Spectator Info

CHEER AND SUPPORT YOUR RUNNERS

SPECTATORS AND SUPPORT CREWS ARE MOST WELCOME TO JOIN THE ACTIVITY AND ENTHUSIASM OF THE SURF COAST CENTURY AND THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS PROVIDED SO YOU KNOW HOW, WHEN AND WHERE YOU CAN GET INVOLVED.

The course for the 100km and 50km Surf Coast Century is very accessible. You can easily to see the competitors as they run and you’ll visit some very scenic sections of the Surf Coast along the way – perfect!

 

"The atmosphere at the Surf Coast Century changes the whole event into the ultimate TEAM event.  We are all individuals competing, but we come together as strangers and support and encourage each other so that everyone can reach their goals.  You cannot get any beter than that!" Fanus 2016 competitor

 

Support crew car stickers

All 100km and 50km entries will receive a uniquely numbered car sticker for your support crew vehicle - the number will match your race number plate. There will be one sticker per 100km team and per 100km solo runner and 50km solo runner. Please place this sticker on the top left corner (passenger’s side) of your car windscreen so it may be easily seen from the front.

These stickers are to help us identity cars around the course and help us enforce the limitation of one car per entry going to CP6 (due to limited parking space - refer to CP6 notes).

Designated support areas

Competitors may receive external assistance from support crew and/or team mates at any checkpoint along the course at the following locations:

  • CP1 - 10km Point Addis car park – 100km runners only
  • CP2 - 21km at Point Danger at Torquay – 100km runners only
  • CP3 - 32km Ironbark Basin picnic area – 100km runners only
  • CP4 - 49km at Anglesea Riverbank Park – 100km runners only
  • CP5 - 70km (21km pt for 50km) Distillery Creek Picnic Ground – 50km and 100km runners
  • CP6 - 77km (28km pt for 50km) at Moggs Creek Picnic Ground – 50km and 100km runners
  • CP7 - 86km (37km pt for 50km) Aireys Inlet Skate Park – 50km and 100km runners

Any runners seen to be receiving any external support outside of these checkpoints will be given a 30 minute penalty - this includes collecting water bottles or other hydration or nutrition from spectators as well as items that have been ‘pre-placed’ on the course for collection during the race. This will be strongly enforced.

(NOTE: we have permitted support crews to assist runners at all CPs in 2017 because we saw many breaking the rules in 2016 by helping at CP1,3,5 and 7. As this is hard to police we are allowing support crew access to all CPs but will strictly enforce that support is only given at CPs and not elsewhere along the course).

Support crew map

Here is a map that shows the entire course and the recommended access points for support crews. We will give all runners a copy when they register but here is a digital version. (12 meg download)

Checkpoints and recommended viewing spots

Listed below are the details for each of the course checkpoints, all of which are recommended spots for spectators:

Race Start - 0km and 4km at Anglesea Riverbank parkland / main beach

Where: Anglesea Riverbank Park. This is the same location as CP4 and the finish.
What: 100km race start at 5:30am / 50km race start at 10:00am
Are there toilets here?: Yes
Driving directions: On the Great Ocean Road in Anglesea, beside the river at river mouth
Parking: There is a car park beside the parkland or in side streets next to the Great Ocean Road. We recommend that competitors park their cars in the side streets further away to leave some space free for other visitors and support crews
General notes: The Surf Coast Century starts with all runners getting under way on the beach here at 6:00am. They first run to the right (West) along the beach and then come back on the Surf Coast Walking track behind the Surf Life Saving Club, coming back past here at the 4km point. So it is well worth hanging around here to watch them come past to see them a second time.

CP1 - 10km/100km Point Addis car park

Where: Point Addis car park
What: Intermediary race kitchen, not a team change over point
Expected time of first runner: 6:10am
Expected time of mid field runner: 06:45am
Expected time of last runner: 7:45am
Are there toilets here?: Yes, 200m down the road from the car park at the end
Driving directions: From Anglesea, drive out of town towards Geelong on the main road and then turn right after ~8km onto Point Addis Rd, just before the Bells Beach turn off and drive to the road end.
Parking: There is a car park at the end of the road, otherwise park on the road verge.
General notes:

  • You will see competitors for about 1km running along the beach and then going through the hydration station and continuing. This is a spectacular spot with extensive views in all directions from the boardwalks and lookout
  • Be aware that runners go on the same road as you for 500m, so keep an eye out when arriving / departing.

