Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series
A 7-race series at popular Sydney running venues
About the event
The Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team offers a 7-race series at popular Sydney running venues 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 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 (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.
Another event not included in this Series, not to be missed:
* Sri Chinmoy Mara-Fun Relays, 21 October, Centennial Park
Short Distance (2 miles-5k)
- per race $21 online, $30 on day
- 7-race series pass: $120
Middle Distance (7-10k)
- per race $26 online, $35 on the day
- 7-race series pass: $150
Long Distance (14-21.1k)
- per race $31 online, $40 on day
- 7-race series pass: $180
Marathon 42.2k (Royal National Park only)
- per race $47 online, $70 on day
- Long-Distance series pass holders may
- enter each marathon for $10 extra.
ContactPrachar Stegemann0404 071 327Send Email
Upcoming RacesRace 1: 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 »Race 2: 25 February
2018 Series, race 1: Iron Cove 14km, 7km & 4km
Iron Cove has hosted Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team events since the 1980s, so it appropriate to kick off a new 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. Start the Series in style!
Park towards the bottom 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.14km View course map »Race 3: 2 April
2018 Series, race 2: Centennial Park Easter Monday 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.Half-Marathon & 7km View course map »Race 4: 6 May
2018 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.MARATHON & Half-Marathon View course map »10km & 5km View course map »Race 5: 10 June
2018 Series, race 4: 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! This is the final Half-Marathon of the 2018 Series.
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.Half-Marathon View course map »Race 6: 15 July
2018 Series, race 5: 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 6.45 am and closes at 7.55 am. The Half-Marathon starts at 8am, with other distances starting shortly thereafter.Half-Marathon, 10km & 5km View course map »Race 7: 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.16km, 8km & 2 miles View course map »Race 8: 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 »
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 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 Mary Sheehan 1:50:05 10/6/2018 Half-Marathon 70 and Over Dennis Van Wyk 2:05:54 11/9/2016
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
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 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 Michael Wilding 43:58 6/5/2018 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 1:43:03 6/5/2018 Half-Marathon 60 - 69 Michael Sullivan 1:44:14 7/5/2017 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 Kirby Clarke 3:33:15 6/5/2018 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
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
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
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
2018 Jun 10thSri Chinmoy Sydney Series 2018, race 4: Iron Cove Half-Marathon, 7km & 4km Runs, Sunday 10 June 2018
Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series 2018, race 4: Iron Cove Half-Marathon, 7km & 4km Runs, Sunday 10 June 2018Sunday, 10 June, 2018
Sri Chinmoy Races have been held at the beautiful Iron Cove for more than 30 years, with many and varied courses and distances over the decades. The marquee event today was the 3-lap Half-Marathon, raced in cool and overcast conditions with only the slightest of showers towards the end to cool things down a little.
Some might say it’s easy to win a category when there is only one participant – yet Mary Sheehan not only won her category of Female 60-69, she took 5 minutes off the course record for the Half-Marathon distance at this venue which had stood for 6 years! … so even if every woman who has ever run in this category were participating today, Mary still would have won by a huge margin, a true champion.
Anna MacKenzie ran a phenomenal race to win the women’s Half-Marathon in 1:28:20 – taking 8th place outright – from Nicole Wilding in 1:37:55 and Kristen Baltzer with 1:42:33. Karen Ryan won the Female 50-59 with 1:48:41 from Kim Pluess in 1:49:48.
Chris Gordon ran a controlled race from the front to win the Half-Marathon men’s race in 1:18:00, from Andrew Johnston (1:19:41) and Tym Blackwell (1:24:12). The indomitable Phil Balnave placed 3rd outright in taking out the Male 50-59 category in 1:21:47, only missing the formidable course record by a mere 3 seconds. He was followed by Masa Chiba (1:30:09) and Mark Tisdale (1:32:02); while Victor Correa – fresh from running the Sri Chinmoy 24 Hour race in Campbelltown last weekend – won the Male 60-69 in 1:34:03 from Kieron Blackmore’s 1:41:54. Peter Allen took home 1st place in the Male 70 and Over with 2:23:27.
In today’s unusually small (some would say ‘intimate’) turn-out, the 7km race had exactly the same number of finishers as the Half-Marathon – 76. With the pathways around The Bay becoming increasingly busy with Sunday recreationalists, having a smaller field gave everyone a little more elbow room on the course.
The 7km men’s race was won convincingly by a flying Tony Green in 24:48, from 2nd placed Greg Churchill in 27:05 with another gap to 3rd in the form of Kris Fitzpatrick’s 28:23. Aaron Francey took out the Male 50-59 (and 7th outright) with a fine 28:53; the redoubtable Brian Rayburn won the Male 60-69 in 31:42; and Vic Egerton the Male 70 and Over with 43:37.
