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Club Library

Sapphire Coast Runners are pleased to be launching a Club Library so to help runners educate themselves about all things running.

How it works:

  1. Sapphire Coast Runners will establish a book collection for the club through various means:
    – People can donate a book to the borrowing pool
    – People can lend a book to the borrowing pool for a limited period
    – The club may allocate funds to purchase new books for the borrowing pool
  2. A borrowing list is maintained by the committee and posted on the Sapphire Coast Runners Chat group on Facebook
  3. Members request to borrow books by posting on the borrowing list post, and arranging a handover from the person that currently has it

Committee Member Steph Auston will be coordinating the library, and is now welcoming book donations for the library.  Please contact Steph via links on the committee contacts page

Challenge the Pinch 2018

‘Challenge the Pinch’ is a new club event being held on Sunday 28th October 2018.

Entry is available to senior Sapphire Coast Runners members only.

About the Event

This event sees entrants take on a challenge to complete multiple 8km loops in Yellow Pinch area of South East Forest National Park, just West of Merimbula.

The loops are completed solely on hilly fire trails, with approximately 280 metres of elevation gain per loop.

  • Loop 1-2 run anti-clockwise
  • Loop 3-4 run clockwise
  • Loop 5 run anti-clockwise

Entrants will be required to locate a hole-punch out on course each lap to clip their lap card.

Finisher Categories

  1. Conqueror of the Pinch – 5 loops in Under 5 hours
  2. Finisher of the Pinch – 5 loops in Under 7.5 hours
    Full five laps – 1.5 hours per lap.
    Must be started before:
    Lap 2 – 1.5 hours
    Lap 3 – 3 hours
    Lap 4 – 4.5 hours
    Lap 5 – 6 hours
  3. Feel the Pinch – 3 loops in Under 6 hours
    3 loops – 2 hours per loop.
    Must be started before:
    Lap 2 – 2 hours
    Lap 3 – 4 hours
  4. Participate the Pinch – 1 loop in under 3 hours

Event Schedule

  • 7:45 AM – Entrants park at Millingandi Road (Northern end, please car pool)
  • 8:45AM – Compulsory event briefing at start (3km hike from parking area)
  • 9:00AM – Event start
  • 4:30PM – Event cut-off

General Event Info

  • This is a members-only event – if you are not a club member, please join online before completing the entry form
  • Entry is via the online entry form only (available on this page).  On-day entries will not be received
  • By entering Sapphire Coast Runners club event entrants agree to the Club Events Terms & Conditions
  • There is no parking at event start/finish
  • Parking at Millingandi Road (Northern end) – car pooling recommended
  • There is a 3-4km hike into start line and out after finishing – The hike is similar conditions to the event, being hilly fire trail, therefore you should allow at least 1 hour to make your way to start line
  • No aid stations on course – However runners will be able to have drop bags at the start/finish that they can access after each loop
  • As you pass through the checkpoint after each loop you will need to check-in, this  ensures monitoring of cut-offs and tracking of entrant lap times
  • Stopwatch will be used for timing, with entrants lap times recorded as come into the checkpoint and then back out again for each lap
  • Mandatory gear will be checked before the race and participants will not be allowed to race without all mandatory gear.

Mandatory Gear

  • Hydration pack/water bottles/bladders – minimum 1litre water to be carried each loop
  • Food
  • Mobile phone
  • Whistle
  • Rain jacket
  • Beanie/buff
  • Thermal top
  • Emergency blanket
  • Compression bandage
  • Warm clothes for walk in and after race
  • Trail shoes recommended

Event Contact

  • Steve Isles
  • Phone: 0419 746 726
  • Email:

Event Links

This is a members-only event – if you are not a member, please join online before completing the entry form.

Challenge The Pinch Entry Form - 28/10/18



Urban Rogaine Event Report – 24/06/18

The club’s first rogaining event was held on Sunday 24 June.

Rogaining is a team activity for people of all ages and levels of fitness. It is a orienteering type event and is a great way to explore around the local area (in this case Merimbula and Mirador). It involves navigating your way around on foot to various checkpoints within a set period of time.

The inaugural Urban Rogaine was a great success with all 13 teams enjoying themselves and exploring some of the more obscure features of Merimbula.

In the end, all teams opted for the 90min event and spread out all over town to the different checkpoints. Most teams chose to stick to the flatter areas of town and fishpen, with just a few spreading into the hillier areas. No-one attempted to reach the checkpoints in Mirador in the available time. One team took a very extreme shortcut in their course and actually swam across from Spencer park to Mitchies Jetty rather than run all the way around over the bridge (they are definitely braver than me in the winter conditions!)

  1. The results were:
  2. Lisa and the fur girls 840 points (including 50 bonus points)
  3. Short smart and speedy 660 points
  4. Heather Gee’s team 620 points
  5. No class all ass 620 points
  6. Bega vets 550 points
  7. Charlie’s Angels 480 points
  8. Kym O’Halloran & Lochie 470 points
  9. Gibbons girls 350 points
  10. Team Lane 350 points
  11.  Long & short of it 330 points (including 50 bonus points)
  12. Roberts’ rockets 320 points
  13. No direction 290 points
  14. Elliot’s dragons 130 points

Congratulations to all those teams who participated and the organising crew (Michelle, Andy & Gus) who ensured the event was a success.

Given the interest, it looks like there will be more of these events in the future.


Progressive Long Run Report – 10 June 2018

Well done to the runners who took part in our first Progressive Long Run on Sunday 10 June 2018.

