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2018/2019 Committee Elected

At the Annual General Meeting on 14th November 2018 the SCR committee for 2018/2019 was elected.

Glenn Edmonds – President
Lisa Lukassen – Vice President
Michelle van der Voort – Secretary/ Public Officer
Tammy Edmonds – Treasurer
Steph Auston- Committee Member
Belinda Cardwell – Committee Member
Cath Griffin – Committee Member
Steve Isles – Committee Member
Kim Loveday – Committee Member
Donella Roberts – Committee Member

The committee welcomes your input and feedback into the running of the club – Contact the committee

Gratitude goes out to all present and past committee members for their contribution to the running of the club and our events.

Challenge the Pinch Results – 28/10/2018

Congratulations go out to the 27 members who lined up for the Challenge the Pinch’ trail event today.

  1. Conqueror of the Pinch – 5 loops in Under 5 hours
    1 finisher
  2. Finisher of the Pinch – 5 loops in Under 7.5 hours
    3 finishers
  3. Feel the Pinch – 3 loops in Under 6 hours
    8 finishers
  4. Participate the Pinch – 1 loop in under 3 hours
    15 finishers

View 2018 results


View event photos on Facebook

Learn more about this event

Thanks to committee member Steve Isles and member Jody Collins for organising the event, and volunteers James Lukassen and Brett Roberts.


Christmas Lights Group Run 2018

Local runners are invited to get together for a fun night group run with a Christmas theme on Friday 21st December 2018.

We’ll meet at Sante Fe on Beach Street Merimbula from 7:00PM onward to hydrate and ‘light-up’ beforehand, then set off about 8:30PM for a fun 5km or 2.5km run/jog/walk, spreading our Christmas cheer.

The route will start at the flag poles on the corner of Beach and Market, and head out 1.25km to halfway along Fishen road before returning to start for 2.5km, and repeating the route for 5km.

Everyone is invited to get creative with their Christmas costume and adorn themselves with Christmas lights – let’s have some fun.

After the run we invite runners to return to Sante Fe to relax with a drink/meal.

Please RSVP by marking yourself as ‘attending’ on the Facebook and/or Strava event so we can advise venue of anticipated numbers.

Notice of Annual General Meeting – 14 November 2018

The Annual General Meeting of Sapphire Coast Runners Inc. will be held on Wednesday 14 November 2018 at 6:00pm at Club Sapphire Merimbula.

Members, prospective members and supporters are invited to attend.

AGM Agenda

  1. Review of previous minutes
    • Review of the minutes of the last preceding annual general meeting and of any special general meeting held since that meeting
  2. Committee reports
    • President’s report
    • Treasurer’s report
  3. Election office-bearers of the association and ordinary committee members*
  4. Committee meeting^

*Election of committee members

Per the Club’s constitution,

  1. Nominations of candidates for election as office-bearers of the association or as ordinary committee members:
    1. (a)  must be made in writing in the form set out in Appendix 3 to the constitution, endorsed by 2 members of the association, and
    2. (b)  must be delivered to the secretary of the association at least 7 days before the date fixed for the holding of the annual general meeting at which the election is to take place.
  2. If insufficient nominations are received to fill all vacancies on the committee, the candidates nominated are taken to be elected and further nominations are to be received at the annual general meeting.
  3. If insufficient further nominations are received, any vacant positions remaining on the committee are taken to be casual vacancies.

^Committee Meeting Agenda

  • Review of previous minutes and business arising
  • Secretary’s report
  • Treasurer’s report
  • Membership update
  • Sponsorship & fundraising
  • Event update and planning:
    • Bega Fun Run
    • Merimbula Fun Run
    • Run for a Reason Virtual Challenge
    • Club events
  • General:
    • Merchandise  update
    • Other business
    • Next meeting



Local Runners Christmas Party 2018

Join fellow local runners for a relaxed Christmas BBQ.

Where: Grassed area at Top Lake Merimbula (off Lakewood Drive)

When: Saturday 8th December, from 2:30pm onwards

Who: SCR members, parkrunners and local runners and their families welcome

What to bring: BYO drinks and food (BBQs will be available), chairs, and kayaks/paddle boards if you wish to get on the water

Join Facebook event

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 event in our Trail Run Series 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 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 loop in under 3 hours

Event Schedule

7:40 AM – Park at Millingandi Road (Northern end)
7:45 AM – Group departs parking area on foot to hike 3km to start
8:45AM – Compulsory gear check and event briefing at start 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)
  • 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
  • There is no parking at event start/finish
  • Parking at Millingandi Road (Northern end) – car pooling recommended
  • There is a 3km 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

All mandatory items MUST be carried into start and depending on conditions you will be advised at briefing 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
  • Rain jacket
  • Beanie/buff
  • Thermal top
  • Warm clothes for walk in and after race – may be left in drop bag at start/finish
  • Trail shoes recommended

Event Contact

Steve Isles
Phone: 0419 746 726

Event Links

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

Challenge The Pinch Entry Form - 28/10/18

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


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 proud to facilitate a weekly Kids Run Club .


  • Wednesdays during school terms, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
    Subject to weather, and availability of coaches
    Cancellations or changes to kids club are announced via our Facebook chat group


  • Ford Park – Ocean Drive, Merimbula


  • Junior members or children of senior members – 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 junior members or children of senior members – join now

More information?