Each year we appoint several different event ambassadors who we believe embody the different aspects of the Surf Coast Century. They’re here to inspire and help inspire you to be a part of the Surf Coast Century!
2020 Ambassadors will be announced after entries open in March 2020! See below for previous ambassadors’ journeys…
See below for some articles and interviews with Jess. And stay tuned for a lot more in the lead up to the 2019 Surf Coast Century:
- “In 3 Months’ Time I’ll Be Running The Surf Coast Century”
- Mountain Biker Named 2019 Surf Coast Century Rookie Ambassador
Other ambassadors will be announced in the coming weeks including our official training and running ambassadors.
2018 Event Ambassadors:
Known as ‘The Running Man’, David has been competing at an elite level for over 28 years. In earlier years David raced in National Track, Road and Cross Country events and even conquered the Hawaiian Ironman Triathlon before ‘finding his calling’ to ultra marathons in 2006. Since then he has raced ultras all over the World before being recognised as the Australian Male Ultra Runner of the Year in 2011 and in 2014 won the Surf Coast Century jointly with Brendon Davies.
Nikki has dominated the Australian domestic ultra running scene over the last 6 years. She was the 2011 Australian Female Ultra Runner of the Year and in 2015 won the prestigious ‘Badwater 135’ (217km) Ultra Marathon through Death Valley in America, finishing 4th outright and posting the second fastest female time ever.
Both David and Nikki are available as coaching resources for runners in the Surf Coast Century. Contact them via [email protected]
We believe the race in the middle / back of the field is just as important as up front so we appoint an ‘Ultra Running Rookie Ambassador’ each year who is training for their first 100km solo and follow their journey to the finish line.
2018: Leonie Waldron – the Ultra Running Rookie Ambassador for 2018. Leonie lives in the Blue Mountains in NSW, is a mum of 2 kids, a wife and she works full time – but she is much more than all ‘that stuff’ because she is an ultra runner who is signed up to run her first 100km Ultra Marathon at the 2018 Surf Coast Century. Read more here
Blake Hose – Running Ambassador
Blake Hose together with David Byrne were fastest around the course of the 2017 Surf Coast Century, finishing first as a Team of 2 in just seven hours, 15 minutes, 51 seconds.
Blake, aka Da Boy, simply loves running, especially if it involves the south west coast of Victoria.
Who better than Blake to be a Surf Coast Century ambassador. We caught up with Blake 100 days out from the Surf Coast Century to see where he’s at with his training, what keeps him coming back, and advice he has for other runners out there gearing up for the big event. Check out Blake’s interview HERE.
Ask the Experts
The Running Man: David and Nikki are the people behind ‘The Running Man’ website, providing training programs and advice for runners.They have also written some great training programs and training tips that are available for FREE from the First Timers page
David and Nikki are also happy to share their knowledge and expertise with anyone considering the Surf Coast Century and are an INCREDIBLE RESOURCE for runners and are honestly available for you to contact with your questions.
They can also provide customised training programs and techniques to improve your running even further but these additional services may be for a paid fee. Email: [email protected]