A record field of just under 400 toed the line, under warm conditions at today's Sri Chinmoy Maribyrnong River Run. The Maribyrnong although regarded as Melbourne's second river to the Yarra, provided the perfect backdrop for today's event. Results and images from the day are now available.
The feature event of the day was the 3 lap, 12km race which was convincingly won by Craig Ware in brisk 44.36, almost 3 minutes clear of the whole field. The minor placing were awarded to Shane Drapen 47.26 and Marcus Daniell in 49.06.
In the women's race, Louise Marsden blitzed the field with a superfast 53.47 to take the women's title and also hold down 9th place in the overall standings. Kate Gollan finished second in 58.42 trailed home by Ingrid Tsiligiannis in third in 58.45. Ingrid's fast time also gave her line honours in the women's 50-59 age category.
Congratulations also to David Reide 60-69 who completed the 12km in 53.07 to finish 7th overall.
First across the line in the 8km race was Taylor Geoffrey in 31.59, who was closely followed by Ben Martin in 32.07, with Robert Dalton finishing third in 33.27. Taylor also took out first place in the men's 50-59 age category, finishing ahead of many half his own age.
The women's race was won by Carolyn Huell in 34.35 which was fast enough to give her 6th place overall. Jillian Kelders finished second in 36.59, followed by Amy Wynne in 39.40.
Hidden within the field was a further standout performance by Bill Page who at 81 years youn completed the 8km in a very rapid 48.03, within the front half of the field. Well done Bill!
The 4km event was a just a 1 lap dash around the Maribyrnong River. This event was won by Brent Radoslovic in 15.11 followed by Chris Grafen (40-49) in 15.41 and Michael Phillips (50-59) a few seconds further back in 15.49.
In the women's race Liz Gallagher, took it right up to the leading men, finishing 5th overall in 16.12. The remaining podium places were filled by Sharon Rankin 18.23 and Christine Woolley 18.38.
Other notable age category performances go to Douglas Johnston (60-69) who completed the 4km in a very timely 17.02 for a top 10 finish. Congratulations also to Vern Gerlach at 86 who skipped around the course in 38.58.
Our next event is the Sri Chinmoy Williamstown Foreshore Run on Sunday 11 December along the picturesque Williamstown Beach. 10 & 5km distances on offer. Enter online.
Earlybird online registration for our premier event the Sri Chinmoy Running & Fitness Festival on Sunday 27 May 2012, is now avaliable. Choose from the Marathon, half marathon, 10km and 4km distances on offer.
We look forward to seeing you at one of our next races.
Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team
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