This group run involved a series of 4 x 5km runs in one day at 4 different parkrun courses, Merimbula, Bega, Batemans Bay and Huskisson.

A total of 32 different runners took part, with 17 of these completing all 4 runs.

It was a great day, and there has already been discussion about the next one to be planned in Canberra later in the year – stay tuned to club news for announcements.

Kids Run Club

With a rising interest in running and physical activity for children in the local area, Sapphire Coast Runners are pleased to launch Kids Run Club for our junior members.


  • Weekly, each Wednesday 4:45pm – 5:45pm
    (subject to weather, and availability of coaches)


  • Berrambool Sports Complex, Merimbula


  • Junior members  – All children taking part MUST be a current financial member – join now


  • With a focus on fun and participation, Kids Run Club sessions will involve a warm up run, simple exercises and run drills, some run efforts and a cool down.
  • Kids Run Club will be organised and led by committee members who hold a working with Working With Children Check (WWCC).


  • FREE for financial Sapphire Coast Runners Member.
  • Junior club membership is $12 per year (plus one-time $3 joining fee).

More information?

  • Please contact Steph, Glenn or Lisa for more information or to check if Kids Run Club is on each week – see committee contacts





Global Running Day 2018

Global Running Day is a worldwide celebration of running that encourages everyone to get moving. It doesn’t matter how fast you run or how far you go—what’s important is that you take part, and how you do it is up to you. The important thing is that you have fun being active—and you inspire others to join you.

We invite you to pledge to run with the Sapphire Coast Runners team on Global Running Day – It’s FREE to join.

Win a Run Clinic at your School


We’re very excited to announce a special prize up for grabs for participating school teams taking part in the Merimbula Fun Run on 27 May 2018.

All school teams (with at least 6 entrants) will go into the draw to win an exclusive group run clinic conducted by elite long-distance runner Steph Auston at your school.

Some local schools will already have a team set-up, so you simply need to search for that team name when registering online.

If your school does not yet have a team set up, please contact your school administration to ask if it is possible for them to create a team, which they can do simply through the online registration system.

We hope you can spread the word through your school community, and tag your school friends to prompt them to come and join you.

Register online or set-up your team

SCR Trail Run Series – Event 1 Mandeni Results

WOW! What a huge success our first official trail event was at Merimbula’s Mandeni Golf and Fun Park today!

View Results

Sincere thanks go out to all the awesome people that made it happen

  • Peter and the crew at Mandeni for their awesome location and making us so welcome
  • Club Sapphire for providing the post-run BBQ supplies
  • The tireless Sapphire Coast Runners committee for their ongoing commitment to bringing great running events to our community
  • SportsPower Bega & Merimbula for on day spot prizes
  • Our on-day volunteers: Steph Auston, Kim Loveday, James Lukassen, Brett Roberts, Tammy Edmonds, Davina Hewes, Peter Dickson, Richard Lane, Geoff Pursell, Donella Roberts, Glenn Edmonds, Skylar Roberts, Barry Hewes
  • Each and every entrant, and their supporting friends and family

View Results

And YES, we will be making this a series… so expect an announcement soon about the next SCR Trail Event!

Urban Rogaine 24/06/18

Sapphire Coast Runners invites members and their family/friends to participate in a fun urban rogaining event.

Rogaining is a team activity for people of all ages and levels of fitness. It is a orienteering type event and is a great way to explore around the local area (in this case Merimbula and Mirador). It involves navigating your way around on foot to various checkpoints within a set period of time.

Date: 9:00am on Sunday 24 June 2018
A briefing, including a full explanation of the event and maps will be provided at 9:00am. Participants will set off running/walking at 9.30am sharp.

Meeting point: Merimbula Visitor Information Centre

Event categories: Teams elect to participate in either the 90-minute event or the 3-hour event, which will run simultaneously.

Teams:  Entrants must be in teams of 2, 3 or 4 people (although this can be more if it is a family). Please note, the team members must stay together at all times.

Cost: As this is a club event it is free to enter, though at least one person in each team (typically the team captain) must be a financial Sapphire Coast Runners member – join now.

Entries:  A team captain who is a SCR member and 18+ years must complete the online entry form prior to the event to enter their team.  By entering Sapphire Coast Runners club event entrants agree to the Club Events Terms & Conditions.  If you have any questions about this event beforehand, please feel free to ask Michelle van der Voort or Andy Gibbs.

Prizes:  Prizes will be awarded to the highest point-scoring teams in both categories, plus spot prizes (including one for best team photo taken during the event – winner to be decided by the organisers).

Compulsory gear: Teams must carry a mobile phone and hydration as well as the provided course map and questionnaire.

Navigation & Checkpoints

  • The navigation in an urban event requires some ability to read a street map, so it is not difficult navigation but should be considered when selecting your team (it’s a great active, social outing with friends, but not if you are fighting about getting lost!).
  • ‘Checkpoints’ are locations marked on the map and you will need to look out for some feature, and answer the questionnaire about what is at that point.
  • Teams may visit any checkpoint and in any order.
  • The aim is to collect as many points as possible during the nominated time.
  • The point value of the checkpoints varies, with the most distant and most difficult to access checkpoints being worth the most points.
  • Fast runners will not necessarily get the most points, if their planning and navigation is bad.
  • The course is set up that teams that walk the event should be able to access a large number of checkpoints during the allocated time.

Urban Rogaine Entry Form - 24/06/18