Event Update May 2018

Harrison Event Updates

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Kia ora all potential runners/walkers and interested parties. This is event update 3 as we are just a month out from event date. There will probably be 1 more update between now and event day (Sun 24th June). Please pass on this info to anyone else who may be interested! Additionally, a race information sheet will go out to those on the mailing list & be posted on the Facebook page/ Website a few days before the event

Please Note: The Heart of Biking Cycle Trust have done a great job of repairing/ reinstating The Great Taste Trail from Richmond to Best Island Road after February’s extensive storm damage. However, please be aware that the track will be little rougher/muddier/uneven than on previous years. So please watch your footing & the track condition may have some bearing upon on what ‘ shoes’ you decide to wear on event day!

Not taking part on race day? or willing to help before? Helpers needed: As with any event of this nature it always requires a few selfless people who are willing to help do some behind the scenes stuff prior to the event! & the many, many people who put aside all/ or part of event day to make it all come together! So….. if you have a partner/ friend/ older kid that’s gonna be there & wants to help, ..or you have a bit of time to help in the days before or straight after the event….. or you end up being on the injured list but would still like to be involved in some way I’d love to hear from you! I’ve compiled a list below (that’s not exhaustive) of things we’ll require some help with either shortly before or on the day of the event. If you think would like to or you might be able to help with a particular job I’d appreciate it if you could send an email to us via the website & I’ll get back to you! Thanks!

BEFORE THE EVENT: putting out advance warning signs & marking out KM markers for the course sometime after Queen’s Birthday weekend:

Taking registrations the day before event (Sat 23rd June) at the Shoe Clinic (9-4p.m.) I will roster people in for hour long (or more) blocks :

Helping to sort out gear at or around the Honest Lawyer & putting out signs & arrows on the course the day before the event (Sat 23rd June) I split the people available into 2 teams:

EVENT DAY: Helping to put out drink stations & get set up Early Morning of event day (from about 5 a.m.)

Drink stations to man (could do solo?). Depending on where? You will need your own transport. Preferably deliver stuff to you beforehand so you can set up yourself (particularly Rabbit Is crew) :

Taking registrations at the Honest Lawyer from early on the morning of the event (from 7 a.m.):

Doing runner check in & head count before wave starts :

The all important Timekeeping/event finish & data entry crew: Vitally important!! Helper/s to take people’s race nos:, & compile/ collate results

Helpers around for the day (i.e. ferrying stuff to Rabbit Is. as needed, administering first aid to finishers if needed?), any help at any time really between 7 a.m. & 3 p.m much appreciated:


Helpers to make sure all the gear has been collected in & signs taken down etc. 3 or 4 people with own transport (1-4 p.m. ish):

Helpers at the prize giving to put out spot prizes, call out winners, hand over prizes etc. 2 or 3 people (3-4.30 ish):

Helpers to clear up around the Honest lawyer after the event

Registration:  On the website we have a simple online process for registration. Huge thanks to Harrison Dean and Harness Communications (http://harness.kiwi/) for making this possible! The process includes making a voluntary donation to either, or both, of our chosen charities as your entry fee (The Mental Health Foundation or The Heart of Biking Cycle Trust). Secure donations can be made by credit/debit card via links on the website. If you don’t have a credit card then you can simply make a manual/cash donation into the collection tin when picking up your race number the day before the event or at the event itself!

The registration process asks for your name, your gender, and the event you have entered (i.e. marathon, 2 person marathon relay, or the 6 person relay). In the case of the 2 person relay team then the details for ‘both’ of you will be asked for along &, in the case of the 6 person relay team, the details of the ‘team captain’ & all the other team members will be asked for along with a team name.  For all events you will be asked to give your estimated time for completion. If your honestly estimated time for yourself, or your team, is over 4 hrs for completion you can indicate if you want an early start. For each solo marathoner, or relay team of 2 or 6, you will be asked to give an emergency contact person and their phone number for event day (you never know?).

For the solo ‘full marathon only’ you will indicate if you are a first time marathoner. As a simple, low-key, event categories the only categories remain as Male/ Female for the marathon run, & ‘mixed’ category for everything else (marathon walk, & relays) as well as if you are a walker or runner (or walk/running team). Simple as that, regardless of age…You know how old you are and how you have compared with your similarly aged peers! At this stage the number of entrants to events is not limited!

