Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series

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A 5-race series at popular Sydney running venues

About the event

The Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team offers a 5-race series at popular Sydney running venues for your enjoyment, fitness and self-transcendence. Most events include races over 3 distances:

* Short (4km or 5km)
* Middle (7km or 10km)
* Longer distance (14km or 21.1km)

At Royal National Park, 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.

Online entry closes at 5pm Friday prior to the race date. On-the-day entries are available, though for a higher fee.

All certified accurate courses, with distance markers every kilometre (every 2km at RNP).

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

Post-race pancake breakfast for all.



Short Distance (4km or 5km)

    • 8am
    • per race $21 online, $30 on day
    • 5-race series pass: $90

Middle Distance (7km or 10km)

    • 8am
    • per race $26 online, $35 on the day
    • 5-race series pass: $120

Long Distance (14km or 21.1km)

    • 8am
    • per race $31 online, $40 on day
    • 5-race series pass: $145

Marathon 42.2km (Royal National Park only)

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


Prachar Stegemann
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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: 29 March

2020 Series, race 1: 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 6.45AM and closes at 7.55AM, with races starting from 8AM.

Enter online for this race only, or purchase the discounted Pass for the entire 2020 Series.

Half-Marathon & 7km View course map »
Race 5: 3 May

2020 Series, race 2: 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 6.30AM and closes at 7.55AM. The MARATHON starts at 7AM, with other distances starting from 8AM.

Enter online for this race only, or for the remainder of the 2020 Series.

MARATHON & Half-Marathon View course map »
10km & 5km View course map »
Race 6: 7 June

2020 Series, race 3: 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 and closes at 7.55AM, with races starting from 8AM.

Enter online for this race only, or for the remainder of the 2020 Series.

Half-Marathon View course map »
Race 7: 12 July

2020 Series, race 4: 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 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 6.45AM and closes at 7.55AM. The Half-Marathon starts at 8AM, with other distances starting shortly thereafter.

Enter online for this race only, or for the remainder of the 2020 Series.

Half-Marathon, 10km & 5km View course map »
Race 8: 6 December

2020 Series, race 5: 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. On-the-day registration opens at 6.45AM and closes at 7.55AM, with races starting from 8AM.

Enter online.

Series Pointscore Championship

NEW IN 2020

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 2020, 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 at Iron Cove on 6 December 2020, 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      
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 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 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 Mary Sheehan 1:13:33 22/10/2017
14 km 70 and Over David Iverarch 1:10:06 22/10/2017      
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 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 Marc Mardini 23:36 4/5/2014 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 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 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 Jess Baker 3:28:02 5/5/2019
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      
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

  • 2019 Dec 8th
    Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series 2019, race 6: Iron Cove 14km, 7km & 4km runs, Sunday 8 December 2019

    After a week of smothering smoke ominously blanketing Sydney, the rare sight of blue skies over Iron Cove drew clutches of curious sightseers, and ever-more confident walkers, bikers and dog-followers – as well as grateful runners – to the assembly area of the Finale for the Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series for 2019, staged over the standard distances of 14km, 7km and 4km.

    Just as the second hand of a clock covers the same ground as the hour hand, though 60 times faster, and still they end up together at the same place – so runners completed one or two laps of the Iron Cove course this morning, while simultaneously completing the journey of an entire 6-race Series “lap”, which coincidentally had started in this same place 10 months earlier. Thus runners perfectly proclaim the human condition (over and over): we are eternal travellers and eternal transiters, coming and going and going and coming, each starting point invariably our end point, and each end point inevitably another starting point in disguise. In running as in the game of life, we don’t get to choose whether we play the role of the hour hand or the second hand, for our roles are already cast – as both. So we might as well give it our best shot, play the game with alacrity, relish every moment of the drama – and enjoy the ride with all our heart!

    Thanks to Anne Elizabeth Boyd, today’s race proved historical – for, after all these years, we now have a course record for the 14km Female Over 70 category … Anne’s time of 1:38:00 now stands in the record books as the mark for all Over 70 Females to aspire for! Meanwhile in the younger Female 60-69, Cathy Davenport proved her pedigree to win in 1:15:20 from Merridy O’Donnell’s 1:31:13; and in the Female 50-59, the classy Raewyn Harlock swept home in 1:05:46 from Jacqueline Korhonen’s 1:11:13. Among the more numerous throng of Under 50 women, Ukraine’s Tetiana Drahonchuk was the sole harbinger to break the one hour barrier in an emphatic 59:33, from Phoebe Fear with 1:04:05, and Jennifer MacDonald in 1:14:19.

