The cold weather of the early morning, which threatened to provide the wettest Sri Chinmoy10-kilometre run for some time, rapidly gave way to sunshine and perfect running conditions.
For this runner, it was the first race since a car accident, three and a half month ago, had left me in hospital (for a brief time) and unable to run (for a longer time). I hadnât run so far for several months, and I was overtaken by many well-trained people, but the hilly bitumen course proved to be an excellent venue to return to my running.
Out on the field, I couldnât not witness the excitement the 4km âsprintâ race, in which the first four people were all members of the phenomenal Torly family, all winning for different categories. But while I didnât know who was winning, or even who was behind me, there was plenty of excitement for me as I transcended my own injuries and raced to the end, never stopping to rest. At all the races in which Iâd helped with timing or registration, the pancakes had never tasted so good.
In the 10km race, Anthony Kennedy came home first in 36:21, followed seconds later by Chey Pettingill and Stuart Grey. In the womens' division, Mace Neve won in 43:06 followed by Fiona Hedgecoe then Lydia Stove.
Full results are published, as well as a photo album of the race.