Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series 2018, race 5: Dolls Point Half-Marathon, 10km & 5km Runs, Sunday 15 July 2018
If you look at the photo gallery of the race you see every runner’s face telling not just one, but multiple stories – stories of hope, of struggle, of courage, joy and triumph. Each face is composed of myriad background stories that have led each of us to this place at this moment, an intersection and melding of purposes, of plot lines and destinies. We are each ourselves, each other and all: the photo gallery is a mirror revealing all our lives’ yearnings, strivings and achievings. Thus are we all ever winners, only winners, multiple winners.
The run of the day in the Half-Marathon came from Victor Correa, who smashed the Male 60-69 course record by a full 8 minutes with his superb effort of 1:32:01 (24 minutes ahead of the next placing in this category). The open men’s event saw a splendid run from Nic Fisher to take line honours in 1:18:30 from Dean Veragoo with 1:21:59 and 3rd placed Scott Hobson’s 1:22:38. Philip Balnave came 2nd outright in winning the Male 50-59 in a wonderful 1:21:32, over 10 minutes clear of his nearest age group competitors. Peter Allen took out the Male 70 and Over with an ever-reliable 2:25:22.
Renee Everett ran a controlled race to win the women’s Half-Marathon with an elegant 1:29:45, from Tiffany Knight in 1:32:48 and Pip Bell’s 1:37:08. Sue Cooksley took out the Female 50-59 with 1:58:13; while Mary Sheehan was again dominant in the Female 60-69 category with her fine 1:49:28 – though she missed her own record from last year.
Hats off and a standing ovation in the 10km race to David Iverarch, whose course records in the Male 70 and Over are proving almost impossible to better. Today we learned that his impressive records can be broken – by himself! His run of 49:59 was 40 seconds faster than last year’s record. The one-lap race witnessed a fine demonstration of front-running by Jake Foster, to take the men’s race in a swift 34:26; from a close tussle for the minor placings between David Hurdle (36:02) and Grant Cerkesas (36:16). Aaron Francey won the Male 50-59 with 41:54; while Kieron Blackmore ran a gutsy 42:22 to win his category of Male 60-69.
Eileen Cantrell showed her break from competitive running hasn’t slowed her down, winning the women’s 10km event with an impressive 44:15, from Philippa Scott (45:23) and Kayti Golland (45:43). Maree Doble was strong in taking out the Female 50-59 with a round 50:00; while Sylvia Nichols was her ever-impressive self winning the Female 60-69 in 50:54; and Jan Pender won the Female 70 and Over in a time of 1:04:11.
Alexandra Field’s fantastic run of 18:26 not only earned her a new Course Record for Girls Under 13; it won her the race outright! Even Nick Green with the best Male 17 and Over time of 18:39 couldn’t match Alexandra for speed. Ryan Reynolds took out the Boys Under 13 in 24:54; Ellie Sarka the Female 17 and Over with 20:39; and Elena Hails the Girls Under 17 category with 31:04.