Sri Chinmoy 10km and 4km Fun-Runs
A bi-annual fun-run alongside Lake Burley Griffin
About the event
Since 1984, the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team has conducted 10 km and 4 km Fun-Runs along the popular signposted Sri Chinmoy 10 km Recreational Running course on the cycle path along the northern shore of Lake Burley Griffin, starting and finishing at Acton Ferry Terminal. These race are traditionally staged on public holidays: Canberra Day in March and Labour Day in October.
All races commence at 8 am. Entries can be made online or at the course on the day of the race, from 6.45 am. A family atmosphere includes post-race breakfast and awards presentation.
Awards are presented in the following categories:
- Male and Female Under 50, 1st to 7th
- Male and Female 50 - 59, 1st to 3rd
- Male and Female 60 - 69, 1st and 2nd
- Male and Female 70 and Over, 1st.
- Boys and Girls Under 13, 1st to 3rd
- Boys and Girls and 17, 1st to 3rd
- Male and Female 17 and Over, 1st to 3rd.
Read more on the Sri Chinmoy Recreational Running Course
- Registration from 6.45am
- $22 online (until 5pm Friday prior to race day)
- On-the-day: $30
- Registration from 6.45am
- $15 online (until 5pm Friday prior to race day)
- On-the-day: $20
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- 10km: 1st to 7th M & F Under 50; 1st to 3rd M & F 50-59; 1st and 2nd M & F 60-69; 1st M & F 70+
- 4km: 1st to 3rd M & F Under 13; 1st to 3rd M & F Under 17; 1st to 3rd M & F 17+
The Sri Chinmoy 10 km Recreational Running Course has been in use for races in Canberra since 1984. The following are course records established for the 10 km and 4 km courses since 2004.
|4 km||Under 13||Joshua Torley||15:00||5/10/2009||Jordyne Rauter||15:35||9/3/2015|
|4 km||Under 17||Shane Farrant||14:16||9/3/2009||Sarah Lonsdale||15:13||5/10/2009|
|4 km||17 and Over||Stuart Doyle||13:23||6/10/2008||Hannah Walmsley||15:50||9/3/2015|
|10 km||Under 50||Alan Craigie||32:25||13/3/2017||Jackie Fairweather||36:29||2/10/2005|
|10 km||50 - 59||Peter Clarke||39:26||9/5/2004||Maria O'Reilly||43:58||28/3/2005|
|10 km||60-69||Peter Kallio||41:26||2/10/2005||Caroline Campbell||54:23||9/3/2009|
|10 km||70 and Over||Bob Chapman||49:32||2/10/2005||Caroline Campbell||58:21||9/3/2015|
2017 Oct 2ndSri Chinmoy Labour Day 10km & 4km Fun-Runs, Monday 2 October 2017
Today represented a special milestone in the history of Sri Chinmoy races. Forty years ago, to the day, the first ever Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team event was held: a ten-mile race in the hills of Greenwich, Connecticut, USA. Many more races were to follow, with thousands of participants. Not to mention a significant number of races held in Canberra, beginning in the early 80's.
This Labour Day holiday featured the best weather Canberra has to offer – a brisk Spring morning blossoming into a warm, sunny day. The wind that has plagued the region for the last ten days seemed to be taking a holiday too. 160 runners toed the starting line in the 10km and 4km events, having beaten the Floriade multitudes into the Acton Ferry carpark! Veteran runners Rad Leovic and Lachlan Lewis, now both in their 80s, put in a welcome appearance amongst the participants. After our traditional moment of silent reflection, the race was underway.
As is to be expected, the 4km runners were the first home. Thanks to our first foray into chip timing at this event, we could see the runners' names onscreen well before they crossed the finish line. Another innovation meant that finishers could scan their race bibs and see their finish time and position – courtesy of Martin Fryer and FlyerUltra race timing.
The Cuzner family dominated the male divisions, with Ryan in the Under 13s winning the race outright in 15:51. In the adults, Matt won in 18:18. Hannah Cuzner was first in Girls Under 17 (21:26). The Under 17 Boys was won by Rohan O'Grady (15:57, second overall).
The Quispes family featured Xavier and Caleb finishing second and third in the Boys Under 13, whilst Hannah Quispes won the Girls Under 13 (20:57). The Over 17 Women was won by Kim Wilmshurst (16:36), who was also first to claim her medal before dashing off to work.
The 10km event saw Daniel Carson come home first in the blistering time of 36:41. The first seven men all came in under 40 minutes. For the women, Penny Slater won in 39:33.
Jeff Grey was first in the Male 50-59 division in 41:35. Pam Muston won the Female 50-59 category in 50:41. Legendary mountain runner Trevor Jacobs took the line honours in the Males 60-69 in 45:25.
Peter Gentry won Male 70 and Over division 1:03:37, though was beaten to the finish line by Caroline Campbell, Female 70 and Over in1:00:01.
Congratulations to all the runners, and we hope to see you at our next 10km & 4km Fun-Runs on Canberra Day in March 2018.
2017 Mar 13thSri Chinmoy Canberra Day 10km & 4km Fun-Runs, Canberra, 13 March 2017
It is rare indeed that a course record is set in an event that has been running over 30 years. Admittedly, the present course used for the Sri Chinmoy 10km Fun-Run alongside Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin was re-measured in 2004, when it was found to be a little short, so records set prior to that year are no longer valid. Even so, it’s been 12 years – March 2005 – since the 10km men’s mark last fell.
