Marlborough Multisport Series 2017

3 12 2016


This summer, the Marlborough Triathlon and Multisport Club are again partnering with Transition Events  to present the Marlborough Multisport Series.  This series incorporates our three iconic events held in the Marlborough Sounds each summer.

The series is designed so that distances in each event are roughly the same and they incorporate interesting and challenging courses. In an effort to encourage new people to have a go, the paddle section of each event has been reduced to 4km, meaning that the experts can have a super fast hit out, but beginners can achieve the distance on most types of paddling craft.

You can choose either the swim tri or kayak tri option, individual or team.

Entries are open now! So what are you waiting for? Get entered, get training, have fun and we’ll see you on the start line!

Click for more info on the Marlborough Multisport series.


Wairau Express 10 November 2013

6 10 2013

wairau express

Wairau Express Results 2013

The 3rd edition of the “Wairau Express” is being held on the 10th of November 2013. It is shaping up as another great double header weekend in Marlborough, with the Queen Charlotte Classic the day before. This race is ideal for any multisporters looking for a great down river race before the Waimak Classic, and other events such as Coast to Coast. With very few down river races on the calendar, why not come along and check this out.

With prizes up for grabs for the first open man and woman across the line there promises to be plenty of action on the water.

The Wairau Express starts at the “narrows”, 12km from Renwick on State Highway 63 (all sign posted) and finishes under the State Highway 1 bridge near Tuamarina. A total distance of approximately 28km.

A grade two certificate is compulsory along with the appropriate safety gear as listed on the entry form.

Wairau Express Entry Form 2013

Click here for last years photos

Versatile Homes and Buildings 2013 Quadrathon

13 03 2013

Local multisporter Dave Hansen is the new owner of the Vestaile Homes and Buildings Marlborough franchise

CLICK HERE FOR RACE BRIEFING – You will still need to be at the start for final briefing at 9.30am

The Marlborough Quadrathon is in its 27th Year! This year the Quadrathon has a new naming sponsor. Local builder and club stalwart Dave Hansen bought the Versatile franchise late last year and is getting right in behind this event. Dave is very familiar with this event, having been the organiser for the last two events.

Click here to pre enter for this event before 10 April 2013


Sunday 14 April

8.30am Registration

9.30 am Race Briefing

10.00am Race Start (Quadrathon and Open water swim start same time)

800m SWIM commences at the Waikawa Bay Jetty. Swim around buoys out in the bay and back to Waikawa Bay jetty. Exit on the south side of the jetty. Team swimmers must tag their kayaker at the waters edge before continuing their next swim lap. (Kayakers then run to their boats)  All swimmers will exit the water and round a cone at the waters edge on each lap. (note that this year there will also be 800m and 2400m Swim options as part of the Marlborough Open Water Swim Champs – more on that to follow)

8km KAYAK starts from Waikawa Bay foreshore, paddle to Whatamango Bay keeping to the shoreline on your true right all the way there. Once you have rounded Karaka point keep going all the way to the end of the bay near the small DOC camp ground. There will be a big orange marker buoy that competitors must go around, then head back to waikawa via the same route. Competitors are urged to stay as close as practical to the shore line in the interests of safety.

33km CYCLE leg leaves Waikawa bay and heads directly towards Picton, turning just before the township onto Wellington Street which goes up hill for two hundred meters before turning right into Broadway Street. At the end of this short street competitors turn left onto State highway 1. Cyclists head to Tuamarina and turn left here onto Pembers Road carrying into Rarangi Road. The cycle transition is near the Monkey bay carpark at the northern end of Rarangi beach.

8km RUN From the transition runners run up the walking track onto Port Underwood Road, then run along the right hand road verge for approximately 500meters then back onto the track that leads to Whites bay. Once past Whites bay runners will then join onto the Black Jack track which again heads up hill in a loop before returning to Whites Bay finishing on the grass next to the Surf Life Saving club rooms.

