Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series
A 7-race series at popular Sydney running venues for your enjoyment, fitness and self-transcendence
About the event
Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team offers a 7-race series at popular Sydney running venues in 2017 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 two venues – Royal National Park and Dolls Point, 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.
All certified accurate courses, with distance markers every kilometre (every 2km at Royal National Park). Courses at Iron Cove and Dolls Point are on paved cycle/running paths; courses at Centennial Park are cross-country, on gravel and grass; the course at Royal National Park is on an old coach road (now fire trail) through the forest.
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 $17 online, $30 on day
- 7-race series pass: $105
Middle Distance (7-10k)
- per race $22 online, $35 on the day
- 7-race series pass: $135
Long Distance (14-21.1k)
- per race $27 online, $40 on day
- 7-race series pass: $170
Marathon 42.2k (Royal National Park & Dolls Point events)
- 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: 18 December
Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series 2016, race 8
The Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series has its Final Fling for 2016 with our Christmas Run around The Bay. Enjoy the satisfaction of wrapping up another year of races in a variety of Sydney's finest locales – and stay around for an end-of-year pancake breakfast.
Parking at the end of Glover St, Lilyfield. Registraton and on-the-day entries from 6.45am, with races starting at 8am.14km, 7km View course map »Race 2: 26 February
2017 Series, race 1: Mirambeena 16km, 8km & 2 miles
The Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series for 2017 starts with 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. We hope you enjoy your morning and make these runs a regular highlight of your calendar.
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 3: 26 March
2017 Series, race 2: Centennial Park 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: 7 May
2017 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: 16 July
2017 Series, race 4: Dolls Point MARATHON, Half-Marathon, 10km & 5km
The full suite of classic road race distances: 5km, 10km, Half-Marathon and a full 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 6.30 am and closes at 7.55 am. The MARATHON starts at 7am, with other distances starting from 8 am.MARATHON, Half-Marathon, 10km & 5km View course map »Race 6: 10 September
2017 Series, race 5: Iron Cove Half-Marathon, 7km & 4km
If you’re aiming for the Sydney Marathon later in the month, this is the perfect tune-up race, the final Half-Marathon of the Series. 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: 22 October
2017 Series, race 6: Centennial Park 14km, 7km & 4km
Alongside New York’s Central Park and London’s Hyde Park, Centennial Park is one of the truly great urban parklands, affording that perfect blend we all yearn for: the peace and satisfaction of Nature in proximity to city comfort and amenities. Few places in the world can boast such a perfect locale for running so close to the CBD…
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.14km & 7km View course map »Race 8: 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 »
Distance Age Category Male Time Date Female Time Date 4 km Under 13 Angus Beer 14:24 15/12/2013 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 8 km (old course) Under 50 Thomas Do Canto 26:09 27/2/2011 Natasha Cole 31:26 24/2/2008 8 km (old course) 50 - 59 Keith Bateman 27:47 16/10/2011 Grace Stone 38:59 16/10/2011 8 km (old course) 60 - 69 Rob Connolley 33:05 10/5/2009 Jo Rickards 42:05 28/11/2010 8 km (old course) 70 and Over Arthur Andonopoulos 45:56 24/2/2008 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 Kate Rowe 1:16:24 13/12/2015 14 km 70 and Over David Iverarch 1:06:55 18/12/16 16 km (old course) Under 50 Thomas Do Canto 54:04 28/3/2010 Audrey Hall 1:04:54 10/5/2009 16 km (old course) 50 - 59 Wayne Gregory 1:01:45 10/5/2009 Kate Rowe 1:21:59 28/3/2010 16 km (old course) 60 - 69 Witold Krajewski 1:08:44 27/2/2011 16 km (old course) 70 and Over Bert Sloan 1:34:45 2/11/2008 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 Hideko Sato-Fraser 1:55:33 14/10/2012 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 Morgan McDonald 14:27 29/3/2009 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 Dian Hall 1:22:19 23/2/2014 14 km 70 and Over Ernest Jordan 1:19:41 23/10/2016 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 