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Record numbers turn out for first Wellington Marathon in three years


It took three years to get the thirty fifth Wellington Marathon to the beginning line, however on Sunday a report discipline of 5262 folks pounded the waterfront pavement.

Thought of one in every of New Zealand’s “Huge 5” working occasions, alongside the Auckland, Queenstown, Rotorua and Christchurch marathons, the Wellington Marathon had a number of postponements and cancellations through the pandemic.

However bouts of rain on Sunday morning didn’t postpone the runners and walkers this yr..

The half-marathon group of more than 3000 runners makes its way along Jervois Quay.

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The half-marathon group of greater than 3000 runners makes its method alongside Jervois Quay.

Occasion supervisor Michael Jacques stated regardless of the showers and chilly situations, the occasion went off with out a hitch.

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“It’s been a fairly slick day. It’s been wonderful the quantity of runners who’ve simply been gracious and glad that the occasions gone on. Thanking us for hanging in there.”

Jacques stated it felt nice to lastly be capable to stage the thirty fifth occasion after Covid-19 disruptions since 2019.

The Kids Magic Mile had plenty of keen participants.

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The Children Magic Mile had loads of eager individuals.

“This occasion’s been three years lengthy… and it’s been quite a lot of stress attempting to maintain sponsors alive over a three-year interval when you’ll be able to’t run an occasion.”

The occasion included the complete marathon, half-marathon, 10km and Children Magic Mile.

Race winners

Wellington’s Sam McCutcheon​ was favorite to take the complete marathon title and received in a time of 2hrs 30min 09sec.

He stated he managed to maintain his goal tempo all through many of the race and was happy with the consequence.

“I went out attempting to maintain a good tempo and managed to till concerning the 32km mark, however then dropped a couple of seconds a kilometre. It unfolded fairly properly.”

Mike Voss​ of Rotorua took out the half-marathon in 1hr 07mins 13secs, forward of Wellington’s Toby Gualter​ and Nathan Tse​.

Lisa Brignull​ of Christchurch achieved her largest win so far to take out the ladies’s marathon in a time of 3hr 07mins 39secs.

Wellington’s Sarah Drought, who won the women’s half-marathon with a race record is congratulated by partner Dave Farmer.

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Wellington’s Sarah Drought, who received the ladies’s half-marathon with a race report is congratulated by accomplice Dave Farmer.

Wellington’s Sarah Drought​ received the ladies’s half-marathon with a race report time of 1hr 17mins 06secs.

The Wellington Harriers Membership runner was completely satisfied to sneak in underneath the earlier report regardless of the climate.

“The climate being a bit tough, it was arduous to understand how arduous to push it, however I discovered myself in group, most likely going sooner than perhaps I assumed was wise, however I felt good, so I saved pushing.

“I had a couple of tough kilometres on the finish, however I had that report in sight and managed to carry on.”

Wellington’s Seamus Kane​ took out the 10km race in 31 minutes and Annika Grogan​ was first girl in 35min.



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