Entrant Information - Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon

2017 Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon Event Information. Please read this information carefully before you participate.


Registration is at the Marlborough Convention Centre, Alfred St, Blenheim on Friday 12th May 2017, from 10am to 9.30pm.

E-tickets will be updated in the middle of April with your bib no. so please come along with this e-Ticket and you will receive your race pack. If you have pre-ordered t-shirts or other merchandise, or bus tickets, you will collect them here also.

You can get a friend to register for you if they bring a copy of your eTicket, but if you cannot make it to Blenheim before 9.30pm please contact us on info@vineyardhalf.com and we will make alternative arrangements.

And so you don’t have to stand around at a lengthy prizegiving on the off chance that you might win a spot prize, we put our fantastic spot prizes in your race packs at registration. So you can be a winner before you even start!

Some of our great sponsors such as Thermatech, Peak Fuel, Salomon and Taylor Pass Honey Company will be at registration, so come along with some spare time and have to a chat to them about their special registration day deals and some great products.

You can make some changes to your entry by logging into your tiktok account; be aware these changes can only be made until April 19. Any changes after that date will have to be made at registration where there will be a fee. Also please ensure you come with plenty of time as it can get quite busy.

Please contact us if you want to transfer your entry to another person and we will send you the relevant instructions.


Race Day Parking

 The race village will open at 7.30am, and parking is at Makana Confections, corner of O’Dwyers and Rapaura Rds. Once this is full, parking wardens will direct you to appropriate car parks down Selmes Rd. Allow at least 40 minutes to drive to Saint Clair, park your car and make your way to the start/finish area at the cellar door.

When Selmes Rd carpark is full, there is a paddock on Rapaura Rd that is available for parking; this is about 2 km away from the race site so a free bus service will be provided to get you from there to the race site and back again in the afternoon.

There is a $5/car charge for all parking areas.

Please be aware there is NO parking on Rapaura Rd. If you park along this road your car will be towed away.


Road Closures

Please note, and let supporters know, that O’Dwyers Rd will be closed to all traffic from 7am until 10:30am. Vehicles will be directed around Hammerichs Rd, which adds about 10 minutes to the journey from Blenheim to Saint Clair.

Giffords Rd will also be closed to all vehicles except residents at these same times.



Please note the main entrance to the race site is through the second gate on Selmes Rd – there is no entry to the race site from Rapaura Rd.


Race and briefing times

RUNNERS – To reduce congestion at the start line, runners should estimate their completion time and line up according to the ‘waves’.

Wave 1 – Under 2 hours

Wave 2 – 2hrs – 2.15hrs

Wave 3 – over 2.15 hours


Wave 1 Runners – please make your way to the start line down chute 1 to get access to the start line at approximately 8.30am.

Wave 2 Runners – please access the start line down chute 2 at approximately 8.35am.

Wave 3 Runners – listen for your call to enter chute 1 at approximately 8.45am.

Some pace runners will be running on race day. Look out for them in the bright fluoro yellow t-shirts.


HYBRID – The hybrid category will also have 2 starts. Faster entrants will be asked to enter chute 2 at 9.05am and the more casual will be entering chute 1 at 9.10am.

WALK – The walkers will all start together but if you are after a faster time please enter the starting chutes early. You will be called to the start line from approximately 9.20.

So to summarise: listen for your instructions on the day and please be patient.

Category | Briefing Time | Start Time
Run 8.50am 9.00am
Hybrid 9.10am 9.20am
Walk 9.30am 9.40am


NB: If you start in a category different to the one you’re entered; your time will register as ‘DNF’ (did not finish).

It is well and truly too late to swap categories on event day.

Please do not run in another person’s bib – if anything happens to you out there we will not know who you are!



Your timer will officially start the minute you go over the start line, and your ‘mat’ time will be recorded as you finish. Your ‘gun’ time is your time from when the starting gun goes and it is this one that determines your placement on the day, even though the mat time is more precise.

Prizes on the day will be awarded on gun times as official mat times will not be confirmed until 1-2 days after the race, so if you are after a placing on the day you will need to start near the front of the chute.


