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Footloose and Fancy Free, Celebrating 25 years Round the Vines

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While 2020 and Covid dampened the dreams of those who were looking forward to walking or running around the vines, 2021 came up trumps, the 25th year of brilliant organisation and commitment from the Martinborough School Committee and the community. 

In the words of Charlies Angel’s, Beth, Anna, Jeremy, and Catt who came from Taupo especially for the event, “We really did not know what to expect but the organisation, enthusiasm, regularity of wine (sorry, water!) stops, volunteers, music, wine selection and the amazing spot prizes just blew us away.  It really did put the Fun in the Run!  We’ll be back for sure next year and are already working on the costumes.”

There are 25 platinum supporters for the event which ensures the Prizes are highly sought after, including a night for two at Wharekauhau Country Estate. Major supporters are Dusty and Lulu, Palliser Wines, Masterton Shoe Clinic, Thermatec, Ata Rangi, Foley Wines, More FM, Peppers Parehua, Lamb Peters, Devotus, Aspect Architecture, and Powershop. Many more Martinborough Businesses support the event, by gifting prizes or helping on the day. Over $50,000 was raised this year, which will go towards installing a sports turf at Martinborough School.

With over 1,500 entrants either walking or running 10km or 21km the organisation needs to be thorough.  Drinking stations along the route offer both wine and water. Live music energises the crowds and provides the party atmosphere. The Square is closed for the prizegiving where everyone convenes after the event. Teachers, parents, and local businesses all get involved. Costumes remain a highlight. Where else would you find an experienced 21km athlete running in a banana suit? 

As Angela Sweeney says “The support we receive each year from the business community through sponsorship is just outstanding.  We could not put on the event without their support and the support of our amazing volunteers.  Each year we start off as a small events committee and then the whole community gets behind to make it all happen.”

Next year the Fun Run/Walk will take place on the Saturday, with registrations opening on the Friday in the Martinborough School Hall and on the morning of the event. 

Save the date Saturday 12th March 2022.  Visit www.roundthevinesorg.nz. 

Lyle Griffiths

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