The 4th running of the Tulip Time Mile, as part of the Tulip Time Festival, proved to be a great success, with entrant numbers up from last years event. Despite windy conditions, 72 athletes battled a 2-lap circuit of Bong Bong St just prior to this years Tulip Time Parade.

The feature event was the Mens Open race, which proved to be a battle between two elite runners – Simon Rogers from New Zealand and Martin Cooper, a local running for Sydney University. Simon competes in the USA and has a personal best (PB) time for 1500m of 3:44 (and a Mile PB of 4:06) while Martin’s current PB for 1500m is 4:02.

As a result, on paper Simon was expected to dominate the race. However, from the gun it was a battle of wits between the two elite runners. Martin tucked in behind Simon from the start, matching him through the first lap and most of the second lap, with the final turn seeing a change of pace from Simon and a final effort to the line, crossing in 4:33, just ahead of Martin with 4:37.

Simon’s efforts were enough to secure a new course record, just ahead of Martin’s 2016 time of 4:35. The strong winds affected everyone’s times, and with Martin running his 2016 record by himself and with Simon’s PB for the event being 4:06 on a flat course, it is clear that better conditions would have seen a significantly faster time.

There were many other amazing efforts and exciting racing. The Junior Primary Boys race saw a dead-heat for first place between Rohan Day and Benji Lee-Billinghurst in 6:23, with the officials unable to split them.

The strong winds meant that course records for most age groups were virtually impossible. That didn’t stop a few amazing athletes, with Erin Smart crossing in 6:19 in the Open Womens category and matching her course record from last year, and Ken Wilson setting a new benchmark in the Masters Mens division with his 5:08 just ahead of last years record time of 5:10.

Tulip Time Mile 2017 results

JUNIOR PRIMARY GIRLS  (course record      5:56 – Jessica Hassan – 2016)

  1. Nicola Gardener 6:58
  2. Kaitlyn Williams 7:14
  3. Charlotte Withers 7:29
  4. Mollie Kettle 8:16
  5. Arkie Francis 8:23
  6. Darcey Ingrey 8:29
  7. Abby Jacobs 8:30

 

JUNIOR PRIMARY BOYS (course record        5:25 – Tyler Egan – 2010)

  1. Rohan Day 6:23
  2. Benji Lee-Billinghurst 6:23
  3. Ben Hogan 6:35
  4. Luke Douglass 6:38
  5. Joshua Smith 6:47
  6. Dylan Hinchcliffe 6:59
  7. Bohdi Lee-Billinghurst 7:19
  8. Appollo McInerney 7:22
  9. Will Kennedy 7:27
  10. Mitchell McAfee 7:31
  11. Lachlan McAfee 7:32
  12. Ayman Omran 8:11
  13. Orson Francis 8:20
  14. Hugo Adams 8:22
  15. Frederick Kettle 8:22
  16. Noah Jacobs 8:59
  17. Isaac Hucker 10:38

 

SENIOR PRIMARY GIRLS   (course record     5:40 – Matilda Offord – 2010 )

  1. Charlotte Smith 6:36
  2. Sarah Young 6:37
  3. Amelia Carpenter 6:39
  4. Lexie Kennedy 6:48
  5. Maree Wilson 7:13

 

SENIOR PRIMARY BOYS   (course record   5:14  – Tayne Ward  –  2016)

  1. Hamish Keat 6:05
  2. Monte Francis 6:19
  3. Matthew Smith 7:04

 

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS    (course record   5:23   – Grace Musgrove  –  2010)

  1. Georgia Hampshire 6:32
  2. Lilly Hogan 7:11
  3. Angela Wilson 7:26

 

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS   ( course record  4:42  – Thomas Hobson  –  2010)

  1. Cody Turner 5:28
  2. Liam Hinchcliffe 5:35
  3. Dominic Uliana 6:03

 

OPEN FEMALE      (course record   6:19  –  Erin Smart  –  2016)

  1. Erin Smart 6:19
  2. Natallie McMullen 6:56

 

OPEN MALE     (course record   4:35  – Martin Cooper  – 2016)

  1. Simon Rogers 4:33
  2. Martin Cooper 4:37
  3. Colin Feilen 5:28
  4. Travis Higlett 5:38
  5. Trevor White 5:45
  6. Niranjan Ganeshamoorthy 6:52

 

MASTERS FEMALE     (course record  7:26   Kathleen Wallington  – 2016)

  1. Alison Mobbs 7:48
  2. Tracie Inman 8:06

 

MASTERS MALE     (course record  5:10   Dani Andres  –  2016)

  1. Ken Wilson 5:08
  2. Jose Carvalho 5:34
  3. Brad Sharpe 5:42
  4. Mark Wood 5:42
  5. David Watson 5:46
  6. Ron Cozijnsen 5:55
  7. Patrick O’Reilly 6:04
  8. Scott Inman 6:14
  9. Stephen Barnett 6:21
  10. Brian Radburn 6:50
  11. Dallas McInerney 7:53
  12. John Rusden 7:56
  13. Toby Lee-Billingshurst 8:14