CP2 - 21km/100km at Point Danger at Torquay

Where: Point Danger, Torquay
What: Leg end, team change point and Race Kitchen
Expected time of first runner: 7:00am
Expected time of mid field runner: 07:55am
Expected time of last runner: 9:30am
100km solo cut off: 9:30am
Are there toilets here?: Yes
Driving directions: From Anglesea, drive out of town towards Geelong on the main road and then turn right at the roundabout to Torquay. Follow this through Jan Juc and then turn right at the roundabout onto Bell St near the car wash, turn right at the T intersection at the end of Bell Street. The water and the CP are in front of you on the grass.
Parking: There is a car park on Point Danger and nearby Cosy Corner and Torquay beach.
General notes:

  • Competitors come running along the beach below you, up the ramp and into the CP, then depart along the footpath. This is a scenic spot with good views of the ocean
  • There will be a coffee cart at the CP from approximately 7:00am – 12:00pm, or there are cafés and other outlets on Bell St or Gilbert St nearby

 

CP3 - 32km/100km Ironbark Basin picnic area

Where: Point Addis car park
What: Intermediary race kitchen, not a team change over point
Expected time of first runner: 7:45am
Expected time of mid field runner: 09:05am
Expected time of last runner: 1:30pm
Cut off: n/a
Are there toilets here?: No
Driving directions: From Anglesea, drive out of town towards Geelong on the main road and then turn right after ~8km onto Point Addis Rd, just before the Bells Beach turn off. The picnic area is approx. 500m in on the left. From Torquay, drive towards Jan Juc on the Surf Coast Highway and keep going, turn left at the roundabout onto the Anglesea Road and then turn left onto Point Addis Road. The picnic area is approx. 500m in on the left.
Parking: There is a small car park at the picnic area otherwise park on the Point Addis Road verge
General notes:

  • Competitors come running along a nice double track through the bush, wash their shoes at the Dieback station, grab a drink and keep going

CP4 - 49km/100km at Anglesea Riverbank parkland

Where: Anglesea River Mouth parkland, the same location as the start
What: Leg end, team change point and Race Kitchen
Expected time of first runner: 9:00am
Expected time of mid field runner: 11:00am
Expected time of last runner: 2:30pm
100km solo cut off: 2:30pm
Are there toilets here?: Yes
Driving directions: On the Great Ocean Road in Anglesea, beside the river.
Parking: There is a car park beside the parkland
General notes:

  • Competitors come running along the beach (from the left - east) and then come in through the river mouth and into the CP. They grab a drink / food and then keep going along the footpath beside the river
  • There will be a coffee cart and sweet / savoury crepe stand here between 12:00pm and 8:00pm, or there are additional cafés on the 4 Kings Corner immediately adjacent or in the town centre
  • Support crews and team mates can take hydration and/or nutrition to this point and can provide assistance to your competitors within the confines of the fenced off checkpoint area
  • All runners departing this CP who will be on the course after sunset (6:15pm) must carry a white light.

CP5 - 70km/100km or 21km/50km Distillery Creek Picnic Ground

Where: Distillery Creek Picnic Ground
What: Intermediary race kitchen, not a team change over point
Expected time of first runner(100km): 10:30am
Expected time of first runner (50km): 11:35am
Expected time of mid field runner for 100km runners: 13:30
Expected time of mid field runner for 50km runners: 12:30pm
Expected time of last runner(100km): 7:30pm
Expected time of last runner (50km): 14:05
Cut off: n/a
Are there toilets here?: Yes
Driving directions: From Anglesea, drive out of town in the Great Ocean Road towards Aireys Inlet and Lorne. Drive past the ’top shops’ in Aireys Inlet and down the hill then turn right onto Bambra Road. Follow this 2.4km along the valley and then turn left onto Bambra Rd and 400m later turn left into the picnic area and CP.
Parking: There is a small car park at the picnic area otherwise park in the picnic areas on the right hand side of Bambra Rd.
General notes:

  • Competitors come running along a great section of single track, grab a drink and some food and keep going

