Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series

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A 7-race series at popular Sydney running venues for your enjoyment, fitness and self-transcendence

Upcoming races

Race 1: 18 December
Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series 2016, race 8
Race 2: 26 February
2017 Series, race 1: Mirambeena 16km, 8km & 2 miles
Race 3: 26 March
2017 Series, race 2: Centennial Park Half-Marathon, 7km & 4km cross-country
Race 4: 7 May
2017 Series, race 3: Royal National Park MARATHON, Half-Marathon, 10km & 5km Trail Runs
Race 5: 16 July
2017 Series, race 4: Dolls Point MARATHON, Half-Marathon, 10km & 5km
Race 6: 10 September
2017 Series, race 5: Iron Cove Half-Marathon, 7km & 4km

About the event

Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team offers a 7-race series at popular Sydney running venues in 2017 for your enjoyment, fitness and self-transcendence. Most events include races over 3 distances:

* Short (2 miles – 5km)
* Middle (7km – 10km)
* Longer distance (14km – 21.1km)

At two venues – Royal National Park and Dolls Point, a full MARATHON (42.2km) is also offered.

Marathons start at 7am, while all other events start at 8am with Registration opening at 6.45 am, and closing at 7.55 am.

All certified accurate courses, with distance markers every kilometre (every 2km at Royal National Park). Courses at Iron Cove and Dolls Point are on paved cycle/running paths; courses at Centennial Park are cross-country, on gravel and grass; the course at Royal National Park is on an old coach road (now fire trail) through the forest.

Awards are presented in the following categories:

Short Distance (2 miles – 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 – 10km), Longer Distance (14km – 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

Post-race pancake breakfast for all.

Events

Short Distance (2 miles-5k)

    • per race $17 online, $30 on day
    • 7-race series pass: $105

Middle Distance (7-10k)

    • per race $22 online, $35 on the day
    • 7-race series pass: $135

Long Distance (14-21.1k)

    • per race $27 online, $40 on day
    • 7-race series pass: $170

Marathon 42.2k (Royal National Park & Dolls Point events)

    • 7am
    • per race $47 online, $70 on day
    • Long-Distance series pass holders may
    • enter each marathon for $10 extra.

Contact

Prachar Stegemann
0404 071 327
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Upcoming Races

Race 1: 18 December

Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series 2016, race 8

The Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series has its Final Fling for 2016 with our Christmas Run around The Bay. Enjoy the satisfaction of wrapping up another year of races in a variety of Sydney's finest locales – and stay around for an end-of-year pancake breakfast.

Parking at the end of Glover St, Lilyfield. Registraton and on-the-day entries from 6.45am, with races starting at 8am.

Enter this race online now.

14km, 7km View course map »
Race 2: 26 February

2017 Series, race 1: Mirambeena 16km, 8km & 2 miles

The Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series for 2017 starts with 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.  We hope you enjoy your morning and make these runs a regular highlight of your calendar.

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 whole 2017 Series.

16km, 8km & 2 miles View course map »
Race 3: 26 March

2017 Series, race 2: Centennial Park Half-Marathon, 7km & 4km cross-country

Summer is over, so it's time to start focusing on longer distances. Step up to the Half-Marathon, or stay with the 7km or 4km options as we take to the tracks and fields of Centennial Park 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.

Park anywhere along Grand Drive. 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 whole 2017 Series.

Half-Marathon & 7km View course map »
Race 4: 7 May

2017 Series, race 3: 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 registration opens at 6.30 am and closes at 7.55 am. The MARATHON starts at 7am, with other distances starting from 8 am.

Enter online for this race only, or for the remainder of the 2017 Series.

MARATHON & Half-Marathon View course map »
10km & 5km View course map »
Race 5: 16 July

2017 Series, race 4: Dolls Point MARATHON, Half-Marathon, 10km & 5km

The full suite of classic road race distances: 5km, 10km, Half-Marathon and a full 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 over a pancake breakfast in the happy ambience of Peter Depena Reserve, alongside Botany Bay.

