Marathon hon­ours Ly­di­ard

Auckland City Harbour News - - Sport -

Leg­endary New Zealand run­ning coach Arthur Ly­di­ard is set to be hon­oured with a new marathon based on some of his favourite trails.

Al­though a 35km ver­sion of the race, called The Leg­end, has been run in west Auck­land for the last three years, Septem­ber 20 will be the first time it has been ex­tended to a full marathon dis­tance of 42.2km.

Olympians such as Murray Hal­berg, Peter Snell and Barry Magee honed their skills on Ly­di­ard’s Wa­iatarua en­durance train­ing cir­cuit, which is in­cluded in the race.

It starts from Shad­bolt Park in New Lynn, be­fore a 3.5km slog up the Wa­iatarua hill to Scenic Drive, along to Ti­ti­rangi and then down God­ley Rd.

It then ap­proaches the fin­ish line, be­fore it turn­ing into Golf Rd for the last 7.1km and fin­ish­ing where it started at Shad­bolt Park.

The first man and wo­man home each take away $5000, with an­other $8000 split among the next five men and women fin­ish­ers.

A fur­ther $6000 will go to an as­so­ci­ated half marathon, with the win­ners tak­ing $1500 each.

To down­load an en­try form visit www.the­leg end.co.nz.

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