Dennis Pender 59:01 13/7/2014 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 Kerry Bray 2:06:10 10/7/2011 Half-Marathon 70 and Over 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 Nicola Kain 24:27 12/10/2014 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 44:08 1/5/2016 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 Half-Marathon Under 50 Jake Stollery 1:19:02 4/5/2014 Sally Towse 1:31:48 7/5/2017 Half-Marathon 50 - 59 Glenn Gielissen 1:28:48 7/5/2017 Vicki Jeffreys 1:48:34 7/5/2017 Half-Marathon 60 - 69 Michael Sullivan 1:44:14 7/5/2017 Merridy O'Donnell 2:11:42 7/5/2017 Half-Marathon 70 and Over Ernest Jordan 2:08:21 7/5/2017 Marathon Under 50 Ian Gallagher 2:47:16 4/5/2014 Alicia Ralph 3:37:05 1/5/2016 Marathon 50 - 59 Philip Balnave 3:01:56 7/5/2017 M Jac Tremayne 4:16:17 4/5/2014 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
2017 May 7thSri Chinmoy Sydney Series 2017, race 3: Royal National Park Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10km & 5km Trail Runs, Sunday 7 May 2017
Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series 2017, race 3: Royal National Park Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10km & 5km Trail Runs, Sunday 7 May 2017Sunday, 7 May, 2017
The Sri Chinmoy Royal National Park Trail Runs on Sunday 7 May 2017 set a new record – for the most number of records set at one race (other than an inaugural event where every winner establishes a course record).
Whether due to the weather (best ever experienced for this race); the superb condition of the track (again, best ever); a continuing improvement of the general standard of trail running; the remarkable spirit of mutual support and goodwill pervading the field; the inspiration of Eliud Kipchoge’s 2-hour marathon run the previous night in Italy; healthy vibes flowing from the all-pervading bush flourishing at the culmination of a warm, wet summer; the constant encouragement of a randomly assorted yet enthusiastically persistent bird choir; a propitious alignment of indefinable factors – or confluence of all of the above, an astonishing 10 course records fell – 4 to the women and 6 to the men; 1 in the Marathon, 3 in the 10km, and an amazing 6 out of the 7 categories contested in the Half-Marathon (and no, the course was NOT short!!)
In the men’s Marathon, the sandal-shod Phil Balnave ran from the front and won the race outright from his new station of Male 50-59. Exuding trademark humility, quiet strength and clarity of purpose, Phil set about his work with a single mind and was rewarded with a new category record of 3:01:56. Justin Miller was next in, to take the Male Under 50 in 3:07:20 from Oliver Carey’s 3:10:04. Notably, there were 11 runners in the Male 50-59 category – only one less the 12 contesting the Male Under 50. Victor Correa ran a strong race to take out the Male 60-69 title in 3:43:38. Kirby Clarke won the women’s marathon with a fine run of 3:48:26, from Katy Anderson with 3:59:58. Special mention goes to first-time marathoner, Shailesh Rasane, who has been planning this feat for 10 years. Our salutations to all who completed the marathon today: whether your first or 250th, to run and finish a marathon is one of humanity’s finest, most complete and richly rewarding accomplishments.
Today’s Half-Marathon proved an extraordinary event. Russell Andrews’ superb winning time of 1:20:18 was the 2nd fastest ever for this race – and the only category which did not see a new record set. To list the other category winners, and all new course records (drum roll and standing ovation for the parade, please…):
Female Under 50: Sally Towse, 1:31:48
Female 50-59: Vicki Jeffreys, 1:48:34
Female 60-69: Merridy O’Donnell, 2:11:42
Male 50-59: Glenn Gielissen, 1:28:48
Male 60-69: Michael Sullivan, 1:44:14
Male 70 and Over: Ernest Jordan, 2:08:21
Much like Kipchoge’s 2-hour marathon which was run on the back of finely coordinated work of a team of elite pacers, credit for such a rich harvest of records must go not only to those at the pointy end but to the whole field of runners whose collective enthusiasm and momentum carried their leaders forward on a surging wave of inspiration. So congratulations to the entire Half-Marathon field for this historic achievement! The inspiration didn’t expire when the winners had collected their trophies either, for the final two across the line today – even after all the marathoners had completed their journeys – were two intrepid Half-Marathoners – Sonia Rosenthal and Hayley Hart, who reached their cherished goal in 3 hours, 58 minutes and 46 seconds. What a race – Champions all!
