Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series 2018, race 3: Royal National Park Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10km & 5km Trail Runs, Sunday 6 May 2018
A stunning day of running for all involved…
Could anything have been more perfect that arriving early morning to one of the oldest and most beautiful National Parks in the world? This 139-year-old park with its untouched nature, the patchworks of sounds from the birds to the animals to the gentle water flowing past and even the crunching of the leaves and twigs under foot .... arriving into Fig Tree flat and getting your number and warming up under the grand trees seems a most ideal start to any Sunday.
There is something so very magical about this race and the opportunity to breathe in the fresh crisp air and challenge your mind and body. Each of us have our distances we love to run, some of us love those quick and intense 5km races with the lungs burning and heart racing from the minute you start. To the 10km where you need to push, it demands your attention it wants you to hurt. To the Half-Marathon, no one is going to say this is easy and from the expressions we heard at the finish line it hurt, it was nasty and it was fabulous! The final of our distances and the one that started the earliest is the King and Queen of the distances – the Marathon. Throw in the trails and it’s a race that will try to break you, your body and mind will be challenged and pushed and you will be victorious I promise you that! Maybe that victory will come once the pain ends or the memory fades, but victorious you will be.
Congratulations to all the runners who competed: you challenged yourself and your fellow competitors, so much so we had many course records fall.
The 5km race saw one of these records in the Girls Under 17 with Isabella Mardini in a time of 23:36. Other winners in the female division were Izzy Preller in the Girls under 13 in a time of 35:40 and Megan Price in the over 17 years division in 26:17.
The Boys under 13 was a tight race with Daniel Behrenot coming in first with 25:35 only ten seconds in front of the second place Nelson Harvey. Marc Mardini was first in the boys under 17 in a time of 21:47, with Harley Mangham taking out the Men’s Open and overall winner in a time of 20:47.
The 10km race saw two records broken; the first in the Men’s 50-59 category with Michael Wilding in a time 43:48.
Nicolas Clark took out the Men’s under 50 in 37:25, Brian Radburn the winner in the Men’s 60-69 in 47:05 and in the Men’s 70+ David Iverach winning in 49:45.
In the Women’s race a notable mention to start is our record breaker Jan Pender in 1:09:48 in the Women’s 70+. Caitlin Fowlds took out the Women’s under 50 in 44:40, Jody McDonald winning in the Women’s 50-59 in 55:46 and Rita Viviers in the Women’s 60-69 in 58:50.
Now the Half-Marathon race saw 4 records go, two in Men’s and two in the Women’s races.
Congratulations to Rod Rainey taking out the Men’s 70+ in a new course record of 1:58:12. Jimmy Carroll won the Men’s under 50 and was the all out winner in a time of 1:24:01. Philip Balnave won the Men’s 50-59 in a new course record time of 1:25:55, and Tony Roper winning the Men’s 60-69 in 1:46:22.
In the women’s race Fenella Sunaway won the Women’s under 50 and all out winner in a brisk 1:35:37. Raewyn Harlock in the Women’s 50-59 took the course record in a time of 1:43:03, with Cath Davenport also breaking the course record in the Women’s 60-69 in a time of 1:52:55.
And finally our warriors out there for longest, the Marathon runners.
Kirby Clarke broke the course record in the Women’s Under 50 in a time of 3:33:15 with Christine Keers taking the course record in the Women’s 50-59 in 3:57:09.
In the Men’s race, Michael Daly won the Men’s under 50 and overall winner in a time of 2:50:58, Colin Wiley won the Men’s 50-59 in 3:54:17, Kieron Blackmore taking out the Men’s 60-69 in a time of 3:50:59.