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Sydney's City2Surf attracts 80,000 runners

From 'I'm beat' to 'a walk in the park' were the feelings of just a few of the tens of thousands of runners who completed the annual race to the sea.

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Olympic long-distance runner Craig Mottram has won the 2014 Sun-Herald City2Surf with a time of 41 minutes and 56 seconds.

Mottram, a native Melburnian and bronze medal winner in the 2005 World Championship of Athletics, narrowly edged out Sydneysider Brad Milosevic, who crossed the finish line in a time of 42 minutes and 18 seconds. 

The first-placed female inThe Sun-Herald City2Surf presented by Westpac was Casey Wood from Adelaide, in a time of 47 minutes and 59 seconds. In second place was Milly Clark from Sydney, in a time of 48:44. Third position went to Clare Geraghty from Brisbane in 49:29.

Head of the pack: Craig Mottram leads the City2Surf.

Head of the pack: Craig Mottram leads the City2Surf. Photo: Getty Images

More than 80,000 entrants competed in the 14-kilometre run.

The third placed male was David McNeill from Melbourne who clocked in at 42:31.

In the Elite Wheelchair category, Kurt Fearnley from Newcastle crossed the line first with a time of 36:09, followed by Richard Nicholson from Canberra with a time of 43:40.

Winner of the 2014 Sun Herald City2Surf fun-run Craig Mottram who covered the 14 km course in 41min 56sec. Click for more photos

Sun Herald City2Surf 2014

Winner of the 2014 Sun Herald City2Surf fun-run Craig Mottram who covered the 14 km course in 41min 56sec. Photo: Getty Images/James Alcock

Christie Dawes from Newcastle was the first female to finish with a time of 45:10.

Sunday's event will raise more than $4 million for hundreds of Australian charities.

This tally will continue to grow, with fund-raising staying open for another four weeks. 

Craig Mottram crosses the line in the City2Surf.

Craig Mottram crosses the line in the City2Surf.

Race director Rebecca Wilmer said: “Once again we are overwhelmed by the support for this great event. The City2Surf, and its associated sister events around the country, are among the biggest fund-raising drivers for hundreds of charities across Australia so we are extremely happy with the amount raised for such worthy causes.”

Fund-raising has been a key part of the City2Surf since 1971. The event has raised more than $20 million for charities, making it one of the most successful initiatives of its kind in Australia.

All City2Surf participants can visit www.city2surf.com.au this evening for the full list of race results.