Source: Otago Daily Times - 18/11/2011
Despite entries for Queenstown's new Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon only opening today, the race has already caught the attention of running aficionados from around the world.
The starting gun will sound for the inaugural 5km, 10km, half-marathon and marathon event on February 4, with participants making their way through a mystery course between Skippers Canyon and Moke Lake.
Race organiser Adrian Bailey, founder of Queenstown event co-ordinating company Active Qt, was excited about what he hoped would be an annual event.
"We put up a teaser trailer on Friday evening because we've had interest from France, Germany, Switzerland and Austria, the States, Australia and New Zealand," Bailey said.
"We're just co-ordinating the final details, but the race itself is entirely on the beautiful, private Ben Lomond Station."
Up to 400 marathon participants will meet at Moke Lake, leaving their vehicles to be transported to the start of the course.
Participants in the other races will begin at Moke Lake.
Beginning at the Skippers Canyon Pipeline Bungy, the marathon course makes its way through the canyon, water races, across mountain bluffs and up on to the Moonlight Track.
From there, runners will make their way to the finish at Moke Lake, where, organisers say, a festive family atmosphere will welcome finishers at the Ben Lomond woolshed.
Bailey said it had been about six years since Queenstown's last marathon, so it was great to create a "destination marathon" on the private land of the Ben Lomond Station, owned by John and Ginny Foster.
"From what I've heard, the fact that we now have a marathon in the area means it's attractive for people who want to come for an adventure in the race and then do everything else in Queenstown as well."
Another Active Qt event, Race the Train, already has about 150 participants signed up to pit themselves against the recently relaunched Kingston Flyer.
Bailey said there were another 150 places for people who wanted to take the steam train from Kingston to the starting line at Fairlight, with shuttles available for those who miss out.
While he said the response so far was "brilliant", he expected more entries for the January 8 event after Christmas.
Source: Mountain Scene - 22/09/2011
Adrian off to a flyer
Running to catch a train is about to take on a new meaning in the Wakatipu.
Queenstown marathon man Adrian Bailey (left) is organising a novel event on January 8, which will pit runners against the historic Kingston Flyer steam train.
“I think it will be quite a drawcard – racing against a steam train is not something you do every day.”
Bailey is basing his race on the popular Race The Train in his native Wales – also featuring an old steam puffer – which he won in 2002 before shifting here.
Bailey has dreamt of a ‘man versus Kingston Flyer’ race for a while but the train’s operating company was placed in receivership two years ago.
The Flyer, however, will be back on track late next month following it being snapped up by Marlborough man David Bryce.
Runners will race the Flyer for 14km from Fairlight to the Kingston railway station.
The train will chug about 10 to 11 kilometres per hour, allowing a fair number of the field to run alongside it, Bailey says.
The fastest runners will take 50 minutes, and the train between 75 and 80 minutes, he estimates.
Bailey says the course, apart from two undulations, is flat – “you could push a pram”.
Spectators can line the route or catch the train to watch.
Bailey says there’ll also be a simultaneous 5km run that will start and finish at Kingston station.
Bailey expects up to 700 runners to take part.
Entries go online on October 8 – the fee has not yet been set but won’t be much, Bailey says.
Source: Mountain Scene - 23/04/2009
Blazing Bailey starts fortnightly fun events in our own backyard: Home runs
Running man: Adrian Bailey
Queenstown marathon man Adrian Bailey has set himself a new challenge – to bring more all-inclusive running events back to the Wakatipu.
The long-distance athlete – who’s represented both New Zealand and his native Wales – says he’s fed up watching local races slipping away from the resort.
As a result Bailey, 33, is organising a new event called the Frontrunner Series, to be held at Jack’s Point every second Saturday morning from June 27-November 28.
He insists planned 5km and 10km runs and walks will suit individuals, families and schoolkids wanting to get fit – as well as serious amateurs.
The move comes not long after 225 punters turned up to compete in the second annual Remarkable Runners Arm Run.
“For a while now, a lot of people have come forward to me and discussed the decline of running events in the area,” says Bailey.
“It’s a shame this slide has been happening over the past few years as Queenstown is an unbeatable location.
“Before, we had the likes of the Queenstown Marathon, the Moke Lake Triathlon and the K2Q, which were great.
“But now they’re no longer here, I wanted to introduce something new that people don’t have to travel huge distances to participate in.”
Bailey originally slotted his new series for the Frankton Track but has opted for Jack’s Point instead, as it’s sunnier in winter and can accommodate a half-marathon as a curtain closer.
“There are huge benefits in terms of the car parking, catering and changing facilities at the site,” he says.
“Hopefully this will give people in the area something to focus their energies on in the winter and encourage some to challenge themselves by aiming to compete in established events like the Routeburn Classic and the Motatapu.”
The new series is a not-forprofit undertaking with minimal entry fees. There’s also $25,000 worth of prizes up for grabs.
Bailey knows a thing or two about setting – and smashing – personal targets. He ran for Wales between the ages of
14-26, competing in the world crosscountry champs in Italy in 2002.
Later that year, after visiting NZ with the Welsh team, he shifted to the Wakatipu as he thought it would make an ideal training base.
“I flew into Christchurch in the November and found out there was a marathon on just before Christmas in Queenstown.
“I entered, won it and never left.” Bailey spent a few years working as the manager of a Queenstown gym before becoming boss of an altitude simulation company in the resort in 2006.
In between work and racing, he even finds time to run three evening circuit training and running classes.
“These days I get as much satisfaction out of other people’s achievements as my own performances and that helps drive me on.”
Last year Bailey became eligible to represent NZ and made his debut at the world 100km champs near Rome, Italy, in November – but had to pull up injured.
Once he tackles the Routeburn Classic and the Christchurch Marathon next month, his next goal is to make the NZ 100km team for the Commonwealth Games in India in 2010.
“I’m every bit as proud when I pull on the silver fern vest as I was running for Wales,” he says.
Meet Your Neighbour: Adrian bailey
By Russell Blackstock