Course Description – Anglesea

UPDATE 07-09-2021: The Anglesea Race has been rescheduled to Sunday 6th February 2022. All Anglesea race entries will be transferred to the new date. The next scheduled Trail Running Race will now be at Silvan on Sunday 14th November.

UPDATE 25-8-21: We’re still very confident that the Trail Running Series will able to continue with the 3 remaining races as planned – with the next race at Werribee Gorge on 19 September – however we will only proceed if Melbourne is out of lock down and able to attend. We are continuing to monitor the COVID situation and entrants can take confidence from our refund policy if there are further changes. Thanks for your patience, we’re looking forward to seeing you soon for the escape we all need!

UPDATE 11-08-21: The Anglesea Race has been rescheduled to Sunday 10 October. All Anglesea race entrants were emailed with details of the changes on Friday 13/8.


Anglesea’s setting provides for a diverse trail running experience that will really set it apart from the other races in the The Trail Running Series due to the coastal, bush and undulating landscape. All races start on the crisp white sand of the Anglesea Main Beach before runners climb away from the coast along a healthy mixture of single tracks and double tracks that sweep through the coastal bushland.

The final descent down the Surf Coast Walk trail provides spectacular views across the clifftops to nearby Point Roadknight and further down the coast to Aireys Inlet, Lorne and beyond and will put a smile on your face for the beautiful places trail running has taken you.

Whilst the three races are the longest of the series, consensus is that they are not the hardest of the series due to smaller hills (compared to Silvan) and the undulating flow they capture through the bushland.

We are also thrilled to see our new FRIENDLY 4km on Sunday as part of the weekend’s activities – designed for kids, friends, family and the community.

The courses

Long course: 22km 450m elevation gain / loss
Medium course: 14.7km. 293m elevation gain / loss
Short course: 7.8km. 163m elevation gain / loss
Friendly 4km: 4km. 65m elevation gain / loss

Cut off times: Long course 12:30pm. Short & Medium courses close at 12:00pm.

Course map

Course map for Race #3 can be downloaded here to your maps.me app or garmin device. Click here

Elevation profiles

Long course:

Medium course:

Short course:

Course description

Long Course – 22km

(Course goes in an anti-clockwise direction on the map.)

All runners start on the beach and initially complete a 3.5km loop that goes up past the SLSC on the Surf Coast Walk, down to the beach near Pt Roadknight and then back past the start on the sand. 500m back past the start, runners leave the beach and continue along the Surf Coast Walk track as it climbs above the cliffs that plunge 70m down to the ocean for a spectacular run with great views.
Long course runners leave the Surfcoast Walk at the 8km pt, turning inland for some scenic kilometres on a mix of dirt roads and an almost endless network of MTB single track through the hinterland. Runners go past the water points at the 9km pt and then again at the 16.5km pt and the start of a gradual descent that leads you back towards Anglesea.
The closing few kilometres provide some extensive views over township and coastline as you descend steeply down past the football grounds and then back across the rivermouth on the beach and into the finish chute beside Anglesea River

Medium Course – 14.7km

(The medium course is very similar to the long course but takes a number of ‘short cuts’ to provide a shorter route).

All runners start on the beach and initially complete a 3.5km loop that goes up past the SLSC on the Surf Coast Walk, down to the beach near Pt Roadknight and then back past the start on the sand. 500m back past the start, runners leave the beach and continue along the Surf Coast Walk track as it climbs above the cliffs that plunge 70m down to the ocean for a spectacular run with great views.
Medium course runners leave the Surfcoast Walk at the 7.5km pt, turning inland for some scenic kilometres on a mix of dirt roads and an almost endless network of MTB single track through the hinterland. Runners go past the water point at the 8km pt and then continue along the endless single track running.
Medium course runner should be very aware of the course markings and the numerous course splits so you don’t inadvertently do the extra sections of the long course.
The closing few kilometres provide some extensive views over township and coastline as you descend steeply down past the football grounds and then back across the rivermouth on the beach and into the finish chute beside Anglesea River

Short Course – 7.8km

(Course goes in an anti-clockwise direction on the map.)

