Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series

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A 5-race series at popular Sydney running venues

Upcoming races

Race 1: 9 September
2018 Series, race 6: Mirambeena 16km, 8km & 2 miles
Race 2: 16 December
2018 Series, race 7: Iron Cove 14km, 7km & 4km
Race 3: 8 December
2019 Series, race 6: Iron Cove 14km, 7km & 4km
Race 4: 6 December
Iron Cove 14km, 7km & 4km
Race 5: 5 April
Sri Chinmoy Centennial Park Half-Marathon, 7km & 4km cross-country
Race 6: 2 May
Sri Chinmoy Royal National Park MARATHON, Half-Marathon, 10km & 5km Trail Runs
Race 7: 13 June
Sri Chinmoy Iron Cove Half-Marathon, 7km & 4km

About the event

The Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team present a series of 5 events at popular running venues around Sydney throughout the year, for your fitness, enjoyment and self-transcendence.




Each event features 3 distances:

* Short (4km or 5km)
* Medium (7km – 10km)
* Longer (14km – Half-Marathon)

In addition, at the Royal National Park event in May, a full Marathon (42.2km) is offered. All races start in waves.

Awards are presented in the following categories:

Short Distance (4km or 5km)
Boys and Girls Under 13, 1st to 3rd
Boys and Girls Under 17, 1st to 3rd
Male and Female 17 and Over, 1st to 3rd

Middle (7km or 10km), Longer Distance (14km or Half-Marathon) and Marathon (42.2km)
Male and Female Under 50, 1st to 7th
Male and Female 50-59, 1st to 3rd
Male and Female 60-69, 1st to 2nd
Male and Female 70 and Over, 1st


Short (4km – 5km)

    • 8am
    • $21 online until 5pm Friday prior

Middle (7km – 10km)

    • 8am
    • $26 online until 5pm Friday prior

Longer (Half-Marathon)

    • 7.30am
    • $31 online until 5pm Friday prior

Marathon (Royal National Park only)

    • 7am
    • $47 online only


Prachar Stegemann
0404 071 327
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Upcoming Races

Race 1: 9 September

2018 Series, race 6: Mirambeena 16km, 8km & 2 miles

If you’re aiming for the Sydney Marathon later in the month, this is the perfect tune-up race. We head to one of the most beautiful courses you will find anywhere: the secluded haven of Mirambeena Regional Reserve in Georges Hall, with options of 16km, 8km and 2 miles (3.2km). This challenging and satisfying course wends its way through natural bushland adjoining Prospect Creek and the Georges River, with a few decent hills for good measure.  You will certainly enjoy your morning in this delightful neck of the woods!

Park off Beatty Parade, which is off Henry Lawson Drive, at the southern end of Mirambeena Regional Reserve. On-the-day registration opens at 6.45 am and closes at 7.55 am, with races starting from 8 am.

Enter online for this race only, or for the remainder of the 2018 Series.

16km, 8km & 2 miles View course map »
Race 2: 16 December

2018 Series, race 7: Iron Cove 14km, 7km & 4km

The Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series' Christmas Run and Finale for 2018. Celebrate in the best way possible: running in the company of friends, colleagues and rivals and then feasting on a bonanza pancake smorgasbord!

Park at the end of Glover St, Lilyfield. On-the-day registration opens at 6.45 am and closes at 7.55 am, with races starting from 8 am.

Enter online for this race only.

14km & 7km View course map »
Race 3: 8 December

2019 Series, race 6: Iron Cove 14km, 7km & 4km

The Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series' traditional Christmas Run and Finale for 2019. Celebrate in the best way possible: running in the company of friends, colleagues and rivals and then feasting on a bonanza pancake smorgasbord!

Park at the end of Glover St, Lilyfield. On-the-day registration opens at 6.45 am and closes at 7.55 am, with races starting from 8 am.

Enter online for this race only.

14km & 7km View course map »
Race 4: 6 December

Iron Cove 14km, 7km & 4km




Iron Cove has hosted Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team events since the 1980s, so it appropriate to conclude another season's races at this famed locale. There's every good reason why this is such a favourite venue for running – the central location, the lapping water close at hand, the views, the smooth flat surface, the camaraderie. End the Series in style with our annual Christmas Run!

Park towards the bottom end of Glover St, Lilyfield.

Enter online.

