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


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


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


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

Photograph of Marlborough vines: MarlboroughNZ.com


Thomas’s Team tackle Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon

Thomas’s Paula and Jamie, Two of the 2016 Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon Competitors

Thomas’s Paula and Jamie, Two of the 2016 Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon Competitors


We were thrilled to support the ever-more successful Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon again this year. At Thomas’s we love getting behind such a great flagship event – and we want to thank the organisers for doing such a marvellous job putting on not only an incredible occasion but also promoting Marlborough so well.

Competitors had a ball, judging by the fantastic feedback they gave the organisers and the rate at which tickets have been selling out for next year’s event! (You can read more of a debrief here). If you haven’t already done it, you really ought to add it to your bucket list.

Our own Jamie and Paula (in the picture above) were pretty happy with their race, and happy with their stylish Mons Royale merino gear. Paula, who was doing her fourth Saint Clair Vineyard Half thought it was “a totally amazing day” and loved hearing the comments from those runners there for the first time. She wore the Mons Tech top for the race, “Despite the heat it performed really well and looked good too!” Check out our Mons Royale range here.

Mons Royale sportswear at Thomas's, Marlborough

You may have heard that we originally had a somewhat larger Thomas’s team entered, and while we don’t want to sound like we’re making excuses … the rest of us had to man the shop and our stand at the race as it was such a big weekend for the store!

Following the sporting challenge, we’ve got a bit of a design challenge happening here over winter. Keep an eye out for our next blog – a follow-up to the packed-out event held at Thomas’s with the inspiring Kate Duncan, interior designer.


Team Thomas’s Running Hot!

A big shout out to team Thomas’s, racking up more than 1000 kilometres in training for the Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon – and there’s still four weeks ‘til race day!

Ten of the Thomas’s team have signed up to take part in the Vineyard Half next month, trading up comfy summer sandals for running shoes and forgoing after-work drinks for early morning training sessions, in a true test of grit and willpower.

This is the second year we’ve entered a team, and co-owner Tim Thomas says while we originally entered to support a fantastic Marlborough event, we’ve also built team camaraderie and energy through collectively working towards a common goal.

“We see this event as a good thing for Marlborough and local businesses which all benefit from the influx of visitors to the town,” Tim says.

“It’s also a great opportunity to get our staff involved, we’ve had a great time training and building up for it.  And while race day itself is loads of fun, all the training and anticipation has been a catalyst for motivating and energising the whole team.”

“It’s an incredible event, we want to be a part of it.”

It’s important for businesses to support local events, and this year Thomas’s has extended their support and partnered with the Vineyard Half as sponsors, says Tim.

“These events are so important to the region, if we can show visitors a really good time – not just at the event itself, but for their whole stay – maybe we can get them to stay longer, or return with their families at a later date.”

The Vineyard Half’s commitment to raising money and awareness for Beat Bowel Cancer Aotearoa, cemented our support of the event, because of the impact the terrible disease has had on their family.

Their Aunty died of bowel cancer in 1996, only three months after diagnosis, and their father Michael recently had a close call, serving as a wake up call for the family, Tim says.

Early detection is key, so raising awareness is crucial and something we hope to achieve with our involvement in sponsoring this event.”

Keep an eye out for Thomas’s at registration, where we’ll be displaying some of our gorgeous designer outfits from Kowtow, Kate Sylvester and KetzKe – you might see something special to wear at the post-race function Revelry.

We also stock a full range of Icebreaker and Mons Royale gear, so if you find you’ve left home without your socks or running top – pop in and see us, we’ll make sure you’re sorted for race day.

Enjoy the event, have an incredible day, we look forward to seeing you there.