Course Description – Anglesea

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 presented by MINI Countryman 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 Sundayas part of the weekend’s activities – designed for kids, friends, family and the community.

The courses

Long course: 22.9km 440m elevation gain / loss
Medium course: 14.8km. 293m elevation gain / loss (NEW beach section)
Short course: 7.8km. 163m elevation gain / loss
Friendly 4km: 4km. 5m elevation gain / loss

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

Course map

Elevation profiles

Long course:

STRS R4 Long Course Elevations

Medium course:

Short course:

Course description

Long Course – 22.9km

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

The course is an amalgamation of the first 2 legs of the Surf Coast Century and provides an incredibly scenic and varied trail run.

All runners will start on the beach, complete a short 300m out and back towards the SLSC and then continue along the beach, below the spectacular Anglesea Cliffs that tower 70m overhead for a spectacular run at low tide on hard sand. Climb over a rocky headland at the ~5.5km pt and then turn on to the Surfcoast Walk at Red Rocks. Competitors then enjoy an almost endless array of fun singletrack with climbs and descents but nothing too gut-wrenching.

The first water point at the 11.4km mark approx. is located at Hurst Rd/Great Ocean Rd junction, where runners continue into the Eumeralla single track network and enjoy kilometre after kilometre of terrific running on flowing trails, going through the second water point at the 18km pt and continuing back towards Anglesea.

The closing few kilometres provide some extensive views over township and coastline before finishing next to the Anglesea River approx 250m back from the ocean beach.

Medium Course – 14.8km

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

The course is an amalgamation of the first 2 legs of the Surf Coast Century and provides an incredibly scenic and varied trail run.
All runners will start on the beach, complete a short 300m out and back towards the SLSC and then continue along the beach, below the spectacular Anglesea Cliffs that tower 70m overhead for a spectacular run at low tide on hard sand. Medium course runners leave the coast at a rocky headland at the ~5.5km pt after which you enter the Eumeralla single track network and enjoy kilometre after kilometre of terrific running on flowing trails, going through the water point at the approx 10km pt and continuing back towards Anglesea.

The closing few kilometres provide some extensive views over township and coastline before finishing next to the Anglesea River approx 250m back from the ocean beach.

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 towards the SLSC to get the blood pumping. Soon after passing the start line runners leave the beach via a concrete boat ramp and follow a gravel double track through the heathland that soon turns to single track and winds its way through some open wildflower country. After leaving the Surf Coast Walk at the 3km pt, runners are challenged by the first of 2 hills, the 2esecond one beign the larger of the two at the 4.3km mark.

Make sure you enjoy extensive coastal views from the top of the second climb because its all down hill from there as you skirt the back of the caravan park and the Anglesea River before finishing next to the Anglesea River approx 250m back from the ocean beach.

Friendly 4km

All runners will start on the beach. This is an out and back course – out along the beach, and back along the tracks.

Runners head out on the beach past the surf club, and past the next headland known as ‘Soapy Rock’, before taking a right turn up the track path and following this track BACK towards Anglesea Surf Life Saving Club; then running down the boat ramp back on to the beach for the final 400m. Runners turn left at Anglesea River before finishing in the Expo area. 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:

  • To be Confirmed.

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

Water points will have cups of water and sports hydration available. Please take only what you can drink and place your cup in a bin afterwards. We encourage you to bring your own reusable cup.

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 10.5km point when you approach the Great Ocean Road.
Long course: There will be two water points, located at the 11.4km point and 18km point.
Finish line hydration/nutrition station: There will be water, sports hydration and fruit available at the finish line. Bring your own bottle or cup.