Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail 100
Explore the natural heart of Canberra, on foot – solo or in relay
About the event
Canberra has some of the best trails of any city in the world. This unique run is a celebration of our "Natural Capital" – part adventure, part scenic tour and part epic endurance challenge.
The journey wends through the hills, nature parks and open spaces of central, south and north Canberra, describing a wide loop starting and finishing at Rond Terrace, at the foot of Anzac Parade on Lake Burley Griffin in the Parliamentary Triangle.
Why not have it all? – this run combines the exhilarating immersion in Nature of a genuine trail race, with the convenience, safety and proximity to city services of an urban environment. Come and experience why so many runners choose to live and train in Canberra year-round.
Runners can challenge themselves to attain the glory of completing the entire 100km solo; or else join with friends or colleagues to cover the distance in a relay team of 2 – 4 members.
RACE DATE FOR 2024 IS PROVISIONALLY SUNDAY 4 AUGUST – PERMITS PENDING.
ONLINE ENTRY WILL OPEN HERE ONCE PERMITS ARE APPROVED.
Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail 100 2020 Video
The special 2020 edition saw a bounty of course records fall across the solo and relay teams categories
- 6:00am for solo runners
- 6:30am for relay teams
- Till 7pm, 4 July – $160 Solos, $200 Teams
- After 7pm, 4 July – $200 Solos, $240 Teams
- ALL Entries close at 6pm on Thursday 1 August
- Medals for all solo finishers
- Trophies for top placegetters in solo categories
- Trophies for 1st 3 teams in each category
Starting and finishing at The Rond Terraces, the route explores central Lake Burley Griffin, Parliament House, Red Hill, Isaacs Ridge, Farrer Ridge, Mt Taylor, Mt Arawang, Cooleman Ridge, Stromlo Forest Park, the National Arboretum, Cork Oaks, Black Mountain Reserve, Mt Majura and Mt Ainslie.
The full course takes in most of the significant sights of Canberra.
ALL COURSE DESCRIPTIONS AND MAPS ARE NOW UPDATED FOR 2023. NOTE THAT LATE CHANGES ARE SOMETIMES NECESSARY.
Download and print complete course descriptions, gpx files and detailed maps for each leg.
- Team replacements
- Start and finish
- Number checkpoints
- Transitions & Aid Stations
- Mandatory Equipment
- Care in Nature Parks
- Road crossings & cycle paths
- Show Respect for Horses
- Participant waivers
- Contingency plans
- Safety & Emergency Procedures
- Course cut-off times
- Finish & Awards Ceremony
- Ten Highest Moments
- Course records
For all pre-entered Solo Athletes and Relay Teams, compulsory registration will be between 1pm and 4pm, Saturday 9 September at "My Rainbow-Dreams" café, Dickson Place, Dickson (opposite the Post Office). This will also the final opportunity to lodge late entries (pending the discretion of the event organisers).
If you have made changes to the composition or order of your team, you will need to have these recorded at Registration. You will also sign a waiver form, collect race number bibs and a race belt (for teams), and receive information on any last-minute course alterations.
Not all team members need to attend registration – as long as the person attending is able to deliver the race number belt and bib to the 1st relay member prior to the start on Sunday morning!
Replacement of team members is allowed, provided the replacement does not alter the category of the team (eg all-female to mixed). Replacement members must sign a waiver form at Registration. Also at Registration, names are to be confirmed for each member doing each leg. Changes to this schedule will be permitted on the day, provided transition marshals are informed of the change in advance of the leg concerned.
Solo Runners- Every Solo Runner who will be commencing the final leg of the race after 4:30pm, must provide his or her own helper/pacer OR must run with another competitor for this leg. Each helper/pacer may only be responsible for one runner. Helpers may provide assistance of any kind anywhere on the course, with the exception of pacing during the first three legs (ie running with the athlete for more than 30 seconds), or physically assisting the runner to move in a forward direction (ie pushing or towing the athlete). Helpers may accompany the runner during leg 4, whether they start prior to 4.30pm or not. Helpers may touch the runner as long as he or she is stationary, and may assist with clothing, equipment, food & drinks, as well as motivational, inspirational and directional advice. Helpers may not interfere with or impede the progress of any other competitor. To do so will incur the disqualification of the helper's runner, even if he or she has no part in such interference. The helper/pacer – with mobile phone, headlamp or flashlight – must accompany every solo runner commencing the final leg after 4:30pm.
Relay Teams - Teams must provide their own assistance and transport, which must be limited to a maximum of two (2) vehicles. Only members of a team can provide assistance to a team member in the course of the event. All other conditions are the same as apply to the solo runners' helpers. Any team member impeding or interfering with the progress of any other competitor or team will incur the disqualification of his or her entire team.
The race will start in two waves, from the grassy bank at The Rond Terrace (off Parkes Way, at the southern end of Anzac Parade).
Solo Runners will start at 6:00am. Relay Teams will depart at 6:30am.
Please assemble near the start for final check-in fifteen minutes prior to your start time. Final briefing will commence five minutes before the start time for both Solo Runners and Relay Teams. The race finishes where it began – on the grassy bank at Rond Terrace.
