17th Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 100 km, 50 km & 100 km Teams Races

Hagley Park North Christchurch

2024 Athletics New Zealand 100 km & 50 km National Championships

About the event

The Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team in Christchurch invites you to participate in our annual ultramarathon at Hagley Park North in Christchurch.

There are 100km and 50km races, which follow a 2.5km loop course. The 100km can be run solo, or as part of a 4 person relay team, with each team member completing 25km.

With a flat course, lap counters and aid stations well stocked with drinks and food to keep you going throughout the entire day - this race is set up for you to do the very best you can.

The 100km & 50km Races are IAU Bronze Label events and incorporate the Athletics New Zealand National 100km & 50km Championships. To be considered for Athletics New Zealand Championship titles, athletes must be registered through an affiliated athletics club in New Zealand.


100 km Individual, 100 km Teams & 50 km Individual Races
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Start time

  • 7.00 am


Vajin Armstrong (Race Director)
027 303 9978
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  • IAU Bronze Label Event
  • World Athletics/ AIMS Certified Course
  • Athletics NZ National Championships



Hagley Park North

Event information

  • All events are run on a IAAF/ AIMS certified 2.5 km asphalt loop.
  • Lap counters for all athletes.
  • Scoreboard updated with each lap after the first hour of the race.
  • Aid station providing food, snacks, water, and Horley's Replace electrolyte drink in the race village.
  • Equipment and supporter gear such as tents and tables for personal nutrition/hydration may be set up beside the course in the race village area.
  • Physical assistance and pacing:
    • Pacing of an athlete by vehicles, cyclists, or by a runner not entered for the event is not permitted.
    • Support crew may travel alongside an athlete for an appropriate distance to hand over nutrition or hydration, but must not complete a full lap with the athlete.
  • Race number must be clearly visible to the lap counters at all times:
    • Attach the number to the front and centre of the athlete's top (not to the leg or back).
    • Attaching the number to a race belt is advised if the athlete will be changing clothing or removing layers.
  • Prizegiving will be held on Sunday (evening of race day) at 7:30 pm at The Lotus-Heart Restaurant (363 St Asaph Street, Christchurch). Note that this is a change from previous years when prizegiving has been held in the park.


  • 06:15 - Registration opens to collect race numbers
  • 06:50 - Race briefing
  • 07:00 - All races start
  • 19:00 - All races cut off
  • 19:30 - Prizegiving followed by post-race dinner (both held at The Lotus-Heart Restaurant)

Post-race dinner

  • A vegetarian post-race dinner will be held at The Lotus-Heart Restaurant after the prizegiving (7.30 pm). Please note that this is a change from previous years when prizegiving and post-race dinner has been held in the park.
  • The meal is complimentary for all participants.
  • Family, friends and supporters are welcome to join for dinner for $20.


  • 100 km individuals:
    • Sri Chinmoy 100 km race
    • Athletics New Zealand 100 km Championships (to qualify for Athletics New Zealand titles, athletes must be registered with an Athletics New Zealand-affiliated club)
  • 50 km individuals:
    • Sri Chinmoy 50 km race
    • Athletics New Zealand 50 km Championships (to qualify for Athletics New Zealand titles, athletes must be registered with an Athletics New Zealand-affiliated club)
  • 100 km teams:
    • 4-person open team (no age or gender categories).
    • Each team member must be aged 17 years or over on race day.
    • Four race numbers per team will be provided. 
    • Each team member must complete 25 km continuously and then tag the next runner under the start/finish banner.
    • The no pacing rule applies as for the individual events.
    • Team laps will be counted by the lap counters. 
    • An official total team time will be given. Team members who want a time for their individual 25 km should time themselves.

Enter Online


50 km Race (18 years +) Entry fee
50 km  $150
50 km ANZ National Championships $160
50 km ANZ National Championships + One Day ANZ Membership  $170
100 km Race (18 years +)

100 km

100 km ANZ National Championships $210
100 km ANZ National Championships + One Day ANZ Membership $220
100 km Team Relay (17 years +)
100 km Team $250


Individual entrants aged under 20 and over 65 on race day receive a 5% discount off their entry fee.

Athletics New Zealand (ANZ) fees

Athletics New Zealand (ANZ) charges an additional fee for entry into the ANZ Championship events. Please select the appropriate option during online entry.

  • Athletes who are currently registered with an ANZ-affiliated club: $10 (fee per registered athlete)
  • Athletes who are not registered with an ANZ-affiliated club but wish to enter the ANZ Championship event: $20 (fee for one-day membership)

Entry cut-off

  • Online entries close at midnight on Wednesday 30th October 2024.
  • On-the-day entries are not accepted due to the preparation required for this event.