There will be a drinks table as you pass through Whites bay. Average time for a runner is  approx 45 minutes

Fastest Times for individual legs

This year we will be awarding special awards for the fastest time in each leg.

Kwik Kiwi Coaching Fastest swim

Uncle Joes – Fastest Paddle

Cycleworld – Fastest Bike

Mitchell Sports – Fastest Run


Teams can consist of 2,3 or 4 people. Mixed Teams must include one female. Vet Team members must all be over 40 years old

Entry Fees

Quadrathon Individual $30, Quadrathon Team $45, Open Water Swim $20

Download the event poster here

This event is also supported by Kwik Kiwi coaching, Cycle World, Uncle Joes, Park Orchard and Mitchell Sports


The Honey Company Anakiwa Triathlon results

19 01 2013
Dan Busch absolutely smoked the kayak leg on his way to winning the Kayak Triathlon

Dan Busch absolutely smoked the kayak leg on his way to winning the Kayak Triathlon

Photos are here

Results are here

Marlborough Represented at National Duathlon Champs

11 08 2011

Jeremy McKenzie in the Michael Huntly Memorial Tri 2011

The Contact National Duathlon Championships are being held at the Taupo Motor Sport Park on Sunday 14 August 2011 and Marlborough will be represented by Susie Aviss and Jeremy McKenzie. Both athletes are expected to do well in their respective age groups.  Aviss will be gunning for a 6th consecutive age group title, despite having had some injury concerns of late. For McKenzie it will be his first time at a Duathlon Championships. However, he is no stranger to big events, having finished sixth at his first attempt in the longest day of the last Coast to Coast.

McKenzie has shown some great form leading into the champs, having won every local duathlon he competed in, and setting a new course record in the Mount Vernon Grand Traverse running race. For McKenzie, the Nationals are part of an overall plan which involves events such as the Benchmark Cycling Series where he is a member of Team Moa, the Lake to Lighthouse multisport event and the possibility of another Coast to Coast in 2012.

The course for the Duathlon Championships involves a 10km run followed by a 40km cycle and finishes with a 5km run.


Susie Aviss and Jeremy McKenzie both won gold in their age groups in the National Duathlon Championships held in Taupo on Sunday. In what could best be described as testing conditions both athletes blew away their competition with McKenzie winning in a time of 2.01.40 a clear six minutes in front of his nearest rival while Aviss won her group in a time of 2.26.54 – a staggering 19 minutes in front of the next place getter. ‘The weather was disgusting’ said Aviss ‘it was bitterly cold, there were gale force winds and sleet, you name it we had it’. The run was flat around the Taupo Motorsport race track but the race became mentally tough with all competitors at times so battered by the winds many were nearly standing still. For Aviss it was her sixth consecutive win at the Nationals. McKenzie, though no stranger to big sporting events, was competing at a Duathlon Championship for the first time and had gone into the race hoping for a top ten finish. By race end not only had he won his age group but had done so in a time that would have been sufficient to have given him 4th in the prestigious Elite Male section.

Anakiwa Triathlon race report

23 01 2011

Marlborough athlete Glen Richardson looking relaxed before the start of the Anakiwa Tri yesterday, having paddled from Picton to the start as a warm-up.

The Anakiwa Triathlon is often used as a conditioning race for local multisporters who are doing the Coast to Coast a couple of weeks later. Yesterday’s race saw a good contingent of multisporters and swim triathletes line up for the race in showery, windy conditions.

Josh Scott again took out the took out the kayak tri in 1.39.40, ahead of Nick Ross and the very talented Sophie Hart from Nelson in 3rd place overall. Scott was in a lead group of paddlers at the end of the hectic 6km flatwater paddle, and proved too strong on the ride to Cullen Point and the slippery, hilly run into Havelock.

With triathletes Mark Grammer and Jono Lee, both on the comeback trail after injury, competing together in a team, the swim tri was up for grabs. The ever improving Cory McKay made it first to Havelock ahead of Roger Golding and first woman Almuth Waechter.

