by category>>

Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series Race 8 was held at Leichhardt Park on Sunday October 14th 2012 with a field of approximately 400 runners gathering to enjoy one of the city’s most iconic running courses.

The addition of the new pedestrian section on the Iron Cove Bridge now affords a much improved course, consisting of a continuous 7km loop. Running by a body of water certainly coaxes forth a particularly pleasing rhythm and cadence as one draws upon the inherent power, poise and tranquility of Mother Nature.

Conditions on the day were excellent, with early clouds keeping temperatures within a comfortable range. Three distances were on offer: Half-Marathon, 7km and 4km. Since introducing this new course this was the first time we had staged a Half-Marathon. Accordingly, the respective category winners now also the dual distinction of being the course records holders.

Anthony Ferrugia’s time of 1:13:20 in the Male Under 50 Half-Marathon category was most impressive, a full five minutes clear of second place. In the 50-59 Martin Dawson took the honours in 1:21:44 while the ever-green Sid Astbury took out the 60-69 in 1:49:12. In the Women’s race Raewyn Harlock’s 1:28:57 was good enough for first in the 50-59 category and first overall! Athene Chariot added yet another trophy to her collection in the Under 50 category with a time of 1:31:28 whilst Hideko Sato-Fraser crossed in 1:55:33 to win the 60-69 category.

The 7km Male Under 50 was won by Hamish Wallace in a very respectable time of 24:45. Dennis Wylie was first in the 50-59 category in an impressive 25:51 with Dennis Pagan and Edward McMaster taking out the 60-69 and 70+ categories respectively. The Female under 50 was won by Jess Dougherty in 28:01 with Sylvia Nichols taking gold in the 50-59 in 34.42. In the 60-69 category Jill Farrer held out Dot Siepman to take the honours.

In the 4km race a mere 5 seconds separated the first three finishers. Davor Zailac edged out Paul Wilcock in 15:43 for gold in the 17 and Over and the overall win whilst Max Jameson was only seconds behind them to claim first in the Boys Under 13 category and third overall. Well done Max! In the Female race Megan Milekovic won the girls under 13 in 20:34 and Charly Rose Iron the Girls Under 17 in 18:04. Louise Graham was first in the 17 and Over in 16:20.

As always, we really do offer you all our heartfelt thanks for helping to create that magic feeling of Sri Chinmoy events.

A photo gallery from around the course has been published, as well as full race results.

See you at Centennial Park on November 25th.

MEN U50        
POSITION TIME FIRST NAME LAST NAME RACE NUMBER
1 1.28.02 Brendan Davies R37
2 1.37.44 Neil Hume R13
3 1.38.17 Daniel Alvarez R1
4 1.45.37 Yoichi Kazama R15
5 1.46.36 Paul Every R8
6 1.46.58 Jesse McCoullough R20
7 1.53.29 Jason Yendle R35
8 1.54.52 Fraser Shepherd R29
9 1.57.00 Simon Karantonis R14
10 1.57.13 Bradley Crofts R5
11 1.58.18 Michael Finney R10
12 1.58.21 Peter Dumesny R7
13 2.00.20 Ganesh Vengadasalam R34
14 2.00.51 Ali Gibson R11
15 2.02.16 Paul Buttigieg R3
16 2.05.08 Sam Gibson R12
17 2.05.36 Imran Musa R22
18 2.06.18 John Piccoli R24
19 2.07.21 Karl Robson R26
20 2.07.41 Matthew Barker R2
21 2.13.30 Gordon Mai R19
22 2.18.54 Lucas Phillips R23
23 2.29.14 Kevin Smith R31
24 3.03.40 Hiroyuki Takashima R33
         
         
MEN 50-59        
POSITION  TIME FIRST NAME LAST NAME RACE NUMBER
1 2.04.30 John Archer S101
2 2.09.09 Brad Boyle S103
3 2.14.34 Dallas Locke S105
         
         
MEN 60-69        
POSITION TIME FIRST NAME LAST NAME RACE NUMBER
1 2.06.05 Arthur Huxtable T162
2 2.06.22 Sid Astbury T161
         
         
WOMEN U50        
         
POSITION TIME FIRST NAME LAST NAME RACE NUMBER
1 1.46.42 Athene Chariot V211
2 1.56.15 Toni Sherlock V209
3 1.59.29 Karen Chapman V202
4 2.11.53 Gemma Dawson V203
5 2.13.05 Rebecca Cash V201
6 2.15.57 Karin Tappouras V210
7 2.19.22 Jacqueline Phillips V207
8 2.50.44 Cindy Quirk V208
         
