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Rotorua Marathon 2021 Results

Rotorua put on a bit of a dreary day for the Rotorua Marathon last Saturday, where a good number of Hawks attended – either competing or pacing in both the marathon and the half. Actually the weather despite being damp was quite warm and so ended up being pretty good conditions for a lap of the lake…or the forest…

Well done to those who competed and to those who once again selflessly gave up their time to pace other runners…I can tell you from experience, the pacers do a fantastic job and are responsible for may runners hitting PB’s… Thank you.

The male winner once again was local Rotorua boy Michael Voss backing up from his win last year in a time of 2:29:29, and the women’s race was won by Ingrid Cree in a time of 2:54:11.

Some nice runs by Hawks past and present with notable results being:
Anthony Hancy – 13th in 2:52:13 (PB)
Kovo McDonald – 4th female (again!) in 3:12:08
Dave Gunn – 57th in 3:15:39 (PB)
Kevin Knowles – 87th in 3:26:43 (despite suffering a bad cold this week)
Evan Primmer – Completing yet another marathon..!
Sue Hunter – perfectly pacing the 4:45 marathon time…

Check out the full results <<here>>

Rotorua Marathon Race Report

Report by Sandra Jensen

It’s not often my Saturdays consist of running with a man dressed as a “super turd” or yelling at Radio personality Mike Puru to “hurry up Mike” and have him scuttle in my direction uttering ” yes master” – but its also not unusual.

My 3rd time pacing the 2hr 20 min at Rotorua half started off damp, solo ( the other dude pulled out, possibly out of fear) and a bit speedy but it can take a couple km’s to settle into the slooooooowwww pace that i need to maintain.

 I actually really like pacing and its definitely a feel good thing to do as you get sweaty hugs and thank yous afterwards from people who were aware that you sacrificed speeding on the down hills screaming “weeeeee” so they could achieve their own PB.

 This time we didn’t quite get to the finish before the lead marathon runner but we made way for him, we slowed down so he wouldn’t feel bad, and clapped as only those of us who are slightly bitter and twisted about our lack of pace can do.

I finished near spot on time.

After getting a special fitting of a Spanish plaid vintage jacket from my personal costumier from Auckland whose husband ran the half, I trundled off to find some mid century German pottery and was back in time to see Sue come in bang on time pacing the 4:45 for the full.

10 out of 10 would re-offend. 

P.S. I’m always down for a free hat and a Hell’s Pizza.  

Rotorua Marathon Results 2019

The event calendar 2 weeks ago was chocka block with Rotorua Marathon and associated events, T42 and The Kauri run all being held. Hawks decided not to have a club race on the weekend due to this. My workplace has a couple of tragic running nerds who regularly analyse and study results so needless to say the  smoko and lunchtimes the Thursday and Friday beforehand  filled with predictions, and Monday and Tuesday after with back slapping and congratulations on how well we predicted.

Rotorua was the highest profile race having its 55th running, including the infamous washout year in 1999. While everybody has their own goals and aspirations, our run of the day went to Cecilia Flori, putting Hawks on the open winners podium for the first time in a few years. With her high weekly workload  in preparing for Western States 100 miler, Cecilia has a huge base and from all accounts could have kept going for another lap. The other outstanding efforts went to Kevin Knowles winning the MM60 title in 3.13 who was 8 minutes ahead of his nearest rival, and Hawks Charli Miller and William Taylor winning the mens and womens in the 10k.

There are way too many names to scroll through to find all the Hawks so apologies to those not mentioned and well done all.

Place Name Time Division Division Place
16th Cecilia Flori 2:51:54 F 35-39 1st
18th Rodrigo Jaca Gonzalez 2:54:47 M 16-34 7th
38th Kevin Knowles 3:13:57 M 60-64 1st
58th Nathan Campbell 3:22:38 M 35-39 10th
167th Vaughan Swale 3:53:35 M 60-64 11th
322nd Wendy Fox 4:22:23 F 60-64 2nd

If anyone is missed in the above results table, please let us know via the contact us page – website admin

Rotorua Marathon 2018 Results

Report by Mudlark

54th Rotorua Marathon was held in ideal conditions on Saturday and 3500 athletes took part in in this well run event which included 1500 running a lap of the lake and many others in the half marathon quarter marathon and the 5.5 km fun run. Many Hawks members took part but as clubs are not listed in the official results it was a mission to sort out accurate Hawks placings. Kevin Knowles was 57th in 3.11.31 to be 2nd in the M60’s.

