Even for a nation of sports lovers like Australia, the annual City-to-surf race is something exceptional.
TV Start of race with massed runners. (4 SHOTS)
HIGH TV Massed runners through streets. (3 SHOTS)
GTV Massed runners past.
SVs Runners past camera and up hill. (4 SHOTS)
SV Winner (Chris Wardlaw) to tape, as people look on. Winner after race. (4 SHOTS)
CU Wardlaw speaking after race.
SVs Teams and handicapped athletes competing.
GV & SVs Other competitors finishing race (6 SHOTS)
REPORTER: "The starter's gun set the human mass moving at precisely 10 o'clock. The secret, of course, is to position yourself near the front. Some slept at the start line all night to ensure their prime spot. In past years the runners have had to battle the heat, but this time it was a strong and chilly headwind. In the race from Sydney to Bondi, its not only the crowds and the weather you must battle with. The hills also take their toll. The closer to the seaside you get, the steeper the hills. Then 42 minutes later, the first runner came into view. He was Chris Wardlaw, the man who represented Australia at the last Olympic Games. His time, 42 minutes, 42 seconds; a minute and a half slower than the record time set last year."
WARDLAW: "I haven't tried specially for this race. I'm trying for the national cross country race in five weeks' time. But I normally try about 110 miles a week. I seldom get there."
REPORTER: "Some like to do it a little harder than others. In a race like this there are no age barriers. Nor do you have to compete in the accepted manner. These members of the Paraplegic Sports Club not only finished the race but beat more than half the competitors home. It was the largest field ever to compete in the City-to-Surf, and although there's likely to be 20,000 pairs of aching legs around the city tonight there's little doubt that most of them will be out there next year doing it all again. Robert Penfold, National Nine News."
REPORTER: ROBERT PENFOLD
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Background: Even for a nation of sports lovers like Australia, the annual City-to-surf race is something exceptional. This year a record 20,000 people, aged from 5 to 76 turned out for the 9 mile (14 km) race from Sydney to Bondi Beach. The runners and tens of thousands of onlookers created a traffic jam which took police three hours to clear. Robert Penfold of TCN 9 watched the massed runners move off.