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 2 distances:

* Shorter (5km – 10km)
* Longer (10km – 30km)

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, or 3 Shorter Distance races.

This series is the ideal lead-up to the Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail Ultra (104km) on Sunday 24 September.

Welcome video, with Martin Fryer

Welcome to the Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail Series!

Events

Shorter Distance (5km - 10km)

    • 10am
    • per race $27 online, $35 on the day
    • $47 for remaing 2 races

Longer Distance (10km - 30km)

    • 10am
    • per race $31 online, $40 on the day
    • $54 for remaining 2 races

Contact

Prachar Stegemann
0404 071 327
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Award categories

  • Trophies for 1st 7 places M & F Under 50; 1st 3 M & F 50-59; 1st 2 M & F 60-69; 1st M & F 70+

Upcoming Races

Race 1: 28 May

"Cotter Canter" 5km & 10km

A trail running "taster" at Canberra's original family playground, the Cotter. The Series starts with 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.

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 online for this race only, or the 3-race Series.

View the course map 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: 2 July

"Tuggeranong Trot" 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 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 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: 30 July

"Gungahlin Gallop" 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.

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.

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 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 map 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.

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.
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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 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.

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; 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) and continue straight ahead to soon pass through a gate (4.48) 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 5K mark. 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 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!

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 30km 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!

30km course

The 30km 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
5km Under 50 Ash Jordan 20:54 29/5/2016 Ali Sweeney 22:22 29/5/2016
5km 50 - 59 Geoff Ives 26:23 28/5/2017 Karen Daniels 28:08 28/5/2017
5km 60 - 69 Jim Lawless 34:09 29/5/2016 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 51:21 28/5/2017
10km 60 - 69 Peter Fogarty 50:53 29/5/2016 Jennifer Kellett 1:01:40 29/5/2016
10km 70 and Over not yet claimed     not yet claimed    

 

Distance Age Category Male Time Date Female Time Date
8km Under 50 Patrick Matthews 30:17 26/6/2016 Fanny Martel 35:54 26/6/2016
8km 50 - 59 Andrew Matthews 38:42 26/6/2016 Catherine Hanley 42:59 26/6/2016
8km 60 - 69 Gerry Vassallo 57:24 26/6/2016 Susan Cuddy 52:23 26/6/2016
8km 70 and Over not yet claimed unknown   not yet claimed unknown  
20km Under 50 Reece Edwards 1:16:47 26/6/2016 Melanie Kaasinen 1:30:10 26/6/2016
20km 50 - 59 Kerry Baxter 1:32:16 26/6/2016 Mhairi Craig 1:58:53 26/6/2016
20km 60 - 69 Trevor Jacobs 1:42:24 26/6/2016 Jennifer Kellett 2:06:49 26/6/2016
20km 70 and Over not yet claimed unknown   not yet claimed unknown  

 

Distance Age Category Male Time Date Female Time Date
10km Under 50 Liam Stewart 42:43 17/7/2016 Bernie Connors 49:13 17/7/2016
10km 50 - 59 Christian Dussault 51:14 17/7/2016 Catherine Hanley 59:23 17/7/2016
10km 60 - 69 Trevor Jacobs 56:23 17/7/2016 Marian Blake 1:35:48 17/7/2016
10km 70 and Over Geoff Barker 1:33:14 17/7/2016 not yet claimed unknown  
30km Under 50 Reece Edwards 2:14:58 17/7/2016 Shannon Jones 2:44:32 17/7/2016
30km 50 - 59 Jeff Grey 2:34:41 17/7/2016 Carol Bruce 3:37:23 17/7/2016
30km 60 - 69 Steve Appleby 3:06:01 17/7/2016 not yet claimed unknown  
30km 70 and Over not yet claimed unknown   not yet claimed unknown  

 

Previous Results

  • 2017 May 28th
    Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail Series, race 1: "Cotter Canter" 10km & 5km, 28 May 2017

    If the nature of an event can be known by the proportion of smiling faces in a photo album – even while the persons smiling are struggling up hills in the rain and wading through freezing rivers – then the “Cotter Canter” – race 1 of the Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail Series for 2017 over 5km and 10km – must have been a happy and hugely enjoyable occasion!