Race 5: 5 April

Sri Chinmoy Centennial Park Half-Marathon, 7km & 4km cross-country

Opening the Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series in 2021, step out onto the beautiful tracks and fields of Centennial Park for a scenic Half-Marathon, a 1-lap 7km or 4km options for a cross-country race in the heart of the city. See why this is the most popular venue for Sri Chinmoy Races in Sydney.

The start & finish area is alongside the McKay Sports Ground, near the Robertson Rd Gates entrance to Centennial Park. Park anywhere along Grand Drive.

Start times for this event:
* 7.30am: Half-Marathon
* 8am: 7km
* 8.05am: 4km

Enter online for this race: REGULAR ENTRY until 5pm, Friday 2 April. LATE ENTRY (for a higher fee) until 7am, Monday 5 April (race morning).

Follow "Live" results – provisional for now.

Half-Marathon & 7km View course map »
Race 6: 2 May

Sri Chinmoy Royal National Park MARATHON, Half-Marathon, 10km & 5km Trail Runs

The Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series goes bush, to the sublime Royal National Park south of the city. Immerse yourself in pristine forest on a lovely trail run. Because you’ll want to enjoy this magical realm to the max, a full MARATHON joins the Half-Marathon, 10km and 5km for a full suite of classic distances.

Parking is near Willow Tree Flat, past Audley. National Park admission fee of $12 per vehicle applies. Alternatively, take our shuttle van from Loftus Station for $10 return, departing regularly from 6.30am.

On-the-day race number collection opens at 6.30am and closes at 7.55am. The MARATHON starts at 7am, with other distances starting from 8am.

Enter online for this event is now closed. To inquire about the possibility of a late entry on the day, please phone 0404 071 327.

Royal National Park start times on Sunday 2 May:

* 7am Marathon
* 8am Half-Marathon
* 8.20am 10km
* 8.30am 5km

MARATHON & Half-Marathon View course map »
10km & 5km View course map »
Race 7: 13 June

Sri Chinmoy Iron Cove Half-Marathon, 7km & 4km

Even if you’ve raced this course many times before, there’s always a buzz about the Iron Cove events with such a great crowd all gathered for the same purpose: sheer enjoyment!

Park at the end of Glover St, Lilyfield. On-the-day registration opens 30 minutes prior to your wave start time, which will be advised by email prior to the race (between 7.30am and 8.30am).

Online entries for this race are now closed. To arrange for an entry on the day, please phone 0404 071 327.

Start times for 13 June:

7:30am Half-Marathon all females
7:33am Half-Marathon all males
8:00am 4km all starters
8:07am 7km all males
8:10am 7km all females

Half-Marathon View course map »
Race 8: 26 September

Sri Chinmoy Dolls Point Half-Marathon, 10km & 5km

A suite of classic road race distances: 5km, 10km and a Half-Marathon make this annual event a true festival of running. The courses are scenic loops – flat for the most part, with a challenging rise over the spectacular Captain Cook Bridge crossing the Georges River. Relax post-race and enjoy the happy ambience of Peter Depena Reserve, alongside Botany Bay.


Park off Russell Ave, Dolls Point. There is no on-the-day entry. Race number bib collection commences 30 minutes prior to your wave start. Wave start times will be advised by email by Saturday 25 September.

Online entry for this event will re-open at 8am on Monday 26 July.

Half-Marathon, 10km & 5km View course map »

Series Pointscore Championship (NOT IN 2021)

NEW IN 2021

Points will be awarded and accrued for all age groups in the Middle and Longer distance events of all races of the Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series in 2021, as follows:

1st place in age group: 10 points
2nd place in age group: 9 points
3rd place in age group: 8 points
4th place in age group: 7 points
5th place in age group: 6 points
6th place in age group: 5 points
7th place in age group: 4 points
8th place in age group: 3 points
9th place in age group: 2 points
10th place in age group: 1 point

All entrants in all Middle and Longer distance races at all events of the Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series will automatically be included in the pointscore competition.

Points awarded for Longer and Middle distance races are of equal value, and accrue to a runner's personal series pointscore tally, regardless of whether they are earned from a Middle or Longer distance race.

Age group placings in the Marathon at Royal National Park (race 2) are awarded DOUBLE POINTS.

There are no points awarded for age group placings in the Short distance races.

To ensure that all runners remain in the same age category for the entire Series, a runner's age category is calculated from their age on 31 December at the end of the current series.

PRIZES will be awarded for the Series Pointscore Championship at the conclusion of the final event, to the TOP 3 placegetters in each age category.

Every runner's progressive season pointscore tally will be published here within 24 hours after the conclusion of each Series event.