In the half marathon over a new course that included some off road running through the Redwoods John Bowe had a good one to finish 7th in 1.22.02 and be 1st in the M45’s. Past member Erin Furness was 36th and 2nd F35 with her 1.38.32. Maureen Leonard was 82nd in 1.47.31. although times were slower in the half it must have been pleasant running on off road trails rather than among the traffic. In the 10.55 quarter marathon Emerson Deverell a late entrant was 2nd woman in a pleasing 42.11 while Helen Hall-King was 5th woman in 50.34. In the 5.5km fun run 2nd woman was Karyn McCready in 26.57.

Report by Sandra Jensen
What  way to make yourself feel better about your current crappy running level but to offer to pace at an event? While i admit the free entry part was definitely a draw card i have discovered that i like pace running and it is an important part of a lot of events. The chance to help people is actually very rewarding ( yeah i know) and after recent lackluster running performances i needed that ego boost.
Despite running at many a rotovegas event i had not yet been involved in the Rotorua marathon festivities before. I offered to pace the half at 2:20 which was the same pace id previously done for Auckland half so knew physically how i was going to fare. My co pacer Viviene was great and towards the end we ran together encouraging people in the last 2 km to pass us, not let us beat them.”You can do eet”.
The new half course is great, at a slow easy pace. The hills are pretty darn epic and one in particular almost made you feel like a ladder was needed but at 6 min 38 second KM its was all so easy. We did not walk a single hill and the whole time we were able to chat to people which you normally wouldn’t do during a “race”. I had a blast. And funnily enough it felt like it went very quickly. We had people thanking us along the way and towards the end being announced how well we paced and finishing like all the other runners with a medal felt like we had achieved what we were meant to do. 2 hrs 19 mins and 51 seconds. Not bad really. I gladly signed up again for next year and not just for the free entry but because it was fun and hugely rewarding.

Reubin Tomlinson 2.55.34
Martin Ferry 2.56.57
Kevin Knowles 3.11.30
Chris Smith 3.14.27
Dave Gunn 3.30.02
Evan Primmer 4.43.44
Half Marathon
Vaughan Swale 1.52.29
Talia Horgan 2.12.55
Sandra Jensen 2.19.50 – Pacer
Emerson Deverell 42:11 – 2nd
Helen Hall-King 50:33 – 5th
Wendy Fox 58.25
Penny Burkhardt 58.44
Wendy Harris 1.00.30
Kim Jameison 1.04.57
Emily Fyfe 1.07.57
Robyn Smith 1.20.09

Rotorua Marathon 2016 Results

Report by Lance Brew

On Saturday morning 10ish of the Hawks lined up at the start of the Rotorua Marathon on a chilly morning. After a brief hi and all the best to Chris Smith, Kevin Knowles, Kovo McDonald and Marion Millward, it was time to go.

Going through the first 9 kms I was in a pack moving nicely feeling relaxed then we hit the first real hill. I found myself cruising off from the pack to be all out by myself – damn it, 32/33 kms running by myself could hurt but it was great as all I worried about was how I felt and picked off a few runners who went out too hard early. It was very pleasing to have Graham riding his bike around and encouraging us along and also giving updates on how others were going.

The last 5/6 km was time to start to work hard and put all the training into practice-  seeing the last corner was a welcoming sight and seeing the timing clock even better – yes a new marathon PB by 20 minutes. 2.48.49 10 overall (2nd Age Group). The joy on Grahams face while I was sitting dead in a chair was fantastic.It was very pleasing to be still hanging around the finishing line seeing all our other club members come in.

Chris Smith sneaking in another sub 3 2.59 (1st AG). Kevin Knowles in a very tight finish in his AG, all top 3 within 40 seconds of each other 3.06 (3rd AG). Kovo MacDonald running after having a cold all week performed really well for 4th female overall 3.09 (3rd AG). Jason Hindrup broke out a very impressive run doing a PB by more than 20 minutes followed closely home by Sam Le Heron in 3.15 who was closely followed home by Marion Millward 3.18 (1st AG). Vaughan Swale 3.53 and Evan Primmer 4.35.