Park off Russell Ave, Dolls Point. On-the-day registration opens at 6.30 am and closes at 7.55 am. The MARATHON starts at 7am, with other distances starting from 8 am.

Enter online for this race only, or for the remainder of the 2017 Series.

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

2017 Series, race 5: Iron Cove Half-Marathon, 7km & 4km

If you’re aiming for the Sydney Marathon later in the month, this is the perfect tune-up race, the final Half-Marathon of the Series. 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 6.45 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 2017 Series.

Half-Marathon View course map »
Race 7: 22 October

2017 Series, race 6: Centennial Park 14km, 7km & 4km

Alongside New York’s Central Park and London’s Hyde Park, Centennial Park is one of the truly great urban parklands, affording that perfect blend we all yearn for: the peace and satisfaction of Nature in proximity to city comfort and amenities. Few places in the world can boast such a perfect locale for running so close to the CBD…

Park anywhere along Grand Drive. 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 2017 Series.

14km & 7km View course map »
Race 8: 17 December

2017 Series, race 7: Iron Cove 14km, 7km & 4km

The Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series' Christmas Run and Finale for 2017. 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 »

Course records

Iron Cove

Distance Age Category Male Time Date Female Time Date
4 km Under 13 Angus Beer 14:24 15/12/2013 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      
8 km (old course) Under 50 Thomas Do Canto 26:09 27/2/2011 Natasha Cole 31:26 24/2/2008
8 km (old course) 50 - 59 Keith Bateman 27:47 16/10/2011 Grace Stone 38:59 16/10/2011
8 km (old course) 60 - 69 Rob Connolley 33:05 10/5/2009 Jo Rickards 42:05 28/11/2010
8 km (old course) 70 and Over Arthur Andonopoulos 45:56 24/2/2008      
14 km Under 50 Mitch Dean 48:41 10/3/2013 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 Kate Rowe 1:16:24 13/12/2015
14 km 70 and Over David Iverarch 1:06:55 18/12/16      
16 km (old course) Under 50 Thomas Do Canto 54:04 28/3/2010 Audrey Hall 1:04:54 10/5/2009
16 km (old course) 50 - 59 Wayne Gregory 1:01:45 10/5/2009 Kate Rowe 1:21:59 28/3/2010
16 km (old course) 60 - 69 Witold Krajewski 1:08:44 27/2/2011      
16 km (old course) 70 and Over Bert Sloan 1:34:45 2/11/2008      
Half-Marathon Under 50 Anthony Farrugia 1:13:20 14/10/2012 Elizabeth Pittaway 1:25:53 18/10/2015
Half-Marathon 50 - 59 Martin Dawson 1:21:44 14/10/2012 Raewyn Harlock 1:28:57 14/10/2012
Half-Marathon 60 - 69 Gary Dalton 1:27:29 24/5/2015 Hideko Sato-Fraser 1:55:33 14/10/2012
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 Morgan McDonald 14:27 29/3/2009 Taylor Porter 15:28 9/6/2013
4 km Under 17 Daniel Siepen 13:49 23/11/2008 Jessica Durand 14:53 13/6/2010
4 km 17 and Over Ali Najem 12:47 1/4/2013 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 Dian Hall 1:22:19 23/2/2014
14 km 70 and Over Ernest Jordan 1:19:41 23/10/2016      
Half-Marathon Under 50 Matthew Cox 1:08:46 7/6/2015 Michelle McAdam 1:23:28 26/3/2017
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 Bert Sloan 2:09:47 23/11/2008      

 