Course records

Iron Cove

Distance Age Category Male Time Date Female Time Date
4 km Under 13 Josh O'Connell 14:16 25/2/2018 Sarah Playford 16:00 10/6/2012
4 km Under 17 Jarrod Biczo 13:46 10/6/2012 Caitlin Bickerton 16:18 27/2/2011
4 km 17 and Over Neill Robbie 12:36 16/12/2012 Belinda Dent 16:02 28/3/2010
7 km Under 50 Jake Stollery 22:58 20/10/2013 Lauren Hamilton 25:06 24/5/2015
7 km 50 - 59 Richard Sarkies 25:24 11/9/2016 Raewyn Harlock 29:18 16/12/2012
7 km 60 - 69 Kieron Blackmore 28:26 18/12/2016 Kate Rowe 33:54 20/10/2013
7 km 70 and Over David Iverarch 32:06 11/9/2016 Anne Elizabeth Boyd 51:50 13/6/2021
14 km Under 50 Oliver Cashman 48:40 6/12/2020 Sandi Rabie 57:10 10/3/2013
14 km 50 - 59 David Riches 51:43 13/12/2015 Raewyn Harlock 56:25 15/12/2013
14 km 60 - 69 Bill Lonsdale 1:01:15 10/6/2012 Mary Sheehan 1:10:14 17/12/2017
14 km 70 and Over David Iverarch 1:06:55 18/12/16 Anne Elizabeth Boyd 1:38:00 8/12/2019
Half-Marathon Under 50 Anthony Farrugia 1:13:20 14/10/2012 Elizabeth Pittaway 1:25:53 18/10/2015
Half-Marathon 50 - 59 Philip Balnave 1:20:47 9/6/2019 Raewyn Harlock 1:28:57 14/10/2012
Half-Marathon 60 - 69 Gary Dalton 1:27:29 24/5/2015 Mary Sheehan 1:50:05 10/6/2018
Half-Marathon 70 and Over Dennis Van Wyk 2:05:54 11/9/2016      


Centennial Park

Distance Age Category Male Time Date Female Time Date
4 km Under 13 Oliver White 14:14 2/4/2018 Taylor Porter 15:28 9/6/2013
4 km Under 17 Max Russell 12:59 5/4/2021 Natasha Ward 14:32 18/10/2020
4 km 17 and Over Ali Najem 12:40 5/4/2021 Lisa Biffin 15:09 6/4/2015
7 km Under 50 Edward Fernon 23:16 1/4/2013 Lucy Starrat 25:27 24/3/2008
7 km 50 - 59 Richard Sarkies 25:48 23/10/2016 Louise Arnott 29:41 26/6/2017
7 km 60 - 69 Witold Krajewski 28:47 11/9/2011 Kate Rowe 34:54 9/6/2013
7 km 70 and Over David Iverarch 32:14 12/6/2016 Kerry Bray 41:01 21/4/2014
14 km Under 50 Ross Johnson 48:12 11/12/2011 Laura James 57:24 25/11/2012
14 km 50 - 59 Keith Bateman 50:58 23/2/2014 Raewyn Harlock 1:01:53 11/12/2011
14 km 60 - 69 Gary Dalton 59:42 22/2/2015 Mary Sheehan 1:13:33 22/10/2017
14 km 70 and Over David Iverarch 1:10:06 22/10/2017 Anne Elizabeth Boyd 1:40:35 18/10/2020
Half-Marathon Under 50 Matthew Cox 1:08:46 7/6/2015 Rebecca Brown 1:21:20 18/10/2020
Half-Marathon 50 - 59 Keith Bateman 1:16:21 29/7/2012 Raewyn Harlock 1:33:24 25/3/2012
Half-Marathon 60 - 69 Victor Correa 1:30:51 28/3/2016 Helen Stanger 1:44:05 25/3/2012
Half-Marathon 70 and Over David Iverach 1:47:06 18/10/2020      


