Marlborough Harrier Club presents
King and Queen of the Withers
Saturday 11th January 2020
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.
Entry is now on the day as follows:
On the day entry form
Bring cash as there is no EFT-POS
We shall allow entries on the day from 07:00am at the Rifle Range car park on Rifle Range Place, Blenheim.
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 Events
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.
07:30am Walkers – This category is social walking all the way.
08:00am Hybrid – Run / Walk. Those entrants who compete and finish in a time under 60 minutes, will automatically be transferred to the main running event. This rule is in for fairness to all.
At the venue following the event.
Sausage sizzle & refreshments.
Performances prize for King of the Withers plus Queen of the Withers then spot prizes open to all. You have to be at prizegiving to claim a spot prize.
Grades for your result information only.
Juniors – Under 20
Seniors – Under 35
Veterans – 35+
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 http://www.shuttersport.co.nz or at Langwoods photo centre, 75 Queen St, Blenheim.
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. Children’s race was deleted from 2020 event because of lack of interest for various reasons.
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.