Dolls Point

Distance Age Category Male Time Date Female Time Date
5 km Under 13 Jack Porter 19:25 10/7/2011 Taylor Porter 19:36 14/7/2013
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 50:40 16/7/2017 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 John Dawlings 1:40:00 14/7/2013 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 Marc Mardini 23:36 4/5/2014 Isabella Mardini 23:21 4/5/2014
5 km Under 17 Max Jameson 20:21 4/5/2014 Nicola Kain 24:27 12/10/2014
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 Michael Wilding 44:08 1/5/2016 Cathy Davenport 51:16 3/5/2015
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      
Half-Marathon Under 50 Jake Stollery 1:19:02 4/5/2014 Sally Towse 1:31:48 7/5/2017
Half-Marathon 50 - 59 Glenn Gielissen 1:28:48 7/5/2017 Vicki Jeffreys 1:48:34 7/5/2017
Half-Marathon 60 - 69 Michael Sullivan 1:44:14 7/5/2017 Merridy O'Donnell 2:11:42 7/5/2017
Half-Marathon 70 and Over Ernest Jordan 2:08:21 7/5/2017      
Marathon Under 50 Ian Gallagher 2:47:16 4/5/2014 Alicia Ralph 3:37:05 1/5/2016
Marathon 50 - 59 Philip Balnave 3:01:56 7/5/2017 M Jac Tremayne 4:16:17 4/5/2014
Marathon 60 - 69 Victor Correa 3:24:58 1/5/2016      
Marathon 70 and Over            

 

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 Sylvia Nichols 40:03 12/6/2011
8 km 60 - 69 Kieron Blackmore 33:12 26/2/2017 Gina Jessop 44:47 26/2/2017
8 km 70 and Over Edward McMaster 50:53 23/5/2010      
16 km Under 50 Ross Johnson 55:59 19/2/2012 Louise Noble 1:04:38 26/2/2017
16 km 50 - 59
 
John Dawlings 1:06:19 12/6/2011 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

  • 2017 Sep 10th
    Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series 2017, race 5: Iron Cove Half-Marathon, 7km & 4km Runs, Sunday 10 September 2017

    The mood pre-race at Iron Cove today was unusually subdued. A smaller, more pensive gathering was perhaps preoccupied with staving off a surprisingly brisk morning that would later morph into a simply superb day. With the sun’s advent, the atmosphere grew progressively more convivial, like an intimate family gathering.

    For the first time in quite a while, no course records were set, not even by the formidable David Iverarch in the Male 70 and Over category (7km). This is partly due to the long history of races at this venue having produced some outstanding records, while many were using this as a non-competitive tune-up for races next weekend.

    One the best finishes of the day was in the men’s Half-Marathon, which saw Filippo Sbalchiero (1:19:48) outlast Jacob Grooby (1:19:52) in a hard-fought tussle. Yohey Kawase followed closely for 3rd in 1:20:16. Geoffrey Barnes took out the Male 50-59 with 1:27:29; Bob Fickel added another cherry on top of one of Australia’s longest running careers by winning the Men 60-69 in 2:06:05; while Peter Allen ran a brave 2:21:37 to win the Male 70 and Over category.

    The women’s Half-Marathon, by contrast, saw a clear and outstanding win in 1:38:37, to a surprised Rebecca Hoschke, who apparently had no idea she was ever in the lead. Rebecca’s win was the more remarkable for having pushed her little boy in a pram for the entire 21.1 km! Vice Hazdovac took out 2nd place in 1:49:27, from Susie Heath (3rd) in 1:50:34. Karen Ryan’s 1:52:16 won her the Female 50-59 title.

    The one-lap 7km race is one of Sydney’s standard runs, won today by Brendan Boyd in 26:00 from the consistent Greg Churchill (26:15) and Mark Huber (26:40). Mike Mannix took out the Male 50-59 with 31:28; Brian Radburn the Male 60-69 in 31:51; and David Iverarch the Male 70 and Over with 33:38.

    The women’s race saw Leonie Montgomery (32:10) strong enough to hold off a concerted challenge from a close-finishing pair of 2nd-place Sarah Latham (32:23) and 3rd-place Zoe Melling (32:36). Tracey O’Donnell is revelling in her Female 50-59 category; her 34:32 would have placed her 6th outright. Jan Swinhoe shone in the Female 60-69 with a fine 37:35.

    Richard Sarkies was the star of the 4km out-and-back race, his 14:12 a over a minute clear of his son Wilson Sarkies, whose 15:29 won him the Boys Under 17; while Mitchell Dean took out the Boys Under 13 in 16:52.

    Sally Hannah ran an astounding race to win by 5 minutes in 16:24; with Chloe Truong taking out the Girls Under 13 with 22:24; and Elena Berryman the Girls Under 17 in 23:51.

