Monthly Archives: September 2018

Brothers get their gorilla on for City2Surf

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Monkey madness: Rob, Paul and Michael Stanley-Jones stretch during the 1997 City2Surf. Photo: Craig GoldingRob Stanley-Jones is not expecting to run a personal best in this year’s City2Surf. It is taking longer and longer each year, now that he is one of the most beloved and sought-after entrants in the85,000-strong race.

“Everyone has a phone on them, everyone wants a photo, and we can’t help but oblige,” he says. “We stop, we make their day, and we keep going. But we don’t mind – it’s all about fun.”

For 28 years, Mr Stanley-Jones, 42, and his brother Paul, 44, have entered the world’s biggest run dressed as gorillas. It is a tradition that started when the pair were teenagers growing up on Sydney’s northern beaches. The family would usually run the City2Surf together, but Paul and his best friend at school wanted to “do something different and dress up”.

“We went to the fancy dress store and had a look,” Paul says. “The suit just stood out and we thought – we’ve got to do that!”

Paul and his family drive down each year from Evans Head, near Ballina, sometimes bundling into the car straight after the race for the 10-hour trip home. In past years when the brothers have been away, their parents “filled in” to keep the tradition alive. The next generation are being inducted, too –Paul’s eldest son, Jack, usually runs in costume but has been sidelined this year by a broken leg.

It can be sweltering under all that fur, but the brothers look on the bright side. “We’ve got a few standard lines we use about hair-conditioning,” Rob says. “It is hot, but we lose a fair bit of weight on the day.”

There are other characters – Superman, Spiderman and a superfluity of Sydney nuns –  also pounding heartbreak hill but Paul and Rob believe the gorillas have the record for consecutive appearances. They are now such stalwarts of the race that spectators and residents will wait on the roadside proffering water, hugs and, of course, selfies. Last year, they had their photo taken with Tony Abbott and have high-fived countless sports stars, celebrities and other well-wishers.

Rob has battled testicular cancer and he and Paul previously used the race to raise money for the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse foundation. This year’s event will also be tinged by sadness – their father Michael passed away from leukemia a few weeks ago and will not be at the finish line to greet them.

“It is a very strong family tradition and it will be quite sad,” Rob says. “We’ll probably shed a tear or two.”

But for these self-confessed pranksters, it is all about entertaining the crowd – and the show must go on.

“Usually what we do is run up behind people and scare the hell out of them,” Rob says. “Everyone around us gets a really good kick out of it. It makes people’s day, it makes people laugh.”

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Mottram to go the distance in City2Surf

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UP a notch: Olympian Craig Mottram will run in his first City2Surf. Photo: SuppliedHe has won medals, broken records and represented Australia at four Olympic Games, but Craig Mottram has never run the City2Surf before.

Years of competing internationally during the European summer kept him from tackling the world’s biggest fun run. Now that the champion distance runner is based in Australia year-round, spending time with his young family and building his career outside athletics, he said the event was “one of the key races on the calendar”.

“It’s the biggest and arguably the best fun run in the country, if not the world,” he said. “Because my attention is not as heavily focused on running as it once was, I’ve got to pick events that excite me and the City2Surf is certainly one of those. It’s [about] being involved with 85,000 other people for a great cause.”

Mottram, 34, won a bronze medal at the 2005 World Athletics Championships in the 5000 metres and silver at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games. He holds the 5000-metre Australian record, as well as the record for fastest lap around The Tan, Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens running track.

He has been doing his homework on the 14-kilometre course for The Sun-Herald City2Surf, presented by Westpac.

“It’s a challenging course; there’s a bit to consider,” he said. “One of the elements people underestimate is the ability to run downhill and the last third of this race is downhill, so if you want to maximise your potential and opportunity, you’ve got to be in a position to run down hills as well as up them.

“I’ve spoken to lots of people who have [run it]. Apparently the atmosphere is second to none and … people get carried away at the start.”

Mottram said preparing for the City2Surf had given fresh focus to his training.

“For me, running still burns brightly; it’s still a passion,” he said. “I train every day for general fitness, but when I … can sink my teeth into a challenge, everything goes up a notch.”