The women’s 7km race was won in fine style by Sophie Bennie in 29:16, from Natalie Malligan with 30:08 and Jen Dugard in 31:24. Josephine Linehan took out the Female 50-59 with 40:19; and the wonderful Sylvia Nichols the Female 60-69 in 35:33.
The 4km race was a good one for the Sarkies clan, with dad Richard Sarkies winning the race outright and taking the Male 17 and Over major prize with a fleet-of-foot 14:47; mum Kirsten Todd taking 2nd in the Female 17 and Over with 20:56; elder son Wilson winning the Boys Under 17 in 16:15; and Saxon taking 2nd in the Boys Under 13 with 17:18. Mitchell Dean was winner of the Boys Under 13 with an excellent run of 16:42; Isabelle Preller took out the Girls Under 13 with 23:01; and Sally Hannah won the Female 17 and Over in a fast 16:45.
2018 May 6thSri Chinmoy Sydney Series 2018, race 3: Royal National Park Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10km & 5km Trail Runs, Sunday 6 May 2018
Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series 2018, race 3: Royal National Park Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10km & 5km Trail Runs, Sunday 6 May 2018Sunday, 6 May, 2018
A stunning day of running for all involved…
Could anything have been more perfect that arriving early morning to one of the oldest and most beautiful National Parks in the world? This 139-year-old park with its untouched nature, the patchworks of sounds from the birds to the animals to the gentle water flowing past and even the crunching of the leaves and twigs under foot .... arriving into Fig Tree flat and getting your number and warming up under the grand trees seems a most ideal start to any Sunday.
There is something so very magical about this race and the opportunity to breathe in the fresh crisp air and challenge your mind and body. Each of us have our distances we love to run, some of us love those quick and intense 5km races with the lungs burning and heart racing from the minute you start. To the 10km where you need to push, it demands your attention it wants you to hurt. To the Half-Marathon, no one is going to say this is easy and from the expressions we heard at the finish line it hurt, it was nasty and it was fabulous! The final of our distances and the one that started the earliest is the King and Queen of the distances – the Marathon. Throw in the trails and it’s a race that will try to break you, your body and mind will be challenged and pushed and you will be victorious I promise you that! Maybe that victory will come once the pain ends or the memory fades, but victorious you will be.
Congratulations to all the runners who competed: you challenged yourself and your fellow competitors, so much so we had many course records fall.
The 5km race saw one of these records in the Girls Under 17 with Isabella Mardini in a time of 23:36. Other winners in the female division were Izzy Preller in the Girls under 13 in a time of 35:40 and Megan Price in the over 17 years division in 26:17.
The Boys under 13 was a tight race with Daniel Behrenot coming in first with 25:35 only ten seconds in front of the second place Nelson Harvey. Marc Mardini was first in the boys under 17 in a time of 21:47, with Harley Mangham taking out the Men’s Open and overall winner in a time of 20:47.
The 10km race saw two records broken; the first in the Men’s 50-59 category with Michael Wilding in a time 43:48.
Nicolas Clark took out the Men’s under 50 in 37:25, Brian Radburn the winner in the Men’s 60-69 in 47:05 and in the Men’s 70+ David Iverach winning in 49:45.
In the Women’s race a notable mention to start is our record breaker Jan Pender in 1:09:48 in the Women’s 70+. Caitlin Fowlds took out the Women’s under 50 in 44:40, Jody McDonald winning in the Women’s 50-59 in 55:46 and Rita Viviers in the Women’s 60-69 in 58:50.
Now the Half-Marathon race saw 4 records go, two in Men’s and two in the Women’s races.
Congratulations to Rod Rainey taking out the Men’s 70+ in a new course record of 1:58:12. Jimmy Carroll won the Men’s under 50 and was the all out winner in a time of 1:24:01. Philip Balnave won the Men’s 50-59 in a new course record time of 1:25:55, and Tony Roper winning the Men’s 60-69 in 1:46:22.
In the women’s race Fenella Sunaway won the Women’s under 50 and all out winner in a brisk 1:35:37. Raewyn Harlock in the Women’s 50-59 took the course record in a time of 1:43:03, with Cath Davenport also breaking the course record in the Women’s 60-69 in a time of 1:52:55.
And finally our warriors out there for longest, the Marathon runners.
Kirby Clarke broke the course record in the Women’s Under 50 in a time of 3:33:15 with Christine Keers taking the course record in the Women’s 50-59 in 3:57:09.
In the Men’s race, Michael Daly won the Men’s under 50 and overall winner in a time of 2:50:58, Colin Wiley won the Men’s 50-59 in 3:54:17, Kieron Blackmore taking out the Men’s 60-69 in a time of 3:50:59.
