NBS Nelson Striders Half Marathon & 10km

Sun, 14/01/2018 January 15th 2017 - Your chance to WIN!

This unique event was inspired by the Nelson Striders running group who made international press when out for their Sunday morning run up the Maitai Valley in August 1994. What started as a peaceful jog ended up with the group scrambling up a bank to avoid the agitated wild boar. Caretaker Trevor Ruffell came to the rescue and had to drown the pig with his bare hands in the Maitai River.

Runners now compete to win the prestigous Trevor Ruffell Tusk Trophy (aka The Boar's Jaws) by being closest to their estimate over the 21.1km distance up the Maitai Valley. Over the past 18 years winners have all been within 10 seconds of their estimate, with Stu Cottam guessing his exact time in 1998.

Trevor Ruffell Tusk Trophy (aka The Boars Jaw)


Nelson Evening Mail (Wednesday August 10, 1994) - Kirsty Fyfe

Striders Half & 10km Conception BillBoard

Crocodile Dundee eat your heart out .... a Nelson man became a true hero on Sunday when he saved a group of joggers being chased by a frenzied boar.

Maitai Dam caretaker Trevor Ruffell downplayed his courageous feat when contacted by the Mail this morning, but admitted he drowned the 54kg boar in the Maitai River with his bare hands.

The escapade began when seven members of the Nelson Striders Club were enjoying an early morning jog through the Maitai Valley and spied a wild boar on the opposite side of the river.

When the tusked boar saw them it swam the river and gave chase.

Mr Ruffell couldn't quite believe what he saw when he arrived on the scene in his utility with his sheepdog on the back.
'I saw all these joggers waving at me and thought they wanted a lift, but then saw this frenzied boar and realised they were in big trouble.'

After ramming the pig with his ute's bull bar, he grabbed his .22 rifle - but not before his dog had bailed the pig up. 'The dog chased him down to the river where I shot him between the eyes, but he didn't flinch.'

The boar then ripped the dog through the shoulder with its tusks and tried to charge up the opposite side of the bank. 'So I grabbed him by the tail and the back leg and drowned him in the river. He was pretty tired by then.'

Mr Ruffell said it happened so fast he did not even think about his actions before lending a hand.

Joggers Marie Lenting and Averil West said the incident was exciting rather than terrifying and made their adrenalin pump. 'We just couldn't believe a boar would actually swim a river to chase us. The experience was so unreal because it was close to town ... I knew how it felt to be a clown in a bullfight,' Mrs West said.

Mrs Lenting said it had given them 'an awesome buzz' and forced the joggers into a sprint after the boar got within a couple of metres of them. 'We had to climb up a steep bank and cling to the sides while the caretaker chased the boar for us.'

The incident will go down in Nelson Striders' history, as the boar's jaw will be mounted as a trophy for the club's race up the Maitai Valley.

Trevor Russell Trophy Honours

Boar's Jaw Honours Year Difference
Tim Cross  1994 8 seconds
Steve Clementson 1996 5 seconds
Mike Parris 1997 4 seconds
Stu Cottam   1998 EXACT
Sonia O'Regan  1999 2 seconds
Gretchen Rasch 2000 2 seconds
Janine Eady   2001 4 seconds
Helena Franklin & Kim Leighton 2002 6 seconds
Graham Staples 2003 3 seconds
Lucy Thompson 2004 6 seconds
Judy Crowe  2005 9 seconds
Andrew Ricciardi 2006 1 second
David Walsh-Kemmis 2007 1 second
Pete Campbell 2008 4 seconds
Martin Meads   2009 2 seconds
Raymond Janssen 2010 5 seconds
Stu Cottam   2011 7 seconds
Lyn Smith & Chris Fitchett 2012 2 seconds
Kris Garstang 2013 1 second
Steffan Eden 2014 1 second
Alister Dickson 2015 14 seconds
Simon Leaning 2016 3 seconds



Branford Park, Maitai Valley, Nelson

Out and back 21.1km or 10km course along Nelson's charming Maitai Valley Road

Online entry has now closed
Late entries will be accepted in the morning - Click on the ENTRY signpost to the right of the screen for more info

Entry is $25pp

Please arrive at least 30 mins prior to your scheduled start time to pick up your race number.
Registration is at Branford Park (beginning of the Maitai Valley).
A Registration Certificate will be emailed to all entrants during the week prior to the event.

Start Times

Half Marathon start times are staggered according to your estimated time as follows:
8.00am = 2.30hrs plus
8.15am = 2.01 - 2.29 hrs
8.35am = 1.46 - 2.00 hrs
8.55am = 1.26 - 1.45 hrs
9.15am = Under 1.26 hrs

9.30am = All 10km Run and Walk Entrants

If you are not sure of your estimate, measure a 1km distance then time how long it takes you to cover this distance at your normal race speed and then multiply by 21.

Water Stations
There are five drink stations in total for the half marathon, and two for the 10km.

