Running is one of the basic skills for surf lifesaving and is also an exciting area of competition to get involved in.
Beach events include:
The Beach Sprint is based on the same rules as the 100m race on a track, except it’s over 90m in the sand. Beach relay utilises the same 90m track as used for the Beach Sprint, however competitors run up and back changing a baton. Beach flags is an elimination event, where competitors must race 20 metres to pick up a flag. There are fewer flags than competitors, so those missing out are eliminated. The last remaining competitor after all the elimination rounds wins the event.
West Beach is looking at improving our sporting achievements in the State competition arena and we have forged an affiliation with the West Beach Athletic club. Our team trains to succeed, and to help every runner become the best competitor they can be. While some talent is needed for running, often the best competitors are those most determined to succeed, and prepared to do the hard work at training.
The main beach event in the beach area is the beach sprint. This is the equivalent of the track 100 metre sprint, except it is run on the sand. The rules are the same as for track athletics. The other sprint event is the beach relay, which is the same as the track 4 x 100 metre relay. This is raced up and back along the beach sprint track, with baton changes at each end of the track. The third sprint event is the beach flags. This is an elimination event, where competitors must race 20 metres to pick up a flag. There are fewer flags than competitors, so those missing out are eliminated. The last remaining competitor after all the elimination rounds wins the event.
Any Club member is welcome to join the squad. Training level can be varied to suit initial fitness and ability. So not being a fit, fast runner should not stop you having a go. Many members from other competition sections do some sprint work to help their race starts and finishes in other events.
Training is held two nights per week and additional sessions will be organised depending on the team’s needs and schedules. Training varies, with sessions mainly held on oval, and as required, at the beach. Most runners also do additional core strength work as well as the main trainings.
If there are any enquires about the program, please contact the Director of Surf Sports Christine Newberry on 0419 618 704