Long-distance runs made more bearable



Ever wanted to complete a half marathon or marathon but didn’t think you’d find time to train?

Queenstown event organiser Adrian Bailey is opening up those events to a wider spectrum than just the super-fit with his inaugural ‘Coronet Peak-A-Thon’ fun run on January 29.

On a loop course starting and finishing at Coronet Peak skifield’s base building, runners/walkers complete one 5.25km lap every hour, on the hour, going as slow or fast as they like — then after four hours they’ll have knocked out a half marathon.

The dose is the same for the marathon, except it takes eight hours.

In each event, runners/walkers should enjoy decent rest time before tackling their next lap.

And in case Coronet Peak sounds daunting, Bailey says the course, devised by manager
Nigel Kerr, isn’t on the skifield itself and is ‘‘relatively flat with a couple of gradients you’re not really going to notice’’.

He got the idea after being approached, at short notice, to do a 50km ultra — with 6.79km
laps — earlier this year.

‘‘The whole emphasis is to get everyday people out there, people who’ve been wanting to do something of this nature for a long time but just haven’t had the time to train.’’

Coming when it does, ‘‘it’s a good way for people to kickstart their New Year, to do  something different and to surprise themselves’’.

Bailey envisages quite a social atmosphere at the base building transition area, with the cafeteria operating, live music pumping and supporters getting behind their runner/walker
while he/she rests, hydrates and refuels.

He says he’ll post registrations on his website, www.activeqt.co.nz, in the next week or so.