Upon the completion of each relay leg, it is the runner's responsibility to ensure that his or her number has been recorded by the timekeepers, before tagging the next runner (for Relay Teams) or proceeding to the next leg (for Solo Runners). Besides these transition compounds, there will be several number checkpoints on each relay leg. These will be marked with a sign, and attended by an official. It is the runner's responsibility to ensure that his or her number is recorded by the official. Failure to be recorded at a number checkpoint will incur a minimum time penalty of 30 minutes. Locals will be aware of many potential short-cuts, but should remember that to take a short-cut may mean missing a crucial number checkpoint!
Race numbers are recorded at number checkpoints and relay transition compounds throughout the race. Anyone whose number is not recorded within a reasonable time will become the object of a search (and, if necessary, rescue) mission. For this reason, any individual or team member choosing to withdraw from the event must inform, or have their helper inform either an Emergency Services marshal or a race official at an aid station or a relay transition compound.
In the event of a relay team member being unable to complete his or her leg, another team member may complete that leg on his or her behalf, provided race officials are informed of the details and circumstances before the replacement team member proceeds. The resulting split time for that leg will not be credited to any team member, and the team will not be eligible for awards. Otherwise, the team may choose to leave that leg uncompleted and another team member may start the following leg, commencing from the advertised cut-off time of the previous leg. In this case, the team will be allowed to proceed, and other team members' split times will be recorded, but the team will be recorded as a DNF, ineligible for awards.
Each Relay Team runner must check-in with officials at the transition 15 minutes prior to their anticipated start-time. The team-member completing the previous leg must complete his or her course and be recorded by officials before tagging the next runner, who is then free to depart.
There will be full aid station supplies at each relay transition point. These will include water, sports drink, fruit, sweets, First Aid kit, vaseline, sunscreen (all of which are available to competitors only), and either public toilets or Port-a-loo.
Access to transition compounds is restricted to race officials, Solo Runner's helpers, media and team members involved in the changeover.
Transition compounds will be at the following locations:
Leg 1 / Leg 2 - above the dead-end of Waldock St, Chifley, near the base of the north side of Mt Taylor.
Leg 2 / Leg 3 - grassy area at the end of Kirkpatrick St, Weston, alongside RSPCA.
Leg 3 / Leg 4 - grassy area adjacent to the intersection of Phillip Ave and Majura Ave, Dickson.
Aside from the transition compounds, there will be aid stations offering water, sports drink and sweets, approximately every 10 km along the course. It is compulsory for every Solo Runner to carry a minimum of 500 ml of water or sports drink – 750 ml to one litre is recommended.
Solo runners who wish to prepare drop-off bags with special drinks etc to be collected at the transition points must bring these, clearly labelled with their name, race number and transition number where they are to be collected, to Registration on Saturday, or else to the start at least 15 minutes prior to the race start.
In addition to the transition compounds, aid stations will be located at the following points:
a) Hindmarsh Dr tunnel, northern end – end of Hartigan St, Garran
b) Crossing of Athllon Dr
c) Corner of Eucumbene Dr and Hindmarsh Dr, Duffy
e) Crossing of Dave McInnes Drive
f) Car park near the base of Black Mountain, off Caswell Drive
g) Roundabout at Fairfax St and Dryandra St, O'Connor
h) Mt Majura summit
i) Campbell Park (base of Mt Ainslie)
j) Mt Ainslie summit
For safety, NO RUNNER may wear an iPod, radio or other listening device during the course of the event.
For Solo Runners: every solo runner must carry the following equipment with him or her for the entire event. This equipment will be checked prior to the start, and may be checked at other points along the course:
* Mobile phone
* Minimum of 500 ml of water or sports drink – it is recommended to carry 750 ml to one litre
* Every solo runner starting the final leg of the race after 4.30pm must carry a headlamp or torch
* Every solo runner starting the final leg of the race after 4.30pm must be accompanied by a helper/pacer (who must also carry a mobile phone and headlamp or flashlight) OR must run with another competitor for this leg
For Relay Team Runners: every relay team runner must carry the following equipment with him or her for their entire leg. This equipment will be checked prior to the start of each relay leg:
* Mobile phone
* Every relay team runner starting the final leg of the race after 4.30pm must carry a headlamp or flashlight
Most of the course of the Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail 100 is within Canberra Nature Park, which includes Red Hill, Isaacs and Farrer Ridges, Mt Taylor, Mt Arawang, Cooleman Ridge, Black Mountain Reserve, Bruce and O'Connor Ridges, Mt Majura and Mt Ainslie – as well as through Stromlo Forest Park and the National Arboretum. We are very fortunate to have been granted permission to stage this event through these areas. The authorities of Access Canberra have been extremely cooperative and helpful.
However, please be aware that this event takes place in a public domain. We do not have exclusive use of any of these areas, all of which are used by many people on weekends. Please treat other users with courtesy, especially walkers.
