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The Auckland Marathon Club has paused our regular Sunday runs and walks. The Club is unable to operate under the current Covid-19 Alert rules. Stay safe and observe the appropriate distancing when exercising in your allowable small groups. Be mindful of others out there and do keep training if possible. Check in on others from your regular groups. Look after those in your bubble and we will get through this lock down soon. We hope to return for a 12 week build up to the Auckland Marathon (now on Sunday 23 January 2022) in November.
We are always training for that next event. The Half Marathoners have the option to turn off part way through the marathon training routes and return to the Y. The Auckland Marathon 12 week build-up is still very much the focus currently. More details on the Programs Tab.
The 8th Continent Marathon & Half Marathon has been rescheduled for Sunday 27 February 2022 in the Auckland Domain. Entries are open to one of New Zealand's most affordable marathons. Enter 8th Continent Marathon.lilregie.com More details available on the Events tab above. Results from: 2021 - 8th Continent Marathon
Well done to our Cross Country runners representing Athletics Auckland at the nationals in Dunedin. They did very well. Rachelle Green, Mandy Donald and Karen Crossan all helped their team gain podium finishes in the Masters events. Tony Warren maintained his good form for the Master Men's team.
Congratulations to the Taupo Marathon & Half Marathon (both Club Championship events) finishers. There were a good number of members attending these events in ideal weather conditions. Results will be on our Achievements tab.
The July Club 10k Road Champs in the Auckland Domain had some outstanding performers with Sam Walker blitzing the field and Anna Williams showing off her class with the win in the Women's 10k. Walkers Karen Andrews and Steve Doughty showed the benefit of their recent competitive training, in finishing first in their respective divisions. Well done to all of our runners and walkers who participated. Thank you to our wonderful marshals for helping to keep our competitors safe and steer them in the right direction. The course was the same as what was used for the WhyWomenRun event.
The mid winter annual Muriwai Surf Club Challenge was a successful day out for all. Our Club won back the Des Vercoe Trophy and it proved to be a heathy fundraiser for the Surf Club. Well done to the large group of people that supported and enjoyed this event.
Thank you to everyone that came along to our Club AGM and the 2020 season Prize Giving. It was a great evening out with so many wonderful achievers and nice to meet people in a social environment. Thanks to Isla Nixon and Dave Foley for streamlining the results for the trophy winners. Jim Bartley, the guest speaker gave us plenty to think about and Angelo's supper was superb.
New committee members for the 2021-22 season include Deen Abu Bakar, Mandy Donald and Conrad Langridge. Check the About Us tab for more details.
Thank you to everyone that came along to our annual WhyWomenRun event in the Auckland Domain. Everything went well and the organisation, support from club members and the friendly volunteers were all first class. see the results YMCA Marathon/WhyWomenRun-5k-and-10k/ or more details on the Events tab above. Watch out for the next WhyWomenRun on Sunday May 15 2022.
Check the latest updates facebook/Auckland-YMCA-Marathon-Club-NZ-Official or see more here:
Enquire about the discounted event entries which are often available to our Club Members.
Marathon Club Championship events for 2021 include:
Nov 13 Kerikeri-Half-Marathon
More details are available from the Events tab on our website. Contact us: run@ymcaMarathon.org.nz
Welcome to New Zealand's Foremost Marathon Running Club
The Auckland YMCA Marathon Club is New Zealand's foremost marathon running and walking club - and has been since 1977. We have one purpose... helping runners and walkers just like you achieve your distance running and walking goals.
Every new member that has followed our training programme has successfully made it across the finish line of their first marathon or half-marathon. And we've been going since 1977 so that's quite an achievement.
Our secret weapon in achieving this remarkable feat is our pack running system which follows Arthur Lydiard's formula "that long, even-pace running at a strong speed produces increased strength and endurance... and is beneficial to regular competition."
Each pack runs at a set pace and you choose the pack best suited to your ability and fitness level.
(keep up if you can, sub 4:30/km)
Sunday running & walking times
We run & walk every Sunday morning at the times below. It pays to arrive 15 minutes early to get a park and get changed. We have great showers so bring a towel for after the run too.
In between build-ups the packs generally run for about 1 ½ hours. Don't worry if that sounds a lot more than you're used to or you're worried about holding the pack up - we stop for water every half hour, and traffic lights are always a great place for stragglers (of which there are many!) to catch up.
First-timers often say they ran further than they expected on their first time with us, but found it much easier than they expected.
You'll find we're very supportive, and you'll be amazed at how quickly you adapt to the longer distances.
During build-ups (see the Programs Page) we run set distances which start at 21km and build up to 33km for marathon training. Most packs also have a sub-group not wanting to do the full marathon build-up and they run a shorter distance each Sunday - so if 33km sounds intimidating, don't worry!
- From January to April...
- Runners - 7:00 am
- Walkers - 6:00 am (from 14 February - 18 April)
- From May to December...
- Runners - 8:00 am
- Walkers - 7:00 am (from 15 August - 17 October)