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London to Sydney Marathon

5th June - 4th July 2004

Day 22 - Ayres Rock (Australia)

COMPETITION SET TO RESUME AT AYRES ROCK

Tomorrow as the sun comes up behind Ayers Rock competitors will be treated to a vivid red dawn breaking as they set off on the final and most challenging leg of the London-Sydney Marathon.

"The Rock" is one of Australia's two best-known and most recognisable locations, the other being the Sydney Opera House. It stands 387 meters high and is 9kms in circumference and at sunset and dawn it glows a mystical red which is why it has, forever, been one of the most revered Aboriginal sacred sites.

Jimmy McRae, rally leader, will be the first man into the three spectacular stages - over 60 kms of flat out racing - around Mt Conner, which is a smaller version of Ayers Rock privately owned since the 1800s by the Severin family.

From there the rally heads to Coober Pedy, the world's most famous opal mining centre for an overnight stop.

Watch for tomorrow's News and Results as the London-Sydney Marathon starts on its most demanding final eight days heading towards the Sydney finish. more...

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