ALL RUNNERS MUST GIVE WAY TO ALL TRAFFIC AT ALL ROAD CROSSINGS. While marshals will be stationed at major crossings, they will not be stopping traffic, but simply assisting you to make a safe crossing. Please be patient and cautious. In the context of an all-day event, a short delay at a road crossing may be used as an opportunity for a brief rest. Failure to give way at a road crossing, or failure to obey the instructions of a marshal at a road crossing, will result in immediate disqualification from the race.
Athletes must show due courtesy and concern for all users of public cycle paths, including giving way to all horses, pedestrians and recreational cyclists.
All gates in Canberra Nature Park, the former Stromlo Forest and the National Arboretum which are normally locked will remain locked for this event. Where a gate is closed, you may open the gate to pass through, but must then close the gate behind you. Where a gate on the course is locked, it must be climbed.
The course for the Sri Chinmoy Canberra 100 takes place in a public domain, and follows and intersects with numerous sections of designated equestrian trails. We do not have exclusive use of any tracks or trails. Runners are asked to respect all other path users – including horses, walkers and bike riders.
Horses are flight animals. The sight of groups of running humans can trigger this instinct. If you come across horses, please:
• slow down and give the horse plenty of room to get out of your way
• if there is no room and the horse appears upset, or the rider asks, please slow to a walk and move quietly past the horse
• it may be necessary to stop altogether to allow the horse to be ridden away calmly
Please be mindful that horses use many of the underpasses in Canberra – the ones out of Isaacs Ridge and the Cork Oaks are used in this race. It is dangerous to run up behind a horse in the confined space of an underpass and much safer to give them room to exit before running on. A frightened horse is a risk to itself and anyone around it and they have a long reach with their hind legs if they feel threatened!
Please note that all competitors who have entered or have been entered into this event online, whether as Solo Runners or Relay Team members, must sign the participant waiver before commencing their respective leg or legs of the race. Copies of the waiver will be available at each transition area.
Any competitor who commences a leg without first signing the participant waiver is subject to immediate and automatic disqualification, and is no longer deemed a participant in the event.
In the event that any area of the course is closed to the public for any reason – including but not limited to fire, flooding, traffic or other accident – an alternative route through or around that area will be sought, and advertised at Registration or else signposted on the day of the race. In this case, it cannot be guaranteed that the amended course will be the same distance of the originally advertised course.
In the event that the entire Canberra Nature Park is closed to the public for any reason, the event will be postponed to another date. All entries in an event thus postponed will be held over to that later date, or else may be redeemed for any future running of the event within 3 years of the originally advertised event.
The event is being attended by trained personnel from Sports Medicine Australia who will be on hand to treat injuries. Every competitor must carry a mobile phone.
This is an endurance event, where a spirit of mutual assistance will benefit all. No amount of planning can adequately protect a 100 kilometre course through bushland, and many sections are without medical personnel or marshals for several kilometres. If you encounter another runner in difficulty, please stop to ascertain their condition and lend assistance where possible, and be sure to report the situation to the next marshal you see.
All times listed are in 24-hour clock time according to Eastern Standard Time, which assumes that the race commences with the start of the Solo Runners at 0600. These times apply to both Solo Runners and Relay Teams (even though Relay Teams commence 30 minutes after the Solo Runners).
|Relay Leg 1 - 1015|
|Relay Leg 2 - 1445|
|Relay Leg 3 - 1900|
|Relay Leg 4 - 2400|
After these times, there will be no marshals, checkpoints or aid stations on the course, and split times will not be recorded.
Solo Runners: Any runner commencing the final run leg after 1630 must be accompanied either by another competitor OR by his or her helper/pacer, with a headlamp or flashlight. A sweeper will follow the backmarker throughout the course.
Relay Teams: In the event that a team member fails to complete his or her leg before the designated cut-off time, another team member will be allowed to start the next leg at that time. In this case, the team will be permitted to proceed, and all ensuing team members' split times will be recorded, but the team will be recorded as a DNF, ineligible for any awards.
The race finish and communications HQ will be at The Rond Terraces. Relax with a drink, cheer on your friends, and share stories of the day's exploits.
There will be no formal awards ceremony, as many runners need to depart for interstate shortly after their finish. Awards will be presented as soon as practicable after participants cross the Finish line. Awards will be presented to all Solo Runners who complete the course; and the first three all-male, all-female and mixed Relay Teams.
Check any of the following vantage points for stunning vistas...
1. Mt Majura (4th relay leg) 888m
2. Mt Taylor (1st relay leg) 855m
3. Mt Ainslie (4th relay leg) 843m
4. Mt Stanley (1st relay leg) 841m
5. Black Mountain (3rd relay leg) 812m
6. Sheaffe Trig (1st relay leg) 793m
7. Mt Stromlo (2nd relay leg) 782m
8. Mt Arawang (2nd relay leg) 756m
9. Davidson Trig (1st relay leg) 749m
10. Red Hill (1st relay leg) 720m
Note that these records have been set on varying courses, as the event increased from 100km in 2013 to 105km in 2018, before reverting to 100km from 2019 onwards.
