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.


Marlborough Open Water Swim Champs – NEW EVENT

20 03 2013

On Sunday 14 April we will be holding the inaugural Marlborough Open Water Swim Champs. This event will run in parrallel to the Quadrathon, so that team swimmers can also participate in the Open Water Champs.


Sunday 14 April

8.30am Registration

9.30 am Race Briefing

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


800m (1 lap) and 2400m (3 laps)

Course (see map below)

All swimmers will start together in the water at the end of the Waikawa Jetty. The course will be marked by buoys and runs parallel to the shore adjacent to the rowing club.


Swim course is anticlockwise. 1 lap = 800m

Swim course is anticlockwise. 1 lap = 800m

Triathlon Coach, Ray Boardman from Qwik Kiwi Coaching, is supporting this event and he will be offering an open water swim seminar at Waikawa Bay on Sunday 7 April. If you are a little concerned about your ability to swim this event, or just need some of your skills polished, then register fro this seminar/practice session when you pre enter the race here

Qwik Kiwi Web

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 Saturday 19 January 2013

2 01 2013

Anakiwa (4)

Race Briefing is here (updated 14.1.13)

The Anakiwa Triathlon/Duathlon/Multisport Race is back for 2013. This is one of NZ’s longest running multisport events, and it has to be one of the most picturesque events of its kind in the world!

You can enter as an individual or put together a team (a popular option). All distances are easily achievable. You can choose either the swim tri, kayak tri or duathlon options. If you are preparing for the Coast to Coast then the kayak tri is great preparation.

Race Information

Race registration, briefing and race start are at Thompsons Bay Jetty, Anakiwa. You will need to set up your bike at the Outward Bound Jetty transition area prior to race briefing.

Registration 8.15-8-45am

Briefing 9.00am

Race Start 9.30am

Entry Fees

Individual: $25

Team: $45

Late fee if registering on the day $10 (Click here to register now)

Payment by cash or cheques payable to Marlborough Sport Development

Course notes

SWIM: Thompson Bay Jetty to Outward Bound Jetty (1km)

KAYAK: Thompson Bay Jetty to Momorangi to Outward Bound Jetty (6km)

CYCLE: Non Drafting. Anakiwa Road, left at Queen Charlotte Drive to turnaround at Momorangi, back to Cullen Point run transition. (26km)

DUATHLON FIRST RUN: Run from Thompson Bay Jetty, along Anakiwa Road. into Queen Charlotte Track for approx 1.5 km to turnaround. Back to bike transition at Outward Bound Jetty. (4km)

FINAL RUN: Cullen point tack, then follow road to Havelock. Must stay right and on footpath when possible. (8km)

Be sure to join us at the Slipp Inn Havelock Hotel in Havelock for prizegiving immediately following the finish of the last competitor.

This event is being organised by Marlborough Sport Development in association with the Marlborough Triathlon and Multisport Club.

You can see photos of the 2012 event here.

For further information contact:

Mark Grammer 021 533635

Picton Half Ironman – final notes

11 12 2012

Half ironman

The forecast for Sunday 16th is 27 deg with Northwesterlies. Perfect for a fast bike ride from Havelock to the Rapuara Road/ SH1 intersection at Spring Creek. Not so much for the final 20ish km.

While we’re talking about the Spring Creek corner, there is a 4 Square store right on the LHS of the corner which would be a good place to stop and buy another drink if it’s hot. Remember you have a hilly 21km run in the heat as well.

We will have a keyboard at the carpark that you can leave your car keys on whilst you are out “enjoying” yourself. Gold coin donation to the key holder. If you make use of this service, then we will know that everybody is back off the ride.

The plan is to have a kayaker at the turn point in the swim. This point will also be marked on the shoreline. That is, there will be no bouy in the water.

Swim start at 8.30am.

I will hopefully get some Dazzle on the ground to mark the run course by Sunday.

Do not get race brain and forget the road rules. There will be no witches hats and no marshalls.

I would recommend carrying a mobile phone on the bike. If you see someone with a puncture or other mishap, please stop to check that they are sorted.

Some people will be taking the bike ride seriously. If some one passes you that looks like they are, don’t draft them, you will piss them off.

Each lap of the run goes back through transition, so you will have two opportunities to refuel.  The run is largely sheltered and could get very hot, so I’d suggest having drinks set up here for yourself.

We will have a spreadsheet at the end, where you can record your own times.

Any questions, give me a call. Mark 021 533635

See you there. Have fun.

Picton Half Ironman 2012

29 10 2012

If you are preparing for Challenge Wanaka or Taupo Ironman, or you just want a solid day out, then this is for you.

Not strictly an “organised” event, in that there is no entry form (or fee) and you participate at your own risk (of getting competely knackered).

The gun will go off  at 8.30am on December 16th.

Swim. Out and back towards Bob’s Bay from the Queen Charlotte Yacht Club. Approx 2km. Wear a wetsuit. It is cold.

Bike.  Anticlockwise course around the “Groves”, taking in Queen Charlotte Drive (Hilly, Scenic and Awesome), Havelock (Coke available at petrol station) and Rapaura Road (long, windy and boring). Distance is around 96km.

Run. 3 laps taking in the Picton-Waikawa Track (rolling off-road) and Waikawa Road back to Picton (Footpath). 3 times over the Marina Bridge. 20ish km.

Transition. You will manage this yourself from your car. Somebody will be available too look after your keys if required. Gold coin donation to the key holder.

Timing. Wear a watch. If you want splits, press the lap button at each transition.

Rules. No drafting, no walking, no complaining, no outside assistance. There will be no marshalls, so obey the road rules and know where the course goes beforehand.

Teams. If you must.

Prizes. Of course not. If you need spot prizes to be involved in this, you probably need another event. But you will have the satisfaction of completing the inaugural Picton Half.

Click here for a PDF of the course maps.

If you are keen to toe the line, give me a call or txt. Mark on 021 533 635.

Here’s one for the swimmers

23 02 2012

Each year Lochmara Lodge host a swimming event across Lochmara Bay as part of their annual fun festival.   It is a 750m swim from across Lochmara Bay back into Lochmara.  The lodge provide transport across the bay and coordinate boat support for swimmers participating for safety.   It is a great training swim, or just for fun.  

The winner gets their name on the shield (on display in the café), and the prize for the top male and top female home is a night for two at the Lodge!  It’s open to age 16 and over.   This year the event is on Saturday 10 March at 11.30am.   Entry is free, and if you don’t have your own transport they are doing return transport from Picton for $20pp, the proceeds of which go to the Marlborough Sounds Wildlife Recovery Trust.   Of course, it is always possible to kayak in/out, or to bike or run in and/or out on the Queen Charlotte Track – they are  are about 21km from Anakiwa and you can bike all of it – MTB not road obviously.  

There are lots of other things happening for adults and kids as part of the Fun Festival, including live music all day, facepainting, storytelling and treasure hunts for kids, wine tasting, live performances and the tug of war competition at 3pm, plus all the regular things that Lochmara offers – the walking tracks, art, wildlife, café, and so on, so it is family affair and participants could make a day of it.   

For more information you can contact Allanah Robinson  577 7 313 or mobile 027 494 1411.