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WhyWomenRun 2021

Congratulation to everyone who participated, see your results here

Summer Series in the Domain

The Thursday 5 &10 km run or walk in the Domain will return on 30 Sept 2021

More 2019 Prize Giving
Rotorua Marathon Build-up

Rotorua Marathon, 08 May 2021, join us for the 14 week buildup.


Coming up next:

The Auckland Marathon Club continues with "free style" but interesting runs for about 1 1/2 half hours at 8am every Sunday for runners and walkers. The Club is able to operate under the current Covid-19 Alert rules. We are always training for that next event. The Half Marathoners have the option to turn off part way through and return on the same course. The Auckland Marathon build-up is due to start on Sunday July 25. More details on the Programs Tab.

Do allow extra time to find a car park perhaps on the surrounding streets around Hopetoun St bridge.

Next big event for the Club is our annual Muriwai Surf Club Challenge on Sunday June 20. Certainly a challenging event but an important fundraiser for the Surf Club. Let's hope we win back the Des Vercoe Trophy this year. 

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 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 

Enquire about the discounted event entries which are often available to our Club Members.

Marathon Club Championship events for 2021 include:

Feb 14     Coatesville Half Marathon  
April 11   Waterfront Half Marathon               May 8      Rotorua Marathon

July 31    Taupo Half Marathon

Oct 31      Auckland Half Marathon                Oct 31     Auckland Marathon

Nov 13     Kerikeri-Half-Marathon

The 8th Continent Marathon & Half Marathon Results: 2021 8th Continent Marathon

More details are available from the Events tab on our website. Contact us:                 

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.

Rat Pack
5 ¼'s
5 ½'s
5 ¾'s    
6 ¼'s
6 ½'s

(keep up if you can, sub 4:30/km)
3 Walking Groups

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)