         
WOMEN 50-59        
POSITION  TIME FIRST NAME LAST NAME RACE NUMBER
1 2.15.57 Annie Tobey W303

 

MEN U50        
POSITION TIME FIRST NAME LAST NAME RACE NUMBER
1 24.41 Ken Wong C843
2 28.51 Danny Martins C844
3 31.27 Mark Wingrave C842
4 37.33 Matt Ryan C845
         
WOMEN U50        
POSITION TIME FIRST NAME LAST NAME RACE NUMBER
1 25.09 Eileen Cantwell F944
2 26.32 Emily Swales F954
3 31.43 Rebecca Campbell F943
4 32.13 Natalie Hunfalvay F947
5 34.51 Sheridan Powell F953
6 34.54 Sandi Netto F950
7 37.01 Kerrie Pefkos F956
8 37.15 Ellen Braybon F942
9 38.23 Georgia Falconer F946
10 39.02 Suzanne Quirk F957
11 43.57 Amelia Dowey F945
         
GIRLS U13        
POSITION TIME FIRST NAME LAST NAME RACE NUMBER
1 26.46 Sianna Steele D901

 

         
MEN U50        
         
POSITION TIME FIRST NAME LAST NAME RACE NUMBER
1 45.56 Hamish Wallace 425
2 49.06 Geoffrey Barnes 401
3 53.26 Zac El-khansa 405
4 53.41 Damian Brown 402
5 53.48 Theo Hastings 408
6 56.21 Mark Nethery 416
7 56.27 Richard Scolyer 421
8 56.44 David Winning 423
9 57.12 Michael Grogan 407
10 58.17 Matthew Kelly 427
11 58.21 Filipe Sebastiao 422
12 59.07 Daman Grewal 406
13 59.07 Matthew Hill 409
14 59.23 Ian Burgher 403
15 59.32 Sam Rowe 430
16 59.36 Jason Barnhard 429
17 59.42 Anthony Wallace 426
18 1.01.45 Adam Phillips 417
19 1.04.07 Toby Mills 415
20 1.04.43 Michael Sands 420
21 1.05.37 Tim James 412
22 1.10.40 Stephen Phillips 418
23 1.13.39 Timothy Purtell 428
24 1.14.57 Michael Luca 413
25 1.20.03 Harish Kaushik 424
         
MEN 50-59        
POSITION TIME FIRST NAME LAST NAME RACE NUMBER
1 52.57 Rod Giddings 530
2 56.28 Stephen Mifsud 525
3 57.37 Nick Swaan 529
4 1.05.17 Lawrence Markham 524
5 1.11.41 Michael Christie 522
6 1.13.22 Pierre-Louis Lamarque 523
7 1.20.53 robert quinn 527
8 1.27.51 Robert Prentice 526
         
MEN 60-69        
POSITION TIME FIRST NAME LAST NAME RACE NUMBER
1 53.14 Brian Radburn 561
         
WOMEN U50        
         
POSITION TIME FIRST NAME LAST NAME RACE NUMBER
1 59.33 Rosemary Reynolds 626
2 1.00.07 Helena Urbanowska 629
3 1.00.51 Kath Vaughan-Davies 630
4 1.04.28 Frances Cranston 609
5 1.05.20 Anne Crabtree 638
6 1.06.18 Deirdre Stewart 628
7 1.07.53 Nicole Cockayne 608
8 1.08.26 Fiona Gaffney 614
9 1.08.52 Meyke Haruman 616
10 1.09.24 Lyndsay Ashton 602
11 1.09.55 Lisa Byrne 607
12 1.10.05 Cath Emmerson 613
13 1.13.48 Wendy Mills 621
14 1.20.29 Megan Humphries 617
15 1.22.41 Monica King 637
16 1.24.34 Sonia Rosenthal 627
17 1.25.55 Rochelle Baines 603
18 1.29.34 Eileen Draven 611
19 1.30.50 Victoria Nock 622
20 1.32.23 Christine Watt 632

 

Race Seven of the Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series 2012 was held at Greystanes on September 9th. Athletes enjoyed the picturesque paths of Prospect Creek as they covered distances of 6km, 12km and 24km on a mostly flat course.

Amidst all the activity of the day there was an overwhelming consensus that it was a great course and that it is certainly worth the extra effort to get there. It is indeed an ideal venue for a fast time and an all-round enjoyable experience; the paths are wide and uncongested, the air fresh and the vegetation lush and beautiful.

