Marlborough Harrier Club presents

         King and Queen of the Withers

            Saturday 12th January 2019

Run or walk or both this popular 10k hill race in the Wither Hills farm park, Blenheim. Great views over the town across to Taylor Pass and a challenging but fun course attracts participants of all abilities, from first timers giving it a go to some of New Zealand’s top runners.

A children’s race will also be run at this event on part of the flat and hill. Course distance 1.5km. Entry for this is on the day. Age group 12 years and under – Entry on the day only. Print off entry form getting your child to bring it with entry fee to Registration Desk.

Enter online opening October 2017-

Children’s event is registration on the day. Don’t register online.
We shall allow entries on the day from 07:00am at the Rifle Range car park on Taylor Pass Road/Forest Park Drive.
Race numbers for both online and on the day entries available at the registration desk.
Race briefing immediately before each event starts.
$23 per person entry fee online. $25.00 on the day.
Run, Social Walk or Hybrid EventsClick for a larger printable version
To save time at registration if entering on the day print out the entry form below, complete your details and bring it along. This is for all categories.
Registration opens on race day 7am.



Start Times
07:45am   Walkers – This category is social walking all the way.
08:00am  Hybrid – Run / Walk. Those entrants than compete and the finishing time is under 60 minutes, you will automatically be transferred to the main running event. This rule is in for fairness to all.
08:30am   Runners
08.35am  Children

Prize Giving
At the venue following the event.

2018 premium performance prizes

Sausage sizzle & refreshments.
Performances prizes and spot prizes.

Juniors – Under 20
Seniors – Under 35
Veterans – 35+
Children  – 12

Course Description
The course starts from the Rifle Range car park heading up towards the Quail stream car park on the farm track before turning right and crossing Quail stream on the small footbridge beside the car park, looping back on a track though the trees. After a short downhill a left turn leads to a steep climb up the ridge to the rotary lookout, the course then continues on the ridge, past the twin tanks, climbing along the Taylor View Track before taking a left turn and heading downhill on the Reservoir Ridge track and then forking left down the Upper Harling Park track. At the bottom of the Upper Harling track another left turn leads down a short hill back towards the Quail Stream car park, finally once more across the Quail Stream footbridge and downhill all the way back to the finish.

Click here for a large printable map of the course.


Photo from the 2016 event are available for viewing and purchase online at or at Langwoods photo centre, 75 Queen St, Blenheim.

More Information

The event was first held in 1977 as the King of the Withers and contested by male runners only. In 1992 it was opened up to female runners and renamed the King and Queen of the Withers. Originally the course started in the CBD, went into the Wither Hills and then returned to town. Increased traffic and housing developments meant several changes have had to be made to the course in 2004 and now it is run totally within the Wither Hills Farm Park area. Further innovations saw separate male, female and walkers’ events introduced in 2003, a hybrid (walk/run) section introduced in 2009, plus business house and married couples’ teams sections.   2018 we  deleted Married Couples and Business House through lack of numbers registering for these categories. A children’s race was added 2017. This leaves the event with Run, walk, hybrid (run/walk) and children’s run.

The winner and titleholder for King of the Withers and Queen of the Withers will come the first male and first female home and will come from any grade.

Previous Winners & Race Records
Results: 2018 2017 2016   2015  2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004

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