Event: Cadburys Dunedin Marathon events
The 2013 Cadbury Dunedin Marathon plus Half Marathon Run and Half Marathon Recreational Walk held on a Sunday in September turned out to be another hugely successful event for Dunedin and also for event organisers, the Caversham Harrier and Athletic Club.
Major sponsor Cadbury Ltd has filled this vital role for 26 years, a record that would surely prove hard to equal.
Numbers over the three events totalled 2064, an excellent result for the organisers. Full marathon numbers totalled 227 an increase of 23 on 2012 providing a further indication of the increased appeal the marathon distance now holds for competitors.
Weather conditions on the day were fine and sunny following heavy overnight rain with the prevailing sou-west breeze assisting competitors on their route along the Cycleway and State Highway 88 to Port Chalmers.
Out on the course everything flowed smoothly with traffic diversions working well under the expertise of Fulton Hogan Ltd and competitors happy to carry out instructions received from marshalls.
The extension of the Cycleway down to St.Leonards meant an additional distance for competitors to enjoy the wonderful harbour views away from the restrictions imposed by the State Highway.
Organisers are looking forward to the time when the Cycleway extension will be completed all the way to Port Chalmers.
The race headquarters were once again at the Forsyth Barr Stadium which provided an
ideal venue for distribution of race packs and also for Post Race Presentations. Thanks to Dunedin venues management for their cooperation in making the stadium facilities available for the weekend.
The 427 Recreational Walkers seemed to universally enjoy their participation in the Half Marathon and their many positive post race comments were much appreciated. First walker home was Roger Leslie in an impressive time of 1.53.27 followed by Jonathan Lord 1.55.17, Stephanie Ross (First woman) 2.19.35, Wayne Porteous 2.22.25, Brent Sutherland 2.28.22 and Margaret Jones 2.28.46.
Hopefully all walkers achieved their pre race goals and are looking forward to participating again next year.
The presentations and spot prize awards held in an upstairs suite at the Forsyth Barr Stadium were well attended and provided a relaxed and informal climax to the days proceedings.
It was good to have the Mayor of Dunedin, Dave Cull, on hand to present a number of the full Marathon prizes.
The organising committee were again greatly appreciative of the generosity shown by all the firms and organisations who provided such a wonderful range of spot prizes for distribution to a number of lucky competitors.
The Caversham Harrier Club Marathon Organising Committee hope to see everyone back again on Sunday September 14th 2014 for the 36th staging of the Cadbury Dunedin Marathon.