2018 Apr 2ndSri Chinmoy Sydney Series 2018, race 2: Centennial Park Half-Marathon, 7km & 4km Runs, Monday 2 April 2018
Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series 2018, race 2: Centennial Park Half-Marathon, 7km & 4km Runs, Monday 2 April 2018Monday, 2 April, 2018
How do people observe or celebrate Easter Monday? What’s this day signify?
We’ve already honoured and celebrated Easter Day – each according to our faith, understanding or tradition – so what are we supposed to be celebrating or honouring on the following day that warrants a National Public Holiday?
That’s a rhetorical question.
As runners, we don’t need a reason to celebrate – we just need the right course and an occasion, any occasion.
Certainly there were plenty to agree that Easter Monday is an ideal occasion for a run – whether competitive or casual – in the soothing surrounds of Centennial Park. Organisers found our registration capacity tested with the volume of on-the-day entries as folk flocked to the park for an 8am start.
With Daylight Savings ending the previous day meaning the sun would already be one hour higher in the sky by the time of the race start, and an unseasonably (and unreasonably) warm and humid morning forecast, the Half-Marathoners were going to be facing some tough running by their third lap as the sun mounted and blazed ever higher and stronger.
Perhaps this explains why the 7km distance was the soup-du-jour, with a field the same size as the Half-Marathon and 4km fields combined. With only one lap to cover and a much earlier finish, the 7km runners were assured of avoiding the most testing time of the day – and of getting in before the pancakes ran out! Organisers apologise unreservedly to the few Half-Marathoners who missed out on pancakes today as our stocks were completely exhausted.
All Half-Marathon finishers are to be admired and congratulated for their determination, application and courage no matter what their finish time. No-one reached the goal with a brighter smile of elation than Siyu Wang, our final finisher in an impressive 3:16:30! Several runners pulled out after one or two laps which is entirely understandable – the more who withdrew only increased our appreciation for how tough it was and our respect for the efforts of those who endured and conquered.
Rod Chisholm ran a superbly controlled Half-Marathon, leading from the get-go to win the race in a fine 1:20:28 from a fast-finishing Philip Balnave, who won his Male 50-59 category in taking 2nd outright with a pleasing 1:20:58 to mark a superb recovery from a serious setback only a year ago. Next home in the Male Under 50 was Christopher Strom in 1:23:41, with Lachlan Dansie completing the podium placings with 1:25:27.
The ever-enthusiastic Masanori Chiba came 2nd in the Male 50-59 with 1:38:50 from Dave Graham’s 1:40:01. Keith Robbins took out the Male 60-69 in 1:51:51 from Ian Jarrett in 2:04:15; while Peter Allen bravely strode to a 2:24:44 to win the Male 70 and Over category.
Tiffany Knight was in a league of her own in the women’s race, winning in a sleek 1:36:49 from Shannon Proffitt in 1:43:05 and 3rd placed Danielle Kirby’s 1:43:44. Raewyn Horlock has bounced back strongly from injury last year to win the Female 50-59 in an impressive 1:46:55 from the ever-cheerful Pamela Blaikie’s 2:07:59; while Raisa Kolesnikova took out the Female 60-69 category with 1:56:33 from Mary Sheehan in 2:02:04.
The closest competition of the day, and a very significant one – that for the largest category – turned out to be a dead heat between the women and the men. The 71 finishers in the Female Under 50 exactly matched the 71 in the Male Under 50s of the 7km race!
A very impressive run of 30:04 saw Naomi Tancred take out the Female Under 50 in the 7km race, from Natalie Malligan in 30:57 and Sophie Bennie with 31:12. Kathleen Wallington took out the Female 50-59 with a fine run of 35:58 from Elizabeth Houseman’s 38:39; and Julie Sanders the Female 60-69 in 43:44 from Gladys Amestoy’s 44:28.
Robbie Neill was a strong leader and winner of the 7km circuit, taking out the top prize in the Male Under 50 with 24:17 from a close finish between 2nd-placed Mark Higgs with 24:58 and 3rd, Ben Forrest’s 25:04. Martin Cosby claimed main prize in the Male 50-59 with 28:43 from Michael Wilding’s 30:45; while Kieron Blackmore led the charge in the Male 60-69 with a fine 31:07; and David Iverarch continued his patronage of the Male 70 and Over category with another quality outing of 36:04.
Oliver White was a clear and impressive outright winner of the 4km race in a high calibre time of 14:14 – even more impressive as he was running from the Boys Under 13s, for which category he now claims the all-time course record! The previous record had stood for 9 years. His next rivals in his category had a close tussle for the minor placings as Jack Johnson’s 16:06 was just good enough to close out Mitchell Dean’s excellent run of 16:08. Marc Mardini took out the Boys Under 17 and 2nd place outright with an strong showing of 15:04, from Aidan Karaman’s 16:38 and Ethan Touchard in 17:45; while Skander Malcolm was fastest of the Male 17 and Over with 15:24 from Brendan Loughrey’s 16:20 and Scott Groves in 17:16.