    Over 250 runners turned out on a morning that couldn’t make its mind up between half-hearted showers and blasts of bright sunshine, for the start of a new Winter season exploring some of the best trails within half an hour of Canberra. Today’s course was designed as an intro to trail running – an easy 2.3km paved loop alongside a gurgling river up to the Cotter Dam and back, followed by a more testing 2.7km loop on bush single track and fire trail up over an adjacent ridge. The 10km runners completed both loops twice, and most felt they had covered a fair bit more than 10km by the end!

    While many familiar faces toed the start line, an especially pleasing feature of the morning was the good number of first-timers “having a go” at the sport over quite achievable distances. Judging by the jovial mood and animated story-telling between mouthfuls of lentil burger after the race, many of these novices are not done with trail running yet.

    Sarah-Jane Miller ran an outstanding race in the 2-lap 10km to win the women’s event in 42:57, placing 7th outright and setting a new course record in the process. Vanessa Haverd was 2nd in 44:35, from Mandy Smyth in 45:49. Kim Greaves also set an new age group record to win the Female 50-59 in 51:21; with Sue Bowden taking out the Female 60-69 with 1:04:46.

    In the men’s race, Chris Buchanan ran strongly from the front to win in 41:42, from a good sprint for 2nd and 3rd between Adam Maiden (42:08) and Nicholas Eberl (42:10). Geoff Breese from Wagga Wagga took out the Male 50-59 in 44:54, and Stephen Gray the Male 60-69 in 1:09:03.

    Admittedly this is only the second time this course has been used, yet impressively the 5km race saw new records set in 4 of the 6 categories contested. 15-year-old Ethan Garbutt ran an outstanding 21:32 to win the 5km men’s race from Heath Sutherland (23:19) and Tom Caffie-Wood (23:41). Geoff Ives set a new course best time for Male 50-59 with his fine 26:23.

    Shareen Underwood placed 8th outright in winning the women’s race in 25:07 from Abbey Lendrum (25:23) and Ellie Barrett (25:27). Karen Daniels (28:08) was foremost among the Female 50-59, a time which earned her a new course age group record; while another new record was claimed in the Female 60-69 of 36:15 by the amazingly fleet-of-foot Jennifer Saul.

  • 2016 Jul 17th
    Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail Runs 2016, race 3: "Gungahlin Gallop" 30km & 10km

    The third and final event of the inaugural Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail Series has been run and won. Congratulations to all who participated in any way – running, helping or supporting these events which have been a heartening success and much enjoyed by all. Three varied courses at three compass points around Canberra have highlighted the rich variety of natural resources Canberra runners are blessed with.

    The “Gungahlin Gallop” was staged over two distances – 30km and 10km – from the Hall Showgrounds on Sunday 17 July 2016. Following a record wet month of June, the trails were still wearing a fair coating of mud, quite sloshy in places. After some horrid weather mid-week, the day was glorious: sunny, still and rising to a full 15 degrees.

    View Peter Komidar's video of the 30km race from a participant's point of view on youtube.

    Both distances started and finished with a loop around the expansive Hall Showgrounds. The 10km route followed the Centenary Trail to the summit of One Tree Hill (all uphill) and returned via the same route (all downhill!). The 30km route completed the same course as the 10km, with the addition of another 20km out-and-back following the northern ACT/NSW border a little further than Oak Hill. The actually distance of the longer course was more like 31km.

    All winners of all categories are new course record holders: all will need to return next year to defend their titles!

    The 30km race saw a dominant performance from Reece Edwards, who ran smoothly and strongly up and down, through mud and over rocks all with the same fine form and steady concentration to win in 2:14:58., from Sam Burridge in 2:20:55 and Joseph Hughes with 2:25:18. Jeff Grey had a superb run to win a competitive Male 50-59 category in 2:34:41 from Kerry Baxter’s 2:36:22. Evergreen master of Canberra’s hills and trails, Steve Appleby, on the eve of his departure to live in Tasmania, took out the Male 60-69 in a fine 3:06:01.

