Ideal running conditions â overcast, cool and only a slight breeze â greeted a substantial field for race 2 of the Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series, over a Half-Marathon, 7 km and 4 km cross country courses at Centennial Park on Sunday 25 March 2012.
Jak Bukovinsky set an outstanding pace in the 4 km race, winning in course record time of 13:13 from Daniel Mellish's brave 13:27, while Satcey Quitzau was dominant in the Women's race, winning in 16:30.
Dani Andres burned around the 7 km course in 24:57, while Amy Curtis sizzled in the women's field in 27:53. First in the Men 50-59 was Dennis Johnson (30:29); in the Men 60-69 Ken Cross (31:30) and Men 70 and Over Edward McMaster in 47:09. First in the Women 50-59 was Jan Swinhoe (36:51); while Paula Moorhouse set a fantastic new course record in the Women 60-69 of 36:11. First Women 70 and Over was Rosemary Bridge in 1:00:15.
An enthralling race in the Half-Marathon saw Ryan Waddington (1:14:29) pull away from Douglas Kelley (1:15:21). The Male 50-59 was taken out by Wayne "Blue Dog" Gregory in 1:34:24; the Men 60-69 by Bruce Flaherty in 1:43:56. The women's race was even closer up front with Nicola Mace (1:32:03) finally outstripping Rowena MacNeish (1:32:12). While the younger women battled it out, some of the older ones were showing us all how it is done, with 3rd woman home the exceptional Raewyn Harlock, whose 1:33:24 set a sensational new best time for the Women 50-59; while evergreen Helen Stanger's fine 1:44:05 was too good in the Women 60-69, and another new course record.
The popularity of this attractive course continues to grow, with today's field the largest yet in the series.