Fantastic running by everyone out there on Saturday – now some relax time before sinking our teeth into something else.

Report by Paula Klein
Your mission should you choose to accept it… is pacing the 5 hours 15 group at Rotorua Marathon. Bright orange t shirt, tutu, hair ties and leg sleeves on and a pacing band, which allowed for the wee hills. So after a coffee and two red balloons in place, we were ready to line up (all of the pacers). An unruly bunch we were (lucky we were herded into a room upstairs for a briefing and photo session).

The day was brisk but we soon warmed up, our biggest mission was keeping pace and we had to slow down  many times. A walk run option helped many people out around us especially up those lovely hills at the back of the lake. The k’s ticked off quickly especially when we were checking our pace band and making decisions on how fast or slow we should go.

There were photos ops along the way and we had many comments about our bright orange attire in support of Ross Steele’s 100th marathon. A fun day out which earnt us a medal and T shirt for our efforts. Oh and we skipped across the finish line after a dramatic pause to ensure we were right on pace.

Photo credit Mike Tennent.

Rotorua Half Marathon

Report by Emily Fyfe

Woke at 5am Saturday morning, still dark and the air was crisp and cool, I knew it was going to be perfect running conditions.  Arrived in Rotorua just before 7, parked and registered ready for an 8am start.  When the starter gun went off I knew I had to pace myself because I always seemed to get swept away with the crowd.  For the first 5 kms I cruised along, warmed into the run, because it was freezing and took in the scenery.  Such a beautiful place to run.  I knew that I was feeling pretty good and at 10ks I started to pick up the pace.  Turning back onto Te Nga road heading back into town and I was feeling strong.  At 16kms I started passing people.  Turning in towards the finish line with the end in sight it was such an amazing atmosphere.  Finished in a time of 2 hrs 26 secs.

Such a great run and watching the marathon winners come across the line was a fantastic way to finish the day.

Thank you so much Helen, for helping me achieve this goal and to Dan for driving me and supporting me.  Congratulations to everyone who ran and especially those who achieved PBs. It really was a spectacular day.

Rotorua Marathon 2015 Results

Every Monday night a group of ladies meets under the coaching of Helen Hall-King to run and train together.  We aren’t particularly fast, and will probably never take a place on the podium stand, but we are motivated and we do have goals.  One such goal was to run in the Rotorua Half Marathon event this past Saturday.

We had done the training, including the hills, the speed work and of course the long runs and, as Mike so eloquently said to me the day before – ‘You have done the work so it is now just a matter of execution. Keep calm and you can do it’.

Despite having some pre-race niggles in my leg all week I was surprisingly calm on the day and after some last minute motivation from Helen I lined up next to my fellow Monday night runner Michelle Greenwood, knowing that Robyn Smith would be lined up a little further back and hopefully as ready as we were to get started.  The starting gun went off and away we went, feeling pretty glad to get the first kilometre completed and settle into a good race pace.

I was feeling really good and it was great to see Helen at the 6km point cheering us on and again as we came through the 9km point and headed off towards the airport.  The pace felt comfortable and Michelle and I were feeling great.  It was about the 11km mark that things started to go a little wonky for me and I knew that I was going to have to adjust my pre-race time goal.  I just wasn’t feeling right and no matter how much I tried to focus I couldn’t shake an awful dizziness that had come over me.  At 12km I suggested to Michelle that she go for it and leave me as I was struggling and didn’t want to hold her back.

The next 9km were some of the most difficult kilometres I have ever done.  I knew I couldn’t make my sub 2 hour goal anymore but I was damn well going to finish even if I had to crawl over the finish line.  I was grateful to have Helen run alongside me for a little bit at the 15km point and calm me down and try to keep me focused. At one point I passed an ambulance and was extremely tempted to crawl inside it but I knew I could finish and I kept thinking of all the training I had done and all the support I had received from Helen and Mike and it kept me going step by step to the finish.  I even managed to do a (semi) sprint down the finishing chute.

