Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series 2017, race 6: Centennial Park 14km, 7km & 4km Runs, Sunday 22 October 2017
The smallest field for a Sri Chinmoy race in Centennial Park in 10 years gathered on a lovely morning to race over the distances of 14km (2 laps of the 7km course); 7am and 4km cross-country runs on the running trails and fields of this beautiful oasis of urban parkland.
Two outstanding new course records tumbled in the 14km event: Mary Sheehan set a phenomenal new course best time for Female 60-69 of 1:13:33; while David Overarch – who eats records for breakfast – demolished another for the Male 70 and Over of 1:10:06.
In the Male Under 50, Brain Black (55:29) pipped Patrick Cooney (55:31) to take out the race, from Joseph Tezvic’s 57:11. Geoff Barnes had meanwhile taken 3rd outright in winning the Male 50-59 with his outstanding run of 57:04. Rob Ellis won the Male 60-69 in 1:10:45, an effort whose excellence was eclipsed only by his senior buddy’s record-breaking run in the Male 70 and Over.
Lisa Biffin led from the front in the Female Under 50 14km event to win in 1:01:57, from Tiffany Knight in 1:05:37 and Aurelie Ryan (1:06:27). Nadia Tesser ran a brilliant race to take out the Female 50-59 with 1:13:38, only a few seconds behind Mary Sheehan’s record-creaking run in the Female 60-69 division.
In the 7km race, Louise Arnott missed her own course record by a mere one second, clocking 29:41 to not only take out the Female 50-59 division. In winning the race outright and beating home all the women under 50, Louise wins our "Star of the Day" award! More than a minute later, Megan Hasick arrived as worthy winner of the Female Under 50 in 30:49, from Hannah Moore’s 31:38 and Inghui Sim in 32:28. The evergreen Sylvia Nichols took out the Female 60-69 with her fine 36:45.
John Hughes was a convincing winner of the Male Under 50 7km event in 25:07 from Shaun Malligan in 26:01 and David Winning’s 27:53. Michael Wilding won the Male 50-59 with 29:09; Charlie O’Neill the Male 60-69 in 34:48 and a surprised John Stone the Male 70 and Over with 1:02:14.
In the 4km race meanwhile, Sally Hannah took out the Female 17 and Over with a speedy 16:43 (and 3rd outright). Stella Whittaker won the Girls Under 13 in 27:51; and Elena Berryman the Girls Under 17 in 23:27. Joel Mealing won the 4km race overall and the Boys Under 17 in 15:51; Trevor White took the Male 17 and Over with 16:15; while Fletcher Churchill took out the competitive Boys under 13 race in 18:35.