Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail Runs

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A 3-race series at popular venues close to Canberra for your enjoyment, fitness and self-transcendence

About the event

The Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team offers a 3-event series of Winter trail runs at popular venues close to Canberra – west, south and north – for your enjoyment, fitness and self-transcendence. Each event includes races of 3 distances:

* Short (2km – 3km)
* Middle (5km – 10km)
* Longer (10km – 31km)

All races start at 10am, with Registration and on-the-day entries opening at 9am, and closing at 9.45am.

All courses are well-marked, on designated walking tracks, with full electronic chip timing, and a post-race barbecue brunch for all.

Enter each race individually, or purchase a discounted Series Pass. The Series Pass entitles you to either 3 Longer Distance races, 3 Middle Distace races or 3 Short Distance races.

If you wish to change the distance of your entry please contact canberra@srichinmoyraces.org prior to 5pm of the Friday prior to the race. Changes on the day attract a $10 admin fee.

Welcome video, with Martin Fryer

Welcome to the Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail Series!

Events

Short Distance (2km – 2.2km)

    • 10am
    • per race $13 online, $20 on the day

Middle Distance (5km – 10km)

    • 10am
    • per race $27 online, $35 on the day

Longer Distance (10km – 31km)

    • 10am
    • per race $31 online, $40 on the day

Contact

Prachar Stegemann
0404 071 327
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Award categories

  • Trophies 1st 7 places Under 50; 1st 3 50-59; 1st 2 60-69; 1st 70+ (M & F) (Longer & Middle Distance)
  • Medals 1st 3 places Under 13; Under 17; 17 and Over (M & F) (Short Distance)

Upcoming Races

Race 1: 27 May

"Cotter Canter" 2.15km, 5km & 10km

A trail running "taster" at Canberra's original family playground, the Cotter. The Series starts with an easy "Novice" course of 2.15km; and a moderate-grade 5km course (the 10km completes 2 laps) comprising a paved loop on the "Cotter Dam Discovery Trail" in the shadow of Cotter Dam, followed by a contrasting loop on walking tracks and fire trails with a river crossing, a hill and a sandy beach – a bit of everything.

Bote this race is held on the Reconciliation Day Public Holiday in the ACT – Monday 27 May.

Park at the end of the Cotter Bend picnic area, off Cotter Rd. On-the-day registration opens at 9am and closes at 9.45am, with races starting from 10am.

Enter for this race only; or for the 3-race Series.

View the course map for the 2.15km Novice course in satellite view or in map view; and for the 5km course in satellite view or map view (10km = 2 laps of the 5km course), and start/finish area.

Read the full course description and take a photo tour of the course.

Race 2: 30 June

"Tuggeranong Trot" 2km, 8km & 20km

The Sri Chinmoy Canberrra Trail Series heads to Tuggeranong for a varied exploration of the Murrumbidgee Corridor. Barely minutes from the Town Centre, you'll think you were miles from anywhere as you wend your way northward through bushland, and return along the riverside walking track. The 2km Novice course heads south from the start/finish, while the 8km and 20km course head north. The 8km course loops around at Tuggeranong Creek, while the 20km goes as far as Kambah Pool before heading south.

Parking is at Pine Island North picnic area, at the end of Pine Island Rd, Tuggeranong. On-the-day registration opens at 9am and closes at 9.45am, with races starting at 10am.

Enter online for this race only, or for the remaining races of the Series.

View the 2km course map; the 8km course map in satellite view or map view; the 20km course in satellite view or map view; and the start/finish area.

Read the full course description and take a photo tour of the course.

Race 3: 21 July

"Gungahlin Gallop" 2.2km, 10km & 30km

Canberra's north side hosts the Series finale. The track from Hall through to Oak Hill along Gungahlin's northern fringing ridge is the Rolls Royce of Canberra Trails. Especially commissioned for the Centenary Trail project, this beautifully sculptured track is a work of art, a trail to fall in love with… To fully appreciate the varying vistas in each direction, you really need to run this wonderful track both ways. That's why we've designed this course as an out-and-back.

Starting and finishing at Hall's historic Showground, both courses ascend to the summit of One Tree Hill, from where the 30km continues following the ACT/NSW border. Enjoy one of Canberra's deluxe running experiences.

Participants in the 30km run are STRONGLY ADVISED to carry a minimum of 500ml water with them, as there is up to 10km between drink stations, due to vehicular inaccessibility.

Park at the Hall Showground. On-the-day registration opens at 9am and closes at 9.45am, with races starting at 10am.

Enter online.

View the 2.2km course map; the 10km course map; the 30km course map; and start/finish area.

Read the full course description and take a photo tour of the course.

The Courses

View the course maps for the Novice course in satellite view or map view, and for the 5km course in satellite view or map view (10km = 2 laps of the 5km course), and the start/finish area. Take a photo tour of the course.

