GALLERY: The 2014 Cole Classic

THOUSANDS of swimmers gathered in Manly on Sunday to take part in the iconic Sydney Morning Herald Cole Classic. 

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Alcock.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Alcock.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Brickwood.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Brickwood.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Brickwood.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Brickwood.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Brickwood.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Brickwood.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Brickwood.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Brickwood.

Participants chose to test their abilities in either 1km, 2km or 9km courses. 

The Cole Classic raises much needed funds for over 800 charities including the Manly Life Saving Club. 

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Alcock.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Alcock.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Brickwood.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Brickwood.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Alcock.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Alcock.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Alcock.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Alcock.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Brickwood.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Brickwood.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Brickwood.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Brickwood.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Alcock.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Alcock.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Alcock.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Alcock.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Alcock.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Alcock.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Alcock.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Alcock.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Alcock.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Alcock.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Alcock.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Alcock.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Alcock.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Alcock.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Alcock.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Alcock.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Alcock.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Alcock.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Brickwood.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Brickwood.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Alcock.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Alcock.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Alcock.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Alcock.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Alcock.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Alcock.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Alcock.

Scenes from the 2014 Cole Classic at Manly Beach. Photo: James Alcock.