Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail Runs

Great trails of Canberra

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

Upcoming races

Race 1: 27 May
"Cotter Canter" 2.15km, 5km & 10km
Race 2: 30 June
"Tuggeranong Trot" 2km, 8km & 20km
Race 3: 21 July
"Gungahlin Gallop" 2.2km, 10km & 30km

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 [email protected] 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 Elizabeth Humphries 44:24 19/7/2019
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 Margaret McSpadden 1:42:40 19/7/2019
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 Peter Clarke 3:00:58 19/7/2019 Jennifer Kellett 3:34:31 19/7/2019
31km 70 and Over Peter Allen 4:33:42 19/7/2019 not yet claimed unknown  

 

Previous Results

  • 2019 Jul 21st
    Sri Chinmoy Canberra 2019 Trail Series 3: "Gungahlin Gallop" 30km, 10km & 2.2km, Sunday 21 July 2019

    There’s no beating about the bush – trail running can be tough: the ups and downs, uneven surfaces, tricky navigation in the fog, the mud and slosh, the constant drizzle … but wait! – there was no mud, no drizzle, no slosh … just another gloriously sunny, blue-skied Canberra Winter’s morning. Sure, the ups and downs were there along with some uneven surfaces, but the consensus among the burger-munchers was there could be no better way to enjoy some of Canberra’s best panoramas on this sublime gift of a day.

    Congratulations to one and all who participated over whatever distance – and yes, especially to the champions who completed the 30 (+!) km course, which most agree is about equivalent to a marathon effort-wise.

    New Course records fell in the 30km race to Peter Clarke, who somehow rebounded from not one, but three falls during the 5km home-stretch to post 3:00:58 in the Male 60-69; to Peter Allen who bested his own record from last year to win the Male 70 and Over with 4:33:42; and to the wonderful Jennifer Kellett who must have been training up a storm as she smashed her own record in the Female 60-69 by half an hour in 3:34:31! Meanwhile records fell also in the 10km to Elizabeth Humphries, who ran perhaps the performance of the day with her amazing 44:24; and to Margaret McSpadden who set a new best time for Female 70 and Over with 1:42:40.

    The last to start but the first to finish were the mostly-children of the 2.2km race. 2.2km doesn’t sound like a particularly long way, but when you have to chug up a monster hill right from the start it’s a great achievement to complete!

    Xavier O’Brien won the race outright from the Boys Under 13 in a fine 11:36 – just missing the course record by 3 seconds – from Finn Houghton (14:28) and Nicholas Kiley (15:04); while Lena Allen took out the Girls Under 13 with 15:22, tieing with Female 17 and Over winner Celeste Cook in the same time, while Joel Houghton won the Male 17 and Over in 18:24.

    Elizabeth Humphries’ stellar run of 44:24 dominated the 10km race, placing her 4th outright in a strong field. Next Female Under 50 was Siobhan Jones with a fine run of 50:03, holding off a strong finish from Narelle Smyth with 50:46. Carol Harding was the best of the Female 50-59 today with 1:07:23; with Judith Bibo taking out the Female 60-69 in 1:22:10 and the marvellous Margaret McSpadden the Female 70 and Over with 1:42:40.

    Tom Banks was first down the hill and onto the oval in the men’s 10km field, but he was soon joined on the “stadium lap” (sorry runners – this is really just for the spectator’s enjoyment!) by David Osmond and Jack Bigmore. Tom powered home in 43:30, with David not far adrift in 43:44 and Jack filling up the podium with 44:00. Special mention also to Glen Sturesteps, who had the race at his command until an errant turn coming off the mountain resulted in his completing an additional kilometre. Mark Duncanson continued his extraordinary run in the Male 50-59 category to win again by a huge (6-minutes) margin in 49:55; Trevor Jacobs continues to age like a fine wine to take out the Male 60-69 with 53:19; and Terry Dixon simply doesn’t age, winning the Male 70 and Over with 1:07:04.

    The 31km race was well won by Dave Hardwicke, who ran a negative split in compiling an excellent 2:26:42, coming in before Elliot Cooper’s 2:31:32 and Glen Robinson with 2:32:16. Gareth Prosser was best among the Male 50-59 with 2:50:57, from Kim Houghton’s 3:03:38 and Jonathan Miller with 3:04:50. Peter Clarke’s fantastic achievement in breaking the Male 60-69 record in 3:00:58 has already been lauded – and will continue to be; likewise Peter Allen’s 4:33:42 to finish oldest competitor in the 31km field.