Blenheim runner Ben Minehan took out the duathlon ahead of Willem Lampe and Graham Russell.

Results are here

Coast to Coast – by Road

13 03 2010

This years Coast to Coast on Feb 13 was almost a washout. Torrential rain on the west coast meant a major course change. Gone were the traditional mountain run over Goat Pass  and the epic 67km paddle down the Waimakariri River. Local multisporter Dave Hansen tells the rest of the story…

This year’s coast started in appalling weather conditions. We were told on the start line that the run and kayak legs were officially changed to a road run, bike to Christchurch and an Avon river paddle to finish. This became my first problem of the day, as all of a sudden realised I didn’t have a solid back up plan. As I entered each transition I had to really concentrate not only what I needed right then, but also what I needed for the next transition.

 I was very lucky my wife knows me pretty well and was in-sync with what I needed throughout the day. It goes to show in these types of races, you need to have a great crew and lots of back up plans, because at some point, anything can go wrong or change and you need to be able to adapt quickly.
By the time the gun went I was already really cold, and with the ride through to Aickens corner, at times in torrential rain, I wasn’t having the greatest time, with a severe lack of brakes, due to the surface water and the body becoming really cold. At the first transition I took a minute and put on a merino layer and rain jacket and eased gently away. After 20 minutes I had warmed up and felt pretty good. I was hoping to have a good run up over the road, as this is where I felt my strength lies, but again was let down in preparation. I had trained purely off road and couldn’t adapt quickly enough to really get going. The road seemed to deaden my legs, and I really struggled throughout. By the sound of comments afterwards, a lot of people had the same problem.

Klondyke corner was a welcome relief, not only was it now warm and sunny, it felt like half way and we would now make some serious headway on the bikes. I was positioned around mid field here and there didn’t seem any bunches about, so I spent a far bit of time solo time trialling towards Christchurch. There are some pretty big hills through the middle part of the race, so once out on the plains some bunches started to form, and about 10 km from Christchurch I picked up a bunch and we hammered it through to the paddle start.
Out onto the river was an anti climax, but great because the finish was now pretty close. A few mixed emotions crept in on the paddle, one of relief/ excitement at almost finishing, and others of pure pain that had developed in the legs and lower back. A final ride of 7 km into Sumner on the bike finished the day in a touch over twelve and a half hours. To be greeted by Steve Gurney and Robin Judkins under the finish line was a great moment that I’ll cherish for a long time.

As my first foray into adventure racing had come to an end, I am still undecided what challenge is next , but am looking forward to some quality family time and having weekends back. A special thanks to my support crew who looked after me all day and my valuable sponsor Blenheim’s own Versatile Buildings.

Some of the things that worked for me:

I ran lots of hills, I felt a lot stronger at the end of long runs, and then still being able to hop on a bike and feel good.
Consistent build up really helped, especially when I had to lay down a big final push in the last two months.
Big weeks of training. This sort of training made me feel strong.
Good river time, and also time spent in the sea (Marlborough sounds) during a north west wind. Awesome for practising brace and sweep strokes.

Things I could’ve done better:

Not enough preparation/ planning ie, when race course changed I couldn’t adapt to conditions as well.
More riding time, never rode over 2 hours in training, too specific to plan A of this race.
Not enough big training days where there was high intensity ie. Race stimulating.
Nutritional plan, not enough trialling of food, so on race day I was out of sorts on some sections.

More training partners to push you along and bounce ideas off.
Worried too much in the days leading up to the race. It uses lots of energy and missed a lot of sleep.
More course training, even though we didn’t run goat pass or paddle the waimak, I believe if I had done more on these sections I would have been a lot more confident going into the race.

Lastly, I think it’s important for everyone to ensure they do the training that works for them, I find when I do plenty of training focusing on strength, I feel and go really well. To all those out there contemplating doing this great race, I say get out there and do it, you will meet some great people and see some fantastic scenery.

Find your passion and follow it fearlessly