Dolls Point

Distance Age Category Male Time Date Female Time Date
5 km Under 13 Jack Porter 19:25 10/7/2011 Alexandra Field 18:26 15/7/2018
5 km Under 17 Blake Lampert 17:20 8/7/2012 Taylor Porter 19:49 12/7/2015
5 km 17 and Over Jake Stollery 15:51 14/7/2013 Fiona Reid 18:09 11/7/2010
10 km Under 50 Robbie Neill 33:28 10/7/2011 Noni Cooper 37:52 13/7/2014
10 km 50 - 59 Ian Cameron 37:10 8/7/2012 Sharon Lane 46:24 8/7/2012
10 km 60 - 69 Witold Krajewski 41:01 10/7/2011 Helen Stanger 46:55 10/7/2011
10 km 70 and Over David Iverarch 49:59 15/7/2018 Kerry Bray 58:41 13/7/2014
Half-Marathon Under 50 Ben Bell 1:13:06 13/7/2014 Magda Karimali-Poulos 1:22:21 12/7/2009
Half-Marathon 50 - 59 David Riches 1:20:16 8/7/2012 Catherine Davenport 1:46:21 14/7/2013
Half-Marathon 60 - 69 Victor Correa 1:32:01 15/7/2018 Mary Sheehan 1:48:00 16/7/2017
Half-Marathon 70 and Over Arthur Huxtable 1:57:49 16/7/2017 Brigid Quinn 1:55:14 14/7/2014
Marathon Under 50 Danny Burgess 2:41:08 13/7/2014 Natasha Hjerrild 3:31:30 12/7/2015
Marathon 50 - 59 Glenn Gielissen 3:14:46 12/7/2015 Anne Newman 3:51:03 13/7/2014
Marathon 60 - 69 Ray James 3:28:48 13/7/2014      
Marathon 70 and Over            


Royal National Park

Distance Age Category Male Time Date Female Time Date
5 km Under 13 Oliver Fyfe 22:50 2/5/2021 Isabella Mardini 23:21 4/5/2014
5 km Under 17 Marc Mardini 20:33 7/5/2017 Isabella Mardini 23:36 6/5/2018
5 km 17 and Over Keith Bateman 17:13 4/5/2014 Heidi Jones 21:14 4/5/2014
10 km Under 50 James Hauptmann 36:39 7/5/2017 Amy Carrad 41:00 1/5/2016
10 km 50 - 59 Matt Sheather 41:40 5/5/2019 Zoe Melling 49:02 2/5/2021
10 km 60 - 69 Christopher Bowern 46:43 12/10/2014 Mary Sheehan 51:23 7/5/2017
10 km 70 and Over David Iverarch 49:31 7/5/2017 Jan Pender 1:09:48 6/5/2018
Half-Marathon Under 50 Jake Stollery 1:19:02 4/5/2014 Sally Towse 1:31:48 7/5/2017
Half-Marathon 50 - 59 Philip Balnave 1:25:55 6/5/2018 Raewyn Harlock 1:41:03 5/5/2019
Half-Marathon 60 - 69 Craig Saphin 1:35:07 5/5/2019 Cath Davenport 1:52:55 6/5/2018
Half-Marathon 70 and Over Rod Rainey 1:58:12 6/5/2018      
Marathon Under 50 Ian Gallagher 2:47:16 4/5/2014 Great Truscott 3:23:52 2/5/2021
Marathon 50 - 59 Philip Balnave 3:01:56 7/5/2017 Christine Keers 3:57:09 6/5/2018
Marathon 60 - 69 Victor Correa 3:24:58 1/5/2016 Jane Trumper 5:08:42 2/5/2021
Marathon 70 and Over Ray James 5:28:57 5/5/2019      



Distance Age Category Male Time Date Female Time Date
2 miles Under 13 Max Jameson 13:18 12/6/2011 Taylor Porter 12:32 3/8/2014
2 miles Under 17 Benjamin Moss 12:03 12/6/2011 Julieann Tully 16:09 26/2/2017
2 miles 17 and Over Eddie Kumsuv 11:36 19/2/2012 Kathy Clarke 16:08 19/2/2012
8 km Under 50 Jonathan Heron 30:05 23/5/2010 Isabelle Crouche 31:38 19/2/2012
8 km 50 - 59 Frank Zeichner 30:36 23/5/2010 Hollee James 39:22 9/9/2018
8 km 60 - 69 Kieron Blackmore 33:12 26/2/2017 Gina Jessop 44:47 26/2/2017
8 km 70 and Over David Iverarch 39:29 9/9/2018      
16 km Under 50 Ross Johnson 55:59 19/2/2012 Louise Noble 1:04:38 26/2/2017
16 km 50 - 59 Philip Balnave 1:01:54 9/9/2018 Tracey O'Donnell 1:25:03 26/2/2017
16 km 60 - 69 Dave Byrnes 1:08:26 12/6/2011 Helen Stanger 1:19:06 19/2/2012
16 km 70 and Over            


