Really cool turnout
Thousands were shivering from the cold at the start but they all had plenty to smile about at the finish.
A record 5362 enthusiasts ran and walked through bone-chilling wind and occasional sleet during yesterday's Christchurch SBS Marathon.
Despite the cold, St John reported no serious problems. The stars of the day were 10 superheroes, who mustered a world-record time and $10,000 for charity.
Christchurch Marathon winner Michael Aish was still satisfied with his performance yesterday, despite not breaking a 1985 record.
With the cross and head winds hitting the runners like "a brick wall" on parts of the course, the Colorado-based Aish abandoned his assault time of 2hr 15min 12sec, coasting home just over three minutes down on the record, but more than four minutes clear of second-placed Paul Martinico.
A sprint up Kilmore Street, to the finish shute, saw Australian Sandra Prosenica pass leader Kirsty Somers-Edgar with 300 metres to go and defend the women's title she won a year ago. The 43-year-old set a personal best of 2hr 52min 27sec, before collapsing at the finish.