Introduction

The Cotter is an iconic recreation area loved by Canberrans, being only 23km from the city centre but offering a beautiful setting framed by the Cotter and Paddys Rivers and the impressive new Cotter Dam wall. The area is ideal for picnics, swimming, fishing, bushwalking and relaxation and is the perfect venue to host the first event of the Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail Series.

The Cotter Bend, where the Paddys River meets the Cotter River, is a favourite with many for a swim, splash and for fishing. A wide pool and sandy beach marks the meeting of the two rivers. Paddys River has its genesis at Mount Tennent beyond Tharwa in Namadgi National Park and its fresh clean waters complement the Cotter as they come together at the 'Bend'.

The start/finish area for this event at Cotter Bend has plenty of grassy area with shade on sunny days, good toilet facilities and plenty of parking.

The Cotter Canter is our first event and is the ideal introduction to trail running and walking, offering distance options of approximately 5km and 10km for runners and 5km for walkers. That being said, experienced road and trail runners will also get a demanding, but scenic workout on path and trail in this setting and will need to use all of their speed, strength and endurance to post a competitive time.

Novice 2.15km “Path” Loop

The start is at a metal pole at the N end of the grassy area next to Cotter Bend Car Park. After 120m heading S along the grass (0.12) join the path heading W and after another 80m (0.20) cross the bridge and turn right to join the path heading N along the W side of the Cotter River. Follow this path under Cotter Rd (0.67) and after another 60m (0.73) take the upper path on your left which runs next to the Cotter playground on Cotter Avenue. Follow this path (Cotter Dam Discovery Trail) all the way to the bridge across the Cotter (1.10) with an imposing view of the Cotter Dam Wall. Follow the path back along the E side of the river for approximately 400m (keeping right at any junctions) before turning right (1.50) to cross back over to the other side and then left to follow the riverside path back under Cotter Rd (1.65) followed 100m later (1.75) by a left turn down to cross the river again on a small footbridge. After crossing the bridge, follow the path to the right as it winds up a grassy hill and then turns sharp right at the top of the climb (1.92). Soon after turning right at the top of the path climb, the Novice Course turns downhill to the left (down the grassy strip, following the cones) to eventually cross the Car Park (road marshal present) at the swing gate. After descending to the grassy flat, turn right to join the Finish chute through to the Finish line timing mat (2.15K).

5km event: One “Path” Loop followed by One “Trail” Loop

The 5km event consists of two loops:

  • An initial clockwise “Path Loop” of approximately 2.3km that follows the Cotter Dam Discovery Trail up to the Cotter Dam wall and back to the start along the two sides of the Cotter River, followed by
  • A counter-clockwise “Trail Loop” of approximately 2.8km which follows the Cotter River in the other direction, crosses Paddys River (you will get your shoes and socks wet) and then climbs to follow the Bullen Trail along to Cotter Campground, with a return along the single track path to the finish at Cotter Bend.

At the end of the “Path” Loop you will cross a Lap Timing Mat and at the end of the “Trail Loop” you will cross a separate Finish Timing Mat. These will be well signposted and obvious on the day.

The “Path” Loop

The start is on the grassy area in front of the Cotter Bend Car Park approximately 120m from the path at Cotter Bend. After 120m along the grass (0.12) join the path heading W and after another 80m (0.20) cross the bridge and turn right to join the path heading N along the W side of the Cotter River. Follow this path under Cotter Rd (0.67) and after another 60m (0.73) take the upper path on your left which runs next to the Cotter playground on Cotter Avenue. Follow this path (Cotter Dam Discovery Trail) all the way to the bridge across the Cotter (1.10) with an imposing view of the Cotter Dam Wall. Follow the path back along the E side of the river for approximately 400m (keeping right at any junctions) before turning right (1.50) to cross back over to the other side and then left follow the riverside path back under Cotter Rd (1.65) followed 100m later (1.75) by a left turn down to cross the river again on a small footbridge. After crossing the bridge, follow the path to the right as it winds up a grassy hill and then turns sharp right (1.92) to run parallel to Cotter Bend Car Park heading SW. At the Toilet Block (2.15) turn left to follow the cones back down to the grassy area and approximately 140m later (2.29) turn around the tree to follow the cones over the Lap Timing Mat (2.33) to start your “Trail Loop”.

