Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series 2016, race 8: Iron Cove 14km, 7km & 4km runs, Sunday 18 December 2016
A happy atmosphere of calm contentment pervaded those gathered today at Iron Cove for the closing chapter of the Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series for 2016. The enjoyment of one of life’s finer pleasures – the combined physical, mental and emotional challenge of running, in the company of friends in familiar, uplifting surrounds – seemed the perfect start to the week leading in to Christmas, the celebration of all we most treasure in life.
A surprisingly cool morning, given the roasting Sydney has endured of late, was an added bonus for those fortunate or wise enough to make the trip out to Lilyfield.
Some long-standing race records were broken today. David Iverarch, having already captured the 7km Male 70 and Over record for this course at the previous race here in September, made sure that the record for the 14km distance won’t be going anywhere for a while, as he sliced 20 minutes from the old best time, today running 1:06:55. Meanwhile newbie M60-69 categorian, Kieron Blackmore, stepped down from his accustomed longer distance to snare the record for the 7km in 28:26 from the legendary Witold Krajewski. We look forward to both of these esteemed gentlemen having a crack at their respective Half-Marathon records when this distance is next offered in September 2017!
Tim Goodwin took out the Male Under 50 race in the 14km 2-lapper in the excellent time of 54:58, from Philip Balnave (55:51) and Erin Cook (56:26) Amy Lam was the only woman to break the one hour barrier today to win the Female Under 50 in 59:51; from a tight race for 2nd between Aurelie Ryan (1:01:38) and Naina Jerath (1:01:42).
Richard Sarkies continued his winning ways in the Male 50-59, taking out the main trophy in 52:40; while Rob Ellis did likewise in the Male 60-69 in 1:11:50; while Victoria Barber took out the Female 50-59 in 1:22:36.
Darren Moyle had turned up originally at the wrong place for the race this morning, and only appeared at the right venue after the 7km runners were already lined up ready to go. The latest of late entries was hastily arranged and Darren leapt into the fray without time to pause for breath, took the lead and went on to win the 7km men’s race in 24:33, from a close finish for 2nd place between Shaun Malligan (25:23) and Jesse Taylor (25:29). Peter Sewell was dominant in the Male 50-59 with his fine 26:29; while Kieron Blackmore ran his course record 28:26 in the Male 60-69.
Michelle McAdam was a clear winner in the women’s 7km event, winning in style in 28:03 from Bronwyn Lee (29:49) and Nicola Bodor (30:50). Rhonda McManaway took out the Female 50-59 with 34:44; and the indefatigable Sylvia Nichols the Female 60-69 in 35:38.
Fastest our of all of the female in the 4km race was Girls Under 13 winner, Saskia Hughes in 20:10; while Female 17 and Over winner Kirsten Todd clocked 22:00; and the Girls Under 17 victor Julieann Tully 22:10. The men’s race was won outright by Vince Touchard in 24:26; with Boys Under 13 runner Joshua O’Connell next home in 14:57, while Boys Under 17 winner Evan Hamele came crossed the line in 22:38.
Gratitude to all who have participated, helped and served in any way to make the Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series for 2017 such a memorable and enjoyable success. We look forward to your company again in 2017.