First-timers take out Auckland marathon

  • 30/10/2016

Cool and cloudy conditions made it an ideal day for runners in today's Auckland marathon.

Oska Baynes of Christchurch won this year's title, completing the 42km race in two hours, 20 minutes and 36 seconds.

Baynes is a New Zealand half-marathon champion, but today was his first time running a full 42km.

Jeff Gillies, head of partnerships for Iron Man in Asia Pacific, says Baynes' time put him within minutes of the course record.

Fellow first-timer Nicole Goldsmid of Fielding won the women's division with a time of two hours and 47 minutes.

Gillies said this year saw just under 14,000 athletes take part, a strong growth from last year.

"The weather's turned on, we couldn't really ask for very much more. We're really pleased with the way the morning's gone."

The full course takes runners from Devonport over the Harbour Bridge, along the waterfront to St Heliers and back to Victoria Park.