INTRODUCTION: Sydney's annual City-to-Surf race on Sunday (9 August) attracted a record number of competitors.
GV Runners at start of race.
GV Entrants running through streets. (2 SHOTS)
GV Runners continuing.
AV Runners entering Kings Cross tunnel. (2 SHOTS)
GV Robert De Castella crosses finishing line and wins race.
GV John Andrews crosses the line second, followed by Tim O'Shaughnessy.
GV Crowd look on as Alison Rowe of New Zealand wins women's section.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Sydney's annual City-to-Surf race on Sunday (9 August) attracted a record number of competitors. It was won by an Australian, robert De Castella, who broke his own 4 year old race record.
SYNOPSIS: Probably the most spectacular running event in Australia, the City-to-Surf attracts both professional athletes and those who just run for fun of it. This year, the professionals were allowed to run at the front of the huge crowd to avoid starting-line congestion. Proven distance runners were given preference in the positioning because according to race organisers there was less danger of accidents in the stampede down William Street. They began from Hyde Park near the centre of Sydney, then ran along William Street, the wide major road linking the city heart to Kings Cross. Their ages ranged from five to the late seventies. Some keen young non-professional runners arrived many hours before the starting time at 10am to ensure themselves a good position.
Some of the less experienced runners were still leaving the starting line when the race leaders were nearing Kings Cross Tunnel. Every year the nine-mile (14 kilometre) marathon takes its toll, and not all of the twenty-four thousand starters made it to Bondi Beach.
But one who certainly made it and did so in record time was the winner, Robert De Castella, of Canberra. After taking an early lead, the former Victorian runner was never challenged. De Castella is regarded as Australia's top gold Medal chance in the 1984 Olympic Marathon.
John Andrews from New South Wales, was second, and Tim O'Shaughnessy, third. New Zealand's Alison Rowe easily took out first place in the Women's Section.