Today it was Alan Craigie whose sensational 32:25 on this renowned hilly course has set a new benchmark for aspiring Canberra runners to dream of. Alan ran strongly from the start, to win by over 5 minutes from his nearest rivals, Scotty Imhoff – who has himself won this race on many an occasion – in 37:36, and Jason Gossit’s 38:07.
Peter Thomson took out the Male 50-59 in 43:35; the ever-green Jim White the Male 60-69 with 54:10; and the tireless Lachlan Lewis the Male 70 and Over in 1:29:18.
The women’s race was won by an impressive Kym Somi in 41:00, from Katie Slater in 43:48 and Jessica Robson’s 45:49. Pam Muston showed a clean pair of heels to the Female 50-59 field to win in 50:53; Sue Bowden took out the Female 60-69 in 56:38; while the queen of the course today belonged to Caroline Campbell bringing home the Female Over 70 category in a sprightly 59:41.
Christopher Bradley won the 4km race and the Male 17 and Over in 16:00. Second place outright was Ryan Cuzner, taking out the Boys Under 13 from a larger-than-usual field with his 16:13, with Rohan O’Grady not far behind to win the Boys Under 17 in 17:27.
Gemma Ruddick meanwhile was first overall in the Female 17 and Over with her 18:28; with Emma Kennard winning the Girls Under 13 in 20:06.
Early morning rain had given the false impression of a miserable day, discouraging many from venturing out of home on this public holiday Monday. Yet those who ignored the rain and gloom to make the commitment to run regardless, were rewarded with a glorious day of sunshine and smiles, as the photos from today well attest. Our gratitude to Peter Komidar for generously contributing the second half of the photo album for this event.
2016 Oct 3rdSri Chinmoy Labour Day 10km & 4km Fun-Runs, Canberra, 3 October 2016
Congratulations to all the runners who braved the elements this morning at the Sri Chinmoy 10km & 4 km Fun-Runs. The cold, the wind and the rain saw a slimmed-down field take to the Lake Burley Griffin cycle path. Thankfully the rain stopped for (most) of the duration!
Most runners came back muddy and feeling they left it all out there on the course. Many expressed how hard they found the run... which (hopefully) means they had a good race!
Will Brady was the fastest in the 4km with a time of 16:27. Kim Wilmshurst was first female and second finisher overall in 16:39. Race stalwart Spencer Burns was first in his category in 16:51.
In the 10km David Handwicke was first across the line in 37:41, followed by Charles Nicoll in 39:52 and Jeff Grey in 39:57 (first in the mens' 50-59 age category.)
For the women the champion was Michelle Burns in 45:22, followed by Claudia Brown (46:37) and Melissa Oloyede (46:53).
Special mention goes to our Over 70 age group winners; Caroline Campbell (1:04:58), and Graham Burke (54:24).
Unfortunately the race director spent two crucial hours bogged near the race turnaround with the pancake batter on board. By the time he got towed out, the race awards were well underway. The barbeque was set up and cooking in record time, though.
To those who stuck around, thank you for your patience. And to anyone who had to leave before the pancakes, please drop in to My Rainbow-Dreams cafe sometime in Dickson and allow us to treat you to something off our menu, complimentary.
2016 Mar 14thSri Chinmoy Canberra Day 10km & 4km Fun-Runs, 14 March 2016
Canberra Day is a festive occasion, a celebration of Canberra’s birthday and all that we love about our home city. One thing we love most is the abundance of opportunities for running and recreation. The bi-annual Sri Chinmoy 10km & 4km Fun-Runs make use of a recreational path alongside Lake Burley Griffin which is geographically in the heart of Canberra, and yet from which, apart from the vista at the start/finish area, one will see scarcely a single building.
Balloons ascended to festoon the sky in anticipation of the start of the race, as though to gain the best viewing spots to observe the contests.
Joshua Torley ran a spirited race from the front in the 10km, recording the fastest time in many a year of 32:11. Craig Benson (33:24) and James Minto (34:52) rounded out the top 3 men. David Clarke took out the Male 50-59 in 40:20; Timothy Horton the Male 60-69 with 51:44; and Peter Gentry the Male 70 and Over with 1:02:32.
Another of the all-star Torley clan – 10-year-old Stephanie – ran an amazing 40:15 to win the women’s race outright, from Narelle Desmet (42:41) and Michelle Burns (43:42). Elizabeth Bennett was fastest of the Female 50-59 in 48:23; and Jennifer Kellett stood first among the Female 60-69 with 55:46.
The 4km race was marred by a marshalling oversight, which saw a dozen runners missing the turnaround point and running extra distance: 3 boys even proceeded to continue on to complete the full 10km course: their adjusted times are included in the 10km results, though with new numbers. The organisers apologise unreservedly for this mistake: all who ran an extra distance are invited to please participate again with a complimentary entry in the next Sri Chinmoy race at this venue in October.
Ryan Cuzner (Boys Under 13) returned to the finish the fastest in 18:24, just ahead of his dad Matt in 18:28; Callum Burns took out the Boys Under 17 with 21:12. Kim Wilmshurst meanwhile came first in the Female 17 and Over category in 18:40, with Laura Burns (Girls Under 13) not far behind in 18:56; Josephine Dendrinos took out the Girls Under 17 in 23:58.
Congratulations to all who participated on this pleasant, though somewhat humid morning. You are champions all!
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The Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team
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