The weather on the day was ideal; a crisp, still and clear start, with beautiful sunshine then bringing increasingly delightful warmth to post race proceedings. Operationally everything ran very smoothly, providing the perfect platform for many notable feats of athletic achievement. Five new course records were set on the day. Brendan Davies blitzed the field and the previous record in the Open Male 24km Category in a time of 1:28:02. Sianna Steel knocked 11 seconds off her own course record in the Girls Under 13 6km race, coming in fourth overall in a time of 26:46. Records were also set by Brian Radburn (Male 60-69 12km), Eileen Cantwell (Open Female 6km) and Annie Tobey (Female 50-59 24km).

Of course, it goes without saying that there were many other heroes on the day; runners who challenged the pride of frightening distance and with poise, power and perseverance coaxed an extra ounce of effort from aching legs and burning lungs. Well done to you all!

We look forward to seeing you all at our next race at Iron Cove on October 14th.

Full results are published, along with a small but sweet photo gallery!

 

Race 6 of the Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series for 2012 was held in Centennial Park over the Half-Marathon (21.1 km), 7 km and 4 km courses on Sunday 29 July 2012. Full results by age category for each of the 3 distances follow:

Sri Chinmoy Centennial Park Half-Marathon 29 July 2012 full results by category>>

Sri Chinmoy Centennial Park 7 km 29 July 2012 full results by category>>

Sri Chinmoy Centennial Park 4 km 29 July 2012 full results by category>>

Keith Bateman was using today's Sri Chinmoy Half-Marathon along the tracks and trails of his beloved Centennial Park as a trial after a long lay-off with injuries, so started out conservatively, running the first few laps alongside eventual runner-up Douglas Kelley. Keith's innate class shone through in the final lap however, as he moved up a gear and flew home to win the race outright in 1:16:21 – an outstanding new course record for the Men 50-59 age group.

Douglas Kelley's consolation for his own fine run of 1:17:20 was 1st place in the Men Under 50. Sid Astbury also had an excellent win in the Men 60-69 with 1:47:45.

In the women's race, Athene Chariot continued her recent winning ways with a big-hearted 1:29:50; while Raewyn Harlock was outstanding in winning the Women 50-59 division in 1:34:17.

The Half-Marathon featured by far the largest field of the day. Up until a year ago, the middle distance was invariably the most popular of these races, but the recent trend has seen more and more opt for the longer run…

Better conditions could hardly have been dreamed of for this morning's running in the park – a cloudless blue sky, whiff of breeze and mild temperatures throughout. Only a few muddy patches along the course bore witness to Sydney's long wet Winter, now seemingly a distant memory.

Outstanding run of the day in the 7 km race saw a new all-comers course record of 23:18 to Robbie Neill, a splendid win in style from Chamkaur Dhaliwal (24:08). Mark Hodge took out the Men 50-59 in 34:52; while Brian Radburn's slick 30:52 was a sensational win in the Men 60-69. Evergreen Edward McMaster took out the Men 70 and Over in 49:57.

Lisa Biffin ran a strong race in the Women's 7 km to win in 28:45 from Nicole Pearson (29:54). Sylvia Nichols continues to impress in the Women 50-59 with another superb showing of 35:40; while Helen Stanger similarly showed her class in winning the Women 60-69 again in 36:24.

In the 4 km race, all eyes were on the Under 13 Girls, with Megan Milekovic (19:15) just edging out Haruka Yamane (19:18) to take the top two placings amongst all females in the event. Michelle Joseph was fastest among the Over 17 Females in 19:46; and Belinda Milekovic in the Under 17 Girls with 27:32.

Davor Zailac – always consistent – took out the Men's 4 km race in 15:23; with Ryan McElduff winning the Boys Under 13s in 18:13 and Nick Korhonen the Boys Under 17s in 29:04.

A photo album from the morning is now published, along with full results by age category for all 3 distances.

The Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series for 2012 next heads west for the highly-rated Prospect Creek course on Sunday 9 September – over 6 km, 12 km and 24 km. Not to be missed!