    Arthur Huxtable is among the most consistent of performers among the Male 70 and Over, and again proved the one to catch in taking out the 14km in this category with 1:27:59. Kato Tetsundo meanwhile stormed into the reckoning in the Male 60-69 to win in a whirlwind 1:02:54, from Tony Roper with 1:15:22. No-one who runs at Iron Cove would be surprised to note that Philip Balnave again won the Male 50-59 category with a superb overall 4th placing in 53:56. Indeed, 4th to 6th outright placings went to the top 3 in the highly competitive Male 50-59 category, with 2nd spot taken by the flying Korean, Soonchul Shin in 55:45, and 3rd going to a flying Geoffrey Barnes with 57:07. in contrast to the leading women who were well spread out, the pointy end of the field among the Under 50 men offered great viewing to those lucky enough to get live coverage at home, with 3 fine athletes running at the top of their form. It was Oliver Cashman who took line honours after finishing the strongest of the three in a slick 49:55, with Sean Hampson next in 50:21, providing a slipstream for the enthusiastic Silva Thales from Brazil, with a courageous 50:39.

    The men’s one-lap 7km race saw a dominant run from Dominic Bullock to win in great style in 23:43, from a gallant Luke Smith with 24:25 and Michael Abawihab taking 3rd in 27:11. Brad Windon, though a late entrant, showed a clean pair of heels to take out the Male 50-59 with an impressive 28:22 from David Heazlett’s 30:55; while the irrepressible Kieron Blackmore further gilded a glowing CV to win the Male 60-69 in 29:42 from Rob Ellis in 33:20.

    Ainsley Pohljina was strongest among the women to take out the race with a gutsy 30:04, from 2nd placed Philippa Scott’s 31:28 and Natasha Hammond 3rd with 32:32. In the Female 50-59, it was Zoe Melling who ran away a clear winner in 31:48 (3rd outright among all the women!), from Hollee James’ 33:27, just shading Roisin Boyle in 33:29. Gladys Amestoy – who was later spotted running extra laps of the Bay just for fun – cruised home to take out the Female 60-69 main prize in 39:58.

    Son-and-father pairing of Simon and Joseph Tesvic were dead-heat winners of the 4km race today, and in so doing took out their respective categories of Boys Under 13 and Male 17 and Over – both with 16:22; while Izac Churchill won the Boys Under 17 with 19:16. Vivian Huynh won the Female 17 and Over in the 4km distance with 22:57; with Chloe Truong taking out the Girls Under 17s in 24:01; and Layla Sawyer the Girls Under 13s with 28:29.

    Congratulations to all who participated in the Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series across the 6 events and various distances in 2019. A joyful and fulfilling Christmas and New Year season to all! We look forward to continuing together in 2020, refreshed and focussed for another season of ever-new surprises through our favourite hobby / pastime / journey / game / adventure / discovery / challenge / puzzle / education / drama / teacher / friend / confidant / battleground / lifelong unfailing love … running!

  • 2019 Jul 14th
    Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series 2019, race 5: Dolls Point Half-Marathon, 10km & 5km runs, Sunday 14 July 2019

    This morning, Dolls Point blossomed with orange. The brightest contribution to the tremendous atmosphere of the day came from the fantastic dedicated mentors and runners of Can Too, who turned up in force to celebrate their cause in the best possible way, letting their feet do the talking – and hearts the smiling.

    The orange blossoms formed the cheery backdrop to a feast of personal effort, gutsy running, close competition, speed, endurance and camaraderie.

    When staging, or running a race, there are many things that can go right, and seemingly even more that can go wrong. Some of these circumstances and forces are under our control, others not. Many things went well at the Sri Chinmoy Dolls Point Festival of Running this morning – the weather was surprisingly calm after a crazily windy freezing night, a fantastic turnout of eager runners competed in great spirits and the course (of course) offered its unfailing sea-side vistas. Of all the things that could have gone wrong however, one of the most unthinkable precisely occurred: the buckets of frozen pancake mixture stubbornly refused to thaw in time, leaving much of the field devoid of their well-earned culinary reward! The organisers unreservedly and unequivocally apologise for this failing, and assure all runners the pancakes will be ready as you finish from this race henceforth!