The final countdown: Craig Mottram’s final week tips:

– stick to your routine

– drink plenty of fluid

– don’t change your diet

– get a good night’s rest from two nights before

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Date with Kate: Jesinta Campbell gets ready for City2Surf

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Picnic time: Jesinta Campbell, right, and Kate Waterhouse have a picnic outside Tamarama Beach Surf Club.A former Miss Universe Australia, Jesinta Campbell, is gearing up to run the The Sun-Herald City2Surf presented by Westpac next Sunday. The 22-year-old TV presenter tells Kate Waterhouse about preparing for the big race, staying away from the internet, and those engagement rumours with her boyfriend, Lance “Bubby” Franklin of the Sydney Swans.

What’s your involvement with the City2Surf?

I’ve come on board as the ambassador for Westpac. I think for me the biggest thing was to raise the awareness and funds for the Westpac Life Saver Helicopter rescue service. Growing up on the Gold Coast, the Westpac chopper was always in the skies patrolling the beaches, so it’s something I’m very familiar with. They do such amazing work. So for me it was just a great cause and a great way to stay motivated and fit.

What has been your training regime in the lead-up to the big race?

I upped my running. I run on the treadmill, I run on the soft sand, I run on the road, just so that I’ve got an overall fitness. I never actually run the full 14 kilometres because I find that on the day you have so much adrenaline and there is so much excitement that that will get you across the line. Westpac has also had the SongFit app that’s got a training program on it as well, so I’ve been following that.

Is Buddy going to be running the City2Surf with you?Getaway. That is so much fun and you always go away with the most amazing crew and you get to see parts of the world that sometimes you would never even dream of visiting. So that’s probably my favourite part of my job.

What’s next in the pipeline for you?

I’m working on a few projects at the moment [and] some online material. I get asked so many questions by people like “What foundation do you use?” or “How do you get your hair like that?” or “What do you eat for breakfast?” so I thought the best place for me to tell people was through online videos. They’ll just go up on YouTube in the next month or so. We’re just creating the content at the moment. They’re nothing fancy; it’s literally me at home welcoming people into my world. So I’m looking forward to just putting those up and sharing that with people. I’m enjoying working on my own little projects and plodding away with my work on TV and my ambassadorships with Jeep, ASICS, Crown and Harris Scarfe. We’ve got all the campaigns coming up for them, which is exciting.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

I hope to keep expanding on what it is that I’m doing and I hope I can still continue the work that I’m doing. I love every aspect of my job. I hope I get to travel more. I really want to travel more next year. That’s like a big goal for me. So travelling more and seeing more of the world. You never really know how life is going to turn out. I hope that I’m still as happy in five years’ time. BITE SIZE

WE WENT TO A picnic at Tamarama.

WE ATE Sonoma muesli, yoghurt and strawberries.

WE DRANK Vegetable juice.

JESINTA WORE Asics sportswear and a Westpac City2Surf singlet.

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In my wardrobe: Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood talks taste and habit with Georgina Safe

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An actor who recently starred in Channel Seven’s period drama A Place to Call Home, Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood is a strict vegan who eschews leather and fur clothing and loves British designer Stella McCartney for her animal-friendly designs.


Wear what makes you happy.


Fluoro colours. [They’re] for highlighting your scripts, not for putting anywhere near your skin – unless you’re riding a bicycle, in which case safety first and fluoro-up!


Putting on a pair of heels. Unless I’m planning on doing some serious pavement pounding, I always love having a clip-clop soundtrack to my day.


My Burberry jacket. It’s the first piece of really fancy-pants expensive clothing I ever bought myself, and I vividly remember that moment. I was in Los Angeles for a callback for the part of Khaleesi in Game of Thrones and when I tried on that jacket it made me feel like a movie star and I had to have it. The role didn’t go my way but the jacket still gives me a lovely buzz.


Ultra-cushioned running socks that have a left foot and a right foot. I swear they make me run faster!


From my dad, who taught me when I was three that trousers go on your legs and should only be worn as a hat on very special occasions.


Buying my first bra as a young girl in a small country town with my mum shouting out across a store that was inevitably full of kids I knew from school: “What about this one? Looks more comfortable!”


My new Oroton sunglasses. They are still in that crystal clear, scratch-free, newly-bought stage, but that won’t last long because I’m totally clumsy and will inevitably drop them down a flight of concrete stairs in the near future.


Cats. They make wearing nothing look effortless and always know how to strike the perfect pose when you’re watching them.


Dead animals. I try to avoid not just fur but also leather, because there is nothing sexy about the cruelty involved.


