Numbers boosted by NY runners

23:03, Dec 02 2012
Theresa Dalzell and Annabelle Latz
Glenda Francis, Mel Gosling and supporter Richard Kundycki
Jason Schoengold from New York
Brett Forgesson. Fourth place in the full marathon
Chris Dunell. Second place in the full marathon
Simon Leaning from Nelson won the full marathon
Paul Ginningham
Lorri Taylor and Lesley Avery
Harold The Giraffe
Jeremy McKenzie winner of the half marathon.
Mary Haughey 11, Shannon McLean 11 and Sharleen Marfell.
Stella Blake and Rachel Quigley
Graham Gillespie on his way to a full marathon
Johnny Materoa entertains the runners on the Henry St bridge in Blenheim
Miles and miles of runners running miles and miles
Karen Dzialdowski from Australia
Jeremy McKenzie hard on the heels of early leader, Chris Booth of Blenheim
Start of the half marathon
Anna Straker and Lizzie Corbin
Simon Leaning, Stu Cottam and Jayden Anker

More than 1100 runners including athletes from Poland, Switzerland and Japan were entered in the third annual New World Marlborough Marathon on Saturday.

Nine-year-old Marlborough boy Fergus Greer was the youngest finisher in the half marathon, while fellow half marathon runner Ray Bennet, 78, from Christchurch, was the oldest.

New World Marlborough Marathon organising spokesman Duncan Mackenzie said the field had been boosted by 25 to 30 runners who had planned to run the New York marathon, which was cancelled last month after tropical storm Sandy flooded the city.

Newstalk ZB newsreader Niva Retimanu was part of a group of 10 people who came south from Auckland after missing out on the New York marathon and she said her experience here had more than made up for the disappointment in New York. Despite being the last runner across the finishing line after six hours and 43 minutes, Ms Retimanu said she was blown away by the Marlborough supporters who gave her a standing ovation.

She and her whole group were planning to return to run next year's race. "We're so happy we came. Take nothing away from New York, we've all fulfilled our dreams and two of the group have said ‘It's better in Blenheim'."

New Yorker Jason Schoengold, who has run the previous two New York marathons, was also impressed with the Marlborough support and praised the region for putting on a great event.

Mr Schoengold was a late entry into the half marathon, finding out about the event only on Friday, but he said the run was a dream come true.

"I'm travelling for six months around the world and one of the things I really wanted to do while I was away was run a race in a cool place with great scenery. It was a great course, awesome scenery, one of the most fortuitous things that's happened."


The Marlborough Express