Despite the disappointment of my run I can celebrate in the fact that I didn’t give up. I finished and I still did a PB over that distance. To top it all off it was awesome to find out that Michelle had done a sub 2 hour race and that Robyn had run much better that she had anticipated and was thrilled with her finishing time.

So as I write this I can think that in just over an hour I will be back out on the streets with the Monday night running ladies and we will put one foot in front of the other no matter how slow and we will set new goals….and I will plan how I can be back in Rotorua a year from now and not let it get the better of me.

Report by Wendy Harris
The Rotorua marathon was on and several Hawks ran in it. My mat time was 3:30:52 – all times can be found on the website. There was quite a strong headwind after the last hill around 30km which may have contributed to a few people not being too happy with their results. Me, well, I’m happy with my time but was in damage control pain for the last 8km.

Report by Dave Melville

Above: Paul Nobilo, Vicki Parkin, Amie Sutherland, Dave Melville

Some Hawks spotted by Glenn:

Chris Smith 2.59.43
Jason Cameron 3.00.21
Sam Le Heron 3.00.50
Kovo MacDonald 3.04 14
Hadley Craig (pacing) 3.06.13
Dion Hardy 3.08
Ants Hancy (pacing) 3.14
Troy Flavell 3.27
Martin Ferry 3.29
Dave Melville 3.31
Evan Primmer 3.52
Clare Montgomery 3.52
Brian Halford 3.56

Half Marathon
Tim Stewart 1.08 (1st, above)
Ryan Stacey 1.15
Mike Brightwell 1.38
Jean Dorrell 1.45
Wendy Harris 2.07

Brooke Shepherd Wright 42m (1st female)
Shanel Cornille 43m (2nd female)
Vicki Parkin 55:48

Full results of Rotorua Marathon events here.

Tim Stewart winning the half in 1.08

Rotorua Marathon 2014 Results

We hope you enjoy the collection of Rotorua Marathon thoughts from the day that have been contributed from some of our members completing the marathon.  As spectators on the day we were proud to be part of the Hawks running club and watch many of our members tough it out on the course.

See over 150 photos by clicking on one of the photos below and the Hawks results are at the bottom of this post. 

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The Agony and the Ecstasy of the Rotorua  Marathon
by Graham Dudfield

The Marathon is unlike any other event.  You can sometimes bluff your way through a half marathon but the marathon will find any little chink in the  armour . It can be anything from not enough training – Nutrition mistakes , hydration, over estimating pace , effects of a virus and bang!  You are confronted with the dreaded wall – normally around the 30- 35 K – A lot of marathoners would have experienced it – some never have.

Your legs  start to cramp and refuse to function normally  – each step is a major effort. You run on memory and  you just want to walk. Basically what has happened is that you have run out of fuel.  Your muscles have used up all the stored fuel and have switched to standby mode and are now using  slow burning fats to keep going.

Your training has prepared your body to run efficiently and has improved the cardio vascular system but  just like a car uses more fuel when going fast – if your pace is a little faster than what you are capable of you burn up all your stores before the finish.
The Rotorua Marathon is with its hills , is even more testing on  runners. Running up the hills can use up your fuel reserves faster,  and because they come earlier in the race when you are normally feeling good,  you don’t know  you are doing it.

On the other hand – get it just right and you almost float to the finish line – Trish Stockman and Ryan Stacey probably experienced this – Saturdays marathon had a great turnout of Hawks runners and it was good to see the huge crowds and the excitement at the start.

Unfortunately the results don’t mention the club so looking for Hawks runners amongst the 4000 odd runners is a mission.  Well done to all the Hawks Marathoners – Those that experienced the ecstasy –  those that experienced the agony – and all the others in between.

Don Willoughby’s Report

Rotorua was the place to be last Saturday with the running of the 50th marathon and associated events.
Hawks had a great participation rate and checking through the results these efforts caught my eye.  Apologies for those missed but some 8000 names had to be checked.
In 31st and fastest Hawk? was Anthony Hancy 2.56.28.
10th woman was Kovo (Louise Kowalewski) with an outstanding 3.04.25
93rd spot saw consistent Kevin Knowles cross the line in 3.06.51
103rd place was Lance Brew 3.08.47
He was just two seconds ahead of Marion Millward who won the W55 title with her 3.08.49. A brilliant effort. She was tracked most of the way by former Hawk and Olympic walker Craig Barrett who was given the same time.Trish Stockman 3.23.49 made up the third member of the Hawks women’s team that placed a creditable third in the teams race. As Marion said after 15 years running Rotorua she was chuffed the club had a team.


