Runners line up for Buller marathon

Susie Aviss heads Marlborough's contingent contesting tomorrow's annual Buller Gorge Marathon at Westport.

The former world age-group duathlon champion lines up alongside fellow Marlburians Glenda Garing-Phelan and Ron Adams in the 42.2km event.

Contesting the half marathon is a much larger group including new Awatere premier rugby coach Glenn Blackmore, Marlborough Harrier Club veteran Allister Leach and the ageless Lionel Graham, first in the 60-69 years category last year. Grant Craig, Kevin Ellis, Jess Barnes and her father Robbie are others competing in the 21.1km section.

Last year's overall full marathon winners, Simon Mardon and Paula Canning from Nelson, are back, although Canning is only doing the 21.1km event this time. In the half marathon, Phil Costley from Nelson is odds on favourite to win the men's crown.

The Marlborough Express