Event Update 26/05/16 – The “REMINDER” Update

Harrison Event Updates

Kia ora all potential runners/walkers and interested parties. This is event update 4 as we are less than a month out from event date. This will probably be the last update although a race info. Sheet (to look at/print off) between now and event day (Sun 19th June) will be emailed out to you, & will be available on the website, Facebook site, & event registration on 18th June. Please pass on this info to anyone else who may be interested!

REMINDER: Monies raised for charity!: Your kind donation to either The Mental Health Foundation or The Heart of Biking Cycle Trail Trust is greatly appreciated. 100% of anything you donate as your entry fee goes to charity! All other costs related to the event are covered by sponsors & volunteers! Please support our sponsors & helpers!

REMINDER: Registration:  We have a simple online process for registration available via the event’s website up. Please register for the event beforehand. We do not email to confirm registration but the process seems to be working fine at the mo’ with around 70 people registered (as of 20/05). We may display entrant’s names on the website shortly before the event. Online entries close on Weds 15th June.

REMINDER: On line Registration, solo marathoners: If you’re entering as a solo marathoner, where it says (“name of 2nd runner”) this is just for those entering the 2 person relay! You can leave this blank!

REMINDER: On line Registration, 2 Person Relay Please note that if your are entering the 2 person relay then please ‘check’ the box to enter as a ‘ mixed team’ regardless of gender of the 2 people. All 2 person relay teams are classified as Mixed Teams!

REMINDER: Early Start (8 a.m.) Only if, your honestly estimated time is likely to be over 4 hrs for the full marathon then check the box on the online registration site for wanting an early start i.e. 8 a.m. Only those indicating they wish an early start (beforehand) should be starting at 8 a.m.! Please don’t decide on the morning as it kind of mucks up the timing & number of runners/ walkers count!

REMINDER: Spot prizes: Everyone will go home with a spot prize!! Please remember to bring along a small something to donate as a spot prize when you register in on Sat 18th June! Spot Prizes will be randomly drawn throughout prize giving……. & we hope, a couple of major spot prizes to draw at the end!

REMINDER: Pre- race Registration & race nos: Sat 18th June 9-4 p.m. at The Shoe Clinic, Bridge St, NN. All entrants must come along then & pick up their race no: Each entrant will be allocated with a race number & entered into the timing system! You can send along someone else to pick it up so long as they also bring along a little something for the spot prize collection!

REMINDER: Categories available for entries: Full Marathon Run 42.2km (solo) Runner: Male or Female
Walk (i.e. walk the whole way!) Not differentiated by gender
Marathon Relay
(i.e. 2 person team) Not differentiated by gender RUN team (i.e. where at least one of the team members runs at least some of the way) or WALK team (i.e. where both the team must walk ‘all the way’!).                         

REMINDER: 6 person relay: In conjunction with the event The Waimea Harriers are also running a 6 person relay! The event is open to all; you do not have to be a club member of any kind! The legs are varying distances (from around 6km to around 9 km) and this event is also free. See  http://www.waimeaharriers.nz/mid-winter-relay and/or contact Ian Courtenay relay@waimeaharriers.nz  Online Entries close Sat 11th June!

REMINDER: Age categories:  I have decided (for this year) to remain with just having the categories of Male/ Female for the marathon, so this is why your age is not asked for in the registration process. Two categories, Male & female, simple as that, regardless of age…

REMINDER: Drink Stations: Will be available approx. every 5 km but will be very basic (i.e. just water & may be help yourself!) We will have some provision for taking ‘special; drinks to the stations at Rabbit Is (approx 23 km) & RMD Camper van park (approx 9km & 36 km) We may also have some electrolyte drink & lollies available at Rabbit Is…but don’t rely on it! Toilets are available at the race start, & at approx 10km (MDF Plant); 23km (Rabbit Is); 33km (MDF plant) & race finish!

REMINDER: Prize Giving: At the Honest Lawyer (hopefully outside, at the rear if the weather’s ok?) & hoping to start at 3 p.m. & be finished by 4 p.m. (In the Barn building at the rear if the weather’s no good!)

REMINDER: First time marathoner: You will receive a commemorative medal if you complete the marathon distance FOR YOUR FIRST TIME EVER! Please indicate this (honestly!) when registering online. Your first time is a big deal!!

