Event Update April 2018

Harrison Event Updates


Entry categrories. Full marathon (Run/Walk. Male or Female); 2 person relay (Run/Walk. All as mixed teams regardless of make up)  + 6 Person relay teams (Run [or, if all 6 people walking!] Walk)

Kia ora all potential runners/walkers and interested parties. This is event update 2 as we are about two months out from event date. There will probably be 2 more updates between now and event day (Sun 24th June). Please pass on this info to anyone else who may be interested!

Registration:  We  have, on the website, a simple online process for registration. Huge thanks to Harrison Dean and Harness Communications (http://harness.kiwi/) for making this possible! The process is straightforward and 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). The Heart of Biking would be, I’m sure, very grateful for donations given the extension damage the track suffered in February’s storms. 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 &, in the case of the 6 person relay team, the details of the ‘team captain’ & all the other team members will be asked for.  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) 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: From this year we are proud to include the 6 person relay as an integral part of the event! The 6 person relay is supported by Waimea Harriers & is open to all; you do not have to be a club member of any kind! 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). The legs are varying distances (from around 5 km to around 9 km) with the change over point being 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.

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). 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]

Entry by voluntary donation & the donation of a spot prize: The entry fee is simply a voluntary donation to charity. We have suggested $20 p.p. as a reasonable amount but please feel free to donate more if you are able? The chosen charities are The Mental Health Foundation & The Heart of Biking Cycle Trail Trust (who built and maintain the cycle trail we run/walk along)

It has also become a feature of the event that all participants 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: remains more or less the same as the last 4 years with the slight changes of a) A full loop of the Monaco peninsular after starting (i.e. we don’t cut across the middle of the island anymore), b) shortest route through Sandeman reserve (by the MDF plant) at approx 12km (i.e. deviates off the cycle trail for approx 200m); c) After leaving the Rabbit Is beachfront change shed, participants return straight onto the cycle trail (i.e. no short ‘dog leg’ along beachfront as on previous years)

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!

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 12th May  Richmond Sprig & Fern 10km, Queen St  (W) Small entry fee for non-members

Sat 19th  Pelorus Bridge K-Trig run 2pm, meet at Pelorus Bridge Cafe. Joint event with Marlborough Harriers. No entry fee
Sat 26th  Wallace Shield 1 Cross country (approx 5 km, cross country) – Rabbit Island (W)


Sat 2nd  Oaklands Milk Run, Saxton Field (W) (approx 5 km, cross country) Ath NN

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  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 an approx. $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 J

“If you are losing faith in human nature, go and watch a marathon!”

Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston marathon in 1967! [illegally at that time, as a ‘men only’ event till 1972]