Please register with your details beforehand so we can have things prepared and ready for you all. However, we hope to still have entries available up to and including on race day

Race numbers will be available for collection the day before the event (Sat 23rd June) at The Shoe Clinic, Bridge St, NN. The registration here will be manned from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. It would be appreciated if you could pick up your race number & be registered in the day before so as to speed up things on event day! When picking up your race number please bring along a little small something to donate as a spot prize! You can send someone else to pick up your registration so long as they know your details (& bring along a spot prize to donate!)

Categories of events available:

Full Marathon Run 42.2km (solo) Male or Female (no age groups)
NB Just because you enter as a runner doesn’t mean you can’t walk a bit as needs be!
Full Marathon Walk (i.e. walk the whole way!) Not differentiated by gender or age
Marathon Relay
(i.e. 2 person team, tag at at Rabbit Is. Change shed)

Note: leg 1= 23km, leg 2 = 19km. You can enter the relay either as a 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’!).  Relay teams will not be differentiated by gender or age so mixed teams (1 male, 1 female) are encouraged for fairness!      

6 person relay: 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 ‘ALL’ team members must walk ‘all the way’!).

The 6 person relay is supported by Waimea Harriers & is open to all. Please note that, in order to enter this event, you must have your whole team pre-arranged, although team members can run more than 1 leg as needed,…or as they want? & changes to team members can be made (& notified to event organisers) up to event day. The legs are varying distances (from around 5 km to around 9 km) with the change over points at drink stations. Approximate distances given below!

Leg 1        9.2 km; Leg 2       6.4  km;  Leg 3       8 km; Leg 4       7.2 km; Leg 5       6.4 km; Leg 6       5 km

6 person relay teams will need to keep their own split times for each leg if they want a record of them. Team times at Rabbit Is, & at the finish, will be recorded/taken by organisers.

NB Half way in the marathon (i.e. 21.1 km) lies on the footpath besides Ken Beck Drive a little to the north of where Bullivant Rd [Forestry Road] crosses the path & will be marked

Drink/aid stations: Largely these remain the same as the previous 3 years being approx every 5-6 kms. The locations of drink stations are- 1: Adjacent to the Honest Lawyer when returning from a lap of the Monaco peninsular (4km), 2: adjacent to the camper van car park at the end of Fittal St (off Beach Rd) RMD, (9 km). 3. Lower Queen St/Speedway Corner 15.5 km 4. Redwood Rd crossing 19.5 km 5. Rabbit Island beachfront 23km.

Then on the return 6.  26 km (Redwood Rd crossing), 7. 30 km (Lower Queen St/Speedway Corner), 8. 36.5 km (Camper van park).

PLEASE NOTE: The drink station water is limited & please ONLY FOR PARTICPANTS RUNNING/WALKING PAST OR THOSE THAT HAVE JUST FINISHED A RELAY LEG. Not for filling up your drink bottle if you’re a spectator. This was a bit of an issue last year! Thanks!

Drink stations will be water only with the exception of Rabbit Island (approx 23 km) that will also serve an electrolyte drink, most likely Replace & will also have lollies available.

If you have your own ‘special drinks’ you wish put out at Rabbit Island only please leave these in a designated box at the race start by 8.30 a.m. & clearly label with your race no: Rabbit Island is approx 23 km [halfway & a bit]

The donation of a spot prize: It has also become a feature of the event that all participants are asked to donate a spot prize for the prize table. Pretty much anything goes! So drop in a spot prize of some kind when you pick up your race number or, pass them on to me (Stu Cottam) beforehand if you know you’ll see me around!

First time marathoners: You are particularly welcome as a first time marathoner and will receive a commemorative medal if you complete the distance (see inset image). Your first time is a big deal!!

All solo marathoners who complete the distance (running or walking) will receive a commemorative certificate!

Start times:

 8 a.m. for all Full marathon ‘walkers’ & 2 person marathon ‘walking’ teams (+ for those who have requested it during the registration process!’) i.e. 4 hr+ marathoners.

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

Time cut offs!: Hopefully everyone off the course by 3 p.m.? (i.e. 7 hours after 8 a.m.!)

