The 40th City to Surf fun run was held this morning. The course covers 14km of hilly terrain starting on the Eastern boundary of the Central Business District and finishing at Bondi Beach on the Pacific Ocean. There were 80,000 entrants to this year's event.
I watched the runners (and walkers) pass by near where I live in Edgecliff, about 1.5km after the start of the race.
8.08am - less than thirty minutes before the start and the cross roads are all closed off leaving the course free of motor traffic. Click on the photo above and you can see roller bladers in the distance (far right) taking advantage of the vacant road.
8.17am - the cross road where I live, Ocean Avenue, leading down the hill to Double Bay closed and guarded by a Policewoman apparently assisted by a couple of volunteers.
8.37am - the vehicle escorting the leading elite runners reaches Edgecliff indicating those runners have taken 6 minutes and 53 seconds to reach this point.
8.37am - the leading elite runners.
8.41am - hard work running up that hill...and worse is to come.
8.47am - from Edgecliff it's a downhill run to Double Bay.
8.50am - hot work even on a cool morning.
8.52am - neither heat nor rain nor sleet nor snow....
8.56am - supporters of charity.
9.00am - half an hour after the first runners started some could still smile.
9.11am - 'I go to Rio...'
9.05am - invisible men?