Solo Male Under 50: 9:33:56 – Brendan Davies (2020 – 100km)
Solo Male 50-59: 10:53:17 – Andrew Tully (2023 – 100km)
Solo Male 60-69: 12:56:17 – David Campbell (2022 – 100km)
Solo Female Under 50: 10:42:34 – Allie Corripio (2023 – 100km)
Solo Female 50-59: 12:14:00 – Pam Muston (2014 – 101km)
Solo Female 60-69: 13:17:31 – Pam Muston (2023 – 100km)
1st leg Solo Male Under 50: 2:04:57 – Thomas Brazier (2013)
1st leg Solo Male 50-59: 2:15:22 – Mike Matthews (2023)
1st leg Solo Male 60-69: 2:56:10 – David Campbell (2022)
1st leg Solo Female Under 50: 2:25:22 – Susan Keith (2013)
1st leg Solo Female 50-59: 2:38:11 – Pam Muston (2014)
1st leg Solo Female 60-69: 2:49:21 – Pam Muston (2020)
2nd leg Solo Male Under 50: 2:20:52 – Warren Rolfe (2023)
2nd leg Solo Male 50-59: 2:41:27 – Andrew Tully (2023)
2nd leg Solo Male 60-69: 3:18:16 – David Campbell (2022)
2nd leg Solo Female Under 50: 2:41:15 – Allie Corripio (2023)
2nd leg Solo Female 50-59: 3:13:29 – Pam Muston (2019)
2nd leg Solo Female 60-69: 3:21:42 – Pam Muston (2023)
3rd leg Solo Male Under 50: 2:13:05 – Bradley Carron-Arthur (2014)
3rd leg Solo Male 50-59: 2:52:19 – Andrew Tully (2023)
3rd leg Solo Male 60-69: 3:30:58 – David Campbell (2022)
3rd leg Solo Female Under 50: 2:43:41 – Susan Keith (2013)
3rd leg Solo Female 50-59: 2:50:17 – Pam Muston (2014)
3rd leg Solo Female 60-69: 3:32:18 – Pam Muston (2022)
4th leg Solo Male Under 50: 2:24:35 – Andrew Donaldson (2013)
4th leg Solo Male 50-59: 2:55:05 – Andrew Tully (2023)
4th leg Solo Male 60-69: 3:10:47 – David Campbell (2022)
4th leg Solo Female Under 50: 2:40:04 – Allie Corripio (2023)
4th leg Solo Female 50-59: 3:10:14 – Pam Muston (2014)
4th leg Solo Female 60-69: 3:22:24 – Pam Muston (2023)
All-Female Team: 8:37:21 – "Cofit-20" (Fleur Flanery, Alex Grant, Elizabeth Humphries, Tara Melhuish) (2020 – 100km)
All-Male Team: 6:53:44 – "808s & Heartbreak" (Matthew Berrington, Alan Craigie, Harrison McGill & Hugh WIlliams) (2020 – 100km)
Mixed Team: 7:59:11 – "Big Chungus" (Bryce Anderson, Deon Kenzie, Philo Saunders & Keely Small) (2020 – 100km)
Relay Leg Records
1st leg male: 1:39:50 – Charlie Doherty ("Charlie's Angels") (2020)
1st leg female: 2:01:54 – Elizabeth Humphries ("Cofit-20") (2020)
2nd leg male: 1:42:57 – Ben Maccronan ("The Belco Boys") (2020)
2nd leg female: 2:08:21 – Petra Mossop ("Sparrow Hens") (2022)
3rd leg male: 1:26:02 – Martin Dent ("@runcanberra") (2013)
3rd leg female: 1:47:34 – Keely Small ("Big Chungus") (2020)
4th leg male: 1:32:32 – Hugh Williams ("808s & Heartbreak") (2020)
4th leg female: 1:58:51 – Louise Sharp ("running LATE") (2022)
2023 Sep 10thSri Chinmoy Canberra Trail 100, Sunday 10 September 2023
There are so many layers, aspects, dimensions, tangents, flavours and nuances of an ultra-marathon that elevate this genre of human endeavour above and beyond the merely athletic, the merely scholastic, the merely artistic. The ultra-marathon is an outer journey-adventure and inner exploration-discovery; a battle of Self against our many unruly selves; a struggle through teeming darkness; a symphonic union of body-stamina, vital-endurance, mind-creativity, heart-power and soul-glory; a flaming arrow of vision-faith arcing into and illumining the Unknown; a consummate revelation-dance of our innate infinite Will, calling forth our most sincere inner cries, and flowering with our most genuine outer smiles.
The 10th edition of the Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail 100 doubled as the AURA National Long Trail Championships for 2023, with AURA trophies presented to the top 3 female and male solo finishers. This race was born as a celebration of the natural beauty of Canberra, on the occasion of its centenary in 2013, and Canberra celebrated this 10th birthday by donning its very best weather and couture: tracks softened by Winter’s rain, now artfully firmed by a smiling sun; foliage waving its early-Springtime happy optimism; a cool morning nurturing the early stages while midday’s gleaming blue sky was all beneficence, yet to unpack its Summer force; a soft sunset’s kindness a blessing of encouragement; and silent sentinel stars faithfully delivering each nighttime traveller to the Finish.
