In mild, sunny conditions Natalie Schmitt 206.093 km (Noumea, New Caledonia) achieved an outstanding outright victory in the 22nd Sri Chinmoy 24-Hour Race held at Auckland's AUT Millennium Stadium last weekend.
Leading Kiwis Mike Field 201.227 km (Port Hills Athletic, Christchurch) and Becky Nixon 186.699 km (Queenstown Athletics, Queentown) both ran very fine races to win the respective 2019 Athletics New Zealand 24-Hour men's and women's national championships.
Alice Adiwinata 131.572 km (YMCA Marathon Club, Auckland) was third in the womens 24-hour, while Tim Gibson 192.074 km (Sydney, Australia) and Greg Yee 188.212 km (Caversham Athletic, Dunedin) were 2nd and 3rd in the men's 24-hour.
Kim Janssens (Antwerp, Belgium) 161.600 km race-walked for the entire 24 hours and, observed by walking judges, became New Zealand Centurion Walker C27. Philip Sharpe of the New Zealand Centurion Walkers Club presented Kim with the Kiwi Centurion walker's medal.
In the Sri Chinmoy 12-Hour Race, Bryan McCorkindale 113.175 km (New Brighton Olympic, Christchurch) was just a few kilometers shy of the world 65-69 age best that he set here in 2017. Brian was followed by Nick Allen 102.639 km (Auckland) and Cliff Harrison 83.396 km (Auckland).
Women's 12-hour winner Val Muskett 98.176 km (Hampden, Otago) made a brave, determined effort to set a new world women's 65-69 age best, but was just 2 km short. Natalie Burrows 81.033 km (Auckland) and Helen Chignell 71.072 km (Hill City University, Dunedin) were 2nd and 3rd.
Wayne Botha 70.254 km (Takapuna Harriers, Auckland) was a clear winner in the Sri Chinmoy 6-Hour Race ... from Thomas Watson 68.612 km (Auckland ) and Brad Luiten 64.344 km (Auckland).
Dawn Tuffery 62.198 km (Hamilton City Hawks, Hamilton) won the women's 6-hour, followed by Niribili File 37.623 km (Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team, Auckland).
In the Sri Chinmoy 24-hour Teams Relay the winning 6-person team, 'The First Chapter' 290.309 km, made a valiant effort to transscend the 301.441 km race record set by the North Shore Bays Athletic Club back in the year 2000. In second place were the 'Edenvale Queens' team with 117.574 km.
At the 24-hour awards ceremony members of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team sang Sri Chinmoy's 'Congratultion' song to the stoic 24-hour finishers.