  • 2017 Jul 16th
    Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series 2017, race 4: Dolls Point Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10km & 5km Runs, Sunday 16 July 2017

    Magic is happening always, all around us: usually we are too busy to notice. Sometimes you just have to be in the right place at the right time, and to have made the right choices ... like this morning.

    Just as the marathoners were embarking on their journey alongside Botany Bay, the sun, sea, sky and clouds conspired to stage one of life’s thrillingly auspicious moments … sure there’s a dawn, a sunrise every day, yet this one was the peal of a cosmic gong, the rising of a curtain portending an engrossing drama, an announcement of impending glory and confirmation of the soul’s approval for all who had committed to hurling their wills into that bravest of challenges: the Marathon.

    Every marathon finisher is always a winner. Today’s race saw the completion of marathon # 258 for Ray James, and marathon # 251 for Bob Fickel – that’s over 500 marathons between these two humble yet extraordinary champions. Even if no-one else had turned up, it was worth the price of admission just to witness these greats of our sport in action. Gentlemen, please accept our virtual standing ovation!

    The women’s Marathon saw a very happy Jane Trumper triumph from the Female 50-59 category in 4:13:23; while Virginia Botha’s 4:20:40 was enough to eclipse Muriel Demarcus’ 4:22:06 in the Female Under 50.

    Michael Lough ran a fine controlled race to take out the Men’s Marathon in 2:54:05 from Gareth Franklin’s 2:57:45. Kevin Heaton won the Male 50-59 in 3:25:50, and Victor Correa led home the Male 60-69 with 3:38:41. A special congratulation to Donalito Bales Jnr who was ecstatic to finish his first Marathon in 5:21:57!

    Today was an historic day for the Male Over 70 category in the Half-Marathon and 10km races, with for the first time ever, a higher number of participants than the younger 60-69 division. Arthur Huxtable led the way in the Half-Marathon Male 70+, setting a new course record of 1:57:49; while Geoff Smith led home the Male 60-69 in 1:49:28. Martin Cosby placed 5th outright in winning the Male 50-59 in a fine 1:26:51. The podium places in the Open Men’s race were taken by Matthew Rofe (1:21:46), Yohei Kawase (1:22:58) and Stephen Redfern (1:25:05), with Stephen backing up from his wonderful victory last weekend in the Sri Chinmoy 24 Hour race at Campbelltown.

    Just as with the men, some of the main action in the women's race happened in the higher age brackets. Mary Sheehan led the way by smashing the course record for the Female 60-69 with her extraordinary run of 1:48:00. Catherine Anderson led home the Female 50-59 in 2:03:39; while Magda Karimali took out the Female Under 50 in the Half-Marathon with 1:32:52, from Natalie Bye (1:34:31) and Stephanie Bilic (1:38:31).

    The 10km race saw David Iverarch add to his burgeoning Male 70+ record harvest with another  brilliant run of 50:40; coming in on the heels of Male 60-69 winner Rob Ellis’ 50:34. Masanori Chiba was an outstanding winner of the Male 50-59 in 41:13, which placed him 5th outright. The Male Under 50 was won by Jake Foster with 37:22 in a sprint finish from Ian Gabriel (37:24) and Julian Murray not far behind with 38:10.

    Merrily O’Donnell continued her fine form in the Female 60-69. winning with 55:53; not far behind Nadia Tesser who led home the Female 50-59 in 52:17. Fastest female on the course today was Zoe Melling with 46:26; from Martina Nimac (47:04) and Barbara David (47:43).

    David Thorne took out the Men’s 5km race today in fine form in 17:25 from his brother Aaron Thorne’s 19:06; followed in by Kate Hill winning the women’s race in 19:29. Patrick Hadjiantonio was fastest of the Boys Under 13 with 20:14 and Allen Chantharasonthi the Boys Under 17 in 20:32. Unfortunately it is common when running, that we tend to follow whoever is in front of us, rather than focus on course signage. This happened today in the 5km race. After the leaders ran the correct course as marked, quite a few of the field then apparently followed a runner who was not even in the race, onto an alternative path which meant they completely missed the northern turnaround, thus adding considerable distance and time to quite a few of the 5km results. While organisers make every effort to ensure the course is clearly marked, while racing we can never assume that the runner in front of us knows where they are going. When running in a group we tend to “switch off”, yet this is when we are most in danger of missing a sign and going off course: please, remain always alert for course signage!