The “Trail” Loop

The “Trail Loop” starts the same as the “Path Loop” by once again joining the path at Cotter Bend (2.42) but this time when you cross the bridge (2.52) you will turn left at the Course Marshall to follow the cones across the grass. Approx. 100m later you will encounter a small rock scramble and then join a narrow single track next to the river that soon climbs up some steps onto some more narrow single track. This will bring you out at a fire road (2.81) which you will follow for 50m (2.86) before turning left onto another wide fire road heading E. Follow this dirt road for approx. 400m before descending to cross the Paddys River (3.28; ankle to knee deep) and then climb a short, steep pitch for approx. 150m before turning left off the road (3.44) to join some delightful single track (Bullen Trail) which skirts high above the Cotter with views to your left of Cotter Bend and the start/finish area. This scenic track undulates for a while before descending to some sandy trail (4.25km) and 100m later turns sharp left (4.35) to cross a footbridge across the Cotter. After crossing the bridge turn left to follow the grassy bank climbing up to a defined single track and some steps (4.5km) and then descending some more steps to pass a toilet block (4.62). One more climb onto a small fire trail (4.70) and 150m later (4.85) cross the eastern end of the Cotter Bend Car Park and cut through the boulders to join the last final sprint along the grass to the Finish Line Mat (5.11).

10K event: One “Path” Loop, One “Trail” Loop, Repeat “Path” Loop, Repeat “Trail” Loop

Read the detailed instructions for the 5K event outlined above. You will simply repeat the 5km event in the same sequence once again, meaning that you will cross the Lap Timing Mat three times (Lap Splits: Path, Trail, Path) before finishing your second “Trail Loop” at the Finish Timing Mat. The approximate distance of the 10km course is 10.2km.

View the 2km course map, the 8km course map in satellite view or map view, and the start/finish area.

Take a photo tour of the course (includes 20km course).

Introduction

Pine Island Reserve is located on Pine Island Road in Greenway, just minutes from Tuggeranong. Such easy access to the banks of the Murrumbidgee is a real advantage for Canberrans. There is a playground for the kids, free electric barbecues, clean toilet facilities and picnic tables.

Pine Island is the perfect starting point for the second race in the Sri Chinmoy Trail Series as it is linked with parts of the Bicentennial National Trail and Canberra Centenary Trail as well as the Murrumbidgee Discovery Track. You will get to run/walk through a superb mixture of native forest and farmland, while those doing the longer option up to Kambah Pool will get great views of the Brindabellas and the Bullen Range as well as experience Red Rocks Gorge, one of the most spectacular gorges along the whole Murrumbidgee River. Both courses pass by the historic Tuggeranong dry stone wall, built in the 1860s to mark the boundary between two early rural properties.
 

2km "Novice" Course

The start is on the W (playground) side of the yellow locked gate at the N end of the Car Park on the grass. Cross the grass to join the dirt path heading S past the playground, past the toilet block (0.27), and cross a wooden bridge (0.43). After just over 700m you leave the single track to cross a grassy area (follow the cones) between the trees for approx 200m (0.88K) before taking a small grass track through to a 2nd grassy area where you run for just over 100m before turning back around a cone at the brown timber picnic table (1.03K) and retracing your steps back towards the start. To finish you will keep heading N up the dirt path past the Finish line and then approx 60m later turn right after the trees and right again to head into the Finish chute heading S (2.00K).
 

8km Course

The race starts on the grass next to the locked gate at the W end of the Pine Island N Car Park.

Staying on the grass, follow the boulders all the way along the road heading back towards the Car Park entrance for approx. 440m (0.44) before turning left to pass through onto the Bicentennial National Trail. Here you will follow a wide grassy track keeping the fenceline to your left. After another 600m or so (1.0) the trail turns left and heads W at the Tuggeranong Archery Range and then 200m later (1.22) turns right (NW), staying near the fenceline. Another 350m later the track turns right (1.57, NE), with a Dam appearing on your right after 300m or so (1.87), soon after which you will turn left through a gate to rejoin the Bicentennial National Trail (1.94) heading N.

Follow this track for about 500m before taking care to turn left at the fork in the track (2.48) to head NW. After another 300m or so(2.77), turn right at the T-junction to head uphill towards Tuggeranong Town Centre. Climb through the fence (3.3) to take the narrow dirt track up onto the bike path on Athlon Drive (3.41), which you will only follow for approx. 170m (3.58) before veering off onto the dirt road on your left heading towards Tuggeranong Creek. This will take you through a gate (3.72) and then gradually start to curve to the left (3.86) to run parallel with the Creek.

Soon you will reach the Drink Station (4.41) and continue straight ahead to soon pass through a gate (4.48) and make a short climb. Turn left at the fork and continue climbing before descending on grassy/rocky tracks to meet the Murrumbidgee Discovery Trail (MDT) next to Tuggeranong Creek at about the 5K mark. Continue on this trail, ignoring all side tracks. Follow the MDT through a gate at the Tuggeranong Stone Wall (5.44), taking care only 80m later (5.52) to turn right off the large track and onto the narrow MDT which stays low and runs parallel to the Creek.

This delightful piece of single track takes you on a scenic journey along the Creek and eventually brings you out at the finish at Pine Island N on the grassy area near the playground and BBQ areas (8.03).

