Sun Run Fun & Cole Classic

Photo: Florian Degreve

Photo: Florian Degreve

More than 4,000 eager participants lined up for The Sydney Morning Herald Sun Run, with elites Matthew Cox and Lucy Starrat taking out the 10km titles for the day.

Starting at Dee Why Surf Life Saving Club, participants in the 7km and 10km fun runs crossed the finish line at the iconic Manly Life Saving Club with a mix of local, national and international runners, challenging themselves along the stunning coastal courses.

Chester Hill local, Matthew Cox, was first to cross the finishing line in the 10km male event with a time of 00:31:15. Second place went to Ben Liddy from Cammeray, who finished with a time of 00:31:30 and Terrey Hills local, Kieran Tall in third with a finishing time of 00:31:52.

Lucy Starrat from Darlinghurst finished the 10km women’s race first with a time of 00:35:11, ahead of Anna Fitzgerald from Willoughby (00:36:16) and Reegan Ellis from Newport (00:36:41).

The 7km event saw Point Frederick local, Charlie Hunter finish the male event first with a time of 00:23:05, ahead of Springwood’s Earl O’Brien and Tasmanian competitor from South Launceston, Abbas Rajab Ali, who finished with times of 00:24:56 and 00:25:06 respectively.

In her first race since giving birth to her daughter Chloe 364 days ago, Emma Collyer from Dee Why took out first place in the women’s 7km event with a time of 00:27:42. Megan Tumminello from Carlingford crossing the finish line second with a time of 00:28:13 and third place going to Louise Arnott from Paddington with a time of 00:29:35.

Due to unsafe surf conditions at North Curl Curl, the swim leg of the inaugural Aquathlon unfortunately had to be cancelled. Competitors were still encouraged to complete the 7km run leg of the course with Luke Jones from Lidcombe (00:25:19) and Claire Monk from Pymble (00:30:57) crossing the line as the first male and female.

Highlights from Day 1 of The Sydney Morning Herald Sun Run & Cole Classic weekend include Mike Tozer, aka Fast Suit Guy, running the entire race in a business suit in the name of Fragile X Association of Australia to support his son, who himself has Fragile X Syndrome and autism.

The race saw an array of colourful characters with one competitor not letting previous injuries hold him back by completing the race in his ankle boot, while costumes such as tutus and morph suits were a huge hit. Spider Man also turned up on the day to run the 10km race in great time before heading back to save the world.

In the swims, 16-year-old North Turramurra student Logan Kaye finished first in the 5-kilometre race with a time of 52 minutes and 17-year-old  Brooke Morgan of North Epping took out the women's crown in the 5km race, making it back to shore in just 56 minutes. First-time competitor Jed Boxall of Cronulla, won the 1-kilometre dip.

The Sydney Morning Herald Sun Run & Cole Classic 2018 has already raised more than $123,701 for a range of charities through everydayhero. This platform makes it possible for the public to donate to those individuals and teams, raising funds for their chosen charity through competing. People looking to donate can still do so through the event website.