Cooks River

Distance Age Category Male Time Date Female Time Date
4 km Under 13 Hayden Brown 16:01 27/11/2011 Maddison Zahra 19:53 12/9/2010
4 km Under 17 Brad Fraser 14:59 21/6/2009 Maddison Zahra 19:00 27/11/2011
4 km 17 and Over Shaun Hardy 14:49 27/11/2011 Courtney Sanford 15:17 27/11/2011
8 km Under 50 Victor Correa 29:16 27/11/2011 Natalie Malligan 33:29 6/5/2012
8 km 50 - 59 Keith Bateman 27:15 27/11/2011 Pennie Psaltis 39:53 21/6/2009
8 km 60 - 69 Rob Connolley 34:24 21/6/2009 Jo Rickards 41:53 12/9/2010
8 km 70 and Over Edward McMaster 57:40 6/5/2012      
16 km Under 50 Pete Conway 57:37 12/9/2010 Kathryn Parkinson 1:07:18 21/6/2009
16 km 50 - 59 Jicton Correa 1:05:12 6/5/2012 Raewyn Harlock 1:06:57 6/5/2012
16 km 60 - 69 Witold Krajewski 1:08:45 27/11/2011 Merridy O'Donnell 1:29:02 6/5/2012
16 km 70 and Over            


Prospect Creek

Distance Age Category Male Time Date Female Time Date
6 km Under 13 Hayden Brown 26:01 31/7/2011 Sianna Steele 26:46 9/9/2012
6 km Under 17 Will Chaffey 23:35 3/8/2008 Audrey Trenear-Hall 26:31 3/8/2008
6 km 17 and Over Adam Horder 22:08 31/7/2011 Eileen Cantwell 25:09 9/9/2012
12 km Under 50 Lee Cook 42:19 31/7/2011 Lorna White 51:03 31/7/2011
12 km 50 - 59 David Riches 45:49 31/7/2011 Merridy O'Donnell 1:05:19 31/7/2011
12 km 60 - 69 Brian Radburn 53:14 9/9/2012 Renee Reynolds 1:12:18 31/7/2011
12 km 70 and Over            
24 km Under 50 Brendan Davies 1:28:02 9/9/2012 Athene Chariot 1:46:02 31/7/2011
24 km 50 - 59 John Dawlings 1:47:06 31/7/2011 Annie Tobey 2:15:57 9/9/2012
24 km 60 - 69 Sid Astbury 2:05:02 31/7/2011      
24 km 70 and Over            


Previous Results

  • 2021 Jun 13th
    Sri Chinmoy Iron Cove Half-Marathon, 7km & 4km Runs, Sunday 13 June 2021

    It is said that one can never have too much of a good thing. In the case of running around Iron Cove, this adage certainly holds true. No matter what the conditions, in this inner city haven there is always beauty to behold, happiness to inhale and valour to savour. The course presents a passing pedestrian parade, a murmuring hum of contemporary humanity, from ambled conspiratorial gossip to aspiring elite athleticism. In amongst it all, each of us fits perfectly with our own gifts, goals, dreams and daily dramas. The Bay Run is so special, because we are The Bay Run.

    Is it because the pancakes are not on offer in these times that overall participation numbers were slender today? In any case, the field was more intimate than usual, enabling a broader spectrum of contenders to claim prizes and glory. Congratulations to all who turned up and played your part, no matter what the distance!

    The 3-lap Half-Marathon saw a breakaway run from James Costello, who early on realised he would be running solo and took up the mantle with a stylish showing of 1:16:59, with a chasing pack including Nero Zhang (1:18:04) and Michael Mangili-Vincent (1:18:28). Richard Sarkies ran a heroic race in the Male 50-59 to claim 6th outright with 1:21:23, well ahead of his rivals Eddie Guo (1:29:41) and Wai-Yat Yuen (1:35:24).  Gregory Leamon took out the M60-69 with 1:45:17; and Ben Dallamico the M 70 and Over in 2:15:06.

    Jemima Bissett led home the women’s field with an impressive 1:38:04, ahead of Morgan Yuen’s 1:39:27, just edging out Phoebe Fear with 1:39:30. Lily Iamundi won the F50-59 with 2:00:19 from Barbara Hemingway’s 2:01:06; though both trailed the impressive June Southwell, who took home the F60-69 main prize in 1:52:26.

