Event info

Location & Start time

Start and finish for the marathon is by Tai Tapu Domain, Old Tai Tapu Road, just south of Christchurch. 

The half - marathon finishes at the marathon lap  1 turn around mark.

Race briefing is at 7:15am 

Start is at 7:30am

Course Description

This certified course will start with one 6km lap followed by three 12km laps out and back along Old Tai Tapu Road for the marathon. The half will do a 6km lap, a 12km lap and then a further 3 km of the next lap.


The road has little camber and is protected from the wind with large sections of the course flanked by tall trees.

Entry Details


Registered runners: $100

Community runners $125


Half marathon

Registered runners: $50

Community runners $65


Entry criteria applies to this event as numbers may be restricted. 

Event Amenities

Information about race pack collection, venue access, drink stations, prizegiving etc. will be posted on the website and emailed out to entrants once entries close on May 8th.


Toilets will provided at the start / finish area and approximately half way along the course.

First Aid personnel will be in attendance.

Medals & Prize Money
for 2022/23 registered athletes only

Athletics New Zealand will be presenting the Senior Marathon medals immediately after the event.

Athletics Canterbury will be presenting the Canterbury Marathon Championship medals for senior, masters 35-49, and 50+ grades, as well as an Open grade.  The latter will be the first 3 Canterbury runners (male and female) across the line. 


Both the men’s and women’s marathon races offer a prize pool of $1500 with $600 awarded to the first place finisher down to $200 for fourth.

Half Marathon
Development Grants

The Bill Richards Marathon Trust is providing 6 x $250 development grants for the first 3 male and first 3 female Canterbury registered runners in the half marathon.

Winners of these grants will agree with a Trustee how this money would be best spent and explore the possibility of gaining further funding from the Trust.

Full details of how the Bill Richards Marathon Trust can assist long distance runners in Canterbury reach their potential can be found HERE.

Entry criteria & Financial support

Athletes must be capable of finishing within four hours as the temporary traffic management plan is only in place until 11.30am on the day.

Priority will be given to marathon runners so half marathon entry will be closed early should entrant numbers reach the race limit.

Runners entering as a registered runner must register with Athletics New Zealand no later than the 8th of May, 2022.

Athletics NZ is running an Athlete Support Programme offering funding assistance for a maximum of 10 athletes (five male and five female). This comprises free entry and contribution to cover travel and accommodation costs, if required. 

Details are listed here.