  • 2017 May 7th
    Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series 2017, race 3: Royal National Park Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10km & 5km Trail Runs, Sunday 7 May 2017

    The Sri Chinmoy Royal National Park Trail Runs on Sunday 7 May 2017 set a new record – for the most number of records set at one race (other than an inaugural event where every winner establishes a course record).

    Whether due to the weather (best ever experienced for this race); the superb condition of the track (again, best ever); a continuing improvement of the general standard of trail running; the remarkable spirit of mutual support and goodwill pervading the field; the inspiration of Eliud Kipchoge’s 2-hour marathon run the previous night in Italy; healthy vibes flowing from the all-pervading bush flourishing at the culmination of a warm, wet summer; the constant encouragement of a randomly assorted yet enthusiastically persistent bird choir; a propitious alignment of indefinable factors – or confluence of all of the above, an astonishing 10 course records fell – 4 to the women and 6 to the men; 1 in the Marathon, 3 in the 10km, and an amazing 6 out of the 7 categories contested in the Half-Marathon (and no, the course was NOT short!!)

    In the men’s Marathon, the sandal-shod Phil Balnave ran from the front and won the race outright from his new station of Male 50-59. Exuding trademark humility, quiet strength and clarity of purpose, Phil set about his work with a single mind and was rewarded with a new category record of 3:01:56. Justin Miller was next in, to take the Male Under 50 in 3:07:20 from Oliver Carey’s 3:10:04. Notably, there were 11 runners in the Male 50-59 category – only one less the 12 contesting the Male Under 50. Victor Correa ran a strong race to take out the Male 60-69 title in 3:43:38. Kirby Clarke won the women’s marathon with a fine run of 3:48:26, from Katy Anderson with 3:59:58. Special mention goes to first-time marathoner, Shailesh Rasane, who has been planning this feat for 10 years. Our salutations to all who completed the marathon today: whether your first or 250th, to run and finish a marathon is one of humanity’s finest, most complete and richly rewarding accomplishments.

    Today’s Half-Marathon proved an extraordinary event. Russell Andrews’ superb winning time of 1:20:18 was the 2nd fastest ever for this race – and the only category which did not see a new record set. To list the other category winners, and all new course records (drum roll and standing ovation for the parade, please…):

    Female Under 50: Sally Towse, 1:31:48
    Female 50-59: Vicki Jeffreys, 1:48:34
    Female 60-69: Merridy O’Donnell, 2:11:42
    Male 50-59: Glenn Gielissen, 1:28:48
    Male 60-69: Michael Sullivan, 1:44:14
    Male 70 and Over: Ernest Jordan, 2:08:21

    Much like Kipchoge’s 2-hour marathon which was run on the back of finely coordinated work of a team of elite pacers, credit for such a rich harvest of records must go not only to those at the pointy end but to the whole field of runners whose collective enthusiasm and momentum carried their leaders forward on a surging wave of inspiration. So congratulations to the entire Half-Marathon field for this historic achievement! The inspiration didn’t expire when the winners had collected their trophies either, for the final two across the line today – even after all the marathoners had completed their journeys – were two intrepid Half-Marathoners – Sonia Rosenthal and Hayley Hart, who reached their cherished goal in 3 hours, 58 minutes and 46 seconds. What a race – Champions all!

    It was James Hauptmann who set the first record to fall today in the 10km race and thus opened the record-breaking floodgates for all to follow. James’ fluent 36:39 was a class above his competitors in a good quality field. David Iverarch raised the bar by taking more than 20 minutes off the record for the Male 70 and Over with his brilliant 49:31. Likewise, Mary Sheehan challenged one of the toughest records of all to break – for it was previously owned by local legend Helen Stanger in the Female 60-69 – yet Mary triumphed with a resounding 51:23.

