Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series
A 6-race series at popular Sydney running venues
About the event
The Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team offers a 6-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.
Short Distance (2 miles-5k)
- per race $21 online, $30 on day
- 6-race series pass: $105
Middle Distance (7-10k)
- per race $26 online, $35 on the day
- 6-race series pass: $130
Long Distance (14-21.1k)
- per race $31 online, $40 on day
- 6-race series pass: $165
Marathon 42.2k (Royal National Park only)
- per race $47 online, $70 on day
- Long-Distance series pass holders may
- enter the marathon for $10 extra
ContactPrachar Stegemann0404 071 327Send Email
Upcoming RacesRace 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.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: 24 March
2019 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 4: 22 April
2019 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.
ONLINE ENTRY FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED. ON-THE-DAY ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM 7AM ON MONDAYHalf-Marathon & 7km View course map »Race 5: 5 May
2019 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 6: 9 June
2019 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!
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 7: 14 July
2019 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.
ONLINE ENTRY FOR THIS RACE IS NOW CLOSED. ON-THE-DAY ENTRIES AT PETER DEPENA RESERVE FROM 7AM SUNDAYHalf-Marathon, 10km & 5km View course map »Race 8: 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 »
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 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
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 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
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
2019 Jul 14thSri Chinmoy Sydney Series 2019, race 5: Dolls Point Half-Marathon, 10km & 5km runs, Sunday 14 July 2019
Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series 2019, race 5: Dolls Point Half-Marathon, 10km & 5km runs, Sunday 14 July 201914 July
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 9thSri Chinmoy Sydney Series 2019, race 4: Iron Cove Half-Marathon, 7km & 4km runs, Sunday 9 June 2019
Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series 2019, race 4: Iron Cove Half-Marathon, 7km & 4km runs, Sunday 9 June 20199 June
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 5thSri 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!
2019 Apr 22ndSri Chinmoy Sydney Series 2019, race 2: Centennial Park Half-Marathon, 7km & 4km Cross-Country Runs, Monday 22 April 2019
Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series 2019, race 2: Centennial Park Half-Marathon, 7km & 4km Cross-Country Runs, Monday 22 April 201922 April
Easter Monday this year brought perfect weather for challenging yourself in a running race! Hundreds turned out to test their skills at either the Half-Marathon, 7km or 4km cross country races around Centennial Park.
The Half-Marathon started first with a large field running through a 7km loop three times, giving all the spectators many opportunities to cheer on their friends and family members.
Coming in first in the Men’s Under 50 category was Pat Hennessy in a great time of 1.22.09 and 25 seconds, with Roderick Chisholm 2nd in 1.22.34, third place going to Tym Blackwell 1.25.43. In the Men's 50-59 Phil Balnave took top honours and also won the Half-Marathon outright in a time of 1.21.37, 2nd place going to Soonchul Shin in 1.28.16 and 3rd to Masanori Chiba in 1.38.18. In the Men’s 60-69 1st place went to Craig Saphin in 1.35.07 and Peter Allan taking out the Men’s 70+ in a great time of 2.26.22.
In the Women's division, Tiffany Knight took the honours in 1.36.44 with second place only 9 seconds behind in a time of 1.36.53, 3rd place going to Emily Barlow in 1.43.11. In the Women's 50-59 first place went to Raewyn Harlock in a great time of 1.40.44, 2nd going to Elaine Glass in 1.58.55 and 3rd going to Karen Canfell in 2.03.54. The women's 60-69 category went to Jacqui Fox in a time of 2.37.00.
In the 7km cross country event the open women's race was tight fought with Hannah Moore slipping into 1st place in 32.22, 2nd place getter Eileen Cantwell 23 seconds behind her in 32.45, 3rd place going to Alice Cladwell in 34.05, a mere 8 seconds ahead of 4th place getter Nishanty Dsouza, who was all of one second ahead of 5th place getter Nicola Bodor who was a 4 seconds ahead of 6th place getter Julia Gove.
In the Women's 50-59 category first place went to Roisin Boyle in a time of 35.43, and the Women's 60-69 going to Syliva Nichols in 38.49.
In the Men's open division Caleb Wegener took the honours in a time of 23.40, second place Chris Harrington coming in in 24.12, and third place going to Dean Veragoo in 26.11. The Men's 50-59 winner was Mark Bligh in a time of 32.31, with Men's 60-69 going to Brain Radburn with 32.52 and the Men's 70+ going to Bruce Gerard in a great time of 40.59.
In the 4km race there was a great field of runners all hitting the dirt hard and fast to test their legs on this course. We shall start with the boys under 13: watching these up and coming runners take on this course in the early hours of Easter Monday was so great to watch. Congratulations to Oliver White for taking out first place overall and first in the Boys Under 13 in a time of 14.47! Aiden McMannus took second place in16.44, with third going to XX in 17.25. The Male 17 and over main prize went to Daniel Collison in a time of 16.25, second place Brian McMannus hot on his heals in 16.55 and Andrew Simpson taking out third place in 17.35.
In the Girls under 13 division Piper Simpson won in a sprightly 16.05, Sophie Bradly taking second in 16.47 and Madeleine Doughty taking 3rd place with 18.53. In the 17 and over category Jane Wegener won in a time of 15.55, second place going to Emma Trehy with 21.02 and 3rd going to Tracy Ahanasia in 21.48. Girls Under 17 Winner Mala Raypert went around the course in 25.14.
It was heartening to see so many families coming out to enjoy their day together, with each choosing their distance and enjoying the course before coming together to enjoy some pancakes before continuing on their day – a perfect start to a beautiful holiday Monday in Sydney.
Congratulations to each and every person who slipped on their running shoes and toed the line and took the challenge to push your limits and enjoy the fresh clear April morning. We look forward to seeing you at the next race of the Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series in the Royal National Park on Sunday 5 May.
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The Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team
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