View the 20km course in satellite view or map view; and the start/finish area.

Take a photo tour of the course.

Introduction

Pine Island Reserve is located on Pine Island Road in Greenway, just minutes from Tuggeranong. Such easy access to the banks of the Murrumbidgee is a real advantage for Canberrans. There is a playground for the kids, free electric barbecues, clean toilet facilities and picnic tables.

Pine Island is the perfect starting point for the second race in the Sri Chinmoy Trail Series as it is linked with parts of the Bicentennial National Trail and Canberra Centenary Trail as well as the Murrumbidgee Discovery Track. You will get to run/walk through a superb mixture of native forest and farmland, while those doing the longer option up to Kambah Pool will get great views of the Brindabellas and the Bullen Range as well as experience Red Rocks Gorge, one of the most spectacular gorges along the whole Murrumbidgee River. Both courses pass by the historic Tuggeranong dry stone wall, built in the 1860s to mark the boundary between two early rural properties.

20km Course

The 20km course is the same as the 8km course but diverges at the drink station at 4.41km to add on another 12km loop by heading up to Kambah Pool via the back of Urambi Hills and the back of the Gleneagles Golf Course, returning to the same drink station via the beautiful trail along the Murrumbidgee through Red Rocks Gorge.

The race starts on the grass next to the locked gate at the W end of the Pine Island N Car Park.

Staying on the grass, follow the boulders all the way along the road heading back towards the Car Park entrance for approx. 440m (0.44) before turning left to pass through onto the Bicentennial National Trail (BNT). Here you will follow a wide grassy track keeping the fenceline to your left. After another 600m or so (1.0) the trail turns left and heads W at the Tuggeranong Archery Range and then 200m later (1.22) turns right (NW), staying near the fenceline. Another 350m later the track turns right (1.57, NE), with a Dam appearing on your right after 300m or so (1.87), soon after which you will turn left through a gate to rejoin the Bicentennial National Trail (1.94) heading N. Follow this track for about 500m before taking care to turn left at the fork in the track (2.48; Course Marshall) to head NW. After another 300m or so, (2.77) turn right at the T-junction to head uphill towards Tuggeranong Town Centre. Climb through the fence (3.3) to take the narrow dirt track up onto the bike path on Athlon Drive (3.41), which you will only follow for approx. 170m (3.58) before veering off onto the dirt road on your left heading towards Tuggeranong Creek. This will take you through a gate (3.72) and then gradually start to curve to the left (3.86) to run parallel with the Creek. Soon you will reach the Drink Station (4.41)

At the Drink Station turn right down the steps to cross a bridge across Tuggeranong Creek and follow the trail downhill for 200m before turning right at the fence (4.61) to climb up behind Urambi Hills. You will steadily climb for almost 1.4K before the track reaches a fence, where you will turn left (6.0) to rejoin the BNT heading W towards the mountains. The BNT continues to climb behind the houses at the S end of GlenEagles to pass through a gate (6.43) and then starts to descend, opening up great views of the Bullen Range and Brindabella Mountains. Approx. 500m later (6.69) turn left at the T junction near the tree to stay on the BNT and head downhill on a wide fire trail for about 300m before it turns right (6.97) to head down to follow the edge of the houses (7.34) and then the edge of the GlenEagles Golf Course (7.58), eventually climbing (8.28) up to Kambah Pool Rd (8.49) where you will turn left to head towards the Mountains and Kambah Pool. Follow the single track that runs parallel to the road all the way down to where it eventually joins Kambah Pool Rd (10.32). Take care here to stay on the far left edge of the road for only 200m as it steeply descends before turning left at the drink station to join the Murrumbidgee Discovery Track and the Canberra Centenary Trail (10.51). You will now follow this single track for approximately 6K, taking in the wonderful scenery of Red Rocks Gorge and then heading back out into farmland and bushland leading back to Tuggeranong Creek, where you will cross the bridge in the other direction and head up the steps to the original drink station at the start of this big loop (16.57).

Turn right at the drink station and then continue straight ahead to soon pass through a gate (16.62) and make a short climb before descending on grassy/rocky tracks to meet the Murrumbidgee Discovery Trail (MDT) next to Tuggeranong Creek at about the 17.2km mark. Follow the MDT through a gate at the Tuggeranong Stone Wall (17.56), taking care only 80m later (17.64) to turn right off the large track and onto the narrow MDT which stays low and runs parallel to the Creek. This delightful piece of single track takes you on scenic journey along the Creek and eventually brings you out at the finish at Pine Island N on the grassy area near the playground and BBQ areas (20.19).

View the 2.2km course map, the 10km course map, and start/finish area.

Take a photo tour of the course (includes the 30km course).