Half Water Station #1: Golf Course (up) - approx 3km
Half Water Station #2: Smiths Ford/Linton Hill area
Half Water Station #3: TurnAround
Half Water Station #4: Smiths Ford/Linton Hill area (down)
Half Water Station #5: Golf Course (down)

10km Water Station #1:  Golf Course (up) - approx 3km
10km Water Station #2:  Golf Course (back) - approx 7km

Remember to drink plenty the day before and morning of the event so you arrive well hydrated.

Post Race Function
approx 1pm - venue The Waka, Collingwood St, Nelson

Prizes & Prizegiving
Trevor Ruffell Tusk Trophy (the Boar's Jaws) for Closest Finisher to Estimate in Half Marathon event.
Top 10 closest to estimate - Half Marathon
Top 10 closest to estimate - 10km
PLUS - Spot Prizes

Please note that for safety reasons use of ipod, mp3 player, Walkman or similar is not permitted.

More Information
Please contact Averil West on (03) 548 3655 (evenings) or 021 303 160


Entry to the 2018 event has not yet opened




The Maitai Valley is located a couple of kilometres from central city of Nelson.
The start and finish is located from Branford Park, which is at the start of the Maitai Valley (off Nile Street).


2017 Participant List

Please note that this list is not complete and will be updated again before event day

Emailers sent
Entry Confirmaton sent: upon completion of entry
Pre Event Emailer #1 sent: Monday 9th January
Pre Event Emailer #2 sent: Saturday 14th January

Start Times

Half Marathon start times are staggered according to your estimated time as follows:
8.00am = 2.30hrs plus
8.15am = 2.01 - 2.29 hrs
8.35am = 1.46 - 2.00 hrs
8.55am = 1.26 - 1.45 hrs
9.15am = Under 1.26 hrs

9.30am = All 10km Run and Walk Entrants

Please arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled start time


Michelle Bush F Auckland
Jill Bush F Blenheim
Bevan Cook M Motueka
Richard Creed M Nelson
Penny Koroi F Nelson
Ricardo Loureiro M BRAZIL
Carol Lowrie F Nelson
Lyndal McMeeking F Nelson
Sam Pollock F Christchurch
Ange Spori F Nelson
Monique Van Tiggele F Nelson
Helen Campion F Nelson
Di Clulee F Mackay
Donna Darlington F Blenheim
Nicola Gibellini F Nelson
Peter Hague M Nelson
Bill Hunter M Blenheim
Sally-Anne Jones F Nelson
Kim O'Hanlon F Nelson
Lyn Smith F Nelson
Mareike Ulfers F Nelson
Stephen Wynne-Jones M Nelson
Juno Bang M Nelson
Vicki Bryson F Nelson
Sean Byles M Motueka
Peter Carey M Nelson
Kelly Coleman F Rai Valley
Gary Due M Motueka
Sarah Dunning F Takapuna
John Gary M Nelson
Margaret Hazelwood F Picton
Mike Jones M Auckland
Ryan Jones M Auckland
Madelena Manetto Quick F Nelson
Graham O'Brien M Nelson
Samantha Pearson F Nelson
Colette Read F Motueka
Rob Rix M Motueka
Tom Ueyama M Christchurch
Nicole Van Vledder F Nelson
Colin Benge M Nelson
Greg Emans M UK
Andrew Higginbottom M Upper Moutere
Glenn Hodgson M Porirua
Tessa Holland F Christchurch
Kelsey Horne F Christchurch
Andrew Ricciardi M Nelson
Barry Rowe M Nelson
Jamie Russ M Nelson
Graham Worsfold M UK
Robbie Barnes M Seddon
Stephen Blackwell M Methven



Anna Barnes F Seddon
Rex Bolwell M Nelson
Jemima Busch F Nelson
Massimiliano Candolfo M ITALY
Janaina Damasceno Luiz F ITALY
Barbara De Blauw F Motueka
Mat Downey M Nelson
Janne Falkner F Murchison
Iona Fitchett F Nelson
Emma Frew-Tobaiwa F Nelson
Max Glossop M Nelson
Peter Grigg M Nelson
Thea Inston F Nelson
Tara Jackson F Nelson
Vicky Jackson F Nelson
Wayne Manderson M Motueka
Janek Manderson M Motueka
Mathew McMillan M Nelson
Alexander Nicki F Nelson
Michelle NolanHunter F Nelson
Lauren Penney F Nelson
Simon Pollock M Christchurch
Cathy Ryder F Nelson
Peter Scott M Nelson
Laura Tinnelly F Nelson
Lucas Bennett M Nelson
Murray Bush M Blenheim
Joy Crump F Renwick
Kevin Elder M Nelson
Paul Murphy M Nelson
Gretchen Rasch F Nelson
Joleen Reynolds F Nelson
Paddy Tarrant F Nelson
Aynsley Wilkinson F Nelson
Derek Wilkinson M Nelson


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