Willow Sewell won the women’s 4km race from the Girls Under 17 category in a wonderful time of 16:23, next in her category being Charlotte Tsui in 17:21 and Alice Malcolm with 19:23. Piper Simpson was the fastest of the Girls Under 13 today with a super time of 16:41, placing her 2nd Female outright. After her in the Girls Under 13 were sisters Amber and Sophia Kusano with 17:46 and 19:28 respectively. Claire Simpson was the best of the Female 17 and Over finishing in 19:57, from Katherine Squire’s 20:43 and Felicity Schlederer in 21:35.
Our gratitude to all who helped make the day such a memorable and enjoyable occasion.
2018 Feb 25thSri Chinmoy Sydney Series 2018, race 1: Iron Cove 14km, 7km & 4km Runs, Sunday 25 February 2018
Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series 2018, race 1: Iron Cove 14km, 7km & 4km Runs, Sunday 25 February 2018Sunday, 25 February, 2018
You can come back to certain places time and time again, and not only do you not tire of them; their magic only increases.
Iron Cove is one such place. Tucked in a nook of Sydney Harbour, not far as the crow flies from the very heart of the bustling CBD, this corner of the city is not especially beautiful, with no outstanding physical features, historic claims to fame or socioeconomic status. It’s standout feature is basically a pretty flat pedestrian path looping around a nondescript bay a bit off the centre of a major metropolis. Big deal… yet this nondescript pathway has worked its way into the heart, memory, focus and very life-breath of every resident of Sydney who has considered themselves a “runner” in the past 40 years.
Its status as Sydney’s most-loved running loop derives not from its outer attributes, but rather all that it has facilitated and all that it has witnessed: the solitary early morning runs in the dark, the training packs, the human interactions, the individual and collective sheer effort, the groundbreaking personal achievements, the sorrows and joys both shared and withheld, the tragedies and triumphs. Every time another person runs or walks or cycles or skates or scooters around this loop and offers their own personal aspiration, dedication, reflection and appreciation – their fond dreams, schemes, hopes, loves and ideals along with their regrets and disappointments – the value, legacy and magic of this living cultural treasure deepens and broadens.
So we came today to both appreciate and participate in this ever-growing, ever-blossoming adventure.
The impressive Josh O’Connell set a rare course record in the 4km Boys Under 13 this morning of 14:16. Such records are rare because this course is run so often that the times are inevitably tough to beat. Yet Josh’s time wasn’t quite fast enough to beat a flying Rhys Shariff’s 14:11, though Rhys was running in the Boys Under 17 category and also won the race outright. Next home was another impressive run from a Boys Under 13, Matthew McLachlan, in 14:29. Alex Li took out the Male 17 and Over category in 18:38.
Sally Hannah was an outstanding winner of the women’s 4km race in 16:45; with Saskia Hughes taking the Girls Under 13s in 21:43 and Katherine Hughes the Girls Under 17s with 29:48.
Men’s 7km race winner Alex Kirk (27:08) was pushed all the way to the line by Greg Churchill (27:12). Kevin Chamberlain’s 30:43 was the best of the Male 50-59; Kieron Blackmore continued his run of domination in the Male 60-69 to win in 32:33; and David Iverarch narrowly missed his own course record in the Male 70 and Over category with a fine run in the windy conditions of 32:17.
Sophie Bennie was a convincing winner of the women’s race in 31:07 from Amandine Tena (32:40) and Rita Kazzi (32:50). Sachiko Spears was 3rd female overall while also winning the Female 50-59 category with a spirited run of 32:44. Gladys Amestoy took out the Female 60-69 in 43:12.
Tiffany Knight was a clear inner in the women’s 14km 2-lap event today with a fine run of 1:03:07, from Rocio Orellano’s 1:09:18 and Heidi Griffiths’ 1:09:30. The legendary Raewyn Harlock marked her return to the Sri Chinmoy Series with a win in the Female 50-59 of 1:08:32 for 2nd place overall; while Mary Sheehan ran a wonderful race to again take out the Female 60-69 with 1:14:11.
In the men’s 14km race, Mark Higgs was too strong in the end with 52:18 to hold off any challenge from Christopher Strom’s 52:39. The flip-flop-clad Phil Balnave took out the Male 50-59 and 3rd outright with 55:04 from Soonchul Shin, whose 56:29 was also good for 4th outright. In the Male 60-69, Rob Ellis took the crown with 1:14:21; while Arthur Huxtable was best of the Male 70 and Over in 1:29:57.
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The Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team
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