Gratitude to all runners who helped make the Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series for 2015 such a memorable and enjoyable success; to the ever-encouraging Robert Glasson-Smith from Sports Medicine Australia who served at almost all of the series throughout the year; to the officials from the various Councils and authorities who helped make the series possible; and to the volunteers both from the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team and the broader running community for turning up each race to offer their smiles and support.
Shining performances in the 14km today included a superb run from David Riches in the Male 50-59, bettering his own course record with a blazing 51:43; another new course record from the evergreen Kate Rowe in the Female 60-69 of 1:16:24; a new course best time for the Male 70 and Over from Vic Egerton of 1:26:15; a fine solo run from Lilian Molesworth to take out the Women’s race in 59:43; an honest tussle in the Male Under 50 between two heartfelt champions, Gary Mullins and Phil Balnave, with Gary easing away through the second lap for the win; Ian Jarrett just pipping Harry Karlikoff in the Male 60-69 by 2 seconds – 1:11:18 to 1:11:20 in the closest finish of the day. Mighty congratulations to Vincenza Visciano who, accompanied by Sean Buchanan, walked the entire 14km in a tremendous feat of self-transcendence, completing the challenge in 3:25:01.
The 7km one-lap circuit belonged to Kristen Piper for the Female Under 50 in a superb 28:42; and to Jason Keane for the Male Under 50 in 26:02, though close behind was the outstanding Peter Sewell winning the Male 50-59 in 26:25 for second outright. Linda Boland took out the Female 50-59 in 37:02 just ahead of Sylvia Nichols’ 37:17; while Sue McNamara was too good in the Female 60-69 with 38:07. Meanwhile Brian Radburn had won the Male 60-69 in 33:10; and Ernest Jordan took out the Male 70 and Over in 37:00.
Richard Sarkies was unchallenged in the 4km race, cruising home in a whirlwind 13:54. Matthew Scolyer took out the Boys Under 13 in 17:15 from Rory Nicholl’s 17:48; while sister Emily Scolyer won the Girls Under 13 in 17:44. Bethany Lo won the Girls Under 17 in 23:38, while Sally Hannah ran the race of the day for the Female 17 and Over in 16:33.