August 21, 2023

Locals eager for Century’s return

The 12th running of the Surf Coast Century is fast approaching, with excitement building among local runners ready to take on the ultra-trail running event.

Anglesea-based general practitioner and Torquay resident Stuart Jones is one f 1,500 runners expected to converge on the Surf Coast Century on September 16.

Mr Jones will form part of a four-father team named “Dads of the Century” created through friendships at Torquay Coast Primary School.

“I live on the Surf Coast and love running along the trails,” Mr Jones said.

“Living in Torquay but working in Anglesea, I always loved the idea of the 100km Surf Coast Century course and the stunning beauty along the coast."

“I was fortunate enough to find a team of other dads at the local primary school who were also keen to do the run.”

The Century has been an annual must-do ultra-trail running event on the Surf Coast Shire since its inception in 2012.

Competitors can compete as individual runners in either the 100km or 50km courses, or as part of a relay team of two, three, or four runners covering the 100km course with each member running about 25km.

63-year-old Torquay resident Sandra Heriot will be taking on the 100km solo race for a third-straight year.

Ms Heriot said she loves the race she moved to the Surf Coast because of it.

“When I arrived on the Surf Coast, I remember thinking it was so beautiful; you could just breathe and relax,” Ms Heriot said.

“And then when I ran the 100km course it was just magnificent – the red cliffs, the beautiful seas, the trees in the Ironbark basin, and the friendly people.

“I thought ‘OMG, I really think I could live here’!”

Other runners such as Anglesea resident Lucy Jones will be part of a relay team of four, running in honour of her late mother Janet Jones, who completed three 100km solo races.

Rapid Ascent organisers say the Surf Coast Century is not only about challenging the course, but also the incredible experience shared among participants.

“The Surf Coast Century is a celebration of perseverance, camaraderie, and the stunning natural beauty of the area,” event director Sam Maffett said.

“It’s more than just a race; it’s an opportunity for individuals and relay teams to challenge themselves and share an unforgettable journey together.”

A final training leg covering Leg 4 of the course spanning 24km from Moggs Creek to the finish line in Anglesea Green is scheduled for Sunday, August 20.

To register for this year’s Surf Coast Century, head here or more information.

Read Surf Coast Times story here.

Photo credit: Torquay resident Sandra Heriot moved to the Surf Coast because of the Century. Photo: SUPPLIED

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Surf Coast Shire Council Acknowledges the Wadawurrung People, and Gulidjan and Gadubanud Peoples of the Eastern Maar, their Elders and leaders past, present and emerging as the Traditional Owners of the skies, land, waters and sea country across our municipality. We acknowledge their care and custodianship for more than 60,000 years, which continues today. We walk with them as we respectfully care for and tread lightly on these lands. We also extend that respect to all First Nations people who are part of the community.