Race 5 of the Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series for 2012 was held from Dolls Point over the Half-Marathon (21.1 km), 10 km and 5 km courses on Sunday 8 July 2012. Full results by age category for each of the 3 distances follow:

Sri Chinmoy Dolls Point Half-Marathon 8 July 2012 full results by category>>

Sri Chinmoy Dolls Point 10 km 8 July 2012 full results by category>>

Sri Chinmoy Dolls Point 5 km 8 July 2012 full results by category>>

All good things come to those who wait – and after some troublesome weather for this event in the past (who can forget the ferocious winds of last year crossing the Captain Cook Bridge?), Sunday 8 July presented the perfect morning for running alongside Botany Bay: sunshine, a few tempering clouds and just a whiff of breeze…

So it was no surprise that a largest-ever field assembled, and course records were broken in each of the 3 distances contested.

Blake Lampert led the way in the 5 km, winning the race outright and setting a new best time for the course for the Boys Under 17 of 17:20. He held a 2-minute buffer on 2nd, with Anthony Bailow leading home the Men 17 & Over in 19:25 from Tarjei Vassbotn (19:36). Hayden Brown won the Boys Under 13 in 21:50.

Ehlana Hards led home the women in 24:58 – also running the Girls Under 17 category – from Stephanie Erin (25:09) and Katie Gilbert (25:18) in the Women 17 & Over; who were in turn just ahead of 1st Girl Under 13, Megan Milekovic in 25:35.

Outstanding runs in the 50-59 categories of the 10 km event saw records tumble in both the men's and women's races. Ian Cameron not only set a new record in the Men 50-59 of 37:10, he also won the race outright from Under 50 winner Martin Amy (37:18); while Sharon Lane set a new course best time for the Women 50-59 with her 46:24. Meanwhile, in the Women Under 50, Michelle McAdam – who placed a remarkable 4th outright in the race – finished just one second outside the all-time women's course record (set by Ruth Gluckman in 2010) with her 38:32. Merridy O'Donnell continued her winning ways in the Women 60-69 with 54:24; and Bill Hick likewise in the Men 60-69 finished well up in the top half of the field with a spirited 45:07.

In the Half-Marathon, it was again the Men 50-59 which saw the record falling, with David Riches' fine run of 1:20:16 also claiming 2nd overall behind runaway leader Ben Bell's superb 1:16:20, untouchable on the day. Evergreen Arthur Huxtable took out the Men 60-69 with his 1:47:51.

In the women's race, Athene Chariot shone with 1:28:57, placing her just outside the top 10 in the men's field. Kay Poletto took out the Women 50-59 with 2:11:30, not far ahead of Kerry Bray whose 2:12:35 won her the main prize in the Women 60-69.

A crowd lingered longer than usual after the races, testimony to the serene scene and picture-postcard conditions – and perhaps also, the pancakes...

The Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series for 2012 is now at its halfway point. Next in line is the Centennial Park Half-Marathon, 7 km & 4 km cross-country runs on Sunday 29 July.

Full results from the Dolls Point runs are now posted, along with a photo album from around the course.

Race 4 of the Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series for 2012 was held around Iron Cove over 14 km, 7 km and 4 km courses on Sunday 10 June 2012. Full results by age category for each of the 3 distances follow:

Sri Chinmoy Iron Cove 14 km 10 June 2012 full results by category>>

Sri Chinmoy Iron Cove 7 km 10 June 2012 full results by category>>

Sri Chinmoy Iron Cove 4 km 10 June 2012 full results by category>>

Course records were the order of the day, as a brand new loop around Iron Cove made its debut.

The ever-increasing popularity of this area amongst runners, walkers and cyclists, meant that by last year the sheer volume of traffic had turned the traditional out-and-back into something of an obstacle course. The new cycle/pedestrian pathway included with the recent bridge upgrade paved the way for a full loop of The Bay. A detour around the grass playing fields at Callan Park brought the new course to a precise, certified 7 km loop.

With rain forecast on and off for the whole day, only the second lap of the 14 km was "blessed" with a shower – otherwise, a cloudy and cool aspect presented ideal running conditions.

Evergreen Dani Andres led the 14 km field from start to finish, setting an inaugural course record of 51:04. Second home was Male 50-59 star, David Riches in 52:30. William Lonsdale led the Men 60-69 in 1:01:15.

Alyssa Betts took out the women's 14 km in a convincing 58:00, with Athene Chariot also breaking the magical hour barrier with 59:14. Julie Tayles was first among the Women 50-59 in 1:07:40.

The one-lap race was won for the men by Roussos Alexopoulos in a strong 25:32 – the exact same pace as Dani Andres' win in the 14 km – from Hamish Wallace and Jonathan Heron. Brian Radburn took out the Men 50-59 in 29:48, and Witold Krajewski the Men 60-69 in another fantastic run of 28:37.