It was James Hauptmann who set the first record to fall today in the 10km race and thus opened the record-breaking floodgates for all to follow. James’ fluent 36:39 was a class above his competitors in a good quality field. David Iverarch raised the bar by taking more than 20 minutes off the record for the Male 70 and Over with his brilliant 49:31. Likewise, Mary Sheehan challenged one of the toughest records of all to break – for it was previously owned by local legend Helen Stanger in the Female 60-69 – yet Mary triumphed with a resounding 51:23.
Greg Rankin took out the Male 50-59 in 45:18; and Rob Ellis the Male 60-69 with 50:11. Stephanie Bilic won the women’s race by over 2 minutes with a commanding run of 44:13; while Nadia Tesser claimed 1st prize in the Female 50-59 with her 56:55.
Despite the 5km trail run being the only distance which did not see any records fall, it was perhaps the friendliest field of all. Evie Cook won the women’s race outright and also took out the Girls Under 13 in 24:27; while Desie Joannides came first in the Female 17 and Over with 28:21.
Marc Mardini won the men’s race outright and the Boys Under 17 in 20:33; Lewis Cook led home the Boys Under 13 in 24:20; and Chris Dallen the Male 17 and Over with 24:49.
2017 Mar 26thSri Chinmoy Sydney Series 2017, race 2: Centennial Park Half-Marathon, 7km & 4km cross-country run, Sunday 26 March 2017
Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series 2017, race 2: Centennial Park Half-Marathon, 7km & 4km cross-country run, Sunday 26 March 2017Sunday, 26 March, 2017
Sydney may be experiencing a miserable run of almost constant rain, and Centennial Park can be a muddy, sloshy venue in the wet; but Sunday 26 March showed that Sydney can also turn on the most glorious of sunny days, and there is no finer place to enjoy the beauty of city and nature on a fine morning, than Centennial Park.
When the morning dawned fine, an almost disbelieving group gathered to grasp the occasion in the best way possible: by running through the park in a trio of Half-Marathon, 7km and 4km jaunts.
Michelle McAdam ran a superb race in the Half-Marathon to break Laura James’ long-standing course record by 6 seconds, with a new best time of 1:23:28. While the race announcer was getting excited about Matthew Cox breaking the men’s course record, it turns out he got it all wrong: Matthew’s winning time of 1:10:24 – although good enough to win the race by 12 minutes – was still nearly 2 minutes shy of his own time from 2015. It was Michelle’s stellar race which should have been getting more plaudits on the day. Deirdre Hopkins ran with great purpose to place 2nd in 1:35:50; and Stephanie Bilic came in 3rd with 1:38:55.
Marie Chretien took out the Female 50-59 category with 2:10:48; while Mary Sheehan ran an exhibition race in the Female 60-69 with an inspiring showing of 1:48:08.
Matthew Cox ran the race without any company until he started lapping runners, as he led from the very start; a study in concentration, style and lovely form. Behind Matthew, Gary Mullins and Neil Culkin staged an excellent contest for the minor placings, with Gary able to run on strongly to a 1:22:18 finish from Neil’s 1:22:28. Next in was also the winner of the Male 50-59; Phillip Balnave celebrating his new category with a fine run of 1:23:53. Kieron Blackmore again took out the Male 60-69 in 1:40:06; and Arthur Huxtable the Male 70 and Over with 2:16:59.