    Thomas Virgona was a stand-out winner in the 7km men’s race, leading from the outset to finish with a huge lead in 23:14 (just 16 seconds outside the course record), from Joe Ghilks’ 25:52 and Eamon Bullock in 27:33. Lorenzo Modesto was first home in the M50-59 with 26:01, from Philip Balnave (27:18) and Bruce Burns (27:58); while Jimmy Owens stood first in the M60-69 with 33:51 from Christ Webster’s 34:58; and Derek Bolton took his category of M70 and Over with an impressive 37:01.

    The women’s 7km race saw a fine win to Rosheen Boyle from the Female 50-59 category with 32:21, just ahead of Portia Palmerlee (F Under 50) in 32:24, from F50-59 2nd placed Zoe Melling (32:31), and Erin Jones’ 33:07, then Jessica Monaghan with 34:27. Tracey O’Donnell took 3rd spot int he F50-59 with 34:54. Rita Webster was fastest among the F60-69 in 3G 6:08; while Anne Elizabeth Boyd again excelled in the F 70 and Over with a new age group record of Phil Balnave ran 51:50.

    Amber Kusano showed fine form and style to win the 4km race outright from the Girls Under 13s, in a wonderful 16:15. Erin Allison was next, 1st in the Girls Under 17 with 18:11. Laura Heaney won the Female 17 and Over category with 24:28, while Douglas Upton took out the Boys Under 13 with 44:31.

    Our immense gratitude to all helpers and volunteers, especially the ever-enthusiastic Albert Ho and the irrepressible Kieron Blackmore.

  • 2021 May 2nd
    Sri Chinmoy Royal National Park Trail Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10km & 5km Runs, Sunday 2 May 2021

    Lady Carrington Drive, in Royal National Park, is one of the favourite destinations for runners, organisers and helpers alike in the Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series. In a venue which can range from cold to wet to an absolute slosh, today offered perhaps the optimal conditions for running in the forest: mild, fresh and invigorating. This is a route which fulfils at once the eyes with its noble trees, verdant foliage and flowing river; the ears with an incessant chorus and carolling of ebullient birdsong from all sides, above and even below; the lungs with an unceasing ecstatic surge of fragrant air; and most importantly, the heart with its all-encompassing purity, soothing harmony and uplifting beauty.

    Having missed this event in 2020, anticipation was high for its promised return...

    While the longest race of the day may have attracted only a small field, as always the strength of character and stamina required to complete a marathon ensured that much of the morning’s most compelling drama belonged to this event. Perhaps the outstanding performance of the race came from Greta Truscott, who impressed her fellow runners and spectators alike with her 4th placed outright, 1st female win in a new course record 3:23:52, ahead of fellow Female Under 50s Sophie Shawdon’s 3:53:59 and Trang Ha with 4:45:15. Vicki Jeffreys was best of the Female 50-59 with 4:19:06; while Jane Trumper backed up her 100km from the previous weekend in Canberra with an age group record time of 5:08:42 to lead home the Female 60-69 ahead of Gloria Lau who flew from Perth for the race, finishing strongly and happily in 6:17:17.

    This is a local run for Stephen Redfern, who lives just 10 minutes from the start line and while he has run the race several times, today marked his first victory in the event, in 3:12:23. Congratulations Stephen! Next home was David Chiew with 3:18:36, ahead of Michael Cartisano’s 3:29:12. Meanwhile, in 3rd overall, Philip Balnave – who had run from his home to the start – was a class apart in the Male 50-59 to take the category in 3:22:35, from evergreen Masanori Chiba (3:43:02) and Carl Schwartz (3:45:24). Leon Barnard led home the Male 60-69 with 4:06:21 from Kieron Blackmore’s gutsy 4:22:13 – with a Special Mention to another local lad, Bob Fickel, completing his 289th marathon in 5:24:31.  Many more stories abound from each and every finisher over this heroic distance, though only a few make their way onto the winner’s podium…

    The largest field of the morning were chasing glory and satisfaction over the 21.1km Half-Marathon distance. Jordan Awad stayed with the leaders from the start, and after the 1st (2.2km) turnaround, made his move to take the lead, which he held to the end with a strong run, his 1:19:06 a mere 4 seconds adrift of the course record. Gareth Franklin was 2nd in 1:21:10, with Inigo Jauregi Unanue completing the podium in the men’s race with 1:22:57. Gareth Prosser took out the Male 50-59 in 1:38:44 from Mark Irwin’s 1:39:31; while Chris Dixon led home the Male 60-69 with a fine run of 1:40:48.

