Sri Chinmoy Canberra 2019 Trail Series 2: "Tuggeranong Trot" 20km, 8km & 2km, Sunday 30 June 2019
Winter days in Canberra can be quite miserable … can be absolutely glorious. We hear plenty of gripes about Winter in these parts, so it’s worth wholeheartedly singing the praises of those days when everything comes together in exquisite perfection…
Just the right amount and intensity of overnight rain enlivened the air with possibility; freshened the foliage with a beckoning familiarity; and cleansed the trails of dust, softening the ground underfoot to the ideal texture, affording optimum grip and bounce for fast, smooth running – while adding a zest to the burbling of the nearby Murrumbidgee, The River alongside us an ever-present reassuring pilgrim whispering soulful, life-affirming secrets to each and every attentive runner. Above, clearing clouds were the opening curtains revealing a stage of wide-open azure sky, seemingly beckoning us to expand into the limitlessness of our potential.
The outstanding run of the day was unfortunately not seen by any of the 20km field, as Matthew Robbie showed a clean pair of heels from the outset, never to be glimpsed again. Only the marshals and spectators were able to thrill to the flying form of an elite performer as Matthew blazed a phenomenal new course record of 1:13:34. The next runner, Tim Barnett was a full 8 minutes adrift in 1:21:54 despite his own fine run, with Dave Hardwicke completing the podium placings of the Male Under 50 in 1:24:46.
Kim Houghton led home the Male 50-59 field with 1:42:03 from Gareth Prosser’s 1:42:42; while Michael Sullivan was the standout Male 60-69 in 1:46:12; with Terry Dixon winning the Male 70 and Over with 2:13:59.
The women’s 20km race was closer, though still won convincingly by Alice Westwood in 1:43:03 from Tammy McCabe’s 1:44:49 and Narelle Smyth with 1:45:04. The Female 50-59 was again won by Mhairi Craig in 1:48:38 (4th fastest female overall), from Leonie Montgomery’s 1:53:47; with Sue Bowden again winning the Female 60-69 in 2:18:49; and Margaret Finnigan setting a new Best Time for Female 70 and Over with her steadfast 2:44:21. Special mention to Sandra McBryde who rolled her ankle and persisted, hobbling to the finish in another record – of 4:22:41, accompanied by her friend Cathy Lloyd.
The 8km race saw some of Canberra’s finest runners on display, with a great contest between Jack Bigmore (30:55) and Glen Sturesteps (31:04) at the front of the field, with Bernardo Palma taking 3rd in 31:46. Mark Duncanson continued his dominance of the Male 50-59 category, winning in 36:11 from a returning John Muir in 38:23; while Peter Prince took out the Male 60-69 with a fine run of 40:38.
Olivia Stutchbury ensured Canberra runners didn’t have it all their own way, winning the women’s 8km with a confident 38:22, from Kate McConchie’s 39:57 and Stephanie Boxall with 40:41. Sonja Norris was fastest among the Female 50-59 with 46:22; while Catherine Demayo took out the Female 60-69 in 1:03:36.
The shortest race of the day – the 2km scenic out-and-back – saw Xavier O’Brien establish a new record for Boys Under 13 of 8:30 in also winning the race outright! 2nd and 3rd outright also went to the remainder of the Boys Under 13 field, with Myles Box 2nd in 9:23 and Finn Houghton 3rd with 9:43.
1st among the Girls Under 13 was Evelyn Box in 12:35, from Kaena Hamilton’s 12:58 and Evelyn Fisher with 15:34. Sophie Robertson created a new course record for Girls Under 17 by winning that category in 13:17; while Nicole Clout took out the Female 17 and Over in 15:34, and Carlos Oviedo the Male 17 and Over with 15:39.
Thanks to all helpers whose encouragement and service were indispensable to the success of the day.