    Greg Rankin took out the Male 50-59 in 45:18; and Rob Ellis the Male 60-69 with 50:11. Stephanie Bilic won the women’s race by over 2 minutes with a commanding run of 44:13; while Nadia Tesser claimed 1st prize in the Female 50-59 with her 56:55.

    Despite the 5km trail run being the only distance which did not see any records fall, it was perhaps the friendliest field of all. Evie Cook won the women’s race outright and also took out the Girls Under 13 in 24:27; while Desie Joannides came first in the Female 17 and Over with 28:21.

    Marc Mardini won the men’s race outright and the Boys Under 17 in 20:33; Lewis Cook led home the Boys Under 13 in 24:20; and Chris Dallen the Male 17 and Over with 24:49.

  • 2017 Mar 26th
    Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series 2017, race 2: Centennial Park Half-Marathon, 7km & 4km cross-country run, Sunday 26 March 2017

    Sydney may be experiencing a miserable run of almost constant rain, and Centennial Park can be a muddy, sloshy venue in the wet; but Sunday 26 March showed that Sydney can also turn on the most glorious of sunny days, and there is no finer place to enjoy the beauty of city and nature on a fine morning, than Centennial Park.

    When the morning dawned fine, an almost disbelieving group gathered to grasp the occasion in the best way possible: by running through the park in a trio of Half-Marathon, 7km and 4km jaunts.

    Michelle McAdam ran a superb race in the Half-Marathon to break Laura James’ long-standing course record by 6 seconds, with a new best time of 1:23:28. While the race announcer was getting excited about Matthew Cox breaking the men’s course record, it turns out he got it all wrong: Matthew’s winning time of 1:10:24 – although good enough to win the race by 12 minutes – was still nearly 2 minutes shy of his own time from 2015. It was Michelle’s stellar race which should have been getting more plaudits on the day. Deirdre Hopkins ran with great purpose to place 2nd in 1:35:50; and Stephanie Bilic came in 3rd with 1:38:55.

    Marie Chretien took out the Female 50-59 category with 2:10:48; while Mary Sheehan ran an exhibition race in the Female 60-69 with an inspiring showing of 1:48:08.

    Matthew Cox ran the race without any company until he started lapping runners, as he led from the very start; a study in concentration, style and lovely form. Behind Matthew, Gary Mullins and Neil Culkin staged an excellent contest for the minor placings, with Gary able to run on strongly to a 1:22:18 finish from Neil’s 1:22:28. Next in was also the winner of the Male 50-59; Phillip Balnave celebrating his new category with a fine run of 1:23:53. Kieron Blackmore again took out the Male 60-69 in 1:40:06; and Arthur Huxtable the Male 70 and Over with 2:16:59.

    In the one-lap 7km race, Louise Arnott produced a blinder of a race to set a new record for the Female 50-59 category, in placing 2nd overall in the women’s race with her outstanding 29:41. Kate Hobbs was the only woman ahead of Louise, taking the Under 50s in 29:13. Sylvia Nicholls was the winner of the Female 60-69 in 37:34.

    In the men’s 7km Daniel Veragoo’s 27:51 was too strong for the challenge from Erin Cook’s 28:04. David Heazlett took out the Male 50-59 with 31:48; Rob Ellis the Male 60-69 in 36:06; and we saw another impressive outing of 36:55 from David Iverarch to take out the Male 70 and Over.

    It was all kids in the 4km race: a flurry of eager faces sprinting off at the start, and showing clean pairs of heels to most of the adults throughout. Coco Remond took out the Girls Under 13 with 16:03; Sally Hannah the Female 17 and Over with 17:07; and Elena Berryman the Girls Under 17 with 24:09.

    Rhys Shariff was fastest of all, taking the outright win and the Boys Under 17 category in 14:59 from James and William Smith in 15:17 and 15:22 respectively. Billy Zavetsanos won the Boys Under 13 with 16:36; with Davor Zailac close behind to take out the Male 17 and Over in 16:41.