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Burley Griffin was re-measured in 2004, when it was found to be a little short, so records set prior to that year are no longer valid.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.