The winner’s list is rightly a paean of victory and chronicle of high achievement. Yet scan the results further down, all the way – each name unlocks a story of triumph that is so much more than a set of numbers configuring a placing and finishing time. The numbers do not reveal the ardour, drama, sometimes even trauma that brought each name to the starting line, let alone the finish. They do not reveal the hurdles surmounted along the way: the turned ankles, churned stomachs, burned ambitions, and wholly-earned satisfaction of each and every warrior-explorer-dreamer-lover-poet-singer-runner. An event of this magnitude takes 18 hours of one extraordinary day: yet the lessons, achievements and conquests of this day will continue to expand and unfurl like fragrant incense in our hearts and beings, and beyond, for a long time to come.
Any selection of stories to highlight will be random and insufficient: let us confine ourselves to a mention of the new course record-holders:
* Pam Muston gets first mention, because if anyone embodies the soul of this race, Pam is she. The only person to have completed its every edition (including its unofficial running in 2021), Pam has won the women’s race outright, and owns the Female 50-59 and Female 60-69 records. Not content to rest on her laurels, Pam executed the perfect race strategy to lower her F60-69 record from 2020, by 7 minutes to an amazing 13:17:31, and set new best times for the 2nd and 4th legs en route. Despite her years of triumphs in numberless events, no-one exuded such sheer joy in her achievement. Pam – you are Inspiration personified.
* Allie Corripio’s ultra-running career has been relatively modest to this point, yet right from the start it was clear to all that Allie was running the perfect race: calm, focussed and beautifully paced, biding her time early and storming home. Her reward was a stunning result – 4th outright and new Women’s Course Record 10:42:34, setting a formidable benchmark for women to aspire to in future years, and claiming our awed admiration. Allie also set new records for the 2nd and 4th legs along the way.
* Andrew Tully set an incredible record last year in the Men’s 50-59 category of 11:47:47, which most of us thought might stand for quite a while – most of us, that is, except Andrew himself, who threw himself onto the trails today with a clear intent to re-write his own legacy. His 6th-outright achievement of 10:53:17, scything 53 minutes of his own record, was a wondrous achievement, with new records for legs 2, 3 and 4 for good measure.
* A most honoured mention goes also to outright race winner, Sydney’s Warren Rolfe, who led almost the whole way, running with purpose, strength and conviction to record a most impressive victory in 9:47:28. Warren also claimed a new solo record for the 2nd leg.
* Every other finisher has all our hearts’ admiration, appreciation, applause and gratitude for your superlative self-offering.
Mixed team dominated the race, taking the top 3 placings outright, with “Team Telford and Friends (& Tim)” claiming line honours in 8:04:12, from “Better than Burny” (8:1838) and “Sparrows 1” (9:00:39).
Among the All-Female teams, “Running4FETA” took the main prize in 9:29:48. from 2nd placed “No Phobias” (10:06:26) and “Chatnsnax” in 11:58:17.
The All-Male teams division was won by “I Pink Therefore I am” in a time of 9:20:16, with “Brindabella Bovinae” 2nd in 9:30:11, from 3rd placed “Jones & Ding Running Things” in 9:57:08.
Our gratitude to all helpers and volunteers for their incredible selfless service throughout an immensely long day and night.
2022 Sep 11thSri Chinmoy Canberra Trail 100
Our journey’s dawn prefigures our journey’s close. We set out with high hopes and promise, circle around in one wide yearning, daring arc, and end up at our starting point. Like a yoyo, no matter how far afield we venture, our beginning draws us inexorably back to its clasp. We emerge from darkness, flare awhile, and return into the gloom. We finish where we began – or, do we begin where we finish? Is the beginning already an ending, and the goal yet another beginning?
From whence the sun rose on Sunday morning, striding to greet the runners’ start, so in fading sunlight, from the same quadrant on Sunday evening, the moon bestrode aglow to bathe tiring runners’ aching efforts in moonshine.
And so, one might ask: “What was that all about?”
Well, in between this particular sunrise and moonrise, quite a few lives were changed for good: changed through the pursuit of soaring dreams, faithful feet following glowing hearts, fuelled by courage, sustained by oceanic willpower. Victory was attained not by words, but deeds; not by speaking but by striding, inexorably to the goal. So, though we may have ended the day where we began it, we were not the same – we were the better for this day, thanks to the heroes who lifted us all through their superlative efforts. So shall we attain a better world.
Old-timers have never seen Canberra so awash with slosh. Two years of record-breaking rain has raised the water table, leaving nowhere for fresh falls to escape, crafting new rivulets, trickling marshes and settling quagmires. Usually, runners are greeted in Canberra by ubiquitous birdsong: today, they were cheered from all sides by exuberantly chorusing frogs.
Every solo runner deserves a paean in their honour, yet here we have selected just a few:
– Pam Muston is officially the Queen of this event. She is now the only person to have completed every edition since its inception in 2013. Pam has won the female race outright, and holds the course records for F50-59 and F60-69. A fountain of encouragement, care and inspiration for all runners, her unwavering energy and enthusiasm – her sheer love of running – make Pam a beacon to all. Her 4th placing (and 1st F60-69) 13:26:04 is testimony to her outstanding fitness, peerless endurance and perfect attitude.
