Meet our C2S Legends


The City2Surf Legends are individuals who have participated in every single event since it's inception in 1971. From all walks of life, they epitomise the very essence of what the City2Surf is about; fun, fitness, fundraising, and being a part of the community.

2020 marked the 50th running of The Sun-Herald City2Surf and we would like to congratulate the 24 Legends for achieving this milestone. 


Video: Watch C2S Legends Paul Daley, Chris Edwards, Charles Rochester and Ted Thompson chat about what City2Surf means to them. 

Laurie+Coleman

Laurie Coleman

Born 1945

Laurie Coleman was born and raised at Arncliffe, Laurie was educated at Marist Brothers. His father served with the RAAF in Papua New Guinea during World War II and passed away at the age of 90.

Ken+Constantine

Ken Constantine

Born 1946

Ken Constantine grew up in Coogee and was very active as a child, spending much of his youth playing sport, despite his parents conservative views about not doing too much sport. Ken says sports have helped him to develop self discipline and have made him a better person, particularly in his ability to cope with the pressures and challenges of life.

Paul+Daley

Paul Daley

Born 1944

Paul Daley had an idyllic childhood. He grew up in Parsley Bay, near Watson’s Bay, where his father leased and maintained the picnic area and his mother ran the milk bar. He and his brothers swam all day and played touch footy every night before his father would whistle them in for dinner.

Brendan+Dumas

Brendan Dumas

Born 1954

Brendan Dumas grew up in Eastwood and Wahroonga as the second youngest of nine children, before his father remarried and had four more children.

Chris+Edwards

Chris Edwards

Born in 1959

Chris Edwards is the youngest of the Legends. He is an Ambassador for the Australian Rotary Health and has worked as a Leadership Coach since 2007. Chris grew up in the Blue Mountains and the Bathurst District and was ‘packed off to boarding school’ at Sydney Grammar at the age of eight.

Alan+Farrell

Alan Farrell

Born 1943

Alan Farrell was born in Canberra but from the age of four he grew up in Cammeray, on Sydney’s lower north shore, until he married his sweetheart Carole when he was 21.

Wayne+Heffernan

Wayne Heffernan

Born 1949

Wayne Heffernan grew up in Bexley North and moved to Caringbah when he was 13. He was an exceptional sprinter as a kid and a state champion which he says all came quite easily so he decided to take up distance running!

Trevor+Hamilton

Trevor Hamilton

Born 1948

Trevor Hamilton grew up in Chatswood as the second eldest of three children. He was drawn to outdoor activities since taking up football at the age of seven where he played league and union for 19 years. He says he avoided injury at football because he was a very fast runner.

Kerry+Heinecke

Kerry Heineke

Born 1941

Kerry Heinecke is a stayer. He was born in Waverley and raised in Kensington where he still lives in the family home 73 years later. Like fellow Legend John Tisdale, Kerry was educated at Sydney Grammar School on College Street, next to the current City2Surf starting line.

Geoff+Kennett

Geoff Kennett

Born 1945

Geoff Kennett was born in Petersham and comes from a strong sporting background. His father played Sheffield Shield cricket and also captained the Australian Baseball team. Geoff was educated at Trinity Grammar and played 1st grade cricket. His father wanted him to be a cricketer but in the late 1950s he took up surfing and joined the North Cronulla Surf Club.

John+Langley

John Langley

Born 1943

John Langley was born in Earlwood where he lived for 36 years, having bought the family home from his mother. His only real regret is if he had his time again he wouldn’t have played so many years of rugby league, having suffered a very bad knee injury in 1964.

 

Christopher+Moynham

Christopher Moynham

Born 1943

Chris Moynham spent most of his childhood growing up in Revesby which in those days was in bushland, with dirt roads and no sewerage. ‘When the ice man came in summer, we used to scab bits of ice,’ he recalls.

Derek+Nelson

Derek Nelson

Born 1934

Derek Nelson was born in Enniskillen in Northern Ireland. During World War two he grew up in a small village 40 miles from Belfast. From there he could hear the German bombers and see the flames as they bombed the big shipyards in Belfast.

Paul+Nolan

Paul Nolan

Born 1957

Paul Nolan was born at the Royal North Shore Hospital and grew up in Sydney where he attended Knox Grammar. A lover of all things sport related, Paul is particularly passionate about cricket, soccer and golf (he's got a handicap of 9!). Paul has worked as a Work Health & Safety Officer for 44 years. "When I love something I stick to it!"

Jim+Parker

Jim Parker

Born 1942

Jim Parker was born and raised in Wollongong and the son of a coal miner. His father was also an international soccer referee and refereed soccer at the 1956 Olympics.

Jim+Roberts

Jim Roberts

Born 1944

Jim Roberts was born in Mosman and grew up with two older brothers at Gladesville until he was 13, when the family moved to Hunters Hill. Along with his brothers, he attended school at Shore Grammar and has always had a love of the outdoors, and particularly sailing. He still goes to the beach at least once a week.

Charles Rochester

Charles Rochester

Born 1932

88-year-old Charles Rochester has completed every single City2Surf since its inception, and he’s still going strong. Age is just a number for Mr Rochester, who puts his ability down to a healthy, drug and alcohol-free lifestyle.

Bruce+Shying

Bruce Shying

Born 1937

Bruce Shying grew up in Marrickville until the age of 22. Life as a kid was great and he adds, ‘mum had to be hard because I was a rebel of a kid; when something was on, people would say bring the boys but not Bruce, he’s a pain’.

Robert+Stuart

Robert Stuart

Born 1942

Bob Stuart was born in the Uki Hotel near Mt Warning and raised in a rural environment around the Tweed River.

‘I had a fantastic childhood and there is nothing I wouldn’t like to do again tomorrow’, stated Bob. He has never lived far from water and it has always been a significant part of his life.

Paul+Summerhayes

Paul Summerhayes

Born 1954

Paul Summerhayes‘ recollection is early life was very busy. He wasn’t keen on school but loved sport and enjoyed swimming and long distance running. Paul always enjoyed partying on Saturday nights, followed by a distance run on Sunday morning as a refresher.

Ted+Thompson

Ted Thompson

Born 1941

Ted Thompson grew up in Newtown and coincidently went to school with fellow Legend Barry Clunas. He was a big boy for his age and left school at 14, convincing his first employer he was 16. He spent two years doing an accounting course, worked as a dogman and a hotel drink waiter before joining the NSW Fire Brigade in 1962.

George+Wardell

George Wardell

Born 1937

George Wardell was born and raised in a close-knit family in the UK fishing village of Hull, brought up by his mother and his maternal grandfather. His aunt lived two doors away and his Grandparents were three doors away. His father, a fisherman also named George Wardell (aged 32), was lost at sea two months before George was born, as had his grandfather Robert Wardell, also a fisherman, been lost at sea (aged 37).

John+Willcocks

John Willcocks

Born 1950

John Willcocks was born in Sydney, the eldest of three and lived in Chester Hill until the age of 21.

At 15, he left school and started work in the public service as a Clerical Assistant and stayed in the public service for the next 33 years. Currently he works at Access Industries for the Disabled.

Phillip+Worrall

Phillip Worrall

Born 1952

Phil Worrall grew up in West Epping where he developed a great love of the outdoors and Australian fauna. His childhood was spent constructing Billy Carts, cubby houses, reptile cages and playing in the surrounding bushland. His early ambition was to become a zoologist but he matriculated at Sydney University and went on to establish a career in private legal practice.