Introduction

Hall is older than Canberra, and cross-country runs were held starting and finishing from Hall form the earliest days of organised runs in Canberra. The Hall Showground – the start/finish venue for the third of the Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail Series – is an historic venue, which has hosted the National Sheep Dog Trials for the past 30 years. It boasts excellent facilities, including multiple showers and toilets.

The track from Hall through to Oak Hill is the Rolls Royce of Canberra Trails. Especially commissioned for the Centenary Trail project, this beautifully sculptured track is a work of art, a trail to fall in love with… With varying vistas in each direction, you really need to run this wonderful track both ways to fully appreciate it: hence the out-and-back option. Enjoy!

2km Novice Course

From the Start, head clockwise around the Hall Showground following the cones for 340m to exit left through a gate and then head 60m to turn right at Hall St (0.40K). Head up the hill, staying on the RHS of the road until you get to the top where you will continue straight onto the gravel road and the Centenary Trail (0.87K). After another 130m of gentle climb, turn right (1.00K) onto the single track to head downhill for only 100m before turning right to step over a fence (1.1K) and then turn left to continue downhill on the single track with the fence on your LHS. After a lovely winding run through the trees you will come to 2nd fence to step over on your left (1.56K). Now you will head straight towards the Showground on a dirt track – passing through an open swing gate 120m later (1.68K), and a 2nd open swing gate another 60m later (1.74K) to cross over to the entrance gate to the Showground (1.78K). (Yellow arrows) Turn left to cross over the Start mat again (1.80K) and run one more clockwise lap of the oval to reach the Finish timing mat near the Grey Shed (2.19K).
 

10km course

The 10km course is an out-and-back to the summit of One Tree Hill and return. The course starts with a loop of Hall Showground (300m) to get into a running rhythm. Pass through the gate at the western side of the Showground, cross the dirt access road into the grassy enclosure. At the north-western end of the grassy enclosure, climb over a stile (500m) and join the old Hall cross-country track through the bush. You will reach a fenceline, which you follow to the left (west) heading uphill. Climb another stile on your right (1.05K) to join a faint single track heading uphill, which joins with the Centenary Trail, Turn right here and almost immediately pass over or through a fence into open ground, heading north and uphill.

Follow the Centenary Trail along the side of the ridge through woodland. At 4.56km take the left hand fork to join the One Tree Hill summit trail, climbing steeply including some stairs to the summit of One Tree Hill (4.98km). Be sure to have your number recorded by the marshal, then turn around and return via the same route, including a lap of the Showground to finish.

View  the 31km course map, and start/finish area.

Take a photo tour of the course.

Introduction

Hall is older than Canberra, and cross-country runs were held starting and finishing from Hall form the earliest days of organised runs in Canberra. The Hall Showground – the start/finish venue for the third of the Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail Series – is an historic venue, which has hosted the National Sheep Dog Trials for the past 30 years. It boasts excellent facilities, including multiple showers and toilets.

The track from Hall through to Oak Hill is the Rolls Royce of Canberra Trails. Especially commissioned for the Centenary Trail project, this beautifully sculptured track is a work of art, a trail to fall in love with… With varying vistas in each direction, you really need to run this wonderful track both ways to fully appreciate it: hence the out-and-back option. Enjoy!

31km course

The 31km course is an out-and-back to the summit of Oak Hill and return. The course starts with a loop of Hall Showground (470m) to get into a running rhythm. Pass through the gate at the western side of the Showground, cross the dirt access road into the grassy enclosure. At the north-western end of the grassy enclosure, climb over a stile (670m) and join the old Hall cross-country track through the bush. You will reach a fenceline, which you follow to the left (west) heading uphill. Climb another stile on your right (1.2km) to join a faint single track heading uphill, which joins with the Centenary Trail. Turn right here and almost immediately pass over or through a fence into open ground, heading north and uphill.

Follow the Centenary Trail along the side of the ridge through woodland. At 4.93km take the left hand fork to join the One Tree Hill summit trail, climbing steeply including some stairs to the summit of One Tree Hill (5.17km). Be sure to have your number recorded by the marshal. Turn around here and descend again to turn left at the main track (5.6km).

Continue along the Centenary Trail N and E through varying terrain, a lovely mixture of shaded woodland with occasional open stretches for some sun and to enjoy the views back across northern Canberra and over into New South Wales. Most gates will be open, however some will be closed – these must be climbed over or through. After 13.8km you reach a small reservoir on your left, followed 200m later by the Northern Border Campground (water station). Continue uphill for a further 1km to the lookout at the summit of Oak Hill (marshal), with vistas across Gungahlin. Be sure to have your number recorded here. Turn around here and return via the same route – including the re-ascent and descent of One Tree Hill (be sure to have your number recorded here again!). Enjoy your victory lap back at the Hall Showground!

