Feast Marlborough and the Saint Clair Half Marathon coincide for one lively weekend

 

Saint Clair Vineyard Half with Thomas's - MarlboroughNZ.com

One weekend in autumn draws a huge crowd to Marlborough, but not for the vineyard rows turning spectacular shades of crimson, amber and gold against clear blue skies. It’s the chance to participate in a wildly popular event that delivers an intimate way to sightsee Marlborough’s vineyards: the Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon. Thomas’s joins the excitement again as an official sponsor of the event on May 13th for another sell-out year. There are lots of ways Thomas’s will be participating in the weekend events, starting with extended store hours to include Sunday following the race.

Icebreaker at Thomas's

The Saint Clair half-marathon has been drawing entrants throughout New Zealand for over ten years. This year, guests travelling to Marlborough will be treated to an added bonus, the launch of the newest foodie festival in the country, Feast Marlborough. The inaugural event takes place the same weekend as the half-marathon, celebrating Marlborough as a producer of fresh, local delicacies and world-class wines in a series of mini-events.

Feast Marlborough with Thomas's

Pork bao buns with Thomas's for Feast Marlborough's street party

Friday kicks off Feast Marlborough’s three day celebration with a street food fair right outside the store, where our own Thomas & Sons Café will join other local food producers and restaurants to show off the region’s best fare with amazing street food in downtown Blenheim (3pm–7pm). Renowned chef Martin Bosley is leading the charge and there will be incredible seafood, Asian pork-belly bao buns (that’s us!), Mexican and other delicious street food on offer. Turn up, enjoy some late-night shopping – Thomas’s will be open until 7pm – enjoy a great meal, and get your weekend off on the right foot. Saturday night’s Feast Marlborough offering gives the half-marathon participants a chance to celebrate their efforts with several venues hosting unique dining options, and finally Sunday closes with a collaborative brunch. What better way to celebrate the mum in your life (Sunday is Mother’s Day after all!).

If you need a bit of inspiration for what to wear on the big day, check out our range online and make us your first stop for insider knowledge on the best fashion, from competition time to kicking up your heels. Mons Royale and Icebreaker offer great options for Marlborough’s fluctuating temperatures that will see you through a cold morning start to a heated finish on race day. We also carry the latest from KowTow, Karen Walker, Ted Baker, Ketz-ke and more, for an instant uplift after you peel off running gear and join the celebrations.

See you on Friday night for the street food party, Saturday at the finish line, or come and see us in store on Sunday for a relaxed shop, coffee and brunch.

Best of luck to all the competitors, whether it’s your first time or your tenth. You’ve got this!

Thomas’s opening hours for the Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon & Feast Marlborough weekend

Friday

  • Shop: 9.00am – 7.00pm
  • Café: 8.00am – 7.00pm

Saturday

  • Shop: 10.00am – 4.00pm
  • Café: 8.30am – 3.00pm

Sunday

  • Shop: 10.00am – 3.00pm
  • Café: 8.30am – 2.00pm

Photograph of Marlborough vines: MarlboroughNZ.com

Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon – 10 May 2014

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Thomas’s is proud to be a sponsor of the Saint Clair half Marathon, this year we are teaming up to raise funds for ‘Beat Bowel Cancer Aotearoa’ a non profit organisation committed to reducing the impact of bowel cancer in NZ. This disease is close to the heart of the Thomas’s family. The below article was put together by the Marlborough Express and details our story, have a read and signup to raise some much needed funds for this worthwhile cause:

 

http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/lifestyle/9756484/Runners-to-beat-bowel-cancer

 

A crew of Thomas’s staff are also taking part in the event, the training has got off to a bit of a slow start but we are now in full swing! Watch this space for further details on how we are all doing.

 

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We have entered a team of 6 in the Vineyard Half Marathon to raise money for bowel cancer awareness this year AND the person who makes the greatest donation to our fundraise online site will win a Kate Sylvester dress valued at up to $500!

 

Kate Syl

So go on get involved and start raising some funds! All the info on how to get involved is on the Vineyard Half website: http://vineyardhalf.com/beat-bowel-cancer/

 

To learn more about Beat Bowel Cancer Aotearoa organisation click this link to their website: http://www.beatbowelcancer.org.nz/

 

Best of luck for the race and go hard on the training.

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