• Short Summary

    In Australia amid a flood of colour a record total of more than twenty thousand runners poured through the streets of Sydney on Sunday (12 August) in the annual city to surf race.

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    In Australia amid a flood of colour a record total of more than twenty thousand runners poured through the streets of Sydney on Sunday (12 August) in the annual city to surf race.

    SYNOPSIS: The runners, ranging from serious athletes to Saturday morning joggers, got off to a good start from the Sydney Town Hall square just before ten o'clock on Sunday (12 August).

    The organisers say the race began a few seconds early because the starter considered the runners were ready to go at that time. Confusion over starting times in the past meant that this year all times were automatically recorded from the actual moment the starter's gun was fired. The runners surged down Sydney's Park and William Streets in a solid mass, heading for the Kings Cross Tunnel. But the field quickly spread out and when, seven kilometres later, it reached one of the toughest hills of the course, the front runners were more than half an hour ahead of some of the other competitors.

    Many of the runners found the going harder than they expected because of the blustery winds, particularly on the more hilly sections of the course. The competitors included squads of soldiers with rifles and packs, large numbers of children and even two contestants in wheelchairs. And what they had in common was determination to finish the fourteen kilometre course even if that meant walking a large part of the way.

    The winner of the race was Bill Scott of Victoria with a time of 41 minutes 50 seconds. His time was just 39 seconds outside the record set in 1977. Second place was taken by an American Bob Hodge, with a time of 42 minutes and 17 seconds. And the first woman to cross the line was another American, Laurie Binder.

    About thirty people received first aid treatment for conditions ranging from exhaustion to blisters, but no serious injured were reported. Most runners finished in good shape, tired but triumphant, even tough some reached the line more than an hour after the winner.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9ITSB2Z1SOCOG9YKLGBDKCXL3
    Media URN:
    VLVA9ITSB2Z1SOCOG9YKLGBDKCXL3
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/08/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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