Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series

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A 5-race series at popular Sydney running venues

Upcoming races

Race 1: 16 December
2018 Series, race 7: Iron Cove 14km, 7km & 4km
Race 2: 12 December
Iron Cove 14km, 7km & 4km
Race 3: 3 April
2022 Series, race 1: Mirambeena 16km, 8km & 2 miles EVENT CANCELLED IN 2022
Race 4: 8 May
2022 Series, race 2: Sri Chinmoy Royal National Park MARATHON, Half-Marathon, 10km & 5km Trail Runs

About the event

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

In 2022, each race will be conducted as a stand-alone event. The Series entry will return in 2023.

To enter online, click the link below the description for your chosen event, below. Online entries open 3 months prior to the race date for each event. Late entries are available on the day (cash only, see rates on right of page) from 7am to 7.45am only.

Each event features 3 distances:

* Short (3.2km – 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 (3.2km – 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

Events

Short (4km – 5km)

    • 8am
    • $21 online until 5pm Friday prior
    • $30 on the day

Middle (7km – 10km)

    • 8am
    • $26 online until 5pm Friday prior
    • $35 on the day

Longer (14km – Half-Marathon)

    • 8am
    • $31 online until 5pm Friday prior
    • $40 on the day

Marathon (Royal National Park only)

    • 7am
    • $47 online until 5pm Friday prior
    • $70 on the day

Contact

Prachar Stegemann
0404 071 327
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Upcoming Races

Race 1: 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 2: 12 December

Iron Cove 14km, 7km & 4km

ALL RUNNERS MUST BRING AND CARRY THEIR OWN WATER AND DRINKS: NO ON-COURSE DRINK STATIONS.

NSW GOVERNMENT HEALTH ADVICE PRESENTLY REQUIRES ALL PARTICIPANTS AND ATTENDEES AT OUTDOOR SPORTING EVENTS TO PRESENT PROOF OF DOUBLE VACCINATION – PLEASE BRING VACCINATION CERTIFICATE TO REGISTRATION.

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.

Online entry for this event only.

Race 3: 3 April

2022 Series, race 1: Mirambeena 16km, 8km & 2 miles EVENT CANCELLED IN 2022

Sadly, the Sri Chinmoy Mirambeena 16km, 8km & 2 mile runs for 2022 have been cancelled, due to the recent flooding of the start/finish area and surrounds at Garrison Point. We hope to stage this much-loved event again in 2023.

To start the Series, we celebrate the long-awaited return 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 now for this race only.

16km, 8km & 2 miles View course map »
Race 4: 8 May

2022 Series, race 2: 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 only.

MARATHON & Half-Marathon View course map »
10km & 5km View course map »
Race 5: 10 July

2022 Series, race 3: 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.

Enter online for this event only.

Half-Marathon, 10km & 5km View course map »
Race 6: 25 September

2022 Series, race 4: 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 at 6.45am, closing at 7.55am.

Enter online for this race only.

Half-Marathon View course map »
Race 7: 16 October

2022 Series, race 5: Sri Chinmoy Centennial Park 14km, 7km & 4km cross-country

Closing the Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series in 2022, step out onto the beautiful tracks and fields of Centennial Park for a scenic double-lap 14km, 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.

Enter online for this race only.

Half-Marathon & 7km View course map »

Series Pointscore Championship (RESUMING IN 2023)

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 David Riches 28:05 12/12/2021 Kate Rowe 33:54 20/10/2013
7 km 70 and Over David Iverarch 32:06 11/9/2016 Kerry Bray 48:10 12/12/2021
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 Raewyn Harlock 1:07:29 12/12/2021
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      

 

Mirambeena

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

  • 2022 May 8th
    Sri Chinmoy Royal National Park Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10km & 5km Trail Runs, Sunday 8 May 2022

    The Royal National Park is an ideal locale to appreciate the beauty and splendour of Nature. Running is the ideal way to imbibe and assimilate the power and sweetness of Nature. Racing in such an environment nourishes us integrally on all levels of our being, in the process drawing us inexorably closer to each other and to our inner selves: a shared celebration of the best in us all. So, under a benign forest canopy framed within a greater canopy of radiant blue, today was bound to be special.