In the one-lap 7km race, Louise Arnott produced a blinder of a race to set a new record for the Female 50-59 category, in placing 2nd overall in the women’s race with her outstanding 29:41. Kate Hobbs was the only woman ahead of Louise, taking the Under 50s in 29:13. Sylvia Nicholls was the winner of the Female 60-69 in 37:34.
In the men’s 7km Daniel Veragoo’s 27:51 was too strong for the challenge from Erin Cook’s 28:04. David Heazlett took out the Male 50-59 with 31:48; Rob Ellis the Male 60-69 in 36:06; and we saw another impressive outing of 36:55 from David Iverarch to take out the Male 70 and Over.
It was all kids in the 4km race: a flurry of eager faces sprinting off at the start, and showing clean pairs of heels to most of the adults throughout. Coco Remond took out the Girls Under 13 with 16:03; Sally Hannah the Female 17 and Over with 17:07; and Elena Berryman the Girls Under 17 with 24:09.
Rhys Shariff was fastest of all, taking the outright win and the Boys Under 17 category in 14:59 from James and William Smith in 15:17 and 15:22 respectively. Billy Zavetsanos won the Boys Under 13 with 16:36; with Davor Zailac close behind to take out the Male 17 and Over in 16:41.
2017 Feb 26thSri Chinmoy Sydney Series 2017, race 1: Mirambeena 16km, 8km & 2 mile runs, Sunday 26 February 2017
Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series 2017, race 1: Mirambeena 16km, 8km & 2 mile runs, Sunday 26 February 2017Sunday, 26 February, 2017
The Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series had not visited Mirambeena Regional Park in 3 years. Today we realised what an omission this has been; how much we have missed the beauty, tranquility and uplifting spirit of this magical place.
Heavy overnight rain placed some puddles about the course, awoke the air, and freshened the grass’ green, reflecting the sense of newness and rededication heralded by a new Series’ start.
The field was certainly smaller than Sri Chinmoy Series races in coastal Sydney, yielding a more intimate and friendly outing, though the racing was real and the competition keen. This is a fulfilling course in every sense; the constant company of birdsong through grand and gracious groves forms counterpoint with some ‘honest’ hills to test both fettle and mettle.
Louise Noble has held the course record for the 16km event at Mirambeena for 6 years. Yet not content to see another runner come along to eclipse her time, Louise returned today clearly on a mission: and proceeded to carve an astonishing 3 minutes off her previous mark. Her new time of 1:04:38 placed her 5th outright in a competitive field. Lillian Molesworth followed Louise into 2nd place in 1:08:15; from Stephanie Bilic in 1:12:10. Tracey O’Donnell celebrated her promoted age group by setting a new Female 50-59 course best time of 1:25:03; while Mary Sheehan’s remarkable 1:19:53 came close to one of the strongest records of them all – Helen Stanger’s formidable Female 60-69 landmark.
Timothy Molesworth took out the Male Under 50 in 1:00:05, narrowly missing the one hour barrier; closely followed by Karl Safi in 1:00:22, while Martin Vu also ran strongly for his 3rd place 1:02:14. Neal Ames took out the Male 50-59 in 1:12:51; and Ian Jarrett the Male 60-69 with his 1:24:00.
Brian Brady was a strong front-running winner of the 8km race, taking the Male Under 50 in 31:05. The next 2 places behind Brian were taken by age group winners: Geoff Barnes (Male 50-59) in an impressive 32:47; and Kieron Blackmore, who sliced 6 seconds from the great Witold Krajewski’s Male 60-69 record with his new best time of 33:12. Next in were Ken Wong (34:49) and Moses Ribal (35:52). Robert Montgomery took out the Male 70 and Over in 52:25.
Winner of the women’s race saw a similarly dominant Jessica del Gigante winning by over 3 minutes in 39:44, from Sharon McGregor (43:00) and Cathie Sherrington (44:07). Susan MacCallum took out the Female 50-59 in 45:09; while Gina Jessop matched her counterpart in the men’s field by setting an impressive new course record for the Female 60-69 of 44:47, placing her 4th overall among the entire women’s field.
