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!

2020 Ambassadors will be announced after entries open in March 2020! See below for previous ambassadors’ journeys…

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)

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.

Ash Watson set a blistering pace at the 2020 Surf Coast Century. He claimed a huge victory and set a record pace coming in under 8 hours for the first time in history.

Rookie ambassador

Our 2020 Rookie Ambassador is Sean Purcell – check out his IMPRESSIVE story here. We will post our own summary here shortly.

Sean Purcell will be our Rookie Ambassador for the 100km Surf Coast Century in 2020. Tune in to hear his remarkable story via a podcast we recorded with him in 2019.

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]runningman.com.au

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]