|Stephen Day, 2017 NZ Marathon Champ as a result of being the fastest New Zealander|
Liam Back - Senior Boys silver medalist from the Sec Schools XC Champs. A rising star
Lucas DuRoss - is no stranger to the course
Anthony Jackson - Englishman in NZ - previous best over HM is 69 min. Could be interesting
Emerson Deverell - 2x NZ Mountain Running Champs and 2x Sec Schools XC Rep
Melissa Black - could upset on the day
Hector Farmer - more of a middle distance track runner but should not be underestimated
Ayesha Shafi - getting better by the minute
Nick Sasse - had a great Vosseler Shield race
Edward Barnes, Boys 7, " I am almost the fastest kid on earth"
Jonathon Woodhouse, Male 40-49 " I have been running for 35 years - i just love it"
Maisie Morton, Girls 8, "Maisie likes fluffy cats"
Adrian Cruz, Boys 6, "No experience on a marathon run"
Miles Coverdale, Male 40-49, "Olympic Harriers legend"
Owen Morton, Boys 9, "Owen likes magic tricks"
Emma Alexander, Female 30-39, "Passionate about running"
Liz McKenna, Female 30-39, "Running to fill in time while my husband runs the marathon"
Carl Laffan, Men 40-49, "This event is going to be better than Pierce Brosnan's wedding"
Rebecca Fone, Female 30-39, "This is my 5th marathon and I will be needing a post race wine"
Peter McDowall, M30-39, "U15 underwater tiddlywinks semi-finalist"
Sophie Smith, Female U19 " Where is the finish line?"
Mike Hancock, Male 40-49, "Will there be Big Mac stations????"
Mike Stewart, Male 60-69, "500+ marathons"
Libica Hurley, Female 20-29, "A cyclist trying to find a love for running"
Kelly Marzano, Female 40-49, "Any finish is better than not starting at all"
Peter Tearle, Male 80-99, "Eldest person in the entire event - 93"