The Marton-Wanganui Ultramarathon covers approximately 66.4km along the back roads between the towns of Marton and Wanganui. The ultramarathon is run in conjunction with the Marton-Wanganui Relay.

I like this event so much that I have competed in it for ten of the twelve years that it has been running: five times as a runner and five times as a walker.

On this site you will find:

Links to race reports:

21 September 2013

2013 Historical Year for Women

The 2013 race was held on Saturday 14 September. For the second time in 12 years I wasn't able to attend - a pity because otherwise there would have been a record number of competitors in the event. As it was there were 12 runners on the day, equal with the previous best year of 2007.

For the first time in the 12 year history of the solo event, a woman won the race outright. Congratulations to Nicola Ayson, who won in a time of 6:26:06, recording the second fastest women's time in the history of the event. The fastest man was Perry Newburn, 10 minutes behind Nicola in a time of 6:36:29.

In a stand-out difference from previous years, there were also four women competing this year, double the previous best of just two. The other women were Kate Townsley and Shannon Leigh-Litt (both 6:42:26 and equal fourth-fastest women's time), and Barb Carson (6:54:47).

This was also a year for significant movement on the Roll of Honour. Four runners moved up a spot: Ashley Smith (8), Albie Jane (6), Perry Newburn (5), and Brian Prescott (3). Steve Ackerman appears on the Roll for the first time, recording his second finish.

The results and stats on this site have been updated.

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