REMINDER: Solo marathoners: All of you who complete the marathon distance (running or walking) will receive a commemorative certificate! This will probably be a ‘self- complete’ certificate!

REMINDER: Food by payment: We will have hearty soup & rolls available close to the race finish (post race from approx 12.30) ‘for event participants’. To cover costs we request $5 (cash) per person for this. The soup went very quickly last year! PLEASE BRING ALONG SOME $s FOR THIS [NO EFTPOS!] The Honest Lawyer also has a wide range of meals & bar foods available for purchase.

REMINDER: Post race massage: This year we will have post race massages (15 mins worth) available close to the race finish (post race from approx 12. 00p.m.) ‘for event participants’. Payment is by donation to charity (minimum $2) . Again, bring some change for this! (Thanks to Anel & The Body Project)

REMINDER: Start times: 8 a.m. for all Full marathon ‘walkers’ & 2 person marathon ‘walking’ teams + (‘& only for those who request it during the registration process!’) 4 hr+ marathoners.                                                

9 a.m. (i.e. full marathon runners & 2 person relay runners + 6 person relay teams)

REMINDER: Time cut offs!: Hopefully everyone off the course by 3 p.m.? (i.e. 7 hours!)

REMINDER: Parking: No parking ‘at the rear’ (i.e. behind) The Honest Lawyer on event day, although there should be ample parking in the main car park & nearby reserve car park. You may also park on the Stoke side of the Songer St overbridge & walk over (approx 200m). Be considerate & careful if arriving between 8 a.m. & 8.30 a.m. as the walkers & early starters will be heading off then & will cross the main vehicle entranceway to the Honest Lawyer twice!

REMINDER: Race results: We are aiming again to record all participants’ times & to, hopefully, have at least a draft copy available to look at by prize giving! Times should (again hopefully) include a split time for all participants at Rabbit Is. Change shed/ drink station. 6 person teams should keep their own times for ach leg! Although we will know your halfway & finishing times! Results should be available  in the evening or the day after on the website & may be emailed out to those on our email list. We will also post them on Running Websites : such as Cool Running! This year we will also (hopefully) have electronic timing clocks at the race finish (thanks to Athletics Nelson)!

REMINDER: Warm up events:  Below are a few, suggested, local (ish) events to consider having a crack at along the way to building up for your marathon.

Sat 28th May 2.30 p.m. Wallace Shield 2 – Saxton Field. A 5km or so Cross Country organised by Waimea Harriers (no need to be a member)  Small entry fee for non-members!
Sat 04th June 2.30 p.m. Pack Run/ social – Sprig & Fern Mapua Approx 8 km organised by Waimea Harriers. Just turn up, (no need to be a member) Free

Sun June 5th The Chch marathon/half marathon/10km http://www.christchurchmarathon.co.nz/info/race-day/

Sat 11th June 11 the very popular Parkers Shield cross country (approx 10 km) at Happy Valley, Cable bay. Organised by Athletics Nelson (no need to be a member) Small entry fee for non-members.

Sun 12th June Mt Vernon Grand Traverse, Blenheim an 18km hill run up Mt Vernon, Wither Hills Farm park. With 950 meters of climbing and ascent to 422 meters. A challenging run! Organised by Marlborough harriers. $20 entry fee

Or if you enjoy ‘off road’ running you might want to join the local NELSON FELL (as in English name for hills) RUNNERS FACEBOOK GROUP. We’re very active! See: https://www.facebook.com/groups/164781800368993/

Race Records:

Full Marathon Run:
Male: 2014 Brian Kemp 2hr 47m 16s (current holder of the Racey Rabbit trophy)
Female: 2014 Colette Reid 3hr 18m 01s

Full Marathon walk mixed:
2015 Bevan Cook 5hr 10m 38s

Marathon 2 person Relay mixed :
Run: 2015 Alan Bryson & Pogo Patterson-McCauley 2hr58m 46s
Walk: 2015 Elaine & John Llewellin 5hr 24m 05s

Well, that’s about it for now!

I will put out any relevant, last minute, info. Via the website and Facebook page as we get closer to the date for the event! Please check in for any updates!


Stu Cottam 🙂