    Janice Minogue was a clear winner in the women’s race, pacing herself wisely to finish in 1:41:16, a clear 10 minutes ahead of Sarah Colquhoun’s 1:51:07, and Alice Caldwell with 1:54:15. Yvonne Richards led home the Female 50-59 with her excellent 1:51:49, from Sue Flynn’s 1:59:12; while Amanda Barlow took out the Female 60-69 in 2:13:47.

    The standout feature of today’s 10km trail race was the remarkable showing of the Female 50-59 category as a whole – with a quarter of the top 16 finishers! Sure enough, Harley Mangham took line honours from the Male Under 50s in 43:34, though next home was Eileen Cantwell for the women in 45:22, from Natalie Kapitzka (48:52), just ahead of the 1st Female 50-59 champion and new age group record holder, Zoe Melling in 49:02, who led home the first of the Male 50-59s in John Hayes (49:05) and Greg Rankin (49:27), with Rosheen Boyle (again Female 50-59) on their tails with 50:46. Pam Joseph took out the Female 60-69 with 1:02:15.

    The shorter 5km race was won handsomely by Oliver Fyfe, from the Boys Under 13 category in an impressive new course age group best time 22:50 (breaking a 7-year-old record), from Male 17 and Overs Pablo Arenas’ 22:44 and Angus Fyfe’s 22:51. Toni Faros won the largest contingent of the day (16 out of the 23 contestants), the Female 17 and Overs, with her 26:41.

    Congratulations and sincere thanks to all who took part in any way in this memorable morning in the forest!

  • 2021 Apr 5th
    Sri Chinmoy Centennial Park Half-Marathon, 7km & 4km cross-country runs, Monday 5 April 2021

    Being the shortest distance and smallest field, and catering primarily for kids and newbies, we don’t usually start a race report with coverage of the 4km event. Today we do!

    The all-comers course record for the Sri Chinmoy 4km loop at Centennial Park was set on Easter Monday in 2013 by Ali Najem, and stood unthreatened for 8 years – until today, when it was lowered by a full 8 seconds in a head-turning display of style and speed  – by Ali Najem. His new best time, 12:40. Thank you Ali, for the inspiration and sheer joy you bring through the passion, power and grace of your running!

    Ali was not the only super-fast runner burning up the grass today, as he was chased by a flying Max Russell – whose awesome 12:59 set a new record for the Male Under 17 category – with Brady McIntyre also streets ahead of the rest of the field in 13:08.

    Natasha Ward was next runner home, winning the Girls Under 17 in the process with an impressive 14:48. Tahli Weigand took out the Girls Under 13 with a well-below-4-minute-pace run of 15:45; and Natalie Malligan the Female 17 and Over with 17:18. Evan Rowbotham meanwhile won the Boys Under 13 in 15:11.

    Usually one expects the early finishers in these races to be populated by the Male Under 50 category, yet the big story of today’s 7km one-lap race saw 3 of the top 5 placings upsetting this dominant paradigm. Yes, Nic Bailey won the race outright from the MU50s with his accustomed sleek style in 26:27 – yet next home was a flying Ella Higgins, taking out the women’s race and 2nd outright with a fantastic 26:39, a mere 12 seconds adrift of Nic. Ella barely held off the charge of Alan Wheat, 1st in the Male 50-59 and 3rd outright, winning his category in 26:42. Shaun Malligan got one back for the MU50 for 4th outright with 25:56, before Audrey Hall flew across the line next in 27:33. 3rd placed Female Under 50 was Amber Kusano with 32:45; with the same trophy in the Male Under 50 claimed by Joe Park (27:53).

    Zoe Melling took out the Female 50-59 category with 33:27, from Kathleen Wallington’s 34:00 and Rosheen Boyle’s 34:47. Visiting legend Belinda Soszyn – who was also timing and producing results for the entire event with husband Greg D’Arcy – showed her ageless pedigree in winning the Female 60-69 with 35:44, from Rita Webster (39:11) and Sylvia Nichols (41:43); while Anne Elizabeth Boyd came home 1st in the Female 70 and Over with an impressive 50:43.

    2nd in the Male 50-59 was Shane Maundrell with 32:22, from Aaron Francey’s 33:12; while Craig Saphin took out the Male 60-69 in 33:23, from Chris Webster with 36:51 and Marc Jarman in 39:28.

