Vacancy after Dunedin Marathon director quits

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Thousands of people may take part in the Dunedin Marathon, but the organising committee will be looking for someone new to run it.

Dunedin Marathon race director Charlotte Meiklejohn has stood down from the role, leaving it vacant for next year’s event.

Meiklejohn said she had achieved her main goals for the marathon, including increasing participation numbers.

Entries had grown in the past three years, from 1505 in 2017 to 2320 this year.

Last year, she introduced finishers’ medals for everyone who completed any distance in the event, whereas usually only marathon finishers received a medal.

“Anything is an achievement.”

Meiklejohn took on the role in August 2017 after former race director Phil Coakes stood down.

In 2018, a 30-year sponsorship with Cadbury ended, so the committee was able to “revamp” the event.

She said that year was almost like a “clean slate”.

Dunedin Marathon committee chairwoman Maria Sleeman said Meiklejohn made a huge impact on the marathon during the two full years she was race director.

With her input, competitor numbers grew and the finish line was moved to Forsyth Barr Stadium, enabling people to “take the opportunity to enjoy the finish environment so much better with vendors, entertainment and other finishers support located under cover”.

“Charlotte has great experience and expertise in running events and her knowledge, skills and experience will be sadly missed.”