Trish was 3rd in the W50 grade which was a mighty effort.
Maureen Leonard 3.43.13 completed her first marathon.
Brian Smith 6.24.39 – 3rd in the M80 grade.MIkayla Nielsen won the Womens half marathon with 1.26.11 and it was good to see former W16 road champ Rachel Smith back running with 4th in 1.28.23.  Sign her up quick as she could be a strong contender for the National Road relay team.Jenni Hoogeveen with 44.53 was third woman in the quarter marathon.


Anthony Hancy – Little Brown Runner

Tis was the morning of the big one, not a creature was stirring not even my brats….ok so that was a lie they where up before the sun…. we scurried to get ready, in the car we all popped , the ducklings the wife and the LittleBrownrunner.  Adrenalin was pumping as I met with my coach Mr Hadley himself.. With his inspirational talk , to kick my 3hr time to the curve, i was ready and craving this run for my PB time…….Keeping to my splits I was feeling like a sprit-lie wee thing then at 20k  a quick wave to the Fam as I pumped up the speed…. through the clearing of runners, is that the finish line i see….common legs this is what we have been working for…. Stepping it up a gear i brought us home the LittlebrownRunner and his legs in tow…2.56 PB YES i did it all the hard work defiantly showed….So a big thank you to the coach with the most Hadley you are the bomb ….

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Kovo Kowaleswski

Another beautiful, sunny yet freezing day in Rotorua at the start of the marathon. My body has weather confusion. It is not sure if I should be sweating or shivering. But, you are not here for a meteorological report. You are here for a race report.  I set off up the front due to Coach Dudfield telling me to “move on up” (with a shake of his arm) in front of the 3 hour pacer – with the elites! Ekkkk. But the start line is like artery to the heart – they are never big enough for the job that has to be done, so it was shoulder to shoulder, but the best place to start (I figure only now).  I set off with an end time in mind and a pace that I was going to stick to. It was only four 10km time trials with a cool down, right?  I got to half way: spot on, the next 7km was feeling good, great time, caught up with Hadley and got some wise words (and loads of them).   At the 30km mark the headwind kicked in, (very minute but still a good reason to slow down?) my legs just didn’t want to move.  At the 40km mark, I gave myself a stern warning to stop mucking around and picked up the pace, finishing strong BUT I had forgotten about my game face! The photos are terrible, but I didn’t feel any better than the photos look. I had achieved a PB marathon time.  It wouldn’t have been possible without the support from all hawks members on and off the field. So thank you all!


Lance Brew
3.08.40 marathon pb after a very tough day at the office facing the dark side of marathon running from 12 km to go.

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Trish Stockman
I am at the start because it is on  my bucket list, Rotorua 50th anniversary Marathon for my 50th  if I am going to do a marathon this is the one. After 7 weeks training and 1x 30km run  I’m off, ok run easy, pace yourself I hear Graham saying, I started nice and easy, Marion catches up to me at 800m  we have a quick hug and a good luck and off she goes. I am  on my own but chat to whoever would listen around me, in the distance I see Oscar and by 4km I have caught up I run with him and some others chatting away, Oscar is really worried that I am  going too fast and I will suffer at 30km. I feel great so on I trundle. Hmmm toilets and a familiar face with Dion running back into the pack from his little rest stop.Dion another 1st time marathoner with a lot more training under his belt, decides to run with me, we run, chat and check each KM with our watches, some seem long, some short and some super fast. It is fun and we were running well. Just before half way Dion decides to run on ahead. I run with my new friends, one guy says gee you are popular Trish, its because I have fantastic encouragement from all the Hawks supporters along the way. At ½ way the clock said 1:44.30 if I kept going I could make 3:30 (my goal was between 3:30 and 3:45). I feel great still, but have those last few killer hills to contend with and have heard they take it all out of you.I run the hills easily and pass people still feeling fantastic but thinking I must be slowing down. Dot and Chris are there on their bikes encouraging me, downhill, then the Airport gradient hill. I had my last gel stop Helen, Mike, Wendy and Colin are there saying what are you stopping for keep going, (it was part of the advice I was given, as a rookie if you have a gel, stop and have a good cup or more of water.(I stopped 3 times)). Off I go again the final few KM’s then the finish, when is the pain going to start? 4kms to go Chris gives me a drink of her magic water, at that point I think if I go faster I’ll get to the finish quicker (Smart advice Trish). My last few KMs are my fastest. I finish feeling great but overwhelmed.  3:23:40 3rd in my age and 2nd in the NZ champs. Icing on the cake  3rd in the teams with Marion and Kovo.Saturday 3rd May has been the highlight of my running, it was just my day. Thank you so much Graham and those who helped me on the training journey, and thank you to the amazing Hawks for the advice and encouragement throughout the day. We are a great bunch of runners.



