Running, walking, cycling and kayak enthusiasts have plenty to get their teeth into during the next few weeks as the countdown continues for several major events in Marlborough.
First up is the annual Alan Scott Family Wines Queen Charlotte Multisport race on Saturday, November 3. It comprises a 13km run from Mistletoe Bay to Anakiwa, in the Marlborough Sounds, followed by a 40km cycle to Waikawa Bay and an 8km kayak to the finish line at the Picton foreshore.
Race organiser Pete Yarrell is hoping for about 200 athletes to compete in an event, which caters for beginners up to the elite.
There's $1000 prizemoney up for grabs for the men's and women's solo winners. There are also the popular three-person and two-person team options.
There is also a half-marathon option from Lochmara Lodge, in the Sounds, to Anakiwa. Entries can be made on the website, queencharlotteclassic.co.nz.
The Marlborough Women's Triathlon is on Sunday, November 18. Organisers have brought back the 100m swim leg of the event, which for the past two years has effectively been a duathlon. The swim was taken out while the Marlborough Aquatic Centre complex was being completed.
The run/walk section has also had a change of route, most of it now along the banks of the Taylor River.
Event organising spokesman Duncan MacKenzie said the reason for changing the 7km run/walk section was safety, with the former Maxwell Rd route deemed too dangerous.
Registration takes place at Marlborough Lines Stadium. Competitors then walk to the start line at the Taylor River amphitheatre and racing starts at 9am. The run/walk finishes back at the stadium and the 14km cycle travels up towards the Taylor dam and return to the stadium for the 100m swim finish.
Entries are available at gomarlborough.net.nz or at local bike shops and Mitchell Sportslink.
The New World Marlborough Marathon is on Saturday, December 1, with full marathon, half, 10km and 5km options available, running and walking, apart from the marathon, which is a run only.
The new start/finish line is at Villa Maria Estate in New Renwick Rd.
A training series runs from the Taylor River amphitheatre from 8.30am each Sunday with run/walk options over 5km and 7km.
Entries for this event can be accessed from marlboroughmarathon.co.nz.
Clubs of Marlborough has a new event on Friday, November 23. It is a women's duathlon aimed at entry-level people.
It comprises an 800m run/walk from the Taylor River by the Clubs of Marlborough complex, followed by a 5.5km cycle to Rifle Range Dr at the Wither Hills walkway entrance then a 5km run/walk along the base of the Wither Hills, a cycle back to the near the start/finish line and a 200m dash to finish.
Entries are available at Avanti-Plus cycles in Queen St and at Clubs of Marlborough reception.
Meanwhile, those wanting to compete in next year's Saint Clair Vineyard half-marathon have an opportunity to access a training programme designed by All Blacks fitness and conditioning coach Nick Gill.
It is an interactive programme and the links to it are on the event website, vineyardhalf.com.
Event director Chris Shaw said there are three basic levels of programmes available. One is free on the half-marathon website, which can be downloaded, and there are others on the Training Peaks website, at a cost, which are personalised.
For those who have never run before, the programmes provide encouragement, guidance and support, Shaw said.
More than 2000 people competed in the event last year and Shaw is hoping to crack the 2500 mark in 2013.
Entries open early next month on the website.
Saturday, November 3 – Alan Scott Family Wines Queen Charlotte Multisport race
Sunday, November 18 – Marlborough Women's Triathlon
Friday November 23 – Clubs of Marlborough Women's Duathlon
Saturday, December 1 – New World Marlborough Marathon
- The Marlborough Express