marathon

By PHILIP CHANDLER Spare a thought for five Queenstown triathletes entering New Zealand’s biggest ironman after being mucked around this month. Aaron Fleming, who’s tackling Taupo’s Ironman NZ for an incredible 10th time, Paul Preston, who has completed three full ironmans...
By PHILIP CHANDLER An annual high country run behind Queenstown is introducing a gruelling ultra run as it celebrates its 10th anniversary this tomorrow. Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon, on Ben Lomond Station, is adding the 56km ‘Moonlight Ultra’ to its 10km,...

True confession of 100 Miler

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstowner tackling one of New Zealand’s biggest ultraruns this weekend admits she doesn’t even like running. Instead, showjumping rider Lucy Olphert, who’s running the scenic Tarawera  ultramarathon 100 Miler (165.2km), says she’s doing it for the challenge. ‘‘My...

Making tracks all the time

By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstowner's soft-launched a business that times your runs or walks any time you want. Conceived during lockdown, Official Tracks is the brainwave of Tuki Huck, who wanted people to enjoy their own running experience without anything needing...
By TRACEY ROXBURGH Wayne Foley couldn’t really move from his couch for the past fortnight. Yet on last Saturday, buoyed on by about $43,000 in donations, the Wakatipu High School Foundation chair managed to run, walk and weave 42km in the...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Queenstown International Marathon's boss is still hopeful the resort's biggest one-day event - which last year had a record field of 12,000-plus - can run again this November, despite the current Covid-19 ban on big events. Dave Beeche,...

Sweating Motatapu

By HUGH COLLINS Nearly 4000 athletes are set to charge through the hills between Wanaka and Arrowtown this weekend during the 16th Macpac Motatapu. The Motatapu's grown to incorporate seven different running and biking events across two days - it's the...

Cancer sufferer’s marathon

A Queenstown-raised woman who's battled devastating cervical cancer is running tomorrow's Honolulu Marathon, in Hawaii, to support others who've undertaken her journey. Auckland-based Vivian-Lee Rewi, 29, fell pregnant with her first baby last year, but was then diagnosed with cervical...
A determined Queenstowner realised an 18-year-long dream by completing last Sunday's famous New York City Marathon. Pauline Bianchi says "it was an experience of a lifetime, it was more than I ever imagined". "Imagine running through a massive party from start...
Despite debilitating injuries, Queenstowner Pauline Bianchi can't wait to make the start-line of Sunday's New York City Marathon. The 48-year-old art gallery owner has had the world's biggest marathon, which attracts more than 50,000 runners, on her bucket list after...
Buoyed by two fine performances earlier this year, Queenstown marathon runner/triathlete Jason Hall kicks off his season with the Auckland Marathon at the end of this month. The 26-year-old won the Tahiti-Mooera Marathon in March, then finished 14th in his...
Arrowtowner Wayne Foley is doing more than just walk the walk for a cause that's dear to him. After months of hard yards, the 57-year-old is running his first marathon next Saturday – the annual Air New Zealand Queenstown International...
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