Hoka One One Lydiard Legend Marathon, Arthur's Half Marathon, and the Titirangi 10km and 5km run and walk

Shadbolt Park, New Lynn, Waitakere Ranges, Auckland


The Legend is postponed for 2016

It has been quite the journey since the inaugural Arthur Lydiard Legend took place in 2005. Much blood, sweat and the occasional tear went into creating an event that we are proud of, and we hope you are too. The past few years have thrown some pretty enormous challenges at the event, and at this point in time the representatives on the Legend Charitable Trust have made the very difficult decision to postpone the event in 2016. It is the intention that the Legend will be back on the calendar in 2017. We would like to acknowledge you, the people that brought the event to fruition by choosing to take part, and supporting an event that celebrated the life and philosophies of our greatest ever running coach, Arthur Lydiard. Until we see you again on the Legend start line, let’s do what Arthur would have wanted, and “keep on running”.


The Arthur Lydiard Legend events were created in conjunction with the master coach himself, on courses that have produced our most famous and successful Olympic athletes, the likes of Peter Snell, Murray Halberg, Barry Magee, Bill Bailey and many others...

The Legend event is steeped in history and was developed with Arthur Lydiard himself prior to his passing in 2004 - this event was not meant to be a memorial to the great man, and has become a major road run/walk event in the calendar.

Lydiard Legend Marathon, Arthur's Half Marathon, and the Titirangi 10km and 5km run and walk

All events follow the famous Waiatarua routes (set in the Waitakere Ranges in West Auckland ) previously used by Arthur Lydiard to train his prodigies - Arthur's training courses are now world-renowned and countless elite and not-so-elite athletes from many parts of the world have used them, and still do, as a key element of their training regimes and schedules. Arthur's courses and his training principles have stood the test of time.

The Legend event was an idea conceived by Ian Winson after viewing a television documentary earlier in 2004, featuring a young athlete completing a run on the Lydiard training route., Contact was made with Arthur to seek permission to organise an event in his name, he gave his blessing and written permission - The Legend event was born.



Training Schedules by Arthur Lydiard

Thanks to Arthur's good friend and co-author Garth Gilmour, we are able to offer Arthur Lydiard's original marathon and half-marathon schedules to anyone looking for some training pointers. These were published in the Lydiard-Gilmour book, Run To the Top, in 1962.

Download Arthur Lydiards Run to the Top with Master Coach Arthur Lydiard
By Garth Gilmour, Arthur's biographer and co-author for more than 40 years



Help Get Ian Winson to the New York Marathon!

https://givealittle.co.nz/fundraiser/ian4newyork2015 As many of you know , In 2011 I was involved in a horrific accident with a team of work colleagues that left me with permanent physical challenges. Both legs had to be amputated above the knees and both arms were left with permanent injuries. I also suffered a traumatic brain injury.

Since that dreadful day I have had 25 surgeries to ‘fix’ me up (the latest last December) but vowed that the accident would not define me and that I would get on with life and try to do the activities that I did before.

Prior to the day I was an operational engineer with a passion for sport. I have played hockey at provincial level, completed Ironman and enjoyed social endurance sports. I went to the gym daily and had a passion for encouraging others to get fit and participate. Significantly, Aaron Carter of Totalsport and I created the Legend Marathon event which is now in its 11th year!

Late last year the committee members of Achilles NZ contacted me to see if I would like to be part of their charity. One of the programs the Achilles do is to take physically challenged athletes to the New York Marathon.

For me this was going to be a challenge as I am unable to run or walk it and due to the damage of my arms cannot ‘hand crank’ it. After some thought and talking with the artificial limb centre a special set of riding legs have been made for me to actually ride the marathon on a foot crank recumbent tricycle.

Now I need your help to actually get there - click here and read more about this challenge.


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