Marathon Gun Time
Ryan Stacey 2:52:21
Ants Hancy 2:56:28
Kovo Kowalewski 3:04:25
Brendan Woolerton 3:05:29
Kevin Knowles 3:06:42
Lance Brew 3:08:47
Marion Millward 3:08:49
Hadley Craig 3:12:04
Nick Freke 3:17:41
Dion Hardy 3:20:22
Shanel Cornille 3:21:45
Dan Phillpot 3:22:03
Sam Le Heron 3:22:10
Trish Stockman 3:23:49
Oscar Emery 3:30:17
Brooke Shepherd 3:41:12
Maria Oates 4:04:20
Brian Halford 4:11:26
Michael Hoogeveen 4:11:26
Evan Primmer 3:57:02
Maureen Leonard 3:43:13
Darryl Conn 3:49:42
Caleb Koia Hamling 3:51:36
Vaughn Swale 4:07:12
Steve Parsons 4:26:23
Bridget McLaughlin 4:42:26
Garry Wilson 4:44:53
Brian Smith 6:24:39
Half Marathon
Mikayla Neilsen 1:26:11
Jean Dorrell 1:36:30
Vaughn Kestle 1:53:38
Connie Crook 1:56:57
Jason Cameron 0:37:26
Jenni Hoogeveen 0:44:53


Rotorua Marathon 2013 Results

Extract from The Don, Hawks newsletter – 8 May 2013 Newsletter:

49th Rotorua Marathon and T42 Challenge dominate news this week. The iconic, picturesque lap of the Rotorua Lake marathon attracted over 4000 participants in four running/walking events. Next year should be a boomer with 50 years being celebrated and Race Director Murray Fleming is already talking it up. Diary it now, set the goal do the background miles and give it a go. Having done 9 marathons myself they do take a huge time commitment so be warned.

This year saw Barry Magee trained Sam Wreford have a runaway win the fastest time since 2001with a 2.22.23 clocking. He won by nearly 12 minutes from Stephen O’Callaghan 2.34.12. After a cautious first half in 74 minutes Wreford flew home with a strong tail NE wind on his back running negative splits for a 68 second half. Such a tail wind past the airport is a most unusual occurrence for Rotorua. Erin Furness Hamilton triathlon coach and personal trainer won the women’s race in 2.57.25 and improved her time by 2 minutes when she placed 4th last year. Gabby O’Rourke who after a drinks mix up was second again in 2.59.50 and Cambridge Candice Hammond 3.03.01 was third.

There were 1153 finishers in the marathon with the tail enders clocking over 7 hours. Dredging through the results to find Hawks connected runners was a mission but I did pick up these names. Apologies for those missed. In 33rd Kevin Knowles 3.08.35 had a good run, Katy Dawson in her first marathon ran a pleasing 3.15.08. Craig Barrett was through in 3.15.27 just one spot ahead of Lance Brew 3.15.43. Darryl Conn ran a pleasing 3.40.10 while Brian Halford 3.50.22, Evan Primmer 3.52.20 and Oscar Emery 3.59.30 were other Hawks noted. Katherine Prumm 1.24.47 was second in the half and her time places her 13th on the club half ranking list for women. Craig McLean won the 5km in 17.57 while Karyn McCready with 21.42 won the women’s section of that event.