Running: Faster times expected with course change

By Peter Thornton

Dale Warrander holds the record for the Auckland Marathon.  Photo / APN
Dale Warrander holds the record for the Auckland Marathon. Photo / APN

The adidas Auckland Marathon could be the fastest in many years with the organisers confirming they are working on a proposed course change for this year's event.

They believe the proposed new route will further enhance the beauty and scenic reputation of its course as well as adding to the enjoyment of participants in the marathon and half marathon events.

Subject to all relevant authorities' approvals, the course change will take in the majestic views of Auckland City from the southbound lanes of the Northern Busway from Smales Farm bus station through to, and over the southbound extension lanes of the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

Runners will come off at Shelly Beach Rd connecting up to Sarsfield St and continue along the current course down Curran St and around Westhaven Drive.

Race director Richard Lindroos believes the proposed course change will result in faster race times for most.

"The course change means less hills on the North Shore and a faster flat running surface along the bus-way which should translate into a quicker event. I would expect to see new personal bests," he said.

Should the proposed course change not be viable then the race course used in 2012, and previous years, will be used for this year.

The marathon field is 75 per cent full, the half marathon field is closed and all other events and distances are still open.

adidas Auckland marathon, half marathon

When: Sunday, November 3

Where: Half marathon - from King Edward Parade, Devonport to Victoria Park (Auckland City). Marathon includes run to St Heliers and back. Crossing of the Auckland Harbour Bridge involves a climb of 33m to the highest point.

Event categories
Marathon (42.2km), half marathon (21.1km), quarter marathon (10.5km), 5km run and walk and kids marathon.

Course records

Marathon
Men: 2:17.43 - Dale Warrander. Women: 2:41.29 - Lisa Robertson.

Half marathon
Men: 1:06.19 - Matt Smith. Women: 1:13.08 - Danielle Ingram-Trevis.

For more information visit: www.aucklandmarathon.co.nz

- NZ Herald

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