Award categories

  • All races are open (no age groups).
  • Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team trophies are awarded to the first three male and female runners in individual events. 
  • Athletics New Zealand medals are awarded to the first three ANZ-affiliated male and female runners in each event.
  • A Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team trophy and individual medals for each athlete are awarded to the first-placed team.
  • All individual and team participants receive a personalised certificate of achievement.

Results and photos

Results, photos and a race report will be posted online after the event. Photos can be downloaded free of charge.

100 km race

  • Men's 100 km course record: 7:05:46 - Vajin Armstrong, 2023
  • Women's 100 km course record: 8:15:21 - Rebecca Toomey, 2019

50 km race

  • Men's 50 km course record: 3:15:38 - Dayle McLaughlan, 2023
  • Women's 50 km course record: 3:23:31 - Hannah Oldroyd, 2023

100 km teams race

  • 100 km Teams course record: 5:53.46 - Alex Kelliher Tribute Band, 2023
  • The international Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team is a non-profit organisation conducted by the Sri Chinmoy Centre.
  • Our races are held as a service to the running community to promote self-transcendence through sports.
  • A competitor at any Sri Chinmoy Race across the globe can be assured of the same high standard and quality of care.

Previous Results

  • 2023 Nov 5th
    16th Sri Chinmoy 100 km/ 50 km Ultras ... Athletics NZ Champs - Results

    In cool, windy and generally wet condition conditions, Vajin Armstrong, 7.05.46 (Sumner Running, Christchurch) and Shannon-Leigh Litt, 8.29.05 (Hatea Run, Whangarei) both ran superb races to win the 16th Sri Chinmoy 'Self-Transcendence' 100 km Road Races at Hagley Park North, Christchurch on Sunday 05 November 2023 ... and became the 2023 Athletic New Zealand 100 km national champions.

    The 100 km/ 50 km championships were held on a 2.5 km certified course, within the evergreen park.

    Vajin hung on through the challenging middle section of the race and eventually took 3 minutes off former champion Martin Lukes’ 2012 course record (7.08.37) ... Martin was present at the finish of the race to congratulate Vajin.

    Multiple champ, Keith Burrows, 7.50.06 (Owairaka Athletic, Auckland) ran another brilliant race for second … followed by Jack Brownie, 9.31.33 (Christchurch) in third place and Lyndon Dahlberg, 10.46.12 (Papakura Athletics, Far North) in fourth.

    Vajin, Keith and Lyndon won the Athletics New Zealand 100 km gold, silver and bronze championship medals.

    Shannon-Leigh had a great ‘come from behind’ victory in the women’s 100 km race to finish just ahead of Aussie 100 km champion Corrina Black, 8.37.59 (Gold Coast).

    Shannon Johnstone, 9.53.55 (Don Greig Racing Stables, Christchurch) was third; Amanda Pavey, 10.43.51 (Brisbane AUS) was fourth and Kerrie Handley, 11.49.07 (ANZ One Day, Timaru) was fifth.

    Shannon-Leigh, Shannon and Kerrie won the New Zealand women’s 100 km championship medals.

    Dayle McLauchlan, 3.15.38 (Sumner Running, Christchurch) and Hannah Oldroyd, 3.23.31 (also Sumner Running, Christchurch) both set outstanding new 50 km course records in the Sri Chinmoy 'Self-Transcendence' 50 km races ... and became the inaugural Athletics New Zealand 50 km national champions.

    Hayden Zervos, 3.21.15 (Wanganui Harriers) was the men's 50 km runner-up, followed by Allan Staite, 4.03.24 (Hatea Run, Whangarei).

    Mel Aitken, 3.48.28 (Wellington Scottish) was the 50 km women's runner-up, followed by Jamie Stevenson, 4.48.10 (Bays Athletics, Auckland).

    In the Sri Chinmoy 100 km 4-person Team's Race the 'Alex Kelliher Tribute Band' team (5.53.46) smashed the 2019 ‘Coming From Behind’ team’s course record by 27 minutes … to finish comfortably ahead of runner-up ‘Team G.B.’ (7.39.48).

    Runners, friends and family members attended the 7.30 pm awards ceremony, at the nearby Lotus Heart Indian Vegetarian Restaurant.

    Athletics New Zealand's John Bowden presented the 100 km & 50 km championship medals to the leading runners ... followed by a scrumptious, happy, post-race celebrative meal.