– David Campbell, though a seasoned runner, made his first trip to this race to try it out this year, and certainly left an impression, carving 4 hours off the M60-69 course record with his outstanding 12:56:17. En route he set new records for each of the 4 legs of the race, setting a whole new standard for aspiring older runners (yet even then, only half an hour ahead of Pam!)
– Andrew Tully has dominated the M50-59 category in the Sri Chinmoy Canberra Trail Series races for the past few years, winning everything and breaking course records all over the place. Yet his longest ever race was a marathon – so to even consider stepping up to 100km was either impressive daring or sheer foolhardy. Setting new M50-59 records for each of the first 3 legs, reality caught up with Andrew in the final leg yet he hung in bravely, to set a new best time for this category of 11:47:47.
– Many runners lead busy lives, yet probably none more so than Dr Andrew Leigh, Federal Member for Fenner and Assistant Finance Minister in a relatively new government. It is one thing to squeeze in the odd 5km run during a break, but to train for a gruelling 100km trail run is something else. Having “pulled the plug” at 55km in his first attempt here 2 years ago, Andrew had unfinished business – which he accomplished with aplomb, finishing just adrift of Andrew Tully in the M50-59 with 11:55:25 – also under the previous course record time, and including a new best time for the final leg.
– Canadian Joelle Vandenborre surprised herself at her first foray at this event, to win the women’s race in an impressive and tenacious 11:49:03. Joelle ran down the early leader, Lindsay Hamilton (11:57:12), and held off Australian 24 hour rep, Alicia Heron, who took 3rd placing with 12:02:34.
– It would be fair to say that Dean Robinson did not start out as a pre-race favourite, having never run further than his first marathon (in April this year), and not knowing anything about Canberra’s terrain. Not being aware of the challenges of the course or the distance, Dean ran from the front without fear or concern, to take line honours in a mightily impressive 100km debut of 9:55:45. We might not have heard of Dean before this – but we surely will see and hear much more from him in future!
The 1st All-Male Team was “808 Redemption” (Jacob Grooby, Jack Brand, Alan Craigie and Alex Dreyer), who led all the way to set the best time on course today of 7:49:54. The next 4 teams home were all Mixed Teams – led by “Charlie’s Angels” (Charlie Doherty, Mohak Garg, Sophia Stevens and Lachlan Jones) in 8:19:31, closely followed home by “Windlabbers” (Andrew Lake, Ryan Leonard, Mike Carroll and Melissa Clarke) in 8:22:28, with an even narrower gap to 3rd placed “Healthy & Carefully Ageing” (Travis Haslam, Jasen Higuchi, Glenn Paterson & Fan Xiang) in 8:23:32.
Next fastest All-Male team was “Troopers” (Hamish McConville, Ryan Hawkins, Kieren McConville & Ian McConville) in 8:47:07, from 3rd placed “Sparrow Roosters” (Jacob Mugavin, Pat Lucas, Jason Agostino & Dan Miller) with 8:52:47.
The swiftest All-Female Team was “running LATE” (Tara Melhiush, Alex Grant, Elizabeth Humphries and Louise Sharp) who spectacularly failed to live up to their name, crossing the line in 9:04:24. 2nd placed was “Girl Gang” (Cassie Cohen, Jordan Anderson, Eleanor Boxall & Monique Andrea) in 9:55:30; with “Elevate Power Plants” (Jodie Clews, Linda Edstrom, Su-Ann Tan Burke & Sarah Gill) rounding out the podium finishing teams in 11:17:52. A special shout out to the eager folks from “Elevate”, who entered the most teams in this year’s race of any group!
Individual female team leg records fell in the 2nd leg to Petra Mossop (2:08:21) and in the final leg to the flying Louise Sharp (1:58:51).
Our sincere gratitude flows to the many, many helpers whose selfless efforts in concert form the cradle of care and concern that allows this race to happen. Canberra provides the outer landscape; our helpers and volunteers the inner heartscape. Congratulations to one and all!
2020 Sep 13thSri Chinmoy Canberra Trail 100, Sunday 13 September 2020
It turns out no-one had 2020 vision after all.
No-one clearly foresaw the bounty of remarkable outcomes of this extraordinary year. When we were sheltering in our homes, borders closing in on us, with events cancelling en masse, there seemed little likelihood of …
… a day (and night) for the record books: a record field in each of the solo and relay races; record number of volunteers to help; overall course records in 4 of the 6 solo age categories and all 3 of the relay team divisions; 6 of the 8 individual leg records for relay teams; a record completion rate for solo runners (75 finished out of 90 starters) – and even a record low number of runners getting lost.
The weeks and days leading into the race were nerve-wracking for runners and organisers alike. Mountains of time, training, focus and energy goes into a 100km trail run for all involved – yet even though permits had been issued and venues confirmed, we all knew that adverse circumstances either locally or interstate could trigger a cancellation at any moment – and all the training and preparation might have vanished as a wisp of cloud on a Summer’s day.
Spring dawned bright in early September, the worrying interstate curves were all subsiding, the lead-up week ticked all its boxes … and the day unfolded, step by step, dreamlike.
