A delightful, cool to mild, blue-sky-autumn day greeted the the runners and walkers who participated in race 3 of the Sri Chinmoy 'Auckland Series 2017' ... held at the evergreen Auckland Domain on Sunday.
The race also celebrated the arrival of the Global Sri Chinmoy Onenes-Home Peace Run, part of the Asia-Pacific sector of the run, which carried a flaming peace torch from Auckland to Wellington over the last two weeks. Runners at Sunday's Auckland Domain races joined the thousands of New Zealand school children, sports people and community leaders who participated in the 30th anniversary staging of this annual event.
Kenyan, Steve Maine (1.31.27) showed his class in winning the Sri Chinmoy Half-Marathon ... pulling away from eventual 3rd placed Luke Emerson (1.33.50), and holding off runner-up Andrea Burgo (1.31.51) in the latter stages, for a fine victory.
Christine Deacon (1.39.29) comfortably won the woman's half ... from Rae Peters (1.42.28) and Kesennya Kirsanova (1.51.43).
Triathlete Marieke Van Zon (2.21.31) ran a fine race to become the first woman over 70 to complete a Sri Chinmoy Half-Marathon at the Auckland Domain.
Steve Sutton (43.33) achieved first place in the Sri Chinmoy 10 km Race ... followed by Neil Dreadon (45.25) and Nawaraj Bhattarai (46.00).
Catherine Jansen (50.15) won the women's 10 km ... from 2nd & third place-getters Kim Dirks (50.39) and Lisa Ceccherini( 51.30).
Promising 13 year olds Isabel Allen (21.20) and Peyton Leigh (21.20) were joint winners in the Sri Chinmoy 5 km Race followed by Melanie James (22.17). Grant Goldsmith (27.08) was the men's winner.
Talented 10 year old's Ayden McKechnie (9.45) and Sophie Robb (9.53) set new boys and girls (under 14) course records in a high quality Sri Chinmoy 2.5 km Children's Race.
Madeline Leigh (10.19) and younger sister Scarlett Robb (10.51) were 2nd and 3rd in the girls race ... while Finnbar Cavanagh-Briggs (12.50) was runner-up in the boys race.