Timing Transponders

A timing strip will be embedded in your bib so you will not need to attach anything to your shoes, or return it when you are completed.



The buses to Saint Clair on event morning will depart from Seymour Square next to the clock tower on Seymour St. They will also stop at Springlands Supermarket Bus Stop on Middle Renwick Rd, next to Speights Ale House so you can catch them there if you prefer.

Depart Seymour Square Clock Tower in central Blenheim

Runners               7:30am

Hybrids                 8:00am

Walkers                8:30am

Depart Springlands Supermarket Bus Stop (Next to Speights Ale House – Middle Renwick Rd)

Runners               7:35am

Hybrids                 8:05am

Walkers                8:35am

Buses return to Blenheim from the bus stop on Rapaura Rd every 30 minutes from 11:30am-3pm


NB: Buses are only for those who have pre-booked and paid – you cannot purchase tickets from the driver.

Tickets will be available to purchase at registration on Friday May 12th.

One way tickets back to Blenheim from Saint Clair on race day will be available to purchase for $10 from the Info stall in the race village.


Race Numbers

Attach race numbers to the front of your t-shirt/jacket using the safety pins provided, and ensure you wear this bib for the complete race.

Please use a ballpoint pen to fill out the reverse of the race number, listing any medical information St John Ambulance should know if need be.

You’ll need your race number to collect your wine at the end of the race. Please note the wine is only available if you are 18 years or over. If you are Under 18 you will receive another prize instead.


Dress for the Weather

 Please ensure you dress according to forecast weather conditions. It can be wet and cool at this time of year, so merino/polypropylene/waterproof clothing should be worn if conditions are unfavourable, and wear lots of layers.


Gear Storage

 A gear storage tent will be staffed all day for you to leave your gear. Please attach the tear-off strip from the top of your bib to your bag for storage. You’ll need your race bib to collect gear at the end.


Course Markings and Map

 To find your way around the course you will follow a combination of signs and arrows. Distances are marked at every kilometre.



Drink Stations and Toilets

There are five drink stations serving water: at the 5km, 8km, 11km 15km and 17km points. You will find toilets at each of these stations too.

There will also be a range of Taste Stations and live music at various spots along the course for those who have the time and inclination to indulge!


Peak Fuel

 Our supplement sponsor Peak Fuel will be at registration and the start/finish line with offers and advice about their nutritional products at special event pricing. Their products will also be at the 8km and the 15km drink stations on the course.



You will see a marshal at approximately every km on the course. There will also be a tail-end Charlie following at the end. If a fellow participant is in need of first aid, please administer help if you can and alert the nearest marshal. All marshals are in mobile contact and will call the Course Manager for assistance if required.



There are 5 road crossings, and marshals will be at each road crossing to STOP YOU if there is traffic coming.

You must give way to ALL traffic at road crossings and marshals will be present to impose this.

Please listen to instructions from the marshals and anyone ignoring the marshals’ instructions will be disqualified.


If You Pull Out

If you pull out of the race you must inform a marshal. If you’re planning on carrying a mobile phone, please save the Course Manager’s number in your phone in case you might need any help – Steve Gibbons 021 482 184


Spectator Spot

There are two great spectator spots for your supporters to come and see you on the course. The first is at the 8km mark at the Cloudy Bay Cellar Door on Jacksons Rd.  Then you can go on to just past the half way mark on Giffords Rd to get up and close to your runners to cheer them on.


‘The Hub’

When you have finished your race we hope you will relax and spend some time at ‘The Hub’, cheering on your friends and enjoying the relaxing post-race atmosphere of live music and delicious food and beverage.

There will be plenty on offer at The Hub, including the Saint Clair Vineyard Kitchen which will be open for restaurant lunches. To make sure you get in and experience their fabulous new restaurant, bookings are advised. Call 0800 317 319 or 03 570 5280 or email cellardoor@saintclair.co.nz. They will also have wine tastings and their famous chicken pies for sale, alongside other great Marlborough food providers such as Taylor Pass Honey Co, Pedro’s Empanadas, Feast Merchants, The Good Ice-cream Company, Ritual Coffee, and Renaissance Brewing Company, and others. So prepare to reward yourself heartily for your day’s efforts!


