Mosman’s Ed Goddard has taken out the 2023 City2Surf in a “near perfect” race that saw the 25-year-old cross the finish line in 41 minutes 30 seconds.
The elite athlete, known as the “Mosman Mullet” thanks to his trademark hairstyle, smashed the 14-kilometre course one minute ahead of second-place getter James Nipperess.
The win has helped prime the former Shore boy for the World Athletics Road Running Championship being held in Latvia later this year.
After running 14 kilometres in 41 minutes, the 25-year-old ran all the way back into Sydney’s CBD “to cool off”. Image: Dandesigns.
Speaking exclusively with Mosman Collective, Ed said Sunday’s gruelling race was a “dream come true”.
“I’ve always dreamt of winning the City2Surf, and this was a race I wanted to win this year,” he said.
“I was pretty confident going in, and the months of preparation paid off.”
Ed is a daily fixture on Mosman streets, with an army of local fans who know him as the “Mosman Mullet”.
The 7:40 am start saw Ed hitting the road hard and fast as thousands lining the streets cheered him down William St, through the Kings Cross Tunnel and then onto New South Head Rd, where he cemented his lead in Double Bay.
“Once I got to The Sheaf [hotel], I got a sniff of clear air, and there was no one behind me, so I just went for it,” he said, “I worked on getting a big gap between me and the next runner and then tackled Heartbreak Hill.”
Ed – a music lover – treated himself to two new vinyl albums after his City2Surf victory.
Ed said his mentor, Australian Olympian and champion marathon runner Steve Moneghetti, was partly to thank for the victory.
“Running a strong City2Surf requires you to run strong uphill and fast downhill,” he said.
“It’s meant a lot of work in the gym, and finally, ticking this box is a beautiful feeling.