Harry Summers claims 2019 City2Surf title with the second fastest time in the event’s history

August 11, 2019

Over 84,000 participants have taken part in the world's largest fun run

  • The 2019 winners of the The Sun-Herald City2Surf presented by Westpac are Jake Lappin (Elite Wheelchair Athlete) Harry Summers (Male Winner) and Tara Palm (Female Winner).
  • Brooke Boney, Tom Steinfort, Tanya Hennessy, Sylvia Jeffreys, Edwina Bartholomew and Shane Crawford were amongst the thousands of participants who ran, walked, rolled and danced their way across the finish line in Bondi.
  • City2Surf 2019 has raised close to $4 million for charity, contributing to the $40 million that has been raised through City2Surf since 2008.

An astonishing 84,328 people, from across Australia and beyond, took to the streets of Sydney this morning to take part in the world’s largest fun run, The Sun-Herald City2Surf presented by Westpac.

City2Surf ambassadors Tanya Hennessy, Brooke Boney and Tom Steinfort joined thousands of participants as they made their way along the iconic 14km course that began in Sydney’s Hyde Park and finished off at the picturesque, world-renowned Bondi Beach.

Jake Lappin, from Belconnen ACT, was the first Elite Wheelchair Athlete to cross the line with a time of 00:39:43, beating Samuel Rizzo, from Buninyong, VIC, who finished with a time of 00:41:24. Third place went to Richard Coleman, from Highton Vic, finishing in a time of 00:42:15.

The men’s race ended in an exhilarating finish with Harry Summers, from Matraville, NSW crossing the line first with a time of 00:40:05, just two seconds shy of the course record of 00:40:03, set by Steve Moneghetti in 1991. This is the third time Harry has taken out the City2Surf title, having also won the event in 2016 and 2017. Today’s winning time is the second fastest in the event’s history.

Second place was claimed by Liam Adams, from Monee Ponds, VIC, who finished with a time of 00:41:02. Louis McAfee, from Upper Mount Gravatt, QLD came in third, with a time of 00:41:47.

Record holder and Fitness Meals ambassador Steve Moneghetti, returned to the City2Surf course for the first time since 2010, finishing in a time of 00:54:55.

The women’s race was taken out by first-time participant Tara Palm, from Devon Park, SA crossing the line first with a time of 00:47:11. Usually a 5km runner, Tara was elated with her performance and is determined to return to the event next year, to run for the title for the event’s 50 year celebration.

Charlotte Wilson, from Moonee Ponds, VIC came in second with a finishing time of 00:48.16. Third place went to Marnie Ponton, Glenbrook NSW, with a time of 00:48:59.

Brooke Boney, Today Show Entertainment Reporter and City2Surf ambassador heralded the atmosphere along the course as electric.

“What a great way to spend a Sunday, it’s been such a fantastic morning and the energy from fellow participants and the crowds cheering from the sidelines was incredible,” she said. “It’s a beautiful thing to be a part of; 80,000 people all running towards the finish line, smashing personal goals, raising money for important causes and just having fun.”

Ironman Managing Director, Oceania Dave Beeche said, “It was simply astounding to see the sold-out crowd of people descend on Sydney to take part in the City2Surf this morning.  It’s fantastic to be a part of an event that caters for elite athletes, families, charity volunteers, and everyone in between. The gathering of such an eclectic group is what contributes to the incredible community atmosphere along the course and down to the beachside event village. It is the ultimate celebration in this incredible city.”

Reaching an incredible milestone in 2019, City2Surf is celebrating a decade-long partnership with presenting partner, Westpac who is proud to have a long-standing association with one of Australia’s most iconic events.

Jason Green, Westpac State General Manager NSW said, “As presenting partner for the tenth year running, we’re delighted to see the community come together again to support causes close to their hearts and enjoy the fun race-day activities that Westpac helps bring to the event.

“We’re proud to be able to continue our support in raising funds and awareness of the vital community service provided by our official event charity partner, Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service, which has been helping Australians when they need it most since 1973, with no one ever having to pay to be rescued.”

City2Surf 2019 has already raised close to $4 million for more than 1,000 charities, adding to the $40 million that has been raised for hundreds of charities since 2008 when the fundraising tally was first recorded.

RESULTS: A full list of results for all events across the day can be found on The Sun-Herald City2Surf presented by Westpac website at https://city2surf.com.au/

IMAGES: Hi-res imagery from the event can be accessed here.


Elite Wheelchair Winner

Jake Lappin00:39:43
Samuel Rizzo00:41:24
Richard Colman00:42:15

City2Surf Winners

Harry Summers00:40:05Tara Palm00:47:11
Liam Adams00:41:02Charlotte Wilson00:48:16
Louis McAfee00:41:47Marnie Ponton00:48:59

 Registrations are now open for Sydney’s favourite bike ride, Spring Cycle, taking place on Sunday, 13 October 2019. Sign up at http://springcycle.com.au/ before August 15 for earlybird entry, saving $20 on your registration.

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