‘The Grove’

‘The Grove’ is the lawn area especially designed for your relaxation and recovery after the event. Here you will find the massage therapists, prize wine collection, yoga, seating and relaxation areas, music, and some other great food and beverage stalls. There will also be a results tent so you can search for your results quickly.

So be sure to relax there after the race – there will be something there for everyone!



Relax and unwind after the event with a sensational recovery massage treatment. Please visit the massage tent in The Grove and put your name down with one of our massage therapists. $20 for 15 minutes.



Yoga warm up and warm down classes will be offered in The Grove. Please listen for start times during the day on the loud speaker.  $4 for a 15-minute class.

Warm Up

8.00am                 8.20am                 8.40am                 9.00am

 Warm Down

11.20am              11.40am              12.00pm            12.20pm       1.00pm        1.20pm                 1.40pm                 2.00pm



Every finisher will receive a trophy when they finish; a bottle of wine from the highly acclaimed Saint Clair Family Estate. Present your race bib at the Wine Collection tent on the relaxation lawn to redeem your prize.

Please note the wine is only available if you are 18 years or over. If you are under 18 you will have a large U18 on your bib which you will present at Wine Collection to receive another prize instead.

The first male and female of each category (Run, Hybrid and Walk) will also receive a magnum of Saint Clair wine. If this is not collected on the day from the Information tent it will be posted out the following week.


Finish line treats

 Here are some of the treats that you will find at ‘The Hub’ and ‘The Grove’:

  • A live band to help you relax and celebrate your achievement with your friends
  • The relaxation lawn will be available for you to lounge on the grass, listen to music and partake of some of Marlborough’s finest products
  • The team from the Saint Clair Vineyard Kitchen will have complimentary wine tasting (and some sharp deals), plus their famous chicken pies and other hearty food for sale
  • The Saint Clair Vineyard Kitchen restaurant will be open for restaurant lunches and other drinks and snacks – bookings advised by phoning 03 570 5280 or email cellardoor@saintclair.co.nz
  • A range of Marlborough food suppliers will be on hand to provide you with some hearty sustenance when you have finished your race, including some gluten free and vegetarian options.
  • Massage therapists can deal to those aching legs and muscles
  • Regular 15-minute yoga sessions to help with your warmup and recovery
  • There will be water and Peak Fuel hydration to assist you with your energy recovery
  • Sports merchandise will be for sale at the Thermatech and Salomon tents
  • Vineyard Half event merchandise will be available for sale at the Information stall
  • There will some EFTPOS facilities available but there is likely to be a queue for cash so it might be useful to bring cash as well.


Special Saint Clair wine offer for participants/supporters

To celebrate the Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon, we have some exclusive offers available in the Saint Clair wine tasting tent. Special packs will include:

Saint Clair Marlborough Premium Two Pack $35

Saint Clair Marlborough Premium Sauvignon Blanc

Saint Clair Marlborough Premium Pinot Noir

 Saint Clair Mixed Special Three Pack $60

Saint Clair Marlborough Premium Pinot Gris

Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc

Saint Clair Premium Merlot


Results and Photos

You will be individually timed and results posted on https://vineyardhalf.com by 12 noon Monday 15th May – or earlier if all goes well.

There will be photographers on the course and a link will be sent to you from www.marathon-photos.com a few days after the event to view and purchase if you choose.


Feast Marlborough Food Event

If you are in Marlborough for the weekend don’t forget to check out the offerings at Feast Marlborough which is on over the same weekend as the Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon. Marlborough restaurants are excited to be hosting a range of food events which we are sure will appeal to Vineyard Half entrants.


Making it possible

We are very grateful to all parties involved in this event: sponsors, landowners, marshals, St. John and many others. You’ll run through 22 private properties—the owners of which have generously allowed access through their land on this one day of the year, so please respect their property and do not leave any rubbish along the way. And please do not bring dogs.



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We look forward to seeing you all here on May 13th, 2017 for a great weekend!