Date: 3 April
Gerry at about 6.5km. The morning was just cool enough to justify starting with a second layer.
A drizzle to keep us cool.
Passing the middle bridge of the 3 Bridges event.
Nice walkway next to the river for miles and miles.
Not too far from the river mouth.
Gerry sharing high-fives with Graeme.
On the way back. We were too pre-occupied to think about taking pics between the last few kilometres and the start of the event.
By this time the sun was very hot!
Gerry going strong after about 21km.
A prominent feature in Whanganui.
City centre. Only about 7km to go.
I am finding it increasingly more difficult to write objectively about events. Simply because I love doing events! The vibe, the people, the support, the fact that you get your training done with others – what’s not to like? Continue reading
Some time ago, we dreamed up the 5-in-5-in-5 Challenge as a way to keep us motivated and out of trouble. In a nutshell, the challenge involves running five full marathons over 5 consecutive weekends (from 30 April to 29 May) in less than 5 hours each. But there’s more… Since the fourth weekend of the challenge period is totally devoid of any running events in New Zealand even approaching the marathon distance, our challenge also means we will have to stage our own marathon in order to complete the challenge. We considered various options, including running the route of one of the existing marathons in our region, but in the end, to simplify issues such as hydration and nutrition during an unsupported long run, we came up with an alternative solution. Continue reading
Date: 20 March
Distance: 21.1 (20.4km with our GPS)
Previous: 2014, 2015
We were still casually hanging around the town square when the announcer said “30 seconds to the start!”, so we ended up starting right at the back – a position we defended successfully for the full first lap.
Fun and games amongst the grape vines.
Aid stations also competed in the fancy dress department, with this group dressed in an assortment of onesies and sleepwear.
Not far into the first lap we stopped to start sampling some of the produce from the local wine farms.
Each aid station featured live music, adding to the great vibe of the event.
The winning Zombie/Walking Dead aid station.
More entertainment from one of the friendly local musos.
In addition to the wine, fresh fruit was the order of the day.
Some garage rock, literally.
Checking time (not that it matters in this event!)
Enjoying the en route entertainment.
The course passes through the local school, which is the main beneficiary of the event.
Some costumes were more, uhm, unique than others!
Some amusing signs to keep us smiling.
The obligatory selfie – and what a great setting for it!
Incredible to even see a bride and bridesmaids among the fancy dress teams.
Reaching the finish, a.k.a. party central.
The bridal party finishing in high spirits.
What an amazing turnout! This race keeps getting bigger each year, and rightfully so.
Team All Sorts – perhaps not the most inspiring costumes of the day, but we had a huge amount of fun.
The Round the Vines saw its 21st running in 2016. And what a fantastic turnout (1500) for this amazing event. It is hard to believe that Martinborough, as such a small town, is able to put on such a mammoth size event. The organisers are doing something right! But who can fault this jolly-great-most-enjoyable event? Continue reading