    Bringing together extraordinary people from all corners and walks of life, the running community is a wonderful family of mutual appreciation and support. One of the earliest to arrive on the scene in the pitch dark this morning to help register everyone and get the ball rolling, Annabel Hepworth is a 4-time Australian Ultra-Runner of the Year, fresh from another world-class performance in the Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 6-Day Race in New York a few weeks ago. All who recognised Annabel eagerly serving up pancakes for hours post-race were at once in awe and appreciation of the dauntless enthusiasm and charming humility of a true champion. In praising Annabel, we appreciate the epitome of each and every volunteer, organiser, supporter and spectator who offer their all for the simple reason – they love to. Always, we receive more than we give.

    It’s never a bad idea to go for a run in the bush. That was the philosophy informing one of Sydney’s foremost running clubs – “Billy’s Bushies” – back in the day, who would enjoy much for their running and training in and around Royal National Park. So it was especially pleasing to see Billy himself – William Hick, no less – front up to vigorously walk today’s 5km along the ever-delightful Lady Carrington Drive. Billy would have been proud also of another one of his early local members, Bob Fickel, who today completed his 297th marathon, with no sign of letting up any time soon.

    Months of rainfall have left the track sodden in places, making the going a little more challenging today, though you wouldn’t have known that from the beaming, satisfied smiles around the pancake table. Congratulations to all who completed their first marathon, or their 297th, or anywhere in between, and to all who finished their respective Half-Marathons, 10km and 5km outings. Even the most-used cliché sometimes proves true, and so it was today: everyone was a winner.

  • 2021 Dec 12th
    Sri Chinmoy Iron Cove 14km, 7km & 4km Runs, Sunday 12 December 2021

    Standout performer of the day: having entered a new age category of F60-69, Raewyn Harlock took the opportunity to claim the F60-69 record for the 14km to add to her still-standing F50-59 course records for the 7km, 14km and Half-Marathon over the same course – so she now holds 4 course records for this one event!

    Other course records to tumble today came from David Riches, whose slick 28:05 set a new best time for M60-69 in the 7km race (and who also owns the M50-59 record for the 14km race, from 6 years ago); and Kerry Bray’s 48:10 establishing a new benchmark time for the F70 and Over, also in the 7km distance.

    Samuel Morse led the 14km race from the outset and never looked back, to claim the win with an impressive 53:41, from the pair of Joseph Thomas with 54:13 and David Paterson in 54:20. Mike Turner was next home in 54:29, leading the field for the M50-59 (and 3rd outright). Ben Dall,äôamico took out the M70 and Over with 1:23:34 (surprisingly there were no entrants in the M60-69 in the 14km race today).

    The women’s 14km event was won by Georgina Beech with 1:00:39, from Sarah Whitley’s 1:01:56 and Melanie Shields with 1:04:11. Josie Ryan was fastest among the F50-59 with 1:27:57; while Raewyn Harlock stood alone in the F60-69 as the only contestant, yet still ran faster than any from her age group have covered this course before.

    Michael Abiwahab was strong and stylish in winning the men’s 7km one-lap race in 26:25, ahead of the fast-finishing pair of Chaturanga Jayalathge with 27:19 and Leon Goh in 27:21. Greg Chruchall took out the M50-59 in 26:48; David Riches won the M60-69 (and was 2nd fastest in the M50-59) with a record 28:05; and Peter Allen claimed the top award in the M70 and Over with 47:41.

    Ruth Thomas was fastest today among the women 7km contestants, taking the top podium placing with 28:24, holding off Mel Selby’s 28:49 and Rochelle O’Connor with 29:16. Rosheen Boyle was the quickest in the F50-59 with 33:16; Joan Feeney stood first in the F60-69 with 35:42; and Kerry Bray claimed another course record for the F70 and Over with 48:10.

    Isac Churchall was fastest finisher in the 4km race, winning the Boys Under 17 in 16:58, ahead of 1st Boy Under 13, Oliver Fyfe in 17:36, towing his father Angus Fyfe who was the only contestant today in the Male 17 and Over, with 17:38. Freya Ingwersen won the Girls Under 13 with 20:37; coming just after the 1st Female 17 and Over runner Laura Heaney, who took the main prize in her division with 20:24.

    Our thanks to all helpers – especially to Albert Ho and to Penny and Stephen Redfern for their wholehearted and cheerful service throughout the morning.

    Merry Christmas and a truly Happy New Year to all!

  • 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!