Sri Chinmoy Half-Marathon. 5 Mile and 2 Mile races, Telopea Park, Canberra, 13 June 2016 – full results
Craig Benson has won the Sri Chinmoy Half-Marathon in and around Telopea Park several times, and added another major trophy to his collection today with a fine, uncontested run of 1:16:10.
The morning had started with a decent frost, though as the sun rose behind the trees of this lovely setting, the mood noticeably rose with the temperature as runners realised it would turn out to be an excellent day for a "run in the park."
Jeff Grey was 3rd outright, his 1:26:30 winning him the Male 50-59 category in fine style; while Peter Clarke was dominant in the Male 60-69 with 1:42:48.
Kirsty Bird won the women's race with an outstanding 1:32:59; while other age groups were won by Jane Hiatt (Female 50-59) in 2:11:58 and Robyn McClelland (Female 60-69) with 2:13:26.
Concurrent with the Half-Marathon, the 5 mile and 2 mile races used the same course, injecting some extra adrenaline and energy in the middle of the longer race.
The 5 miler was won by Liam Stewart, running an excellent 29:31. Bruce Perry was too good for the competition in the Male 50-59 with 41:17; and Kevin Chamberlain took out the Male 60-69 in 48:46.
Claudia Brown meanwhile won the women's race in 36:11; the evergreen Kaaren Sutcliffe taking out the Female 50-59 with 46:53; and Jennifer Kellett the Female 60-69 with a fine run of 43:08.
The 2 mile race sported an unusually small, yet enthusiastic field. Thien Vuong won the race (and Male 17 and Over category) in 12:04; 2nd outright was Boys under 17 winner Daniel Baldan in 13:32; next was his brother and Boys Under 13 winner Lachlan Baldan in 14:30; while the women's race was won by Margot Tredoux in 20:08.