Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Sell Out Field Prepares For 2021 Hawke’s Bay Marathon

Runners from across New Zealand are preparing to take on next month’s New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty Hawke’s Bay Marathon, with the 2021 event selling out.

More than 8,000 competitors will make their way to the region for the fifth running of Hawke’s Bay Marathon on Saturday 15 May, with this year’s event set to be the biggest in its history.

The event will see runners test themselves across three distances, the Havana Coffee 10km, 2degrees Half Marathon and New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty Marathon, with all courses finishing at the iconic Elephant Hill Estate & Winery.

Dave Beeche, Managing Director of The IRONMAN Group Oceania, organisers of Hawke’s Bay Marathon, said that the event had received strong support from runners from across the country.

“We’re thrilled with the level of interest that we’ve had from runners from all over New Zealand, they’ve spoken with their feet and as a result we’re preparing for a sold-out Hawke’s Bay Marathon,” said Beeche. “The event has grown steadily each year and this year we look forward to seeing runners test themselves across 10km, Half Marathon and Marathon distances.

“Following a tough year for tourism across the country it’s great to see so many runners preparing to travel to Hawke’s Bay region, and spend time and money in the area,” he said. “Unfortunately, the ongoing effects of COVID meant that the 2020 event was unable to go ahead after being postponed twice so we’re delighted to finally be able to welcome runners and their supporters back to the region.”

The trend of people who took up running during 2020’s lockdown continues with this year’s Hawke’s Bay Marathon, more than 4,000 runners are set to head to the event for the first time, and more than 60% of the sell-out field are female.

The fun doesn’t stop once runners have crossed the finish line, with the stunning Elephant Hill Estate & Winery offering New Zealand’s best finish line festival, with plenty of entertainment of the best of local Hawke’s Bay food and wine on offer.

The 2021 Hawke’s Bay Marathon has proven to be popular with runners from Auckland, with more than 30% of entrants hailing from New Zealand’s largest city, while over 18% are making the trip up from Wellington.

Local runners account for 17% of entrants, with many taking the opportunity to run in a world class event in their own backyard.

New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty Founder and Managing Director Mark Harris said that the organisation was looking forward to the 2021 event.

“We’re delighted to see over 8000 entries to this year’s event,” said Harris. “The team at IRONMAN have done a fantastic job putting the race together after a difficult year and the record breaking race numbers are testament to the strength of the event, the organisers and Hawkes Bay as a destination.”

Hamish Saxton, Chief Executive of Hawke’s Bay Tourism said that the sell out event was important for the region as it recovers from a difficult last year.

“After the year that was 2020, we are delighted to not only see New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty Hawke’s Bay Marathon take place, but to do so with a sell out field,” said Saxton. “The influx of athletes from outside the region, as well as their support crew, will be valuable for our accommodation providers, eateries and retailers.

“New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty Hawke’s Bay Marathon will be a wonderful showcase of all that’s great in Hawke’s Bay, from miles of undulating limestone trails to a celebration of the region’s food and wine at the finish line,” he said. “It is simply how we do events in Hawke’s Bay, Food and Wine Country.”

The Hawke’s Bay Marathon is a part of the Runaway Marathon Series, which also includes the Queenstown Marathon and Runaway Noosa Marathon.

For more information on the New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty Hawke’s Bay Marathon click here.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why Fair Pay Agreements Should Be Embraced

Are Fair Pay Agreements (FPAs) truly the work of the devil? Given the vehement response to them last week by (a) employer groups and (b) by their parliamentary friends on the extreme right, you could be forgiven for thinking these FPA things will mean curtains for commerce as we’ve known it for the past 30 years. Believe me, they won’t. Less excitable types will regard FPAs as heralding only a mild shift towards a more centralised form of bargaining over wages and conditions, much akin to what other successful economies (eg Germany) have recognised for decades... More>>


Government: Further Action Against Gang Crime

The Government will make it illegal for high risk people to own firearms by introducing Firearms Prohibition Orders (FPOs) that will strengthen action already taken to combat the influence of gangs and organised crime to help keep New Zealanders and their ... More>>


Maori Party: Whakatōhea High Court Decision

“We applaud the Whakatōhea High Court case that has now set a precedent for Māori rights and interest in their foreshore and seabed. It’s an outstanding decision because the Court recognises all reclaimed lands with significant and boating traffic” ... More>>


Judith Collins: Speech To Lower North Island Regional Conference

Good morning, delegates. It’s an absolute privilege to be speaking to you all here today as your leader. I’d like to acknowledge National Party President Peter Goodfellow, my fellow board members, my lower North Island colleagues and all of ... More>>

PM: Statement On The Speaker And Annual Review Debate

“The serious issue of alleged sexual assault and harassment at Parliament was poorly managed and inappropriately politicised last night. The tone of the debate did not reflect well on Parliament as a whole,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. ... More>>

Parliament: Mallard Fails To Give Taxpayers A Straight Answer

Trevor Mallard has confirmed he is unfit to be Parliament’s Speaker by failing to answer several important questions relating to the false rape accusation saga that cost taxpayers more than $330,000, Shadow Leader of the House Chris Bishop says. ... More>>

Local Government: Independent Review To Explore Future

Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta says an independent review of local government will explore how councils can maintain and improve the wellbeing of New Zealanders in the communities they serve long into the future. More>>


PM Ardern And PM Morrison: Commencement Of Two-Way Quarantine-Free Travel Between Australia And New Zealand

Joint Statement by Prime Ministers Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern Commencement of two-way quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand Today, Australia and New Zealand have fulfilled their commitment to establish two-way quarantine free ... More>>




InfoPages News Channels