    Shannon Jones was in a league of her own in the women’s race, running “in the zone” to win in a superb 2:44:32, from Kate Vandenberg’s 2:57:19 and Sally Parker in 3:00:28. Carol Bruce took out the Female 50-59 in 3:37:23.

    The 10km run saw 190 starters – by the far the largest field assembled for any run of the Series to date. Liam Stewart (42:43) outran Paul Cuthbert (42:59) and Rowan Beggs-French (43:26) in the men’s 10km event; while Christian Dussault took out the Male 50-59 in 51:14 and Trevor Jacobs the Male 60-69 with 56:23 and Geoff Barker the Male 70 and Over in 1:33:14.

    Bernie Connors was too strong in the women’s race, winning in 49:13 from Karina West (54:42) and Nicole McMillan (56:49).  Catherine Hanley continued her good form to take out the Female 50-59 in 59:23, while Marian Blake won the Female 60-69 in 1:35:48.

  • 2016 Jun 26th
    Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail Runs 2: "Tuggeranong Trot", 20km & 8km, 26 June 2016

    The Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail Series came south to Tuggeranong for its second race, starting and finishing from the picnic area at Pine Island North, a mere stone’s throw from Tuggeranong Town Centre. A cold, frosty morning gradually gave way to bright sunshine, though clouds returned by lunchtime to keep things cool. Following heavy rain in recent weeks, the track was sticky underfoot in places, and most runners boasted a fair coating of mud by the finish.

    To see over 300 runners cross the finish line in the 2 distances (8km & 20km) was at once gratifying for a new event on the calendar, and inspiring to see the wholehearted and dedicated efforts of so many newcomers to this simple, most satisfying sport.

    The shorter, 8km route started from Pine Island North car park, wending its way northward along the equestrian route of the Bicentennial Trail, through the open spaces and bushland behind Tuggeranong Town Centre as far as Tuggeranong Creek below the dam, where it looped back to join the Murrumbidgee Discovery Track for the return journey alongside the river back to Pine Island.

    Patrick Matthews (30:17), Liam Stewart (30:32) and Dave Osmond (30:48) sizzled at the front of the field to share the podium positions in the hotly contested 8km race. Patrick’s father, Andrew Matthews, made it a family affair in winning the Male 50-59 in 38:42; while Gerry Vassal took our the Male 60-69 in 57:24.

    Fanny Martel, visiting Canberra for two months from France, certainly brought her “fast legs” with her, easily winning the women’s 8km race in 35:54 from a tight race for second between Lori McWhirter (39:06) and Karina West (39:11). Catherine Hanley won the Female 50-59 in a wonderful 42:59; and Susan Cuddy the Female 60-69 with her 52:23.

    The 20km course continued beyond Tuggeranong Creek, across fields behind Kambah and Gleneagles as far as Kambah Pool, before returning along the Murrumbidgee Discovery Track, passing the spectacular Red Rocks Gorge and alongside the swift flowing Murrumbidgee River all the way to Pine Island North.

    The field for the 20km event saw as high a quality field as one might hope for in a local trail race. The top 3 males all cracked 1:20, with Reece Edwards blazing an inaugural course record on the sometimes muddy and fairly heavy track of 1:16:47; followed by Tomas Krajka (1:17:16) and Mathew Crane (1:18:04). Thomas Brazier, winner of last month’s “Cotter Canter”, came in 4th in 1:20:26.

    Kerry Baxter led the sizeable Goulburn contingent by winning the Male 50-59 in 1:32:16; while stalwart Trevor Jacobs took out the Male 60-69 with a cracking 1:42:24.

    The women’s race was dominated by diminutive Melanie Kaasinen, winning in 1:30:10, from Kate Vandenberg’s 1:39:24 and Sally Parker in 1:41:26. First in the Female 50-59 was Mhairi Craig in 1:58:53, just ahead of Carol Bruce’s 1:59:11. Jennifer Kellett took out the Female 60-69 in 2:06:49.

    See also John Harding's comprehensive photo album from the morning.