President's Newsletter


Club News & Events 09 November 2018

First Timers

Come along this Sunday for a "free style" run or walk around some of the more picturesque areas of Auckland City. Plan on returning to the Greys Ave YMCA by 10am because we are due to stage a shared morning tea and First Time Marathoners certificates presentation at 10.30am. Let's see some of your baking skills put to good use and spoil some of our wonderful achievers.  Bring along your Powerade bracelet if you are keen to give the waterfront course a blast. 

Congratulations to all our half and full www.auckland marathon finishes. Ciaran Faherty was 4th in the marathon and Matt Henderson romped home in under 3hrs. Well done to everyone who pumped out a PB performance or were age group place getters, and to those Pacers who provided guidance to so many people. Good work to our members who were raising money for one of the worthy charities. Thank you to Isla and our awesome volunteers for helping with the morning tea at the kindergarten rooms and to the massage guys. Deen Abu Barkar for the beer samples and Alaina, Vicky and Karen doing a great job on the barbeque. Finally, a chance to sit down and swap a few stories about the day's adventure.
Nice to see so many people remain to help to celebrate some milestone Marathon finishers. Thank you to Kiri Price, Mel, Ingrid & Karen and Graeme Tindall for being so organised with this. Congratulations on 300 marathons for Malcolm Gray, 100 Rebecca Edgecombe and 50 Sue Meltzer. 
Members will enjoy little rest, following the Auckland Marathon weekend, by participating in the last Club Championship event for the year. Kerikeri-Half-Marathon  is on Saturday 17th as is the  Kerikeri is a fast course and with that good base fitness, you could look to post a very respectable time. We won't mention about the first 6.5km of undulations and hills because that is often glossed over in the marketing spiel. 

Every Thursday evening in the Auckland Domain we have the 10K Summer Series . Head along to the old Grandstand where walkers start 5.30 am and runners 6 pm. Everyone is welcome, there is no need to be a member of our club to join in the fun. Register on the night by way of a $5 contribution and this ensures you are in with a chance at the Spot Prize draw.  email

Include in your schedule, our end of season fun GibPat pairs event, staged at the Cornwall Park Sports Association Clubrooms on Sunday December 16. Anything goes with your interpretation of the themed event, where no one is allowed to wear club uniform and everyone must dress up :-). The theme is TBC.

Looking forward to 2019. The first up challenge is the   8thContinent Marathon and Half Marathon in the Auckland Domain. This event is run by the Auckland YMCA Marathon Club, and will be on Sunday 20th January 2019. You will be familiar with much of the course, and we will be calling on our supporters to help out with some of the marshaling, or course set up duties for those not participating.

The Club Championship event Mountain to Surf 40th Anniversary Novotel Mountain to Surf New Plymouth Marathon will be held on Saturday 2nd March 2019. This event is the 4th longest “running” marathon event in New Zealand.They have reverted back to the "fast" course which finishes in Waitara.

Now here is something interesting for Saturday March 9 2019. The popular Waiheke 25km event from Orapiu Wharf to Matiatia. They have now added a measured marathon course starting and finishing at Matiatia. A special bonus for competitors in the 10K Summer Series and members of The Auckland YMCA Marathon Club Inc.; 
1) Enter the marathon 
2) Plan one or more night’s stay on Waiheke Island 
3) Be in quick to get one of the 9 Fullers Ferry return tickets from Auckland to Matiatia ($38). The ticket may be used for a non-competing partner of the marathoner. See Andy Harper to claim the ticket.

Abbott World Marathon and Wanda, ten year partnership, has introduced an opportunity for people to accumulate points at qualifying marathons throughout the world. The 6 major marathons can return the most points. Our Auckland Marathon is one of the 50 events across the globe providing age group athletes with the opportunity to qualify for the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships. 

Check out facebook./Auckland-YMCA-Marathon-Club-NZ for the latest updates or changes. Email the club at

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Park Run 5km continues every Saturday, at a park near you
Every Thursday

Coming into focus, soon

Sat  Nov 17    Queenstown Marathon
Sat  Nov 17    Kerikeri Half Marathon

Enjoy the good weather. Hope to catch up with many of you at the 10k Road Champs on Sunday. Go the Y !

Go the Y !

Larry Bradley
Auckland YMCA Marathon Club