FORGET taking it easy, 80-year-old Ted Thompson's just about to take on his 51st City2Surf, and it's all for a good cause.
"Turning up is the hardest thing," he said of this hugely popular annual event.
Mr Thompson ran the City2Surf for the first 46 years of taking part, but the last five years he's walked the 14 kilometre route.
The Warriewood senior, who was a firefighter with Fire and Rescue NSW for 44 years, has long been involved with sport. In his younger years he was a strength and fitness coach with a number of NRL teams, including Parramatta in 1981, 83 and 85; Cronulla in 1986, 87 and 89; and St George in 1991. He even coached rugby league great Anthony Mundine back in the day.
"Even now I still train kids, I teach them boxing," Mr Thompson said.
"Sport's been a big part of my life. I played the President's Cup with Newtown in 1961."
For this year's virtual City2Surf, participants are asked to nominate a 14 kilometre route of their choice, and an app will allow officials to check that each person has completed their allocated route before issuing them a completion certificate.
His route will be to complete the Narrabeen Lake circuit twice, which at 16.8km will be a touch more than the minimum required for City2Surf officials.
Not only is Mr Thompson a Warriewood Surf Club volunteer, he also volunteers with Lifeline Northern Beaches and helps out with the charity's regular book fairs.
Mr Thompson is raising funds for Lifeline Northern Beaches during his City2Surf event. His original fundraising goal was $500, but so far he's raised just over $1000.
This year's virtual City2Surf is on from October 17-24. To support Mr Thompson's bid to help Lifeline Northern Beaches make a donation here.
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