 

Course Records

Distance Age Category Male Time Date Female Time Date
2.15km Under 13 Alexander Spaccavento 10:33 28/5/2018 Chloe Pragt 10:29 28/5/2018
2.15km Under 17 Jayden Alderman 120:29 28/5/2018 not yet claimed    
2.15km 17 and Over Cameron Mackintosh 11:32 28/5/2018 Nerida Spaccavento 10:33 28/5/2018
5km Under 50 Ash Jordan 20:54 29/5/2016 Tash Cole 22:12 28/5/2018
5km 50 - 59 Mark Duncanson 22:46 28/5/2018 Stacey Jukes 27:44 28/5/2018
5km 60 - 69 Jim White 30:21 28/5/2018 Jennifer Saul 36:15 28/5/2017
5km 70 and Over not yet claimed     not yet claimed    
10km Under 50 Thomas Brazier 37:23 29/5/2016 Sarah-Jane Miller 42:57 28/5/2017
10km 50 - 59 Kerry Baxter 43:00 29/5/2016 Kim Greaves 51:08 28/5/2018
10km 60 - 69 David Clarke 45:59 28/5/2018 Sue Bowden 1:01:28 28/5/2018
10km 70 and Over Terry Dixon 1:03:37 28/5/2018 not yet claimed    

 

Distance Age Category Male Time Date Female Time Date
2km Under 13 Hugh Radford 9:12 24/6/2018 Chloe Pragt 9:10 24/6/2018
2km Under 17 Thomas Huxley 8:46 24/6/2018 not yet claimed unknown  
2km 17 and Over David Selems 11:17 24/6/2018 Sara Cooper 11:07 24/6/2018
8km Under 50 Patrick Matthews 30:17 26/6/2016 Fanny Martel 35:54 26/6/2016
8km 50 - 59 Steve Richardson 36:07 24/6/2018 Kate Savage 40:45 24/6/2018
8km 60 - 69 Trevor Jacobs 39:56 24/6/2018 Susan Cuddy 52:23 26/6/2016
8km 70 and Over Alastair Kinloch 58:38 2/7/2017 not yet claimed unknown  
20km Under 50 Reece Edwards 1:16:47 26/6/2016 Elizabeth Humphries 1:27:52 24/6/2018
20km 50 - 59 Kerry Baxter 1:30:58 24/6/2018 Mhairi Craig 1:47:53 24/6/2018
20km 60 - 69 Trevor Jacobs 1:42:24 26/6/2016 Jennifer Kellett 2:06:49 26/6/2016
20km 70 and Over Terry Dixon 2:13:05 24/6/2018 not yet claimed unknown  

 

Distance Age Category Male Time Date Female Time Date
2.2km Under 13 Max Alderman 11:33 22/7/2018 Chloe Pragt 11:43 22/7/2018
2.2km Under 17 Joel Kelly 14:56 22/7/2018 not yet claimed unknown  
2.2km 17 and Over Jim White 13:08 22/7/2018 Nancy Eyers 14:21 22/7/2018
10km Under 50 Liam Stewart 42:43 17/7/2016 Bernie Connors 49:13 17/7/2016
10km 50 - 59 Steve Richardson 48:37 22/7/2018 Sarah Fien 50:44 22/7/2018
10km 60 - 69 David Alder 52:48 30/7/2017 Lorraine Allen 1:18:11 30/7/2017
10km 70 and Over Terry Dixon 1:04:13 22/7/2018 not yet claimed unknown  
31km Under 50 Michael Daly 2:13:54 22/7/2018 Sasha Lee 2:37:10 22/7/2018
31km 50 - 59 Jeff Grey 2:34:41 17/7/2016 Pam Muston 3:19:30 22/7/2018
31km 60 - 69 Steve Appleby 3:06:01 17/7/2016 Jennifer Kellett 4:11:08 30/7/2017
31km 70 and Over Peter Allen 4:50:23 22/7/2018 not yet claimed unknown  

 

Previous Results

  • 2018 Jul 22nd
    Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail Series 3: "Gungahlin Gallop" 31km, 10km & 2.2km, Sunday 22 July 2018

    Provisional results can be found here – please report any errors or anomolies.

    The opening photos of today’s race gallery were taken at 7.30m while setting up the drink station at the far turnaround point of the 31km course. While Canberra slumbered under a blanket of fog, it was clear from this vantage that the race would be held under glorious sunshine.

    Unfortunately not everyone had the advantage of this view, and quite a few runners who had already entered for the race, elected not to run today – perhaps persuaded by the fog submerging their houses? Those who chose to come and run regardless of how the weather appeared were rewarded for their courage and foresight with the best running conditions one could possibly dream of – as you will see by scrolling through to the remainder of the gallery.

    Another measure of how good the running was today, can be seen from the number of course records broken – no fewer than 7 of the 14 age categories contested today across the 10km and 31km races saw records tumble. It goes without saying that everyone who won any category of the 2.2km race set course records, as this distance today made its debut, proving popular with the younger runners.

