Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series 2017, race 5: Iron Cove Half-Marathon, 7km & 4km Runs, Sunday 10 September 2017
The mood pre-race at Iron Cove today was unusually subdued. A smaller, more pensive gathering was perhaps preoccupied with staving off a surprisingly brisk morning that would later morph into a simply superb day. With the sun’s advent, the atmosphere grew progressively more convivial, like an intimate family gathering.
For the first time in quite a while, no course records were set, not even by the formidable David Iverarch in the Male 70 and Over category (7km). This is partly due to the long history of races at this venue having produced some outstanding records, while many were using this as a non-competitive tune-up for races next weekend.
One the best finishes of the day was in the men’s Half-Marathon, which saw Filippo Sbalchiero (1:19:48) outlast Jacob Grooby (1:19:52) in a hard-fought tussle. Yohey Kawase followed closely for 3rd in 1:20:16. Geoffrey Barnes took out the Male 50-59 with 1:27:29; Bob Fickel added another cherry on top of one of Australia’s longest running careers by winning the Men 60-69 in 2:06:05; while Peter Allen ran a brave 2:21:37 to win the Male 70 and Over category.
The women’s Half-Marathon, by contrast, saw a clear and outstanding win in 1:38:37, to a surprised Rebecca Hoschke, who apparently had no idea she was ever in the lead. Rebecca’s win was the more remarkable for having pushed her little boy in a pram for the entire 21.1 km! Vice Hazdovac took out 2nd place in 1:49:27, from Susie Heath (3rd) in 1:50:34. Karen Ryan’s 1:52:16 won her the Female 50-59 title.
The one-lap 7km race is one of Sydney’s standard runs, won today by Brendan Boyd in 26:00 from the consistent Greg Churchill (26:15) and Mark Huber (26:40). Mike Mannix took out the Male 50-59 with 31:28; Brian Radburn the Male 60-69 in 31:51; and David Iverarch the Male 70 and Over with 33:38.
The women’s race saw Leonie Montgomery (32:10) strong enough to hold off a concerted challenge from a close-finishing pair of 2nd-place Sarah Latham (32:23) and 3rd-place Zoe Melling (32:36). Tracey O’Donnell is revelling in her Female 50-59 category; her 34:32 would have placed her 6th outright. Jan Swinhoe shone in the Female 60-69 with a fine 37:35.
Richard Sarkies was the star of the 4km out-and-back race, his 14:12 a over a minute clear of his son Wilson Sarkies, whose 15:29 won him the Boys Under 17; while Mitchell Dean took out the Boys Under 13 in 16:52.
Sally Hannah ran an astounding race to win by 5 minutes in 16:24; with Chloe Truong taking out the Girls Under 13 with 22:24; and Elena Berryman the Girls Under 17 in 23:51.