All runners will start on the beach and complete a short 300m out and back along the beach (you DO NOT go over the SLSC hill like the other courses) to get the blood pumping. 500m back past the start, runners leave the beach and continue along the Surf Coast Walk track as it climbs above the cliffs that plunge 70m down to the ocean for a spectacular run with great views
Short course runners leave the Surf Coast Walk at the 3.2km point at the base of some steep rocky steps (phew!) and follow an undulating course through the low coastal heath before a tough hill up above the football grounds that provides some spectacular views over Point Roadknight and beyond.
The closing few kilometres provide more extensive views across the township hinterland and coastline as you descend steeply down past the football grounds and then back across the rivermouth on the beach and into the finish chute beside Anglesea River.

Friendly 4km

All runners start on the beach, running 400m along the sand and then turn right to go uphill on the steep boat ramp beside the Surf Life Saving Club that’ll really get your lungs working! Turn left at the top and continue uphill on the Surf Coast Walk as it climbs above and around the cliffs, pausing to catch your breath and enjoy the views from the lookout at the top.
After the lookout it’s a flowing downhill on a wide gravel track towards Pt Roadknight, with the track joining the beach just near ‘Soapy Rocks’. Turn left on the beach and continue over Soapy Rocks (caution – they are very slippery!) and along the beach below the cliffs, back past the start and then in past the river mouth to the finish chute on the grass. Well done!

NOTE, there are no age group categories. Just male and female, with the 1st, 2nd and 3rd male and female across the line receiving an award.

Course marking

Trail running events are quite different to road running events in that they require you to look and think about where you are going because, not only will you pass through some lovely wilderness, but you need to KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR COURSE MARKINGS. Trail running courses are not lined with fences or red and white flagging tape and will not have marshals every 10m ready to hand you a drink and direct you where to go every step of the way – you need to keep an eye out for and follow the course markings to make your way around.

Having said that, if you have your head up and are looking where you are going the course will be easy to follow and will be marked as follows:

Long course:

  • red and/or orange arrows (pegged into the ground and fixed to trees or bushes)
  • fluoro pink coloured plastic surveyor’s tape (tied to trees or bushes)
  • with white flour arrows marked on the ground

Medium course:

  • green arrows (pegged into the ground and fixed to trees or bushes)
  • green coloured plastic surveyor’s tape (tied to trees or bushes)
  • with white flour arrows marked on the ground

Short course:

  • blue arrows (pegged into the ground and fixed to trees or bushes)
  • aqua blue coloured plastic surveyor’s tape (tied to trees or bushes)
  • with white flour arrows marked on the ground.

Friendly 4km:

  • red and/or orange arrows (pegged into the ground and fixed to trees or bushes)
  • fluoro pink coloured plastic surveyor’s tape (tied to trees or bushes)
  • with white flour arrows marked on the ground

All track intersections will be clearly marked and care should be taken to follow the arrows. Surveyor’s tape will be placed immediately following a track junction to confirm you are on the correct track. Track markings on the longer, straighter sections, where there are no other options or intersections will be far more spread out so take your time at the intersections to make sure you are on the right track. Unless otherwise marked or directed, competitors should follow the most major track at all intersections. If there is no arrow at a minor track junction then continue along the major track.

Water points

Short course: There will be no water points on the short course.
Medium course: There will one water point on the long course that will be located at the 8km point approx when you approach the Great Ocean Road. Please provide your own cup or water bottle. We will not be providing cups.
Long course: There will be two water points, located at the 9km point and 16km point. Please provide your own cup or water bottle. We will not be providing cups.
Finish line hydration/nutrition station: There will be water, sports hydration and fruit available at the finish line. Bring your own bottle or cup.