There were no lurking lightning-storms, no last-minute double-bookings of venues, no dramatic injuries, no timing calamities â just a lovely morning for a run, in a sublime venue, with a wonderful gathering of people all looking to better themselves and enjoy the process immensely.
Race 4 of the Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series for 2013 was held this morning, Sunday 9 June over the distances of Half-Marathon, 7 km and 4 km over this now well-used and much-loved cross-country course.
Course records fell in each of the distances today â all in the Female categories:
In the Half-Marathon, Laura James â who already holds the 14 km course record at this same venue â took a few minutes from the previous best time, bringing it down to 1:23:34 to set a new mark for the women.
In the 7 km race, Eija Stewart ran a new nest time for Women 50-59 of 33:37; while not far behind her, Kate Rowe set a new benchmark for Women 60-69 of 34:54.
In the 4 km race, Taylor Porter ran a wonderful time of 15:28 to establish a new course record for Girls Under 13. Congratulations to all the new course record holders! You are inspiring us all to transcend ourselves in whatever ways we canâ¦
Drew Arthurson ran from the front for the entire Half-Marathon, always looking composed, focussed and in control. His finish time of 1:14:51 left him a few minutes ahead of Danny Burgess (1:17:25) who had to hold off a threat from the Spanish-speaking duo of Leonardo Rodriguez Pena (1:17:26) and Mauricio Loaiza Jaramilo (1:17:48).
The ever-green Victor Correa took out the Men 50-59 in 1:26:34 from Alan McLennan (1:28:15); with Greg Marsh (1:51:15) winning the Men 60-69; and Daniel Klenbort the Men 70 and Over in 2:55:54.
While Laura James took the main spotlight in the women's race, Kathryn Parkinson was an excellent runner-up with 1:26:32; from Tiffany Knight in 1:33:35. Jacqueline Korhonen took out the Women 50-59 category with her 1:56:29; and Kerry Bray once more stood victorious in the Women 60-69 with 2:13:52 â an inspiration to us all!
Aside form the stellar showings in the older women's categories of the 7 km race mentioned above, Zoe Williams was in fine form in the Women Under 50 with a slick 28:18; in front of Athene Chariot â sharpening up for her defence of the Traralgon Marathon next weekend â finishing in 29:35, and Naomi Tancred in 30:57.
Jake Stollery dominated the men's field from the outset, winning the 7 km race in style in 23:42; from the fleet-of-foot Ali Najem in 24:36; and Adam Chadwallder in 24:47. Dennis Johnson took out the Men 50-59 in 29:01 from Warren Williams' 29:38; while James Box proved too fast in the Men 60-69 with 30:59 from Bruce Flaherty's 33:10.
Taylor Porter's 15:28 saw her take 2nd place overall in the 4 km event, after Girls Under 17 winner, Catherine Barlir's 15:20 and a little ahead of Sianna Steele in 15:42. 1st place Female 17 and Over was Sally Hannah in 16:03.
Max Jameson won from a record field in the Boys Under 13's race, with an impressive 15:10; ahead of Boys Under 17 winner, Ben Muston in 15:17, who just tipped Hayden Brown in 15:21. Meanwhile, Gilbert Olzomer swept all before him in an impressive run of 13:11 to take out the Male 17 and Over category.
Full results by category are published, along with a photo album from the morning.