    The advantage of the loop course is that spectators – while not seeing the entire race unfold – are at least treated to regular snapshots of the action, observing the entire field passing by 6 times in the course of the Half-Marathon. So it was that the excitement and anticipation built through the race as Gerber Koster was shadowed by Stuart Rennie through most of the distance. Who would make their move and how would the other respond? As it turns out, Gerber eased away over the final mile, to claim victory in 1:19:39 from Stuart’s 1:20:21, with John McCormack completing the podium positions with 1:24:33.

    Though a lovely day for spectators and supporters, it was nevertheless deceptively warm for running more than one lap, and most runners found their times a little slower than might have been anticipated on a cooler morning.

    Ruth Thomas was best on the day among the women, winning by a clear margin in 1:34:28, from Krista King (1:39:47) and Georgia Auchterlonie with 1:41:15. Soonchul Shin won a tight race in the Male 50-59 in 1:32:00, from a close-finishing Eddie Guo with 1:32:13 – a good distance ahead of their competition. Rob Ellis won the Male 60-69 with 1:51:51 from Gregory Leamon’s 1:57:53; while Paul Feain won the Male 70 and Over in 2:33:45. Elaine Glass earned the main prize in the Female 50-59 with 1:58:38; while Cheryl Parnham took home the trophy for 1st Female 60-69 with 2:21:29.

    Congratulations to all participants and thanks to all helpers! Our special gratitude to Belinda Soszyn and Greg D’Arcy of Multisport Australia and Sports Splits for their generosity, kindness and superb professional service.

  • 2020 Dec 6th
    Sri Chinmoy Iron Cove 14km, 7km & 4km Fun-Runs, Sunday 6 December 2020

    As life gradually returns to something resembling “normal”, it’s the most predictable and reliable elements of our outer existence we appreciate all the more for their core role in maintaining our happiness and stability – like running around The Bay in a Sri Chinmoy Iron Cove Fun-Run. With the June edition of this stalwart event being missed for the first time in a generation, the 6 December Christmas Run was the last and only chance to savour this familiar yet treasured joy in 2020.

    With such a popular course being run so often, it’s rare indeed for one of the Open course records to fall. Today saw a superb solo run from Oliver Cashman to break a 7-year-old mark in the Men’s 14km race, setting a new fastest time of 48:40 over the 2-lap race. Oliver ran alone the whole way, running out winner by 4 minutes clear of his nearest challenger, Gerber Koster in 52:30, who also enjoyed a large gap from 3rd placed John McCormack with 55:40. Masahito Kato (1:00:03) just edged out Eddie Guo (1:00:05) in the more closely fought Male 50-59 category; while Tetsundo Kato took out the Male 60-69 in 1:02:06; and Paul Feain the Male 70 and Over in 1:31:41.

    The women’s 14km race was a much closer contest, with the top 3 almost within touching distance at the finish. Mel Selby took the major honours in 1:00:39, from Libby Parry’s 1:00:41 and Jen Reid with 1:00:42. Tracy O’Donnell was fastest among the Female 50-59 with 1:13:44; and Kate Rowe best in the Female 60-69 in 1:22:56.

    Standout performance of the 7km race came from the fleet-of-foot Audrey Hall, whose 26:40 not only won the women’s 7km race by a minute, it also placed her 2nd outright, although with the wave starts she also took line honours. Next home came Liz Lennox in 27:39, from Eileen Cantwell with 29:23. Rosheen Boyle consolidated her standing in the Female 50-59 category with another fine win in 33:39, not far ahead of Zoe Melling’s 34:10.

    The one-lap men’s 7km race saw Christian Lotter run away a clear winner in 24:42, by 2 minutes from  Cody Mather (26:44) who also held a safe margin from 3rd placed Manuel Geier in 27:35. Veteran Felix Lievano took out the Male 50-59 in 29:08; Craig Saphin was strongest in the particularly competitive Male 60-69 field to win with his impressive 32:33; while David Iverarch duly took out the Male 70 and Over with another fine run of 34:17.

    Davor Zailac added to his many 1st-placed medals at the shorter distance, taking out the 4km race in 17:17 in a good tussle from Boys Under 17 winner, Guillermo Castro in 17:21. Ryan Reynolds was winner of the Boys Under 13 in 19:19. just ahead of his dad Baden with 19:21. Vivian Huynh won the Female 17 and Over category in 22:08, while Mia Barrett took out the Girls Under 13 with 35:44.

    Congratulations to all who ran today on a lovely Sydney morning – stay safe, happy and fit, and may we welcome each other better and brighter in the New Year!