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Competitors cross finish line in Sydney City2Surf race

The first competitors in Sydney’s famed City2Surf race have crossed the finish line after setting off in brisk conditions for the 14km run.

More than 80,000 competitors took part in the event on Sunday, which began at Hyde Park before finishing up at the beautiful Bondi Beach.

Harry Summers, 27, was named the winner of the event for a second consecutive year, after completing the race in a time of 42 minutes and 16 seconds.

Sydney’s famed City2Surf race kicked off Sunday morning, with competitors setting off in brisk conditions for the 14km run

He had been recovering from a recent injury and had only been training for six weeks in the lead up to the event.

‘Time wasn’t important because it was a tactical race and I knew I wasn’t in record shape, so I thought I’d let the boys take the pace and I just went with it,” he told the ABC after the race.

While the first female to cross the line was Celia Sullohern, who did so in a remarkable 47 minutes and 11 seconds.

Wheelchair athlete Kurt Fearnley also claimed a back-to-back title with his time of 41 minutes and 11 seconds, despite problems with his right wheel.

The 2017 event has so far raised more than $4million for charity, adding to the more than $32 million raised since fundraising became associated with the event in 2008.

Nearly 20,000 individuals raised the money for 984 charities this year, with Team National Breast Cancer Foundation leading the way with $117,220 donated so far.

More than 80,000 people took part in the event, which began at Hyde Park before finishing up at Bondi Beach

More than 80,000 people took part in the event, which began at Hyde Park before finishing up at Bondi Beach

Harry Summers (pictured in dark blue, second from right) was named the winner of the event for a second consecutive year, finishing in 42 minutes and 16 seconds

Harry Summers (pictured in dark blue, second from right) was named the winner of the event for a second consecutive year, finishing in 42 minutes and 16 seconds

Wheelchair athlete Kurt Fearnley (pictured right) also claimed a back-to-back title with his time of 41 minutes and 11 seconds

Wheelchair athlete Kurt Fearnley (pictured right) also claimed a back-to-back title with his time of 41 minutes and 11 seconds

The course took runners from Hyde Park in Sydney’s CBD down Williams Street and through the tunnel at Kings Cross.

Continuing through Rose Bay they then marked the half-way point at the notorious ‘Heartbreak Hill’, before heading towards the ocean and finishing in Bondi. 

Runners were staggered around an 8am start, with presentations commencing shortly after 10:30am.

The race is expected to wrap-up around 2pm, with road closures around the city ending shortly after that. 

While most people wore bright coloured singlets and shoes, a number of participants embraced the spirit of the fun run by donning fancy-dress costumes

While most people wore bright coloured singlets and shoes, a number of participants embraced the spirit of the fun run by donning fancy-dress costumes

Animals proved a popular theme, with groups dressed as lobsters, gorillas (pictured) and even a Tyrannosaurus Rex

Animals proved a popular theme, with groups dressed as lobsters, gorillas (pictured) and even a Tyrannosaurus Rex

One enthusiastic runner opted for Australian icon Dame Edna Everage with his costume

One enthusiastic runner opted for Australian icon Dame Edna Everage with his costume

While most people wore bright coloured singlets and shoes, a number of participants embraced the spirit of the fun run by donning fancy-dress costumes.

Animals were a popular theme, with groups dressed as lobsters, gorillas and even a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

While Australian icons such as Dame Edna Everage was emulated by one enthusiastic runner, complete with purple wig, bejewelled glasses and sequined frock.

Others found innovative ways of getting the kids involved, with one young girl catching a ride as a man pulled her along. 

The 2017 event has so far raised more than $4million for charity, adding to the more than $32 million raised since fundraising started in 2008

The 2017 event has so far raised more than $4million for charity, adding to the more than $32 million raised since fundraising started in 2008

As competitors headed down Williams Street in the Sydney CBD, one runner dressed as a Tyrannasurus Rex chased them

As competitors headed down Williams Street in the Sydney CBD, one runner dressed as a Tyrannasurus Rex chased them

Others found innovative ways of getting the kids involved, with one young girl catching a ride as a man pulled her along

Others found innovative ways of getting the kids involved, with one young girl catching a ride as a man pulled her along

And pets weren’t left out either, there to greet their owners at the start and finish of the race.

On Saturday New South Wales Transport warned of extensive road closures due to the event, asking people to prepare in advance. 

‘The event requires road closures from Hyde Park to Bondi Beach from 3.30am so participants and volunteers are urged to catch public transport which is included as part of their pack,’ information from Transport New South Wales read. 

Runners looking to travel home from the event were also advised they could use their race bib or finishing medal as a ticket for public transport, according to Transport New South Wales. 

Pets weren't left out of the fun either, with many there to greet their owners at the start and finish of the race

Pets weren’t left out of the fun either, with many there to greet their owners at the start and finish of the race

New South Wales Transport warned of extensive road closures for the Sunday event, asking people to prepare in advance and catch public transport

New South Wales Transport warned of extensive road closures for the Sunday event, asking people to prepare in advance and catch public transport

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