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  • Lauren
    6 Feb 2022 at 5:03pm

    Fantastic swim and very well organized by Manly LSC!

  • Michael Scott
    6 Feb 2022 at 5:05pm

    2nd time competing in this sensational event. 5km. Magical Manly, as always

  • Greg
    6 Feb 2022 at 8:13pm

    My favourite swim of the summer calendar. Always a great experience at Manly, the surf is clean, the swim is safe and well organized, there is usually plenty of sealife to observe as you swim by and the atmosphere at the end can’t be beaten. Proud to be part of the 40th anniversary of this fun event. I’ll be back next year for sure.

  • Mark
    6 Feb 2022 at 8:24pm

    Atmosphere: 5 Stars
    Volunteer and Staff 5 Stars
    Course Maps and Staff knowledge of 1 star

    The 1 K course did not follow the original course maps or the Alternative course maps nor the map on the wall (Too Low down) at the start Gates.
    The course had 1 less yellow cone than shown on the day which confused quite a few people. Additionally halfway through the racing someone removed the Red Marker. I saw many other swimmers confused also. Not sure if others had a similar experience.
    Other than course communications – A fantastic event with fantastic support crews.

    • David
      6 Feb 2022 at 8:59pm

      Have to agree.

      I love the race, have competed many times, but the organisation of the course was a little off. Hard to know which buoys to swim around after the 2nd buoy. Swimming towards the sun makes it hard to know where you are, have to pause often to work out if you are heading in the right direction…resulting in a little chaos and lost time. Plus it doesn’t help when you are swimming towards the sun = blinding. Please bring back the 1km that goes to Manly Surf Club or go in the opposite direction where the sun is behind you. Not disappointed, just some feedback.

      Thank you to all the volunteers and the event organisers that made this happen and Happy 40th!!

  • Tim Flakelar
    6 Feb 2022 at 11:00pm

    Congratulations to MLSC for organising this event. Fantastic swim by Elite winners in 25’ of very difficult conditions.
    The 2km. course was changed at the 2nd yellow can for those following swimmers confusing almost everyone, where the Elite group swam around 2nd yellow can as per map & had a channel to the red cans, the others were dangerously directed inside of yellow cans & into very big surf.

  • Sally Croker
    7 Feb 2022 at 6:59am

    Fantastic event. Well done to all the volunteers. A special thanks to the volunteers on boards keeping us on track 🙌

  • Alex Gosman
    7 Feb 2022 at 9:38am

    Entered the 5km late after Cronulla swim postponed. So glad I did although it was such a tough swim and somewhat exhausting. Never really got the chance to get into a rhythm with the swell and chop.
    Superbly organised and so many water craft and volunteers on the swell which was needed given hard to sight. Such a friendly and encouraging attitude by all the volunteers.

  • bannatyne20
    7 Feb 2022 at 10:06am

    My Dad and I did the Manly Cole Classic (1km) together and although there were a few issues with the buoys of the course being altered which led to a bit of confusion – found it a fun and well organised event overall. The volunteers from the MLSC went out of their way to ensure that the course remained safe under some challenging conditions and that participants were well looked after both before and after the race. A big thank you to the organisers and the volunteers!

  • Andrew Scott
    7 Feb 2022 at 10:10am

    Back of the Pack Swimmer.
    As someone who loves to swim but doesn’t get much time to train it was great to be able to pull on my fins and enjoy the 2km Cole Classic as a “BoP” swimmer. There was no stigma or condescension just a welcoming attitude from all involved and an acceptance that we all enjoy our ocean swimming the best way we can.
    A sincere thanks to all the volunteers who made us all feel safe and welcome on what was a day of reasonably challenging conditions.
    Only my 2nd Cole Classic in 8 years but I’ll be back again next year and hopefully for many more to come.

  • Stephen
    5 Feb 2023 at 2:51pm

    I’ve done the 5k swim previously on a number of occasions. The conditions this year were by far the best I’ve experienced. There was minimal chop and one could see the bottom the whole way round. If I has a criticism; it would be the miss communication between what the swimmers were told on the beach and the instructions obviously given to the lifeguards. The swimmers were told to go round the red and pink buoys with the yellow buoys as pointers – which differed to the lifeguards who persisted in pushing swimmers to the right of the yellow ones. Otherwise it was fantastic!

  • Gary Hyland
    7 Feb 2023 at 11:46am

    I did the 5k & I thought the way it ran was outstanding Map was clear, the water safety were super helpful in correcting loss of alignment, volunteers at the start & finish areas were so nice while doing a tough job & giving up their day, wow thanks to all who made my day one to remember & assured I will be back. Then not to forget Huey for turning on the great conditions for ocean swimming ,warmest clearest calmest water this year.

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