Sri Chinmoy 10km and 4km Fun-Runs

Acton Ferry Terminal Canberra

A bi-annual fun-run alongside Lake Burley Griffin

Scenic, central lakeside locale
Established, measured, marked course
Trophies for top placegetters
Post-race breakfast for all

About the event

Since 1984, the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team has conducted 10 km and 4 km Fun-Runs along the popular signposted Sri Chinmoy 10 km Recreational Running course on the cycle path along the northern shore of Lake Burley Griffin, starting and finishing at Acton Ferry Terminal. These race are traditionally staged on public holidays: Canberra Day in March and Labour Day in October.

All races commence at 8 am. Entries can be made online or at the course on the day of the race, from 6.45 am. A family atmosphere includes post-race breakfast and awards presentation.

Awards are presented in the following categories:

10 km

  • Male and Female Under 50, 1st to 7th
  • Male and Female 50 - 59, 1st to 3rd
  • Male and Female 60 - 69, 1st and 2nd
  • Male and Female 70 and Over, 1st.

4 km

  • Boys and Girls Under 13, 1st to 3rd
  • Boys and Girls and 17, 1st to 3rd
  • Male and Female 17 and Over, 1st to 3rd.

Read more on the Sri Chinmoy Recreational Running Course



    • 8am
    • Registration from 6.45am
    • $17 online (until 5pm Friday prior to race day)
    • On-the-day: $30


    • 8.05am
    • Registration from 6.45am
    • $13 online (until 5pm Friday prior to race day)
    • On-the-day: $20


Prachar Stegemann
0404 071 327
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Award categories

  • 10km: 1st to 7th M & F Under 50; 1st to 3rd M & F 50-59; 1st and 2nd M & F 60-69; 1st M & F 70+
  • 4km: 1st to 3rd M & F Under 13; 1st to 3rd M & F Under 17; 1st to 3rd M & F 17+

Race records

The Sri Chinmoy 10 km Recreational Running Course has been in use for races in Canberra since 1984.  The following are course records established for the 10 km and 4 km courses since 2004.

Distance Age Category Male Time Date Female Time Date
4 km Under 13 Joshua Torley 15:00 5/10/2009 Jordyne Rauter 15:35 9/3/2015
4 km Under 17 Shane Farrant 14:16 9/3/2009 Sarah Lonsdale 15:13 5/10/2009
4 km 17 and Over Stuart Doyle 13:23 6/10/2008 Hannah Walmsley 15:50 9/3/2015
10 km Under 50 John Nay 33:40 28/3/2005 Jackie Fairweather 36:29 2/10/2005
10 km 50 - 59 Peter Clarke 39:26 9/5/2004 Maria O'Reilly 43:58 28/3/2005
10 km 60-69 Peter Kallio 41:26 2/10/2005 Caroline Campbell 54:23 9/3/2009
10 km 70 and Over Bob Chapman 49:32 2/10/2005 Caroline Campbell 58:21 9/3/2015

Previous Results

  • 2016 Oct 3rd
    Sri Chinmoy Labour Day 10km & 4km Fun-Runs, Canberra, 3 October 2016

    Congratulations to all the runners who braved the elements this morning at the Sri Chinmoy 10km & 4 km Fun-Runs. The cold, the wind and the rain saw a slimmed-down field take to the Lake Burley Griffin cycle path. Thankfully the rain stopped for (most) of the duration!

    Most runners came back muddy and feeling they left it all out there on the course. Many expressed how hard they found the run... which (hopefully) means they had a good race!

    Will Brady was the fastest in the 4km with a time of 16:27. Kim Wilmshurst was first female and second finisher overall in 16:39. Race stalwart Spencer Burns was first in his category in 16:51.

    In the 10km David Handwicke was first across the line in 37:41, followed by Charles Nicoll in 39:52 and Jeff Grey in 39:57 (first in the mens' 50-59 age category.)

    For the women the champion was Michelle Burns in 45:22, followed by Claudia Brown (46:37) and Melissa Oloyede (46:53).

    Special mention goes to our Over 70 age group winners; Caroline Campbell (1:04:58), and Graham Burke (54:24).

    Unfortunately the race director spent two crucial hours bogged near the race turnaround with the pancake batter on board. By the time he got towed out, the race awards were well underway. The barbeque was set up and cooking in record time, though.

    To those who stuck around, thank you for your patience. And to anyone who had to leave before the pancakes, please drop in to My Rainbow-Dreams cafe sometime in Dickson and allow us to treat you to something off our menu, complimentary.




  • 2016 Mar 14th
    Sri Chinmoy Canberra Day 10km & 4km Fun-Runs, 14 March 2016

    Canberra Day is a festive occasion, a celebration of Canberra’s birthday and all that we love about our home city. One thing we love most is the abundance of opportunities for running and recreation. The bi-annual Sri Chinmoy 10km & 4km Fun-Runs make use of a recreational path alongside Lake Burley Griffin which is geographically in the heart of Canberra, and yet from which, apart from the vista at the start/finish area, one will see scarcely a single building.

    Balloons ascended to festoon the sky in anticipation of the start of the race, as though to gain the best viewing spots to observe the contests.

    Joshua Torley ran a spirited race from the front in the 10km, recording the fastest time in many a year of 32:11. Craig Benson (33:24) and James Minto (34:52) rounded out the top 3 men. David Clarke took out the Male 50-59 in 40:20; Timothy Horton the Male 60-69 with 51:44; and Peter Gentry the Male 70 and Over with 1:02:32.

