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 – 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, 3 Middle Distace races or 3 Short Distance races.

This series is the ideal lead-up to the Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail Ultra (105km) on Sunday 23 September.

Welcome video, with Martin Fryer

Welcome to the Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail Series!

Events

Short Distance (2km – 3km)

    • 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 – 30km)

    • 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: 28 May

"Cotter Canter" SHORT DISTANCE TBA, 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: 24 June

"Tuggeranong Trot" SHORT DISTANCE TBA, 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: 22 July

"Gungahlin Gallop" SHORT DISTANCE TBA, 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 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) 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 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 Jim White 44:59 2/7/2017 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 Melanie Kaasinen 1:30:10 26/6/2016
20km 50 - 59 Kerry Baxter 1:32:16 26/6/2016 Mhairi Craig 1:48:24 2/7/2017
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 2:15:33 2/7/2017 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 Kym Houghton 50:01 30/7/2017 Catherine Hanley 59:23 17/7/2016
10km 60 - 69 David Alder 52:48 30/7/2017 Lorraine Allen 1:18:11 30/7/2017
10km 70 and Over Terry Dixon 1:05:10 30/7/2017 not yet claimed unknown  
30km Under 50 Reece Edwards 2:14:58 17/7/2016 Sasha Lee 2:43:52 30/7/2017
30km 50 - 59 Jeff Grey 2:34:41 17/7/2016 Kim Greaves 3:36:49 30/7/2017
30km 60 - 69 Steve Appleby 3:06:01 17/7/2016 Jennifer Kellett 4:11:08 30/7/2017
30km 70 and Over not yet claimed unknown   not yet claimed unknown  

 

Previous Results

  • 2017 Jul 30th
    Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail Series, race 3: "Gungahlin Gallop" 30km & 10km, 30 July 2017

    We love following trails. There is something deep within us that is drawn to trails of any type – roads, clues, threads, paths, plot lines, beliefs, breadcrumbs – following the allure of promise that each trail entails, the sense of progress, movement, journey, adventure, discovery towards a better, brighter destination. We dream of trails; some dreams ARE trails. We belong on trails.

    The 3rd and final instalment of the 2017 Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail Series – the “Gungahlin Gallop” – was held on Sunday 30 July from the Hall Showgrounds, following the purpose-built Centenary Trail out-and-back to the summit of One Tree Hill (the turnaround point for the 10km course) and beyond along the ACT/NSW northern border as far as Oak Hill, overlooking Gungahlin’s newer suburbs of Casey, Jacka and Forde, before the 30km course returned along the same route.

    Only in its second staging, it’s not surprising that several course records fell, especially considering the conditions were dry and fast compared with last year’s wet and muddy morass.

    The 30km race saw records tumble in all of the Female divisions, starting with a superb race from 20-year-old student Sasha Lee, whose outstanding 2:43:52 placed her 13th overall. Laura Lewis was next home in 2:50:56, from 3rd placed Kate Chipperfield’s 3:01:59. Kim Greaves set a few fastest time for the Female 50-59 of 3:36:49; while the impressive Jennifer Kellett established an enviable time to beat for the Female 60-69 of 4:11:08.

    Daniel Oehm drew away from his competitors in the Men’s race to take out the Male Under 50 in 2:18:03; from Sam Burridge’s 2:21:17 and 3rd placed Jack Brand with 2:25:12. Wagga’s Geoff Breese continued his fine form to take the Male 50-59 with 2:49:14; with Peter Badowski winning the Male 60-69 in 3:41:46.

    Jack Bigmore was a comfortable winner of the Men’s 10km race in an impressive 43:41, from David Simpfendorfer’s 44:47 and 3rd placed Steve Adams with 47:01. The higher age groups in the men’s race saw records tumbling in all directions. One of the closest races of the day came in the Male 50-59 10km race, where Kim Houghton continued his purple patch of record-breaking form to take the race in a new best time of 50:01 from a fast-finishing Jon Schol (50:15) and flying Frenchman, Christian Dussault (50:24). David Alder set a new record for the Male 60-69 with his fine run of 52:48; while Terry Dixon set a new best time for the Male 70 and Over of 1:05:10 on this challenging course.