Elmarie O'Regan (28:46) outlasted Collen Scuter (28:51) in the women's 7 km, with Suellen Stirling (35:51) also winning a close contest in the Women 50-59 from Sylvia Nichols (36:04), while Renee Reynolds took out the Women 60-69 in 41:39.

In the 4 km, the Under 17 Boys staged a demonstration race, with the first 4 across the line. Jarrod Biczo ran a blistering 13:46, a new age group record and only one second outside the all-time course record (the 4 km course used the traditional out-and-back, so runners in this race were challenging well-established records). Ben Moss, Tom Scullion and Luke Schofield all came home in under 15 minutes, excellent running in anyone's language. Daniel Moore was first in the over-17s brigade in 15:03, with Angus Beer taking out the Boys Under 13 in 15:53.

Just as the Under 17 Boys shone, so also the Under 13 Girls blazed ahead of the Female field. Sarah Playford set a new record for the Girls Under 13 of 16:00, while all of the top 6 female finishers came from this highly talented group! Not far behind Sarah were Sianna Steele (16:32), Madeline Playford (17:24), Kirrali Schofield (18:52), Isabella Mardini (18:42) and Tamara Lenthall (19:25) all finishing in under 20 minutes. Zoe Iron was first among the Girls Under 17 in 22:13, and Lucy Milekovic showed the 17 and Overs how it's done in 21:32.

Full results for all races are now published, along with updated course records for the new distances.

A photo gallery can be viewed here.

 

Race 3 of the Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series for 2012 was held alongside Cooks River over 16 km, 8 km and 4 km courses on Sunday 6 May 2012. Full results by age category for each of the 3 distances follow:

Sri Chinmoy Cooks River 16 km 6 May 2012 full results by category>>

Sri Chinmoy Cooks River 8 km 6 May 2012 full results by category>>

Sri Chinmoy Cooks River 4 km 6 May full results by category>>

A beautiful day provided a delightful atmosphere for Race 3 of the Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series 2012 held along the picturesque banks of Cooks River on Sunday May 6th 2012. Race morning saw runners from all parts of town converging upon the recently landscaped grounds of Ewen Park, eager to test themselves over distances of 16km, 8km and 4km on the flat and fast course.


There were many notable performances on the day. In the female 16km race the standout performance came from Raewyn Harlock, 1st woman in a course record of 1:06:57, and that from the Women 50-59 category! The Under 50 category was won by Athene Chariot in1:07:56. In the 60-69 category Merridy O'Donnell placed first in 1:29:02.

Tony Cusack took the honours in the 16km Male under 50s coming in under the hour in an impressive 59:04, over 3 minutes clear of second place. Victor Correa was first in Male 50-59 in a time of 1:05:12, whilst Michael Tayar took out the 60-69 Category.

The 8km male race saw Shaun Malligan dart to victory in a time of 30.01, whilst the 50-59 and 60-69 categories were won respectively by Andrew Webb in 35:21 and Bill Hick 35.20 (who just pipped Andrew in a daring dash to the line). In the 70+ category Edward McCaster came first in 57:40. In the females 8km another Malligan took the tape, this time Natalie in time of 33.29 and well clear of her rivals. The 50-59 group was won by Sylvia Nichols in 40.25, whilst first in 60-69 was Sri Chinmoy Races stalwart and Woodstock Runner Kerry Bray in 44.50.

An exciting finish in the boys under 13 4km race saw Nicholas Katsillis (5th overall) narrowly edge out a gallant Charlton Zahra (7th overall) to take the honours at the line. Well done boys, you have a bright future ahead of you! In the boys under 17 Jack Barrueto was first in 20:36. In the 17 and over category Davor Zailac edged out Killian Hickey by a mere 8 seconds.

In the girls under 13 4km a mere thirteen seconds separated first place Megan Milekovic from second place Carla O'Donnell. In the under 17 Belinda Milekovic took first place, whilst in the 17 and over Leonie Howes was victorious in 19.12.

Unfortunately a race report is incapable of capturing all the heroic efforts of determination and perseverance, of triumph in the face adversity, of the accomplishments that are not fully reflected by the clock alone. We recognise those who battled simply to reach the finish line, and those who, in the soul-stirring words of Kipling, "forced their heart and nerve and sinew to serve them turn long after they were gone, and so held on when there was nothing in them except the will which said to them: 'Hold on!'." We salute you all.