    Another of the all-star Torley clan – 10-year-old Stephanie –  ran an amazing 40:15 to win the women’s race outright, from Narelle Desmet (42:41) and Michelle Burns (43:42). Elizabeth Bennett was fastest of the Female 50-59 in 48:23; and Jennifer Kellett stood first among the Female 60-69 with 55:46.

    The 4km race was marred by a marshalling oversight, which saw a dozen runners missing the turnaround point and running extra distance: 3 boys even proceeded to continue on to complete the full 10km course: their adjusted times are included in the 10km results, though with new numbers. The organisers apologise unreservedly for this mistake: all who ran an extra distance are invited to please participate again with a complimentary entry in the next Sri Chinmoy race at this venue in October.

    Ryan Cuzner (Boys Under 13) returned to the finish the fastest in 18:24, just ahead of his dad Matt in 18:28; Callum Burns took out the Boys Under 17 with 21:12. Kim Wilmshurst meanwhile came first in the Female 17 and Over category in 18:40, with Laura Burns (Girls Under 13) not far behind in 18:56; Josephine Dendrinos took out the Girls Under 17 in 23:58.

    Congratulations to all who participated on this pleasant, though somewhat humid morning. You are champions all!

  • 2015 Oct 5th
    Sri Chinmoy Labour Day 10km & 4km Fun-Run, 5 October 2015

    It is the way with runners: busy schedules, tiredness, adverse weather, injury – just challenges to increase our determination to get out and run. As water will find a way to flow around any obstacle, so will runners find a way around any roadworks or other obstruction thrown up in their path.

    Hence the course for the Sri Chinmoy Labour Day 10km & 4km Fun-Runs – unchanged in over 30 years – this morning found itself for the first time bypassing Hospital Hill to avoid some temporary construction. The route instead wound around the Museum peninsula, to rejoin the “old” course to the west of the hill. An altered turnaround saw the same distances covered, though runners in both races seemed to relish not having to contend with Hospital Hill, especially on the return leg, and posted some faster-than-usual times.

    Jessica Pascoe led home the field in the 4km race with an outstanding 14:34, taking out the Female 17 and Over category as well. The men had to be content with 2nd overall, courtesy of Jackson Jones’ 14:48, winning him the Male 17 and Over. Next in was the Boys Under 13 winner, Jacob Davill in 15:00, just pipping the Girls Under 13 winner, Hannah Cadden who came in in 15:03. Theresa Wallner took out the Girls Under 17s in 16:38.

    Sean Smee was a class apart in the Men’s 10km race, finishing in an even 34 minutes, 3 minutes ahead of his nearest rival, Ben Grimshaw in 37:07. Kerry Baxter’s 38:43 placed him 6th overall and won the Male 50-59; Graham Burke took out the Men 60-69 in 47:54 and Peter Gentry the Male 70+ with his 1:01:30.

    Just as in the men’s race, Aimee Davenport’s winning 39:51 was streets ahead of the field, with Nadine Hunt next in in 43:47. Mary Sietsma took out the Female 50-59 in 54:00; while Caroline Campbell looked ever-fresh in winning the Female 70+ in 58:44.

    Piles of pancakes and fruit were eagerly demolished, trophies and medals awarded to generous applause from the good-natured throng, and all went happily into the Public Holiday sunshine.

  • 2015 Mar 9th
    Sri Chinmoy Canberra Day 10km & 4km Fun-Runs, Canberra, Monday 9 March 2015

    It is said that the soul comes to the fore on one’s birthday, and Canberra certainly proved that on this Canberra Day.

    One of those magical misty mornings over the lake presented a fresh, still day promising pacy running and pancakes aplenty.

    Records, they say, are made to be broken, and today was indeed a day destined for such deeds. Carinna Tong’s best time for Females 17 and Over in the 4km race has stood for 10 years, hence it was appropriate that Carinna was on hand today when her time was bettered by 3 seconds by Hannah Walmsley’s 15:50. Hannah was using this race to step out after returning from injury.

    Yet even despite breaking this record, Hannah still did not win the race! This honour belonged to an exceptional run from Jordyne Rauter, who lowered the best time for the Girls Under 13 to a new mark of 15:35. There must be few races indeed, where the record for Girls Under 13 is faster than the record for Females 17 and Over!!

    Ahead of Jordyne were only two boys competing in the Male 17 and Over category – Connor McCormack (14:15) and Korey Summers (14:17) – and the impressive Jack Wallis who took out the Boys Under 17s in 14:38. First in the Boys Under 13 was Spencer Burns in 15:42.

    Not content for the short-distance youngsters to take all the records, Caroline Campbell – one of the most loyal stalwarts and a quiet heroine of the Canberra running scene – shattered the best time in the 10km race for the Women 70 and Over category with her outstanding 58:21. Incidentally, Caroline still holds the record for the Women 60-69, set 6 years ago to the day.

    Representing the Women 60-69 today was Robyn McLelland, who ran a fine 57:19. Elizabeth Bennett took out the Women 50-59 with her 46:52; while the open women’s race was won by Kelly-Ann Varey with an impressive 39:53.

    Luke Schofield had meanwhile taken out the men’s race in 36:15; with Kim Houghton a happy winner of the Men 50-59 in 43:22 (just edging out David Clarke’s 43:26); Tony Cummings won the Men 60-69 in 50:21; and Alan Wilson the Men 70 and Over in 54:32.

    The event photo album offers a good record of the personal struggles and joys of this memorable Canberra Day morning.