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Merimbula Mother’s Day Classic – 2019 Results

Congratulations to all 180+ runners and walkers who took part in the 2019 Merimbula Mother’s Day Classic and thank  you to the volunteers that made it happen!

Sapphire Coast Runners were very proud to assist Merimbula Rotary Club in providing support for this great event and helping to raise funds for breast cancer research.

This year the 10km Run and 5km Run were timed for the first time. The 5km walk was an untimed event.

Photos may be viewed on the Sapphire Coast Runners Facebook page and the Facebook event page.


Challenge the Pinch 2019

‘Challenge the Pinch’ is part of our Trail Run Series.

The first ‘Pinch’ was held in 2018, with the 2019 event set to be held on Sunday 27th October 2019.

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

2018 Challenge the Pinch

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, West of Merimbula.

The loops are completed solely on hilly fire trails, with approximately 330 metres of elevation gain per loop.

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

As entrants pass through the start/finish after each loop they need to check-in, to ensure monitoring of cut-offs and tracking of lap times.

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 or 2 loops in under 4 hours

Event Schedule – Sunday 27th October 2019

7:00AM – Park at meet up location – see below*l
7:10AM – 4WD car pool convoy to start area
7:30AM – Compulsory gear check at start area
7:40AM – Compulsory event briefing at start area
8:00AM – Event start
3:30PM – Event cut-off

*Getting to the Start

  • Parking is strictly limited at event start/finish which is accessible by 4WD only
  • Entrants are to park at meet-up location at corner of Mount Darragh Road and Wolumla Peak Forest Road, Lochiel and a 4WD car pooling convoy will drive start
  • To limit vehicles at start/finish all seats in each 4WD vehicle driving to start should  be full
  • Alternatively, entrants may park at Millingandi Road (northern end) and hike into start line (approximately 3km) – Note, this option should only be selected if you have made this hike previously and are familiar with route and track conditions – allow at least 45 minutes

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)
  • Online entries close at 1:00PM the day before the event – late or on-day entries will not be accepted
  • By entering Sapphire Coast Runners club event entrants agree to the Club Events Terms & Conditions
  • 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

All mandatory items MUST be taken to start and depending on conditions you will be advised at gear check which are essential to be carried on course.

  • Hydration pack/water bottles/bladders – minimum 1 litre water to be carried at start of each loop
  • Food/nutrition – at least 1 food portion to be carried at start of each lap
  • Mobile phone – must be fully charged
  • Compression bandage
  • Whistle
  • Emergency blanket
  • Beanie/buff
  • Thermal top
  • Rain jacket
  • Trail shoes recommended
  • Warm clothes for before/after race – may be left in drop bag at start/finish

Event Links

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

Challenge The Pinch Entry Form - 27/10/19

  • Online entries close at 1:00PM the day before the event – late or on-day entries will not be accepted


Wings for Life Organised App Run


The Wings for Life World Run is a truly unique and global race for both runners and wheelchair participants. Instead of a finish line, competitors race side by side to keep ahead of the virtual Catcher Car. Now in its sixth year, on May 5, 2019 Wings for Life World Run participants in Bega and Merimbula can also run together.

Meet up with your friends, download the Wings for Life World Run App and join all the other people running until the virtual Catcher Car catches you of course.

The race starts at exactly 9:00PM. The virtual Catcher Car takes off 30 minutes after the start at 14 km/h and steadily increases its speed until the last athletes have been caught.

100% of all donations and the entry fees go directly into spinal cord research projects.


The track will be a 2.5km loop around the old racecourse and East Street Bega. Start point will be the entry onto the old race course at the Bridge Street Bega. Run will be in a clockwise direction.

Sign up for App Run Bega


Starting at Beach Street near the visitor information centre, runners will run follow the lakeside path tracking over the bridge to Fishpen roundabout, returning back to end of Beach Street – repeating this out/back track until they are caught by the virtual chaser car. This is a flat concrete/paved path and while there is some street lighting, headlamps will be necessary.

Sign up for App Run Merimbula


There won’t be any refreshment stations along the track – so make sure to bring your own drinks and snacks if needed.


You will receive your personal race number via email and it’s also available next to your starting number on the website a couple of days before the race. The Wings for Life World Run App is your time tracking tool. When you are registered the App will start automatically on the event day. The virtual Catcher Car takes off 30 minutes after the start and as soon as it overtakes you, you will get clear signals via the App. Please make sure to have a fully charged phone on race day.


In order to join this Organised App Run, please download the Wings for Life World Run App for Android or iPhone and sign up for the Bega or Merimbula App Run within the App.

To be part of the Wings for Life World Run on the 5th May 2019 a registration fee will be charged; 100 % of your fee go to spinal cord research.

Club Newsletter – February/March 2019

The February/March 2019 edition of the Club Newsletter is now available.

In this edition:

  • Message from the President – outlook for the year ahead
  • Run for a Reason Virtual Challenge – challenge info and registration link
  • Kids Run Club
  • Local Run Calendar – listing of local running events
  • Club Membership – joining link

View newsletter


Run for a Reason during March

Have you registered for the month-long ’Run For A Reason Virtual Challenge’ yet?

The challenge takes place throughout March, and is all about setting and a achieving a personal running/walking distance goal for the month: 10km, 25km, 50km, 100km, 150km, 200km, 250km, 300km

Here’s a few great reasons to register:

  • Goals = motivation for a whole month 👍🏻
  • Your awesomeness will skyrocket through achievement of a challenging goal 😎
  • Your fitness will increase 🏃🏻‍♀️ 🏃🏻‍♂️
  • You’ll be supporting a fantastic local charity ($10 of every reg donated to OzHarvest Sapphire Coast) and your local running club
  • You’ll be rewarded with awesome bling
  • Challengers get to celebrate together 🥂

What are you waiting for?