    Back to the racing … due to a last-minute change of course necessitated by works along the pathway south of Peter Depena Reserve, the altered course employed today is not certified accurate and hence no records set can officially be recognised. In the case of Noni Cooper, who gave one of the most impressive displays of the morning in winning the women’s 10km in an astonishing 36:05, this might not matter so much, as she already holds the course record since 2014. After Noni in the Female Under 50 came Emma Fitzgerald (39:04) and Hayley Kain (41:48). Amanda Daffas finished the winner in one of the closest contests of the day in the Female 50-59, her 45:11 claiming victory over Zoe Melling’s courageous 45:26, from Roisin Boyle’s time of 47:51. Virginia Lane took out the Female 60-69 with 1:08:47.

    In the men’s 10km race, Seth Healey (35:49) was too fast in the end for Nelson Santos’ 36:02, from Grant Cerkesas with 36:42.Tim Lindop won the Male 50-59 from a competitive field in 41:57, from Aaron Francey’s 43:03 and Tom Riordan filling out the podium positions in 46:56. Randy Barkacs ran a splendid race to take out the Male 60-69 in 45:24; while Arthur Huxtable came home in 56:17 to win the Male 70 and Over.

    In the shortest distance, with a wholehearted run Dashiell Barr was fast enough to not only win his Boys Under 13 category, but also the 5km race outright with 21:18, just ahead of the Male 17 and Over winner Robin Fitzgerald’s 21:25. Adam Huxtable meanwhile took out the Boys Under 17 with 25:09. Fastest among the Female 17 and Over was Anaiele Tarua in 26:45, only just edging out Kody Bryden’s 26:47. Arabella Barr claimed the 1st prize for the Girls Under 13 with 27:18; with Anastasia Sawyer best of the Girls Under 17 with 33:08.

    In today’s marquee event, the Half-Marathon, Sophie Bennett turned on a scintillating show, winning by 9 minutes in a superb 1:22:15 from runner-up Tiffany Knight with 1:31:35 and Jo Rankin’s 1:37:06. Mandy Lam ran with power and grace to take home the top trophy for the Female 50-59 in a wonderful 1:44:57; while Cathy Davenport ran a splendid race to win the Female 60-69 with 1:53:02.

    Hamish Wallace gave an exhilarating display of free uninhibited running to win the men’s race in a slick 1:13:09, after being accompanied for the first lap by runner-up James Martin who followed with a brave 1:14:38, from 3rd placed Patrick McNamara’s 1:17:48. Mike Turner was in a stellar league of his own in the Male 50-59, taking the category in 1:22:16; Craig Saphin was sensational in winning a great battle for the Male 60-69 title with 1:31:11 from Victor Correa’s 1:31:45; and Ray James shone to take the Male 70 and Over crown in 1:54:12.

    Gratitude to all helpers – and especially to our friends Penny Redfern and Michael Bedward for coming to our rescue in a time of need!

  • 2019 Jun 9th
    Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series 2019, race 4: Iron Cove Half-Marathon, 7km & 4km runs, Sunday 9 June 2019

    Like listening to rain on a tin roof or gazing into a camp fire, there is a deep allure and beauty in going around in circles. As the terms of our lives – diurnal and seasonal – are formed by the revolutions of our planet, so there is a cosmic inevitability and destiny about our coming and going and going and coming, our always returning to our starting point. Always returning, yet always changed. Ever the same, and ever new. In this sense The Bay Run – the course used for the Sri Chinmoy Iron Cove races – is a snapshot, a microcosm of the inner and outer journeys of our lives. Every lap may be the same course, yet every lap presents a fresh challenge, a unique quest and a new discovery.

    The Run of the Day award today goes to a runner who has participated in this event as many times as anyone – the sandal-shod meteor himself, Phil Balnave – who today broke the long-standing Male 50-59 course record for the Half-Marathon, with his new mark of 1:20:47 – which also placed him 4th outright. The clear overall winner was Pat Hennessy with an excellent run of 1:16:48, ahead of the sprightly Thales Henrique Da Silva Souza in 1:18:43, pursued home by Tim Broxup’s 1:19:10.

    Following Phil in the Male 50-59 were Masahiko Kato with 1:31:47 and Alija Kajan who ran 1:35:45. The Male 60-69 category was taken out in glorious style by a flying Craig Saphin in 1:29:56; while Peter Allan owned the Male 70 and Over with his 2:23:19.

