Inaugural trail run has sights on wide appeal

Yealands Yak
Yealands Yak

Entries are flooding in for the first Yealands Yak all-women endurance team trail run.

The race on Saturday is being run for the first time after top Nelson-based multi-sport athlete Nathan Faavae came up with the concept of an all-female endurance running event.

It won't be all sweat and effort though with the whole family invited to enjoy a day of good food, wine and entertainment after the race.

"Yealands approached me about possibly doing a half-marathon and they have a great venue for it, but there are a number of those already so we decided on this six-hour endurance team race. It works well from a social point because teams can have up to five members and only two need to be on the course at one time," Nathan says.

While there will be those who go hard out to win, there will be a lot of teams who will enter as social competitors, and one can jog or walk around the trails, he says. The team that racks up the most laps over the six hours wins.

Yealands sales and marketing executive Hayley Mccairnes says the runners will be rewarded for their efforts with a specially made limited edition bottle of vintage Yealands Estate YAK sauvignon blanc and a meal. Their families are welcome to come along and enjoy some food too, as well as live band Grumpy Monkey.

Further entertainment will be provided by More FM, who will be there to compere the event.

Seddon School have also been invited to do some fundraising. For young children there will be a bouncy castle to play on.

Nathan and Hayley are very pleased with entry numbers.

"We were aiming for about 300, we can cater for more but we will be very happy with that for the first year. The first year of any event is always interesting but we are looking forward to seeing how this goes," he says.

Nathan also runs the Spring Challenge all-women adventure race but says he doesn't know any other event like the Yealands Yak.

The event is open to women of all fitness levels. Entry is at

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