CP6 - 77km/100km or 28km/50km at Moggs Creek

Where: Moggs Creek picnic area
What: Leg end, team change point and Race Kitchen
Expected time of first runner(100km): 11:00am
Expected time of first runner (50km): 11:35am
Expected time of mid field runner for 100km runner: 14:30
Expected time of mid field runner for 50km runner: 13:30
Expected time of last runner (100km): 8:30pm
Expected time of last runner (50km): 13:30
100km solo cut off: 8:30pm
Are there toilets here?: Yes
Access limitation: We ask that only one car per runner visits this CP due to limited parking.
Driving directions: From Anglesea, drive out of town in the Great Ocean Road towards Aireys Inlet and Lorne. Keep going through Aireys Inlet and continue 2.5km past the bridge over the Inlet and then turn right onto Old Coach Rd. Turn almost immediately left and follow Old Neuk Rd through the bushland houses and then turn left at the T intersection 600m later, signposted Moggs Creek Picnic Area. Follow this dirt road a further 800m to the picnic area at the end.
Parking: Access to this CP is limited to one car per runner. The car must have the designated support crew sticker on the windscreen.
There is a small car park at the picnic area and CP itself. Once this is full we will direct you to park in the Guide’s Camp on the left, approximately 400m before the CP and then walk. Additional parking can be found along the roadside leading into the picnic area. Please park sensibly so you do not block access in or out for others.
General notes:

  • Competitors come running along a nice single track into the CP, interchange / grab some food / clothes (including a high visibility safety vest) and keep going. There will be a terrific atmosphere here as many teams will come through after dark and be very happy and relieved that leg 3 is over. This is a nice picnic area and will have a camp fire or two going
  • There will be a coffee cart at the CP from approximately 11:30am – 8:00pm
  • All runners departing this CP who will be on the course after sunset (6:15pm) must carry a white light and a high visibility safety vest. (The vest does not have to be on until the section along the Great Ocean Road).

CP7 - 86km/100km or 37km/50km Aireys Inlet Skate Park

Where: Aireys Inlet Skate park, opposite the ‘bottom shops’ in Aireys Inlet
What: Intermediary race kitchen, not a team change over point
Expected time of first runner(100km): 11:30am
Expected time of first runner(50km): 12:45
Expected time of mid field runner for 100km runner: 15:40
Expected time of mid field runner for 50km runner: 14:40
Expected time of last runner(100km): 11:00pm
Expected time of last runner(50km): 17:30
100km solo cut off: 11:00pm
Are there toilets here?: Yes
Driving directions: From Anglesea, drive out of town on the Great Ocean Road towards Aireys Inlet and Lorne. Drive past the ’top shops’ in Aireys Inlet and down the hill. The CP is on the left hand side opposite the shops. If coming from CP6 then drive back out to the Great Ocean Road and turn left, cross back over the inlet bridge and the CP is on the right opposite the shops.
Parking: There is a small car park beside the skate park with additional space further along Inlet Cres and in front of the ‘bottom shops’.
General notes:

  • Competitors come running along the gravel foot path from the direction of the bridge, go through the CP and then keep going up to the lighthouse on the winding single track. It is well worth going for a walk up to the lighthouse yourselves. It is a nice spot and offers another terrific view

Race Finish - 100km and 50km Anglesea Riverbank Park

Where: Anglesea Riverbank park / main beach. This is the same location as the Start and CP4
What: Race finish line
Expected time of first runner(100km): 12:45pm team and 2:00pm individual (Saturday)
Expected time of first runner(50km): 13:50
Expected time of mid field runner for 100km runner: 17:15
Expected time of mid field runner for 50km runner: 16:15
Expected time of last runner (100km): 2:00am (Sunday)
Expected time of last runner (50km): 20:30
Are there toilets here?: Yes
General notes:

  • This is the elusive finish line and the site of great accomplishments and satisfaction when runners cross the line
  • Runners come along the beach and in through the river mouth and over the finish line
  • Be aware that this is also the start / finish of the Trail Running Series events on Sunday morning with other runners around between 7:00am and 11:00am.

Additional locations

There are numerous additional locations that spectators can see runners outside of these listed CPs. Remember that you cannot provide outside assistance but you can provide plenty of words of support at other locations like:

  • 100km: Bells Beach, 15km point and 27km point (they come past here twice)
  • 100km: Jan Juc beach and car park, 19km and 22km points (they come past here twice)
  • 100km: Coogoorah Park in Anglesea, 51km point
  • 50km and 100km: The end of Harvey Street on Mt Ingleseby in Anglesea, 54km/5km point
  • 50km and 100km: Crossing Distillery Creek Rd behind Aireys Inlet, 60km/11km point
  • 50km and 100km: Moggs Creek foot bridge, 80km/31km point
  • 50km and 100km: Aireys Inlet lighthouse and along the cliff top walk, 87km/38km point
  • 50km and 100km: Urqharts Beach car park, 94km/44km point.

 

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