Sri Chinmoy Labour Day 10km & 4km Fun-Run Race Report
On a perfect Canberra summer's day- no mean achievement, as it was early October- the ever-popular 10 km / 4 km fun-run event boasted its largest field since it was first held in 1984.
The record field of 176 finishers braved the challenging lakeside course at Acton Ferry Terminal, and was rewarded by not only a sense of personal satisfaction and achievement, but also a breakfast of crepes (with fresh maple syrup), fruits and assorted cereals.
How does a runner stand out in such a large group? Well, it helps if your name is Scott. Scott Imhoff (below) easily won the 10 km race in 35:26, followed by Scott Irons (38:21). Two of our long-standing regulars, Geoff Monro (39:10) and Bruce Egan (39:22), came third and fourth.
The top female was Kristen Connell (41:34), followed by Kym Chisholm (44:16), Christina Thorne (44:56) and Reegan O'Keefe (45:36).
In the 4 km run, Chris Macdonald (13:15) clocked the fastest time on this tough course for several years, followed by Keith Southgate (14:02), Paul Considine (14:30) and Robert Torley (15:02). The fastest females were Catriona Windsor, 12 (far right), and Nicola Torley, nine, who finished in 16:23 and 16:29 respectively. (Both are already veterans of Sri Chinmoy events, and we can safely name them as"ones to watch" for the future.) As Catriona and Nicola are both under 13, Marissa Veid (16:45) clinched the women's first-place trophy, followed by Karina West (19:36).
Special mention should be made of Rylan Ziesing, easily our youngest-ever 4 km finisher. Ryan turns five later this month, so if anyone is inspired to break his course record, they will have to be no older than four years, eleven months, one week and one day old!Full race results by category are published. Please also view the finish line action in the event photo gallery.