Newsletter #1

July 31, 2012 at 10:35 PM

It's all new, the all new New World Marlborough Marathon #3.

Same principal sponsors, Andrea Boock and Mark Elkington of Blenheim New World, same distance, same course so what's new? The start, the finish, the course sequence, it's all new and improved. Even a new website!


It’s time to start getting those legs in to shape so we can welcome you on our brand new start line at Villa Maria Estate on December 1st. You've passed Villa Maria in the last two years but this time you'll start and finish in the beautiful grounds of the winery and claim your bottle of Villa Maria wine as you finish the full or half marathon course.

The new start-finish area is stunning. To help you celebrate your achievement all you need to bring is the picnic rug and deck chairs so you can sit back, relax and soak up the ambience of Villa Maria Estate. Delicious food, great music and award winning wines will make this a magic Marlborough day out. 

bbq.jpgWe look forward to your company at our BBQ & Bubbles lunch option. In the idyllic vineyard venue enjoy a glass of Villa Maria bubbles and a delicious BBQ for just $15! Limited tickets are available for this treat for your taste buds so book for your support team when you enter at

The course will take in the same scenic beauty of Marlborough in a slightly different sequence to past years, breaking the long straight of New Renwick Road into two parts rather than a single straight line slog. You'll still take in the greenery of the Taylor River reserve and the vines of the Brancott and Omaka Valleys.

The half marathon course is a wee cracker and this year we will have pace team leaders to help you achieve your goal. A scenic new 10k course takes you along Marlborough vineyards and is wheelchair friendly. For the 5k there is a picturesque course amongst the vines. Surprises along the course this year will keep you and your supporters entertained.

VillaMaria2.gifTo help with your preparation we have our friends from Complete Performance aboard to provide their excellent training programmes. Check them out on our website or for a more personalized service contact Complete Performance through their website.

December 1st will soon roll around so get into action now, accommodation will be in demand so book early. Check out our preferred providers Scenic Hotels, they've just upgraded their suites, they look absolutely marvellous.

Take on the New World Marlborough Marathon challenge, for personal achievement, for fitness and a new festive season profile or just to be a good friend to someone taking on the challenge.

Whatever your motivation, we look forward to welcoming you to our brand new start line on December 1st.

Pete Halligan
Event Director