    Patricia McKibbin was cool and controlled in taking the major award for the women’s 31km race with her fine 2:53:54, from Isabella Comfort with 3:01:01 and Keira Doherty in 3:02:54. The amazing Pam Muston ran with her accustomed nimbleness and strength, to take the Female 50-59 with 3:23:45 from Debbie Maher’s 3:41:51 and Kerron Clare with 3:43:03 – just ahead of Jennifer Kellett’s record-breaking win in the Female 60-69 of 3:34:31.

    Our thanks to all volunteers on the course and around the finish area, and to all runners who made this year’s Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail Series so memorable and enjoyable. See you at the Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail 100 in September!

  • 2019 Jun 30th
    Sri Chinmoy Canberra 2019 Trail Series 2: "Tuggeranong Trot" 20km, 8km & 2km, Sunday 30 June 2019

    Winter days in Canberra can be quite miserable … can be absolutely glorious. We hear plenty of gripes about Winter in these parts, so it’s worth wholeheartedly singing the praises of those days when everything comes together in exquisite perfection…

    Just the right amount and intensity of overnight rain enlivened the air with possibility; freshened the foliage with a beckoning familiarity; and cleansed the trails of dust, softening the ground underfoot to the ideal texture, affording optimum grip and bounce for fast, smooth running – while adding a zest to the burbling of the nearby Murrumbidgee, The River alongside us an ever-present reassuring pilgrim whispering soulful, life-affirming secrets to each and every attentive runner. Above, clearing clouds were the opening curtains revealing a stage of wide-open azure sky, seemingly beckoning us to expand into the limitlessness of our potential.

    The outstanding run of the day was unfortunately not seen by any of the 20km field, as Matthew Robbie showed a clean pair of heels from the outset, never to be glimpsed again. Only the marshals and spectators were able to thrill to the flying form of an elite performer as Matthew blazed a phenomenal new course record of 1:13:34. The next runner, Tim Barnett was a full 8 minutes adrift in 1:21:54 despite his own fine run, with Dave Hardwicke completing the podium placings of the Male Under 50 in 1:24:46.

    Kim Houghton led home the Male 50-59 field with 1:42:03 from Gareth Prosser’s 1:42:42; while Michael Sullivan was the standout Male 60-69 in 1:46:12; with Terry Dixon winning the Male 70 and Over with 2:13:59.

    The women’s 20km race was closer, though still won convincingly by Alice Westwood in 1:43:03 from Tammy McCabe’s 1:44:49 and Narelle Smyth with 1:45:04. The Female 50-59 was again won by Mhairi Craig in 1:48:38 (4th fastest female overall), from Leonie Montgomery’s 1:53:47; with Sue Bowden again winning the Female 60-69 in 2:18:49; and Margaret Finnigan setting a new Best Time for Female 70 and Over with her steadfast 2:44:21. Special mention to Sandra McBryde who rolled her ankle and persisted, hobbling to the finish in another record – of 4:22:41, accompanied by her friend Cathy Lloyd.

    The 8km race saw some of Canberra’s finest runners on display, with a great contest between Jack Bigmore (30:55) and Glen Sturesteps (31:04) at the front of the field, with Bernardo Palma taking 3rd in 31:46. Mark Duncanson continued his dominance of the Male 50-59 category, winning in 36:11 from a returning John Muir in 38:23; while Peter Prince took out the Male 60-69 with a fine run of 40:38.

    Olivia Stutchbury ensured Canberra runners didn’t have it all their own way, winning the women’s 8km with a confident 38:22, from Kate McConchie’s 39:57 and Stephanie Boxall with 40:41. Sonja Norris was fastest among the Female 50-59 with 46:22; while Catherine Demayo took out the Female 60-69 in 1:03:36.

    The shortest race of the day – the 2km scenic out-and-back – saw Xavier O’Brien establish a new record for Boys Under 13 of 8:30 in also winning the race outright! 2nd and 3rd outright also went to the remainder of the Boys Under 13 field, with Myles Box 2nd in 9:23 and Finn Houghton 3rd with 9:43.

