About the event and the history
Stu Cottam and the Monaco Mid Winter Marathon
Choosing the course
My sincere hopes for the future of this event are:
✓ This will be a ‘not for profit’ event.
✓ The main event will be the marathon!
✓ It will be low key and relatively hassle free to enter, and to have a go at.
✓ It will be an event that encourages and rewards first time marathoners (and indeed beginning runners of all kinds).
✓ No one will go home empty handed.
Kia kaha to all you runners and walkers!
The future of the event
Following Stu’s departure for Thailand in July 2020, a small group led by Dan Bullock felt that what Stu had achieved in setting up this event was too good to let go. The idea behind the event is unique in its purpose of aiming to encourage new people into the sport and with few barriers to entry. All proceeds going to local charities to help everyone is also a concept which we don’t come across very often.
As a group of passionate supporters and sponsors, we therefore want to continue with the legacy set out by Stu and ensure that running in Nelson continues to thrive. The re-introduction of a multi-person marathon relay for 2022 is seen as the first step in encouraging new people into the sport, surrounded by like-minded people.
It’s with thanks to and assistance from Athletics Nelson and Waimea Harriers, in terms of organisational expertise, marshals and equipment use, that we can get the event running. Thanks also go to the Honest Lawyer for providing the facilities used, together with sponsors for the prizes and awards donated to the event.
The organisers will donate at least 75% of your entry fee to our local charities "The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand" and "The Nelson Tasman Cycle Trails Trust". The organisers will endeavour to donate any proceeds left over after expenses and running costs. Any donations made over and above the ‘entry fee’ will be 100% donated to the charities.