Alin le Kal, the Melbourne-based designer behind my utterly divine gold-beaded Logies dress this year; Coco Chanel for some retro French chic; and my mum, who is the best op-shop fashionista I know.


British designer Stella McCartney: her vegetarian shoes are sublime.


My idea shopping date involves a casual wander along King Street in Newtown, where I particularly like the gorgeous dresses at Elise Boutique and Mulberry Street.


My style is very eclectic, and it’s a mystery even unto myself what I will or won’t like – but Frankie Magazine generally hits the spot!


I would pack a knife to cut open coconuts, my blue Balinese sarong to use as a picnic blanket in the evening and a shade cloth during the day, my Oroton sunglasses and a yacht so I can sail home when I miss my husband. And my dad to man the yacht so I don’t get lost at sea on the way home.

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NSW Waratahs hero Bernard Foley reveals how he nailed title-winning kick

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bernard FoleyWhen the Waratahs were awarded a penalty inside the last minute of Saturday’s night Super Rugby final against the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium, NSW five-eighth Bernard Foley didn’t flinch.

He immediately stepped up to take the kick – even though from 43-metre the attempt might be slightly out of his range.

With the score at 32-30 in the Crusaders’ favour, he knew the game hung in the balance and only he could save the day.

Cool as a cucumber, Foley at least knew he was in a place he had been before – against the Blues at the Allianz Stadium last year, when his attempt just after the full-time siren sailed over to clinch NSW a home win.

One big difference: this time it was a Super Rugby final and before a 61,000-plus crowd on the edge of their seats begging for the Waratahs to win their first Super title.

Several teammates still came up to Foley with various words of encouragement, but as he recalled later he just “tried to brush them off” and just went through his normal kicking routine fully prepared to “live with the consequences”.

Good for him, the Waratahs and their fans that his boot sent the ball through the posts for his eighth successful kick from 10 for the night – with seven penalties and a conversion.

Within a blink, ANZ Stadium was suddenly shaking to the roar of jumping and cheering Waratahs players, officials and fans – as the scoreboard read 33-32. The Crusaders were left in total despair.

“I knew it was right on my distance. I knew I didn’t have much left in it,” Foley said. “I had to give it a lot. The rugby Gods are smiling over us. It was just reward I suppose for what the team has done. To win like that is probably a dream come true.”

Foley admitted knowing he could handle such pressure kicks had helped, but that he had come to the final prepared for such an ending to a truly gripping final.

“These are big moments where you have to take the kick,” Foley said. “That’s why I did the extras after training. That’s why I would kick 100 balls a week. Normally I let ‘KB’ [Kurtley Beale] take the long ones … but I had been kicking them well tonight. That’s why you kick goals, to take that responsibility. I thought it would just sneak in if anything and it did exactly that.”

One irony not lost on Waratahs coach Michael Cheika was the role in the outcome played by his team’s kicking coach Andrew Mehrtens, the former All Black and Crusader star who had publicly tipped against the NSW side winning. “The two times he has tipped against us, we have won,” a beaming Cheika said. “The sucker punch has been ruled in, guaranteed. He can keep tipping against us, no problems whatsoever.

“They had the hangman’s noose out for him on Thursday, but in saying that [Foley] kicked a goal from 43 metres.

“[That was] probably just a touch outside his range, under pressure, under the guidance of Andrew; and even though he has had a small involvement around a day a week – and sometimes I have been there – every little inch counts

“In a way he has been a big contributor in relation to the result. I love the irony of the situation. There is no doubt about it.”

Foley also credited Mehrtens for having helped him kick from a longer range, saying: “We have worked in putting a bit more length in the kick. That proved a bit tonight.”

Cheika also said the way Foley embraced the moment, and with the backing of the team that knew what was at stake, symbolised the growth in self belief within the squad.

“Normally Bernard is kicking from 40m, that’s his range; but I saw the players really believed in him,” Cheika said. “There was no hesitation, no doubt. He just stepped up and said, ‘I’ll take responsibility for this.’ That really pleased me.

“Obviously, kicking the goal was pretty good too; but one thing we are trying to bring in here is [a] real acceptance of responsibility and not being scared to take on responsibility, or worried about losing or missing or not making a kick.”

Asked if the confidence of the Waratahs to back themselves made the difference on Saturday night, Cheika said: “I think so. It’s what we have done all year.”

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