    Thanks to innumerable runners who kindly mentioned that the “30km” course was quite a bit longer than advertised. We apologise sincerely – this course now will be advertised as 31km, still a little short of its actual distance but closer to the mark… We appreciate that this is a particularly demanding event, and the last thing a runner needs to contend with is wondering when on earth the “15km” turnaround point will appear!

    Sasha Lee was not content to own the record for the Female 31km course from last year – she returned with the aim of lowering the mark, and so she did with a brave and determined run of 2:37:10 to take 4 minutes from her previous time. It’s as well she did run so fast, as Sarah-Jayne Miller was never far adrift and also bettered the former record with her fantastic 2:38:45 for 2nd place, ahead of Natalie Wood’s excellent 2:44:18 for 3rd.

    Pam Muston is a champion who just keeps getting better and seems to enjoy her running more and more as her stellar career continues. Today she took about 10 minutes off the record for Female 50-59 with a glittering 3:19:30, ahead of Leonie Montgomery (3:31:18) and Kim Greaves (3:35:03). Sue Bowden took out the Female 60-69 with a sterling 4:13:34.

    Michael Daly meanwhile conquered the men’s 31km record by about a minute with his superb effort to finish in 2:13:54; ahead of a closer contest for the minor podium placings between Nuru Somi’s 2:18:03 and 3rd placed Daniel Oehm with 2:18:35. Martin Pogson headed home the Male 50-59 with 2:52:48; Michael Sullivan won the Male 60-69 in 3:16:55; and Peter Allen set a new record for the Male 70 and Overs with his strong effort of 4:50:23.

    While running an additional lap of the oval is certainly a trial for tired runners, it’s great for spectators as this is our only chance to observe the race – and it’s especially exciting when there’s a close finish to cheer.

    Narelle Desmet led home a competitive field in the Women’s 10km race, winning in 49:37 (only 20 seconds outside the course record) from Sally Parker in 50:03 and Kim Ashby almost breathing down Sally’s neck in 50:08. Sarah Fien showed her true class in winning the Female 50-59 category by 10 minutes with her 4th-outright placing and a timing of 50:44. Judy Murray took out the Female 60-69 in 1:26:42.

    Tim Barnett showed great speed and agility to take out the Men’s 10km race in 43:30 from Tim Carton in 44:00 and Chris Simms with 44:28. Steve Richardson broke the record for Male 50-59 by running a speedy 48:37. A great race was had between the ultimate winner of the Male 60-69, Peter Badowski who ran 1:04:12, and just pipped Terry Dixon whose 1:04:13 nevertheless broke his own record for the Male 70 and Over.

    In the 2.2km short race, outright winner came from the Boys Under 13 category, with Max Alderman’s impressive 11:33 enough to finish ahead of Girls Under 13 winner Chloe Pragt’s fine run of 11:43. Next home was Xavier O’Brien with 11:52 and Ryan Miller’s 12:47, both also running in the Boys Under 13.

    Jim White possibly doesn’t expect to win many age group awards these days which are open to anyone 17 and Over, yet that’s exactly what he accomplished with his 177th race of the calendar year 2018. His winning (and course record) time today was 13:08. Joel Kelly took out the Boys Under 17 with 14:56; and Nancy Eyers the Female 17 and Over in 14:21.

  • 2018 Jun 24th
    Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail Series 2: "Tuggeranong Trot" 20km, 8km & 2km, Sunday 24 June 2018

    306 finishers enjoyed a dream-like sunny Winter’s trail run through bush and former farmland along the Murrumbidgee Corridor alongside Tuggeranong Valley. For Tuggeranong locals, these trails are familiar training grounds, while for Northerners from the yonder side of Lake Burley Griffin, it was an all-too-rare delight to savour this wonderful running setting.

    Despite the few hills on the outbound section leading north to Kambah Pool, a dry and firm track underfoot made for generally fast times with several course records rewritten.

    Elizabeth Humphries ran perhaps the race of the day to win the women’s 20km competition by over 7 minutes in a classy 1:27:52, taking a new course record in the process. Next home were Monika Holmwood with 1:35:15 and Mandy Smyth in 1:37:16. Mhairi Craig lowered her own record for the Female 50-59 with a new best time of 1:47:53; from Pam Muston’s 1:51:49 and Kim Greaves with 1:58:53; while Sue Bowden led home the Female 60-69 category with 2:19:23.

    Trails specialist Daniel Oehm ran an impressive race to take out the men’s 20km edition in 1:20:09, a full minute ahead of 2nd placed Jaemin Frazer with 1:21:09 and Tim Barnett in 1:22:25. Kerry Baxter also bettered his own course record with his superb run in the Male 50-59 of 1:30:58, to win the category by nearly 15 minutes from Peter Mullins with 1:45:01 and James O’Neill in 1:49:06. Michael Sullivan won the Male 60-69 with 1:46:35; while Terry Dixon was yet another to lower his existing record – showing that self-transcendence can always be a realistic goal – with a new best time for the Males 70 and Over of 2:13:05.

