Good Yak leaves taste for more

20:15, Mar 03 2014
Yealands Yak
Beach run: Michelle Fox and Susie Jane Aviss, part of a team called MJs, run along the beach at Seddon during Saturday’s Yealands Yak.

Almost 300 women put in some hard yakka to complete the inaugural Yealands Yak on Saturday.

The All Women's Great Vineyard Race saw groups of women from across New Zealand compete in teams, either running or walking around Yealands Estate Seaview Vineyard - New Zealand's largest privately owned vineyard.

During the six-hour team trail event teams of two to five women walked, jogged or ran in pairs around vineyard trails of 2-8km.

Mjs team
MJ's team came in second: Ally Bamber, Michelle Fox, Nathan Faavae, Jacinda Thompson and Susie Aviss

Along the route teams had to collect different wine variety stamps for their team's passport.

The team that collectively covered the biggest distance was Cheryl Young, Pogo Macauley, Mandy Medcalf-Stephens and Tracy Perry with a time of four hours and 30 minutes.

For those teams partial to a little wine tasting, sampling was offered at the Yak village after the race.


Yealands Estate's general manager of marketing Michael Wentworth said it had been so successful organisers were already looking forward to next year's race.

"We are delighted with both the weather on the day and the running of the event," he said.

"Nearly every participant said they would be back next year and we will call for 2015 entries later this year."

The Yealands Yak is the work of Nathan Fa'avae, who is the organiser of the hugely popular women's Spring Challenge Adventure Race in Hokitika.

"We wanted to build an event that complements the Spring Challenge.

"When Yealands Wine Group invited us to the vineyard with the aim of having an event, we decided immediately that this was what we wanted," he said.

The Marlborough Express