    Julie Kenny was fastest of the women today with a fine run of 1:40:32, ahead of an extremely close race for 2nd and 3rd between Yanyan Jia in 1:42:55 just edging Pauline Nicot’s 1:42:57. Lisa Bennett was the winner of the Female 50-59 in 1:46:14; and Veronica Hopkins the Female 60-69 with 2:33:41.

    The one-lap 7km race saw an extraordinary finish with the first 2 females, after running neck and neck for almost the whole way, storming the field to taking the race outright – Mercy Nathanael’s 26:35 prevailing over Davina Smith’s 26:42 only in the finishing straight. Mel Selby claimed 3rd placing in the women’s race with 28:11. Roisin Boyle was the fastest among the Female 50-59s with 34:08 ahead of Tracey O’Donnell in 36:01; while Gladys Amestoy won an absorbing tussle to take out the Female 60-69 in 39:14 not far in front of Merridy O’Donnell’s 40:54.

    While the first two placings went to the women, only 36 seconds separated the next 6 men. Winning the Male Under 50s with a breezy 26:59 was Jack Wedgwood, not far ahead of Marc Person’s 27:04 and Robert Brown with 27:11. The Male 50-59 was taken out by David Heazlett with 30:38, ahead of Jack’s father Mark Wedgwood in 31:02. Marc Jarman won the Male 60-69 in 34:19, while Ron Briggs made the most of his time on the track today to record a win in the Male 70 and Over with 1:19:58.

    Martin Leerberg ran the 4km race in another dimension from most of the rest of the field, winning outright and only missing the Boys Under 17 course record by a few seconds with his superb run of 13:57. Next home was Oliver Byrne in 15:59, just ahead of 1st placed Boys Under 13, Dashiell Bark with 16:23, Girls Under 13 winner Amber Kusano in 16:28 and her sister Sophia Kusano 1st out the Girls Under 17 with 16:31. Victoria Dixon was the premier Female 17 and Over with 17:00; while Mark Mikulandra was fastest among the Male 17 and Over in 20:14.

  • 2019 May 5th
    Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series 2019, race 3: Royal National Park Trail Runs, Sunday 5 May 2019

    This first Sunday in May offered perfect conditions for the annual Sri Chinmoy Royal National Park trail race series.   The Marathon runners set off early when the sun started to warm the air and brighten the skies to allow the runners to really appreciate the beauty that surrounded them out on the trails today.  Close to 70 runners toed the line to take on this distance, with the field as vast and varied as the native bush that embraced them – from first-timer marathon runners still in their teens to a number of runners who have completed over 200 marathons, to the ultra runners who were taking this marathon as a mere training run.  Each and every runner out there today deserves our heartfelt congratulations and applause.

    Once the Marathoners were set off the Half-Marathon, 10k and 5km gathered to start their races around 8am with a simple out and back course, with the half-marathon runners tackling a little hill at the turnaround to test their legs before the homeward stretch: it's a trail race after all, it all can't be all flat and simple!

    With conditions ideal for running, there were quite a few late entrants. All entrants were able to enjoy the beautiful forest environment while exercising and socialising at the same time. The standard across all races was very high today. The first three marathoners all ran sub 3 hours on a track with a number of undulations and some parts quite rocky.

    With the BBQ's set up under one of the grand old trees on the flat it was a great place to relax after the race with some post race pancakes and fruit while waiting for friends or family to finish their race or just to relax and enjoy the perfect day.

    The pancakes at the finish proved popular as usual, and for the marathoners, the finishing medal meant a lot, providing tangible evidence of how hard they worked to make the distance.

    As the final marathon runners arrived we felt the first few light drops from above, farewelling all the runners just as the heavens opened and sheets of rain descended to conclude yet another spectacular race in the Royal National Park.

    Special congratulations to the following for establishing new course records for their respective distances and age categories:

    * Jess Baker – Marathon, Female Under 50 – 3:28:02
    * Ray James – Marathon, Male 70 and Over – 5:28:57 (inaugural record)
    * Raewyn Harlock – Half-Marathon, Female 50-59 – 1:41:03 (breaking her own record from last year by 2 minutes)
    * Craig Saphin – Half-Marathon, Male 60-69 – 1:35:07
    * Matt Sheather – 10km, Male 50-59 – 41:40

    We look forward to seeing everyone back at Lady Carrington Drive next year at the same time to enjoy beautiful autumn weather while running in energizing nature.

    Thanks to all the helpers who made this event possible!