Manly to Palm Beach

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Brief notes

This run was designed to bridge the perceived gap of runs between the marathon and some longer ultras. Whilst run all on-road, the course is extremely scenic and is off the main roads as much as possible. The course follows the coast from Manly to Palm Beach and 14 beaches along the way. You will encounter some stunning views as you make your journey to the turnaround at Palm Beach. The course is much more hilly than people expect, so beware.

The up and back course allows for a variety of scenarios such as running one way, turning around at any time along the way etc.

In 2007, 2 completed the 60k and 1 completed the 30k

In 2008, 4 completed the 60k and 10 completed the 30k

In 2009, 4 completed the 60k and 14 completed the 30k (or variations)

In 2010, 7 completed the 60k and 10 completed the 30k (or variations)

In 2011, 1 completed the 60k and 7 completed the 30k (or variations)

In 2012, 2 completed the 60k and 7 completed the 30k (or variations)

Photos of the course

Some photos of the course can be seen here.

Date/Time of next run

July 2013

Start/Finish Location

Manly Surf Life Saving Club (Near cnr of South Steyne and Ashburner St)

Turnaround Location

North Palm Beach Surf Life Saving Club. Touch the surf club and return back to Manly. There is a Kiosk on the beach side of the surf club that sells Sausage rolls, hot dogs, coke, chips, coffee etc.

Start/Finish Facilities

Toilets, showers etc. (Kiosk if open)

All day parking is a problem in Manly. The options are either to park up the hill towards Nth Head or on the course at Queenscliff. If the second option is taken, you can walk to the start with warm clothes etc. and drop of at your car along the way


30km one way or

60km return

Entry Details

  • See the On the Day Details page.
  • Please note that to ensure you don't miss any late breaking info keep an eye on the coolrunning thread below.

Coolrunning Threads

2007 CoolRunning thread

2008 CoolRunning thread

2009 CoolRunning thread

2010 CoolRunning thread

2011 CoolRunning thread

2012 Coolrunning thread

Time Limit

None - take as long as you like.

Entry Fee


Course Summary

The course is an out and back route which follows the water line as much as possible. It is a surprisingly hilly course with a number of headlands to negotiate. The Garmin says that it is 600m of ascent/descent. The course starts (and ends) from the Manly Surf Life Saving Club and turns around at the Summer Bay SLSC (AKA Nth Palm Beach SLSC). Official turnaround is the Kiosk.

For a g-map of the course, please see here

Detailed Course Description and Maps

Detailed Course Summary


Map 2

Map 3

Map 4

Map 5

Aid Summary

There is no real need for any support as there is plenty of food/water opportunities along the route. A hand held water bottle is advisable. The turnaround at Palm Beach is at a Kiosk which sell fantastic sausage rolls, hot dogs, coke, chips, coffee etc.

Good places for aid: Collaroy shops, 7-11 at Narrabeen turn off (across road from fire station), and Avalon shops

Route Marking Summary

There will be no track markings specifically put up for this run. If you don't know where you are going, please bring a map and directions with you.

Further Information

If you would like to run one way only, there are buses that run from Palm Beach to Manly (interchange at Dee Why or Warringah Mall) fairly regularly (every 20 mins).

See for details.

Multiple Finishers

Hamburglar (3) Milov (2) Sir Runalot (2) Sportsman (2)

All time 60k finshers list

TatteBinger 4:59 (2008)

Milov 5:26 (2009)

Milov 5:27 (2008)

Paul Every 5:27 (2008)

John Mergler 5:29 (2008)

Stephen Johnson 5:40 (2012)

Sir Runalot 5:46 (2010)

Paul Sholl 5:50 (2012)

Hamburglar 5:50 (2011)

Hamburglar 5:53 (2010)

Spud 6:14 (2009)

Sir Runalot 6:14 (2009)

Hamburglar 6:27 (2007)

Sportsman 6:38 (2009)

Sportsman 6:59 (2007)

RunMickeyRun 7:18 (2010)

Lisa1979 7:35 (2010)

RawAussieAthlete 7:35 (2010)

Dutchie 7:55 (2010)

EverReadyBunny 7:55 (2010)

2012 Results


Stephen Johnson (5:40) Paul Sholl(5:50)


Johnbo RodtheHornet Hamburglar Anne Victor Koala1 Michael Hanavan Ninjette

2011 Results


Hamburglar (5:50)


StephenJ (2:4x)

Couldhavebeen (2:4x)

Johnbo (2:48)

Sailaway (2:5x)

ozsprouts (2:5x)


RunMikeyRun (30k - Mona Vale/Manly Return)

Slug (20k)

2010 Results


Sir Runalot (5:46)

Hamburglar (5:53)

RunMickeyRun (7:18)

Lisa1979 (7:35)

RawAussieAthlete (7:35)

Dutchie (7:55)

ERB (7:55)


Sailaway (2:32) – Mona Vale return

David C (3:13)

Ted west (3:13)

GarthMc (3.31)

Briony (3.31)

Koala1 (3:41)

Anne Victor (3:41)

2 x other non CR's (3:41)

38k – Newport return - Juzz (4:35)

2009 Results

Milov 5:26

Spud 6:14

Sir Runalot 6:14

Sportsman 6:38

14 others did the 30k or other combinations

2008 Results


TattieBinger: 4:59

Paul Every: 5:27

Milov: 5:27

John Mergler: 5:29


JDW: 2:34

Owen: 2:34

MissZ: 2:47

Lakeside: 2:47

Redrunner: ??

Megan: ??

PlodBod: 3:39

gav1866: 3:39

Koala1: 4:10

Anne Victor: 4:10

2007 Results


Hamburglar: 6:27 - (Race report here.)

Sportsman: 6:59


TallGeoff: 2:59

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