• Short Summary

    Australian marathon champion John Farrington won Sydney's annual 15 kilometre (10 mile) "City to Surf" race on Monday (12 August), then ran back to the starting point to collect his clothes.

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    Australian marathon champion John Farrington won Sydney's annual 15 kilometre (10 mile) "City to Surf" race on Monday (12 August), then ran back to the starting point to collect his clothes.

    A record 5,300 runners, aged from seven to 60, took part in the run from sydney's Town Hall to the finishing line at the city's famous Bondi Beach.

    Six hundred of the starters dropped out before the finish and 42 competitors had to be treated by ambulance staff.

    But for those who made it, including 14 soldiers who ran in full uniform and boots and seven blind men who completed the race by homing in on a beeper carried by another runner, there was a welcome chance to cool off at the end of the marathon.

    Top New Zealand runner Terry Manners was second to Farrington and American Gary Tuttle, who won this year's "By to Breakers" race in San francisco, was third.

    Farrington's time for the 15 kilometres was 43 minutes and 43 seconds.

    SYNOPSIS: They're off...all five thousand three hundred of the starter on the City to Surf race in Sydney, Australia. The record field left sydney's Town Hall to run fifteen kilometres to the city's famous Bondi Beach.

    Australian Olympic representative and marathon champion John Farrington won the race for the second year running. he completed the run in forty-three minutes forty-three seconds.

    But you don't have to be an Olympic runner to participate in the annual event. This year the youngest runner was just seven and the eldest, sixty.

    All but six hundred of the starters finished the race. They included fourteen soldiers in full uniform, and seven blind athletes who completed the race by homing in on a beeper carried by another runner.

    But as officials collected cars from the finishers they found a number had found the course just a little too demanding. Ambulance men had to treat forty-two of the runners.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3EWBKB54XLESFVLLCURA2EMKE
    Media URN:
    VLVA3EWBKB54XLESFVLLCURA2EMKE
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/08/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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