Event Ambassadors

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!

Ash Watson won the 2018 & 2019 Surf Coast Century in record times. He’s back in 2020.

Elite ambassador

Our elite ambassador for 2020 will be Ash Watson, two time winner of the 100km race and current course record holder with a blistering time of 7:57.07 in 2019 (read the race report)

Q&A with Ash. We had a chat to Ash about his plans for 2020 and whether he thinks he can go faster… click here to the article and learn more about this running hero.

4 weeks of training. We recently touched base with our SCC record holder and elite ambassador Ash Watson to see what training he was doing 4 months out from the Surf Coast Century. Here’s what he reported back. Click here.

Rookie ambassador

Sean Purcell – An amazing man with an amazing story that will get even bigger when he completes the Surf Coast Century

Our 2020 Rookie Ambassador is Sean Purcell – a friendly fella from Torquay who was clinically dead for 45mins in 2014 but now plans to run the full 100km Surf Coast Century.

Q&A with Sean. We had a chat to Sean to learn more about his amazing story and find out how much it means to him to be healthy enough to tackle 100km at the 2020 Surf Coast Century.

  • Read his Q&A HERE
  • Listen to a podcast we recorded with Sean HERE.

Training ambassador

David and Nikki – ‘Training’

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.

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]