As life gradually returns to something resembling “normal”, it’s the most predictable and reliable elements of our outer existence we appreciate all the more for their core role in maintaining our happiness and stability – like running around The Bay in a Sri Chinmoy Iron Cove Fun-Run. With the June edition of this stalwart event being missed for the first time in a generation, the 6 December Christmas Run was the last and only chance to savour this familiar yet treasured joy in 2020.
With such a popular course being run so often, it’s rare indeed for one of the Open course records to fall. Today saw a superb solo run from Oliver Cashman to break a 7-year-old mark in the Men’s 14km race, setting a new fastest time of 48:40 over the 2-lap race. Oliver ran alone the whole way, running out winner by 4 minutes clear of his nearest challenger, Gerber Koster in 52:30, who also enjoyed a large gap from 3rd placed John McCormack with 55:40. Masahito Kato (1:00:03) just edged out Eddie Guo (1:00:05) in the more closely fought Male 50-59 category; while Tetsundo Kato took out the Male 60-69 in 1:02:06; and Paul Feain the Male 70 and Over in 1:31:41.
The women’s 14km race was a much closer contest, with the top 3 almost within touching distance at the finish. Mel Selby took the major honours in 1:00:39, from Libby Parry’s 1:00:41 and Jen Reid with 1:00:42. Tracy O’Donnell was fastest among the Female 50-59 with 1:13:44; and Kate Rowe best in the Female 60-69 in 1:22:56.
Standout performance of the 7km race came from the fleet-of-foot Audrey Hall, whose 26:40 not only won the women’s 7km race by a minute, it also placed her 2nd outright, although with the wave starts she also took line honours. Next home came Liz Lennox in 27:39, from Eileen Cantwell with 29:23. Rosheen Boyle consolidated her standing in the Female 50-59 category with another fine win in 33:39, not far ahead of Zoe Melling’s 34:10.
The one-lap men’s 7km race saw Christian Lotter run away a clear winner in 24:42, by 2 minutes from Cody Mather (26:44) who also held a safe margin from 3rd placed Manuel Geier in 27:35. Veteran Felix Lievano took out the Male 50-59 in 29:08; Craig Saphin was strongest in the particularly competitive Male 60-69 field to win with his impressive 32:33; while David Iverarch duly took out the Male 70 and Over with another fine run of 34:17.
Davor Zailac added to his many 1st-placed medals at the shorter distance, taking out the 4km race in 17:17 in a good tussle from Boys Under 17 winner, Guillermo Castro in 17:21. Ryan Reynolds was winner of the Boys Under 13 in 19:19. just ahead of his dad Baden with 19:21. Vivian Huynh won the Female 17 and Over category in 22:08, while Mia Barrett took out the Girls Under 13 with 35:44.
Congratulations to all who ran today on a lovely Sydney morning – stay safe, happy and fit, and may we welcome each other better and brighter in the New Year!