    It was a close race in the women’s 8km event, with only a minute between the top 5 placings. Kim Ashby had the strongest finish to take the race in 36:35 from 2nd placed Natasha Beck with 36:46 and Carol Lander’s 37:02. Kate Savage won the Female 50-59 in new record time of 40:45; while Sue Brennan took out the Female 60-69 in 1:25:08.

    Rowan Beggs-French ran uncontested in the men’s 8km, to win comfortably with 32:25, with a close tussle for the other podium placings between Ethan Garbutt’s 33:24 and Peter Flynn with 33:27. Steve Richardson was another to establish a new course record, this time in the Male 50-59 with a fantastic run of 36:07; while Trevor Jacobs took out the Male 60-69 in 39:56, to ensure he now owns the course record for this age group for both the 20km and 8km distances.

    The delightful out-and-back scenic 2km run – which heads south while the 20km and 8km courses head north – made its debut today, meaning every age group winner is a new course record holder! Outright winner was Thomas Huxley ran from the Boys Under 17 category; followed by Chloe Pragt whose 9:10 won her the Girls Under 13. Chloe was closely followed by Hugh Radford with 9:12 in the Boys Under 13. Sara Cooper won the Female 17 and Over with 11:07; while David Selems took out the Male 17 and Over in 11:17.

     

  • 2018 May 28th
    Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail Series 1: "Cotter Canter" 10km, 5km & 2.15km, Monday 28 May 2018

    Trail running embodies an ideal blend of man-made creativity – the trails we run on – with the energy, beauty, purity, tranquility and integrity of Nature: an eloquent expression of our own creative search for the energy, beauty, purity, tranquility and integrity of our personal self-fulfilment.

    The inaugural Recociliation Day Public Holiday in the ACT dawned clear and promising of a bright sunny day: an alluring drawcard to Cotter Bend for the first of this year's Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail Series, the "Cotter Canter".

    A record 327 finishers enjoyed the 10km 2-loop course, the 5km route or the new 2.15km fast paved lap designed for children and trail running novices. A high proportion of on-the-day entrants swelled the crowd waiting in anticipation. The starting words given, the long grassy field at Cotter Bend offers the perfect "runway" for a large crowd to get into stride and allows the faster runners to make their getaway.

    10-year-old Chloe Pragt, racing in the Girls Under 13 category, showed a clean pair of heels to the whole field in the short race, which started first and finished just as the 10km runners were setting off. Chloe's 10:19 was too good for all comers, finishing ahead of the first Boy Under 13, Alexander Spaccavento, who in the company of Female 17 and Over winner Nerida Spaccavento, beat home all the older males in an impressive 10:33. Cameron Mackintosh took out the Male 17 and Over in 11:32; while Jayden Alderman won the Boys Under 17 with 12:29. All category winners of the 2.15km race automatically now hold course records as this distance has not previously been run: congratulations all!

    The women's 5km race saw a high quality field with Tash Cole drawing away to take first place – and 5th outright – in a course record 22:12, from Verity Farragher in 22:54, just ahead of Kim Ashby's 22:57. Stacey Jukes was the winner of the Female 50-59 with a powerful run and another course record time of 27:44. The men's 5km saw a great tussle at the head of the field with Ethan Garbutt too fast in the final straight with 21:03 to just pip Chris Toyne's 21:06, with Peter Daffern 10 seconds back in 21:16. Mark Duncanson took out the Male 50-59 in a fine new course record 22:46; while Jim White won the Male 60-69 with another course record of 30:21.

    In a well fought race for the men's 10km title, Daniel Oehm proved too good on the day, winning in an excellent 37:36, from Jack Brand in 37:51 and Jack Bigmore's 39:06. Kerry Baxter was fastest by a country mile in the Male 50-59, taking the category in 43:44. David Clarke re-wrote the record books for the Male 60-69 with his sensational 45:59; while Terry Dixon also set a new fastest time for Males 70 and Over with a fine run of 1:03:37. Angela Bateup ran a controlled race to take out the Female Under 50 title in 44:57 from Kerry Smith's 45:25 and Kate Chipperfiled with 45:40. Kim Greaves stormed home to set a new course record in the Female 50-59 for 10km of 51:08; while Sue Bowden likewise set a new best time for Female 60-69s with a sprightly 1:01:28.

    A dazzling array of satisfaction-smiles and excited chatter post-race were testimony to a slew of personal bests, properly celebrated by the prompt and peremptory dispatch of 300+ veggie-burgers on site. Heartiest congratulations to all!