    1st among the Girls Under 13 was Evelyn Box in 12:35, from Kaena Hamilton’s 12:58 and Evelyn Fisher with 15:34. Sophie Robertson created a new course record for Girls Under 17 by winning that category in 13:17; while Nicole Clout took out the Female 17 and Over in 15:34, and Carlos Oviedo the Male 17 and Over with 15:39.

    Thanks to all helpers whose encouragement and service were indispensable to the success of the day.

  • 2019 May 27th
    Sri Chinmoy Canberra 2019 Trail Series 1: "Cotter Canter" 10km, 5km & 2.15km

    The 4th edition of the Sri Chinmoy “Cotter Canter” was staged in variable weather with some light rain and a cool, blustery wind straight from the Antarctic, reminding us that Winter in Canberra is just around the corner! Despite the cold, once the body started moving and the blood warmed a little, conditions for running were quite good with some fast times resulting in several new course records being set, including:

    * 10km Female 60-69 – Jennifer Kellett, 58:59
    * 10km Male 70 and Over – Terry Dixon, 59:12
    * 5km Male Under 50 – Trent Dawson, 18:58
    * 5km Male 60-69 – David Alder, 23:27
    * 5km Male 70 and Over – Jim White, 30:50
    * 2.15km Boys Under 17 – James Egan, 10:07
    * 2.15km Male 17 and Over – Darryn Shannon, 10:52

    First to start were the field of mostly kids in the “Short” 2.15km run along the paved Cotter Discovery Track, looping up to the foot of Cotter Dam and returning along both sides of the river. Almost half the field (15 out of 32 finishers) were in the Boys Under 13 age group.

    James Egan not only took out the new Boys Under 17 course record with his 10:07, he also won the race outright, from Darryn Shannon (Male 17 and Over, 10:52) and Max Schumacher’s 11:07.

    Max’s brother Zak Schumacher was just in his shadow to take out 1st place in the Boys Under 13 with 11:08, in front of 1st place Female 17 and Over, Nerida Spaccavento’s 11:09 (with son Alexander Spaccavento also recording 11:09 to take 2nd in the Boys Under 13). Winner of the Girls Under 13 was Ruby Matthews with 11:42, from Myra Shields’ 13:11.

    The fastest run of the day saw Trent Dawson claim a new best outright time for the challenging 5km course, winning the race in fine style by over one minute in 18:58, from Ethan Garbutt (20:14) and Adam Tibballs (21:57).  Mark Duncanson continued his winning form in the Male 50-59 with an outstanding 23:02; while David Adler (23:27) was not far behind to claim a remarkable victory in the Male 60-69 and new course record in the process. Jim White took out the Male 70 and Over and new course best time with 30:50 (note that because this race is part of a series, birth dates for the series are set at 31 December, hence runners sometimes appear in an age group “older” than their present age!)

    Kim Cayzer (25:01) had a much tougher race on her hands in the women’s event, just edging out the sprightly Gabrielle Millan (25:06), from 3rd placed Kate McConchi (25:33). The great Carinna Tong took out the Female 50-59 with a solid run of 28:51; while Sue Brennan – complete with hiking poles – held out to claim the Female 60-69 Title in 1:02:25.

    The most exciting finish came in the Men’s 10km, with an almost-3-way-sprint-finish between ultimate winner Jack Bigmore (38:49.0) just pipping runner-up Jonathan Fearn (38:49.6) and 3rd place-getter Dave Hardwicke (38:51.7), after 10km of giving it their all – up and over hills, trails, tracks and rivers. Steve Richardson was too good in the Male 50-59 category, winning with 46:09; while David Baussman took out the Male 60-69 in 55:09; and Terry Dixon bettered his own course record for the Male 70 and Over with his excellent 59:12.

    Michelle Cooper meanwhile ran a superb solo run to take out the women’s race in 45:01, more than 2 minutes clear of 2nd placed Narelle Smyth in 47:33, and 3rd Michelle Goodale with 48:16. Paula Gaudry was the fastest among the Female 50-59 with a fine 51:36; while Jennifer Kellett struck a new best time for the Female 60-69 division with her outstanding 58:59.

    The Series moves south to Pine Island on the Murrumbidgee River for race 2, the “Tuggeranong Trot” in a few short weeks. We look forward to everyone’s company for a further exploration of our fantastic trails!