Learn more and register online today!

Club Newsletter – January 2019

The January 2019 edition of the Sapphire Coast Runners newsletter is now available.

In this edition:

  • Message from the President – outlook for the year ahead
  • Run for a Reason Virtual Challenge – challenge info and registration link
  • Kids Run Club – plans for 2019
  • Local Run Calendar – listing of local running events
  • Club Membership – joining link

View newsletter

Snake Bites – What to Do

Snake bite prevention

Preventing a snake bite is obviously better than dealing with a snake bite. Here are a few ways to reduce the risks of snake bites while out on the trails:

  1. Be aware that there could be snakes where you’re running and avoid narrow, and overgrown trails
  2. Watch where you’re placing your feet and be extra aware on rocky, sunny areas, tracks where there are leaves, sticks or logs across the trail, or trails near water
  3. Carry the right kit, including:
    1. Wide elasticised roller bandage
    2. Rescue whistle
    3. Fully charged mobile phone, with the Emergency+ app downloaded – see below
    4. If you will be out of mobile coverage areas, consider carrying a PLB (personal locator beacon)
  4. Run with a buddy, or tell someone where you are going and check in with them at regular intervals
  5. Know what to do in the case you or someone is bitten by a snake

The Emergency+ app is a free app developed by Australia’s emergency services and their Government and industry partners. The app uses GPS functionality built into smart phones to help a Triple Zero (000) caller provide critical location details required to mobilise emergency services

What to do in case of snake bite

St John first aid tips in the case of snake bite:

  • Follow DRSABCD
  • Calm patient and keep still
  • Apply a pressure immobilisation bandage
  • Ensure call for ambulance has been made – triple zero (000) or through Emergency+ app

100-Square Christmas Raffle 2018

The ‘100-Square Christmas Raffle’ is a club fundraiser and offers the chance for one lucky person to win $500 just in time for Christmas!

Terms and Conditions

  • The raffle is promoted by Sapphire Coast Runner’s Inc.
  • 100 number squares available, 1 to 100
  • Each numbered square costs $10
  • Each numbered square to contain one person’s name only – first and last name
  • Cash payment must be made to a committee member to secure a numbered square
  • Non-payment by draw date deems that square ineligible to win
  • One winner will be drawn by an independent person on 22 December 2018 using a random number generator
  • Draw date is subject to change if squares remain unsold or sell in advance
  • The winner will receive $500
  • The winner’s prize will be paid by cheque made out in recorded winner’s name or cash
  • The winner’s name will be announced on the Sapphire Coast Runners Facebook page
  •  The promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into

Become a Recreational Running Leader

Sapphire Coast Runners is coordinating with Athletics NSW to hold a Level 1 Recreational Running Leader Course locally in early 2019.

About the Course

The Level 1 Recreational Run Leader Course introduces how to lead a recreational run group under the guidance of a Level 2 Intermediate Recreational Running Coach or higher. In the course, participants learn the fundamental skills of running and how to design warm up and cool down components of a session.

Topics include the introduction to training runners, encouraging long-term participation, design a warm-up and cool down, fundamental skills or running, training elements and how to successfully lead run groups.


  • Community Coaching General Principles online course
  • Play by the Rules – Child Protection module

Course Length:

2 Hours Pre-Course Work + 7 Hours Face-to-Face (Practical and Theory)


$190 – SCR members*
$210 – non-members

*5 sponsored spots will be awarded by the committee to senior club members who would be willing to contribute coaching time to some club training sessions.  Please note, members who run club coaching must be eligible to hold a Working With Children Check

Date & Venue

It is anticipated that this course will be held in early 2019, at a venue in either Bega or Merimbula. We will update this page when confirmed

Level 1 Recreational Run Leader Course - EOI FORM

  • We are currently seeking expressions of interest from members and non-members who would like to attend this course, being held early 2019. Expressions of interest close 31/12/18.






5k Handicap Chase Results – 18/11/18

Well done to all who took part in the 5km Handicap Chase Run on 18th November 2018 in Bega.

A staggered start based on handicap times meant slower runners started in front of faster runners, with the aim of all runners trying to overtake anyone in front of them, and stay ahead of those staring behind.

Junior member Skylar Roberts ran a 5k PB time to be the first runner home.

Thanks to on-day volunteers Tammy Edmonds and Andy Gibbs and all club members who took part. We hope to run this style of event again.

Finish Order & Results

  1. Skylar Roberts – 31:30 (PB)
  2. Donella Roberts – 27:00
  3. Lisa Lukassen – 24:56
  4. Glenn Edmonds – 24:56
  5. Steve Isles – 18:35
  6. Peter Dickson – 19:52
  7. Steph Auston – 19:52
  8. Clare Gilbert – 31:58 (Closest to Handicap)
  9. Kim Loveday – 31:58 (Closest to Handicap)
  10. Jody Collins – 26:50
  11. Tracey Gibbons – 30:35
  12. Michelle van der Voort – 30:35
  13. Belinda Cardwell – 28:11
  14. James Lukassen – 24:27
  15. Kimone Haddon – 45:25
  16. Cath Griffin – 45:25
  17. Heather Gee – 31:49

Learn more about this event

View event photos on Facebook