    With most of the race out of sight to spectators, the great advantage of concluding with a lap of the oval at Hall Showgrounds is that we all get to witness the closing, definitive stages of the contest. This enabled everyone to witness another thrilling finish in the Women’s 10km. Hard on the heels of the lead men, there followed a stream of 4 women entering the arena all vying for the podium. Kate Elphick led into the final lap and despite a concerted push from those behind, she was not for relinquishing her lead. Kate took the race in 53:17 from Carol Lander’s 2nd placed 53:27; Goulburn’s Jacqui Oberg with 53:36; and 4th placed Belinda Allison in 53:52. Karen Daniels continued her stellar form shown throughout this series to take the Female 50-59 in 1:02:51; while Lorraine Allen established a new record for the Female 60-69 of 1:18:11.

    The Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail Series has been well received for the second year in a row, with runners, organisers and authorities all pleased with the events. The Series is slated to return to the same venues again in 2018, with the addition of a third, shorter distance race at each of the 3 events (in the 2km to 3km range), to cater for the participation of more children and novice runners.

  • 2017 Jul 2nd
    Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail Series, race 2: "Tuggeranong Trot" 20km & 8km, 2 July 2017

    299 runners today showed that a minus 8.3 degree morning in Canberra is nothing to be afraid of. Rather it is to be embraced, appreciated and celebrated!

    Certainly frost was abundant at the outset of the day and drawers were ransacked for the warmest mittens and even balaclavas, but with a 10am start time and a sun-drenched azure sky motionless above, none could have asked, hoped or prayed for more favourable or auspicious conditions.

    The second of the Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail Series for 2017 – the “Tuggeranong Trot” over the distances of 8km and 20km – was staged along tracks and trails above and along the Murrumbidgee River, seemingly in remote bushland, yet within cooee of the Tuggeranong Town Centre.

    Kate Chipperfield ran a sterling race to win the women’s 20km in a fine 1:37:32, from Laura Lewis (1:39:06) and Kym Somi (1:40:26). Mhairi Craig smashed her own age group record by an astonishing 10 minutes in taking out the Female 50-59 with her outstanding run of 1:48:24; while Lynne McDonald won the Female 60-69 in 2:25:59.

    Joseph Hughes proved the strongest in a competitive 20km men’s field, winning with 1:19:27, ahead of a great tussle to the line between Daniel Oehm (1:20:05) and Sam Burridge (1:20:06). Geoff Breese from Wagga took out the Male 50-59 in 1:34:10  – spare a thought for defending age-group record holder Kerry Baxter from Goulburn, who inadvertently changed out of his shirt with race number and timing chip attached right before the race start, and hence could not be recorded! Michael Sullivan ran out the winner of the Male 60-69 with 1:46:34; while stalwart Terry Dixon set a new course record for Male 70 and Over with his dauntless 2:15:33.

    The shorter 8km race was no less competitive, with Andrew Wallace edging out several contenders to take the Male Under 50 in 30:34, from Liam Stewart (30:48) and David Simpfendorfer (31:25). Geoff Ives won the Male 50-59 with 40:30; Jim White set a new best time for Male 60-69s with his winning 44:59; and Alastair Kinloch likewise set a new course record for Male 70 and Over for the 8km of 58:38.

    The women’s race saw the closest finish of the day with Claire Osborne (39:25) outsprinting Emily Hill (39:27), with Kate Gilmore (39:49) also in sight at the finish of a thrilling race. With 81 women under 50 racing the 8km, this was the largest category on the day. Karen Daniels again proved her strength and versatility to take out the Female 50-59 in 43:27; while Jennifer Saul was too good in the Female 60-69 with her 58:33.

    The next and final event of the 2017 Series will be the “Gungahlin Gallop” over 10km and 30km from Hall Showgrounds on Sunday 30 July.

  • 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.