The Course once again includes: a) A full loop of the Monaco peninsular after starting (i.e. we don’t cut across the middle of the island anymore on Rainier St), b) shortest route closest to the estuary through Sandeman reserve (by the MDF plant) at approx 12km (i.e. deviates right [on the outward leg]off the cycle trail for approx 200m); c) After leaving the Rabbit Is beachfront change shed, participants return straight onto the cycle trail

Direction Signs:  As well as the conventional pink arrows to mark directions  we will again be using ‘Racey Rabbit’ direction markers on stakes such as this one to indicate which direction to go!

Relay Walkers/Runner’s transport

2 person relay: If you are running/ walking the first half of the relay (from Monaco to Rabbit Is.) you must arrange your own transport back. Most likely the vehicle team member 2 has used to get to Rabbit Is. will be your transport back? Team member 2: Please be mindful of leaving for Rabbit Is. In plenty of time for change over & driving/ parking considerately so as not to get in the way of participants at the change over point! This point is ‘over half way’ for the first relay runner (i.e. the first runner/ walker will do about 23km & the 2nd runner/walker around 19km) we will mark the half way point so you can take your time there if you want, it just makes more sense to do the changeover at the change sheds!

6 person relay: Just 1 support vehicle per team please to avoid congestion, & park considerately ‘off’ the course (i.e. not on the cycle trail or in front of trail to road exits). Please be mindful of dropping off the next leg walker/runner in plenty of time for change over!

Post race massage: e hope to again have post race massages (15 mins worth) available close to the race finish (post race from approx 12. 00p.m.) ‘for event participants’. There will be a small charge for this so please bring some change! (Thanks to Anel & The Body Project)

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!

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. Results should be available 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! We will have electronic timing clocks at the race finish (thanks to Athletics Nelson)!

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.

Many of these events are organised by Athletics Nelson or Waimea Harriers & are open to all. Sometimes a small entry fee may apply. Times for events may change but Saturday events usually start at 2.30pm. Please check on their website though!


Sat 26th  Wallace Shield 1 Cross country (approx 5 km, cross country) – Rabbit Island (W)


Sat 2nd Winter Fell Run Series race 1. Barnicoat’s Fell Run (approx 10 km) Meet at car park at the top of Marsden Valley Road for 2.30pm start. Exact course brief on day but it will be up and down.

Coach Greg’s Cross Country Run, Saxton Field (W) (approx 5 km, cross country) Ath NN 2.30 p.m.

Sun June 3rd The Chch marathon/half marathon/10km http://www.christchurchmarathon.co.nz/info/race-day/

Sat 9th  Wallace Shield 2 Cross country (approx 5 km, cross country)  – Saxton Field (W)

Sun 10th Mt Vernon Grand traverse (approx 18km, off road) Wither Hills, Blenheim. See: http://www.harriers.net.nz/events/mtvernon/

Sat 16th Winter Fell Run Series race 2. Grampian’s Fell Run (approx 10 km) Meet at Fairfield Park bandstand between Van Diemen and Brougham Streets for 2.30pm start. Exact course brief on day but it will be up and down.

Tahuna Beach café Run (approx 7 km, some off road)  – Ath NN

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/

Prize Giving:

Prize giving will commence at approx 3 p.m. and, weather permitting, will be held outside at the rear of the Honest Lawyer

Trophies will be awarded to the first male and first female marathoners & the winning 6 person relay team. Small prizes and medals will be awarded to the first 3 men and women marathoners, and the first 3 run and walk relay teams (2 person & 6 person), regardless of gender. Spot prizes will be randomly drawn throughout prize giving with spot prizes having been donated by participants and, we hope, a couple of major spot prizes can be drawn at the end! It is hoped to be completed by 4 p.m.

Food by payment: By popular demand, & supplied by the Honest Lawyer, we will again have a ‘limited’ supply of hot soup of rolls available at the finish for a $5 donation to cover costs! Only for participants please!

Current Race Records:
Full Marathon Run: Male-    2016 Aditya Kesarcodi-Watson 2hr 39min 20sec (current holder of the Racey Rabbit trophy)
Female- 2014 Colette Reid 3hr 18m 01s

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

Marathon 2 person Relay (Run)   2016 Flossie Van Dyke & Harrison Dean 2hr 51min 26sec
(Walk) 2016 Kathryn Cocker & Alan West 5hr 7min 45sec.

Well, that’s about it for now! We will put out more race info. Via the website closer to the date! Please also check in with the event Facebook page for any updates!


Stu Cottam

“You should run your first marathon for the right reasons, because you’ll never be the same person again”

Bill Wenmark, running coach