Thank you to everyone involved for making today's race so enjoyable. Good luck with your training. We look forward to seeing you all at our next race at Iron Cove on Sunday June 10. Full results are published, along with a comprehensive photo album from around the course.

Race 2 of the Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series for 2012 was held at Centennial Park over a Half-Marathon, 7 km and 4 km cross-country course on Sunday 25 March 2012. Full results by age category for each of the 3 distances follow:

Sri Chinmoy Centennial Park Half-Marathon 25 March 2012 full results by category>>

Sri Chinmoy Centennial Park 7 km 25 March 2012 full results by category>>

Sri Chinmoy Centennial Park 4 km 25 March 2012 full results by category>>



Ideal running conditions – overcast, cool and only a slight breeze – greeted a substantial field for race 2 of the Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series, over a Half-Marathon, 7 km and 4 km cross country courses at Centennial Park on Sunday 25 March 2012.

Jak Bukovinsky set an outstanding pace in the 4 km race, winning in course record time of 13:13 from Daniel Mellish's brave 13:27, while Satcey Quitzau was dominant in the Women's race, winning in 16:30.

Dani Andres burned around the 7 km course in 24:57, while Amy Curtis sizzled in the women's field in 27:53. First in the Men 50-59 was Dennis Johnson (30:29); in the Men 60-69 Ken Cross (31:30) and Men 70 and Over Edward McMaster in 47:09. First in the Women 50-59 was Jan Swinhoe (36:51); while Paula Moorhouse set a fantastic new course record in the Women 60-69 of 36:11. First Women 70 and Over was Rosemary Bridge in 1:00:15.

An enthralling race in the Half-Marathon saw Ryan Waddington (1:14:29) pull away from Douglas Kelley (1:15:21). The Male 50-59 was taken out by Wayne "Blue Dog" Gregory in 1:34:24; the Men 60-69 by Bruce Flaherty in 1:43:56. The women's race was even closer up front with Nicola Mace (1:32:03) finally outstripping Rowena MacNeish (1:32:12). While the younger women battled it out, some of the older ones were showing us all how it is done, with 3rd woman home the exceptional Raewyn Harlock, whose 1:33:24 set a sensational new best time for the Women 50-59; while evergreen Helen Stanger's fine 1:44:05 was too good in the Women 60-69, and another new course record.

The popularity of this attractive course continues to grow, with today's field the largest yet in the series.

Full results by category are now published, along with a comprehensive photo album from around the start/finish area.

Race 1 of the Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series for 2012 was held at Garrison Point, Mirambeena Regional Reserve over 16 km, 8 km and 2 miles on Sunday 19 February 2012. Full results by age category for each of the 3 distances follow:

Sri Chinmoy Mirambeena 16 km 19 February 2012 full results by category>>

Sri Chinmoy Mirambeena 8 km 19 February 2012 full results by category>>

Sri Chinmoy Mirambeena 2 miles 19 February 2012 full results by category>>

A record field of almost two hundred runners, descended upon Mirambeena Regional Reserve on Sunday February 19th to mark the commencement of Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series Races for 2012.

It was only the fifth time that this course has been used and based upon the steady growth in participation it seems that the lure of a luxuriously wide and uncrowded, shaded course far outweighs any aversion to the extra travel to reach the venue.The word is spreading: this is indeed a magnificent location for a race!

As per previous years, three distances were on offer – 16 km, 8 km and the rarely raced 2 miles (3.2 km) – all starting and finishing on the grassy expanse of Garrison Point at the southern end of Mirambeena Reserve.  The 8 km course followed cycle paths northward alongside Prospect Creek, through pristine woodland and over some testing hills, turning around just before the Hume Highway, with a detour on the return leg to loop around Lake Gillawarna.  The 16 km race comprised 2 laps of the 8 km course, while the 2 mile runners turned around just after passing Lake Gillawarna (before the hills!)

A beautifully clear day and the infectious enthusiasm of runners eager for another season of Sri Chinmoy races set the tone for a wonderful race. As dappled sunlight filtered through the verdant canopy, one runner seemed to sum things up quite accurately: ‘It doesn’t get much better than this!’ he said, smiling, as he clasped a cup from the aid station.

Standout performers were Ross Johnson, forging a truly impressive course record of 55:59 and winning the men's 16 km race by nearly 10 minutes (!); Isabelle Crouche setting another wonderful record to win the Women's 8 km race in 31:38; and Helen Stanger's outstanding 1:19:06 which will take some beating in the women 60-69 for the 16 km.

Full results are published, along with a photo album from the course.