No coast­ing on the Surf Coast

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ASH WAT­SON AND DEB NICHOLL WERE crowned cham­pi­ons of the Surf Coast Cen­tury 100km Ul­tra Marathon, while Roger Lay and Rachel Tucker took the 50km ti­tles in An­gle­sea, Vic­to­ria. The sev­enth edi­tion of the race saw more than 1,100 com­peti­tors take on an off-road course along the beaches, 4WD tracks and hin­ter­land trails of An­gle­sea, Torquay and Aireys In­let. Squally show­ers hin­der progress bring­ing an un­wel­come re­turn to win­ter tem­per­a­tures. Wat­son smashed the course record by mere sec­onds, fin­ish­ing in 8:16:50. It was only his sec­ond ul­tra and his first 100km race. “It was close; I knew the record was 8:17:08. The weather was chal­leng­ing, it was a bit slip­pery on course, and it slowed me down,” said the 29-year-old from Bal­larat. “I had a rough patch where I strug­gled badly up those hills, but I came good. Then that sand at the end was an ab­so­lute killer, I didn’t re­alise how soft it was go­ing to be. I thought I was in a bit of strife, but I was watch­ing the time very closely in the last cou­ple of min­utes, un­til I got there.” James Roberts, 31 of Perth was sec­ond in 8:35:22, and third went to Scott Rich­mond, 36 of Syd­ney (9:02:25). Deb Nicholl from Bris­bane won the women’s race in 10:35:03, with Ho­bart’s Jes­sica Collins and Mans­field’s Chris­tine Hopkins com­plet­ing the podium. “The first sec­tion wasn’t too bad, I found it re­ally tough the sec­ond sec­tion on the rock hop­ping, I got passed by a lot of peo­ple through there, and I was think­ing this is not good, and then the third and fourth sec­tion it all sort of came to­gether,” said Nicholl. Roger Lay (4:10:52), Apo Kale (4:11:17) and Gary Mullins (4:27:32) were the top three men over the 50km race, raced over the sec­ond half of the 100km course. Fastest fe­males were Rachael Tucker (4:47:59), Kate Child (5:04:02) a nd Darthea Clyds­dale (5:13:03). Bl a k e Hos e a n d Madel e i n e Ol d f i e l d com­pris­ing re­lay team ‘Duo Lick The Stamp’ posted the fastest 100km time of the day in 8:15:54, while ‘Team Dan­ger’s trail crew’ were the fastest team of four in 8:24:10.

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