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!

2021 Rookie Ambassador

“HTFU Annie!” to the “delirious buzz of pre-race banter”… these are just some of our 2021 Surf Coast Century Rookie Ambassador ANNIE KNIGHTS’ highs and lows of signing up to her first ultra marathon. Some of you may know and/or have met Annie at one of Rapid Ascent’s events! Annie is our Competitor Services Manager – the fingers behind the [email protected] email – the one that gets us to the start lines – a hidden gem that’s for sure!

Annie has worked in the events industry for 5+ years and has always been inspired to one day give a Rapid Ascent event a go on the other side of the fence; to finally get out of the Registration marquee and experience what everyone else gets to experience on race days! With the tick of approval from Surf Coast Century race directors Sam Maffett and John Jacoby, Annie has the 100km in her sights, and we thought what a great ambassador Annie would make. As the saying goes, ‘to practise what you preach’.

Annie lives on the Surf Coast and has a background of being a competitive open water swimmer, netball defender, casual jogger and a general all-round fitness base. We put the tough questions to Annie on the start of her ambassador and 100km training journey:

2020 Elite ambassador

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

Our elite ambassador is 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.

Training ambassador

David – ‘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.

Both David is available as a coaching resource for runners in the Surf Coast Century. Contact him 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 is the man behind ‘The Running Man’ website, providing training programs and advice for runners. He has also written some great training programs and training tips that are available for FREE from the First Timers page

David is happy to share his 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]