Our first and foremost Gratitude is to all the volunteers who served at road crossings, drink stations and transition points from dawn till after midnight cheerfully, encouragingly and tirelessly. You are the beating heart of this event: every course record, every PB, every smiling finisher is your doing – your offering and achievement, as much as any runner’s. We all cheer and thank you!!
Particular thanks also to our ACT Government, whose advice and directions have been clear and consistent throughout. Responsible and safe outdoor activity has been endorsed and encouraged, enabling thoughtful, careful planning for the sensible enjoyment of life. Hooray!
The journey and achievement of every solo runner – including those who, for whatever reason ‘did not finish’ – each embodies an epic of aspiration and inspiration, of depths and richness far surpassing the vision of this humble race report to fathom or venture to recount.
To select a few highlights at random – with apologies to every story and glory transcribed in pounding heartbeats, wincing blisters, churning stomachs, screaming quads and soaring flights of personal and shared joy, yet untold here –
* Gretchen Smith’s astonishment to learn she had won the women’s race, expressing in tears of disbelief, relief and joy;
* Peter Badowski breaking his own Male 60-69 course record, just 3 weeks shy of his 70th birthday;
* Pam Muston cheerily setting an inaugural Female 60-69 best time to sit alongside her numerous F50-59 (and previous overall female winner) titles;
* Brendan Davies’ sheer class – a winner for sure in style and speed, yet an even nobler winner in attitude, gratitude and humility;
* 3 finishers under 10 hours (Dave Hardwicke and Matt Griggs joining Brendan Davies), revealing a new and exciting depth of quality across the field;
* every first-time finisher;
* Justin Hiatt’s elation at lowering his time from 2019 by 2 hours;
* Nicole Siddon’s and Kevin Dodd’s glowing triumph, summiting in the pitch dark in 16:24…
At registration on Saturday, several teams announced their intention to break the all-time race record, the legendary 6:59 set by Martin Dent and colleagues last decade. Some of the pretenders were clearly joking: a few were 100% serious. Could anyone sincerely have predicted not one but THREE teams breaking the impregnable 7 hour barrier, and another just a minute outside? For the all-boy band of “808s and Heartbreak” (Alan Craigie, Matthew Berrington, Harrison McGill & Hugh Williams – who brought the team home with a new leg 4 course record of 1:32:32) to run 6:53:44 was a sensational outing – yet an even more stunning result came next in 2nd place overall; the Mixed Team ensemble of “Big Chungus” (Deon Kenzie, Philo Saunders, Keely Small – who blitzed a new female course record for leg 3 of 1:47:34 – & Bryce Anderson) also breaking the previous All-Male record, powering home in a phenomenal 6:59:11, winning their division by 1 hour and 20 minutes, and thrillingly outrunning the all-male “Beer Mile Athletics Club” (Michael Daly, James Minto, Jacob Grooby & Sam Burridge) who clocked an outstanding 6:59:31. Special mention to “The Belco Boys” (Michael Chapman, Ben Maccronan – who shattered a long-standing course record for leg 2 with 1:42:57 – Etienne Blumstein-Jones & Jade Brady) who finished in 7:01:48 and “Yeah Maaate” (Callum Burns, Jaryd Clifford, Tim Logan & Vincent Donnadieu) with 7:09:29 – all of whom would have won the race easily in almost every other year – until 2020.
With an almost-empty finishing area, most ‘spectators’ were following the race via the “live” results online. This virtual crowd barely had time to collect its collective breath before the dizzying performances resumed, as “Cofit-20” (Elizabeth Humphries – new course record for leg 1 of 2:01:54, Fleur Flanery – new course record for leg 2 with 2:19:54, Tara Melhuish & Alex Grant) ate up Canberra’s hills greedily and gracefully in 8:37:21, digesting the previous All-Female team record by over an hour in the process. “See ya later, elevator” (Penny Deacon, Natalie Budd, Nicola Connell & Isabella Comfort) were next All-Female team home in an impressive 9:19:54, from “KOOL Galz” (Amanda Cook, Ellie Barrett, Narell Smith & Allie Corripio), living up to their name with 9:29:30.
The quartet of “Au Revoir Ankles” (Andy McConnell, Melissa Clarke, Daniel Oehm & Dominique Ferguson) took 2nd placing in the Mixed Teams division through their superb showing of 8:21:10; while the all-round class of “Charlie’s Angels” (Charlie Doherty – who set a new best time for leg 1 with 1:39:50, Laurie Brown, Lizzy Drennan & Mohak Garg) saw them taking 3rd with 8:22:37, despite the unfortunate setback of an accidental detour incurring a 10-minute time adjustment.
Our admiration and congratulations to each and every participant, from first to last, and our thanks, respect and appreciation to the event medical team of Mike Corrigan and Corey Bacon, to Dave Osmond who rode the entire course ahead of the field to check on course markings (miraculously, none appear to have been interfered with this year!), to course sweepers Sean Conway, Tegan Musumeci, Ross Scott and Tim Craig, to Martin Fryer of FlyerUltra timing services, to the personal helpers of each solo runner, and to the confluence of aspiration, enthusiasm, support and goodwill from all supporters and well-wishers, yielding a day that will long shine as a gleaming star midst the gloom of 2020.