Peter Sewell, who usually runs the middle distances events in the Male 50-59 category, today “stepped down” in distance – and up in speed – to take out the 2 mile race in a pacy 11:47 from Davor Zailac’s 13:13. Julieann Tully won the women’s race, setting a new record for the Girls Under 17 with 16:09. Nicholas Stock took out the Boys Under 13 in 14:50, and Lani Kennedy the Girls Under 13 with 18:11; while Samantha Truong won the Female 17 and Over in 18:16.
2016 Dec 18thSri Chinmoy Sydney Series 2016, race 8: Iron Cove 14km, 7km & 4km runs, Sunday 18 December 2016
Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series 2016, race 8: Iron Cove 14km, 7km & 4km runs, Sunday 18 December 2016Sunday, 18 December, 2016
A happy atmosphere of calm contentment pervaded those gathered today at Iron Cove for the closing chapter of the Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series for 2016. The enjoyment of one of life’s finer pleasures – the combined physical, mental and emotional challenge of running, in the company of friends in familiar, uplifting surrounds – seemed the perfect start to the week leading in to Christmas, the celebration of all we most treasure in life.
A surprisingly cool morning, given the roasting Sydney has endured of late, was an added bonus for those fortunate or wise enough to make the trip out to Lilyfield.
Some long-standing race records were broken today. David Iverarch, having already captured the 7km Male 70 and Over record for this course at the previous race here in September, made sure that the record for the 14km distance won’t be going anywhere for a while, as he sliced 20 minutes from the old best time, today running 1:06:55. Meanwhile newbie M60-69 categorian, Kieron Blackmore, stepped down from his accustomed longer distance to snare the record for the 7km in 28:26 from the legendary Witold Krajewski. We look forward to both of these esteemed gentlemen having a crack at their respective Half-Marathon records when this distance is next offered in September 2017!
Tim Goodwin took out the Male Under 50 race in the 14km 2-lapper in the excellent time of 54:58, from Philip Balnave (55:51) and Erin Cook (56:26) Amy Lam was the only woman to break the one hour barrier today to win the Female Under 50 in 59:51; from a tight race for 2nd between Aurelie Ryan (1:01:38) and Naina Jerath (1:01:42).
Richard Sarkies continued his winning ways in the Male 50-59, taking out the main trophy in 52:40; while Rob Ellis did likewise in the Male 60-69 in 1:11:50; while Victoria Barber took out the Female 50-59 in 1:22:36.
Darren Moyle had turned up originally at the wrong place for the race this morning, and only appeared at the right venue after the 7km runners were already lined up ready to go. The latest of late entries was hastily arranged and Darren leapt into the fray without time to pause for breath, took the lead and went on to win the 7km men’s race in 24:33, from a close finish for 2nd place between Shaun Malligan (25:23) and Jesse Taylor (25:29). Peter Sewell was dominant in the Male 50-59 with his fine 26:29; while Kieron Blackmore ran his course record 28:26 in the Male 60-69.
Michelle McAdam was a clear winner in the women’s 7km event, winning in style in 28:03 from Bronwyn Lee (29:49) and Nicola Bodor (30:50). Rhonda McManaway took out the Female 50-59 with 34:44; and the indefatigable Sylvia Nichols the Female 60-69 in 35:38.
Fastest our of all of the female in the 4km race was Girls Under 13 winner, Saskia Hughes in 20:10; while Female 17 and Over winner Kirsten Todd clocked 22:00; and the Girls Under 17 victor Julieann Tully 22:10. The men’s race was won outright by Vince Touchard in 24:26; with Boys Under 13 runner Joshua O’Connell next home in 14:57, while Boys Under 17 winner Evan Hamele came crossed the line in 22:38.
Gratitude to all who have participated, helped and served in any way to make the Sri Chinmoy Sydney Series for 2017 such a memorable and enjoyable success. We look forward to your company again in 2017.