Event: Cad­burys Dunedin Marathon events

Walking New Zealand - - Contents - Words by John Stin­son

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.

Pho­tos by seenin­dunedin.co.nz

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