With perfect weather and community spirit high, thousands ran or swam across our Beaches on the weekend to raise money for worthy charities. Here’s a quick round up on the Sun Run and Cole Classic…

Sun Run Shines With Record Breaking Number

Over 7,000 people took part in the annual Sun Run on Saturday Feb 3, pounding the pavements from Dee Why to Manly Beach on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, the largest number in the events 14-year history. The run saw participants compete in either the 10km or 7km course, taking in the picturesque views of Curl Curl, Freshwater and Queenscliff beaches along the way.

If you blinked, you would have missed the winners who crossed the finish line in a staggering 29:33 minutes (Ed Goddard) for the 10km course and 24:31 minutes (Timothy Broxup) for the 7km course. This year several records were broken, personal bests achieved and over $72,000 was raised for charities across Australia.

Mayor Sue Heins, who officially started the race, congratulated the winners and praised all the participants who came out on such a glorious morning.

“It was fantastic to see so many locals and visitors enjoying themselves on one of the most picturesque courses in the country. And it was also great to see Nedd Brockmann running and continuing to inspire others to give events like this a go.

“So many of us on the Northern Beaches love our healthy and active lifestyle. It’s one of the many things that makes living here so great. Clearly everyone agrees, with record numbers turning out to start the year right and bring a positive vibe to our streets,” Mayor Heins said.

Well-known for his record run across Australia and charity endeavours, Nedd Brockmann was glad to be part of this year’s event.

“It was so great to get out and run with everyone today along a course with such cracking views. Just seeing people active and participating was awesome and the vibe was epic. I’m glad the competitors got to sample my Choccy Milk, my secret to a quick recovery after a big run.”

This year, Sun Run continued to support local businesses while raising much needed funds for charities including Australian Cancer Research Foundation, Run DiPG (a charity dedicated to improving outcomes for those impacted by the deadliest form of childhood cancer) and the Manly Wheelchair Basketball Association.

Sun Run 2024 winner’s table

10km run: Male 10km Run: Female
1st   Ed Goddard (29:33) 1st Alice Daniel (35:43)
2nd  Thomas Do Canto (29:40) 2nd  Lexy Gilmour (36:26)
3rd  James Nipperess (29:46) 3rd  Natalea Smith (36:34)
7km run: Male 7km Run: Female
1st  Timothy Broxup (24:31) 1st  Helena Eastham (26:20)
2nd  Alessandro Allegrini (25:07) 2nd  Hannah Gibson (27:55)
3rd  Martin Smellie (25:28) 3rd  Alyse Edwards (29:01)

Over 5000 Swimmers Make A Splash at Cole Classic 2024.

Manly Beach was awash with colourful swim caps and speedos on Sunday Feb 4, with over 5000 swimmers participating in the 42nd annual Cole Classic ocean swim.
Northern Beaches local Layne Beachley AO opened the event by firing the starting gun, setting the swimmers off on the iconic Shelly to Manly Beach swim. Conditions were near perfect, with a decent swell but not the big surf that had hit the beaches on Friday and Saturday.

With everyone from elite athletes to 10-year-old Nippers taking part in the 1km, 2km, and 5km swims, for many, the event is less about winning and more about community, with many friendship and fitness groups attending together in personalised Budgy Smuggler swimwear.

Image: with thanks to Jamen Percy @bombora.days (click through if you’d like to purchase prints from the day!)

Coined as ‘one of the world’s most celebrated ocean swims,’ the atmosphere lived up to its reputation on Sunday, with pumping music and a huge crowd to cheer on swimmers to the finish line.

Post-race, swimmers and spectators could refuel from coffee and food vans dotting the beachfront, with YNot Crepes, Acai Sydney, GrindNPress Coffee Crew, and Volkswurst in attendance. Healthy brands like Shine Drink gave away free samples alongside activations from charity sponsors Okanui, Speedo Starlight Super Swim, and Two Men and a Truck.

Great local businesses donated as well: Okanui, DMC fins, Manly Wharf Hotel, AG1 by Athletic Greens, BIAUG, Peppers Manly Beach (ALL – Accor Live Limitless), Speedo, Modern Movement, Budgy Smuggler,Recentre, Salon Purpose, Cranium Hair, Kozii Swimwear, Wolfies Cafe Manly, & Blu Mediterranean Manly.

The sold-out event raised over $187, 000 for charity, with planning for next year’s event already underway.

Words: Nicky Champ 

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