2019 Sep 14thSri Chinmoy Canberra Trail 100, Saturday 14 September, 2019
Returning to 100km felt like returning home. The distance fits snugly into an Autumn’s day, offering a challenging and fulfilling outer and inner journey, while showcasing enough of Canberra’s scenic beauty to remind us that we are blessed to live in the world’s best city for running. A record field (one more than attended the inaugural run to celebrate Canberra’s Centenary in 2013) enjoyed an unusually warm September day: Canberra gleamed in brilliant sunshine, fragrant with fresh blossoms, while a glorious full moon presided over start and finish.
The headline solo performance of the day was Patricia McKibbin’s outstanding win in the women’s race. Never previously having run a marathon, let alone a 100km event, Patricia paced her run superbly – she was 17th solo athlete at the 1st transition – working her way through the field to finish strongly 3rd outright in 11:25:07, barely missing the solo course record by a mere 10 seconds: a promising debut run if ever there was one!
At the other end of the experience scale, Pam Muston shone with another stellar run of 13:07:17 to take 2nd overall among the women and 1st Female 50-59 – in the process defeating all the men in the same age group. Mallani Moloney of Queensland was next home with 13:11:29, a constantly cheerful figure throughout the day. Allicia Heron completed the podium placings in the Female Under 50 with a solid 14:12:04.
In a solo men’s field lacking obvious “stars”, with little consensus about a pre-race favourite, Nicholas Hamilton proved to be a “dark horse”, for though he resides in Canberra, very few local runners knew much about him. It turns out Nicholas was visiting the Arboretum last October, where he saw runners from last year’s race and thought to himself: “it would be good to participate in this event!” If only winning a race – or achieving any objective in life – were always that simple! His winning time of 11:01:40 was 10 minutes ahead of 2nd placing, the vastly-experienced Andrew Donaldson’s 11:11:00. Abhishek Tiwari, who had led the field for most of the day, bravely soldiered on after hitting a huge wall to finish in 3rd with 12:06:52, while Jonathan Miller took out the Male 50-59 category in 13:22:25.
No overall course records fell today, though understandably – given that this leg was reduced by 5km from 2018 – the record for leg 2 fell in several categories, including Solo Female Under 50 – Patricia McKibbon (2:52:51); Solo Female 50-59 – Pam Muston (3:13:29); Solo Male 50-59 – Geoff Barnes (3:01:49); Male in a Team – Matthew Robbie (1:46:40); and Female in a Team – Ellie Barrett (2:27:30). It’s a testament to how good Brendan Davies’ run was in 2018, that he retains his leg 2 (and overall course) record despite 5km being shaved from the distance!
From the spectator’s point of view, the most exciting racing came right at the front of the field with an epic duel between the 2 leading All-Male Teams, with never more than a few minutes separating “R-JAHS” (Hugh Williams, James Minto, Alan Craigie & Sam Crowther) and “Speedygeese #100” (Rowan Lewis, Matthew Robbie, Jacob Grooby & Sam Burridge). Their finishing times of 7:17:11 and 7:19:18 respectively, are the 2nd and 3rd fastest ever recorded at this race, and the fastest since the inaugural event in 2013. Both teams put great pressure on the organisers throughout the day, beating several marshals to their posts in the process. It was thrilling to observe such high calibre athletes giving their all in a great display of sustained speed, endurance and dedication.
The quality combination of “Kool Galz” – Fleur Flannery, Ellie Barrett, Narelle Smyth & Allie Corripio – were in a league of their own in the All-Female Teams, winning in 9:37:45. “Ultra HARM” were 2nd with 10:44:17 (Heather Lawton, Rachel Venn, Alina McMaster & Michelle Gretch); from “Champagne Yaks” (Danni Farlow. Helen Morewood, Kristy Zwickert & Donna Hyland) in 10:53:44.
The largest category saw 44 teams participating in the Mixed Teams. The winners of this division were Tom Driscoll, Mathias Richter, Justelle Coyle & Charlie Henshell posting a slick 9:07:59 to take the category from Kael Hulin, Daniel Carson, Carol Lander & Jonathan Chan (“Not All Who Wander Are Lost”) in 9:24:14 and event stalwarts “Formaggi Che Corrono” (Cam Macintosh, Denis Mungoven, Duncan Sheppard & Kate Chipperfield) in 9:52:50.
From an organiser’s point of view, just as satisfying as watching the superb efforts of the athletes in this magnificent drama, is to witness the heroic offerings of the innumerable helpers without whom the event cannot take place. Our gratitude to the tireless medics from Sports Medicine Australia – Mike Corrigan, James Elwin and Corey Bacon; and to the phenomenal volunteers – including Michael Thompson AND Michael A Thompson, Terry Dixon, Jon Schol, Jen Bright, Jen Davis, Paul Mahoney, Nei-kiewa Close, Jeff Grey, Bria & Dan, Mhairi & Tim Craig, Anthony Newman, Claire Edwards, Andrew Blyton and Lyndon O’Grady – heroes all!
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