Mike McRoberts

TV presenter Mike McRoberts is running the Christchurch Marathon this year. He is pictured here while running the Queenstown Marathon in November, 2015. That’s  Newstalk ZB’s talkshow queen Kerre McIvor to his left.

By Rachel Grunwell

Every weekend lots of fitness events take place nationwide and it’s amazing who turns up.

Elite athletes, every day Kiwis wishing to keep fit and celebrities too.

TV3 presenter Mike McRoberts is as known for reporting on danger zones and bringing us the night-time news as he is for running these days.

To keep fit, Mike loves training for, and running, marathons. He has already conquered the 42km distance at New York, Taupo and Queenstown. His next marathon challenge will be the Christchurch Airport Marathon on June 5

For Mike, running this event is dear to his heart. He explains why:

“Having grown up in Christchurch and still a staunch Cantab I’ve always had a desire to run the Christchurch Marathon. All of my family still live in Christchurch so I’m hoping I’ll have a fair amount of support out on the course”.

Mike says the fact the course now takes in the Christchurch CBD is a major attraction too.

“I’ll never forget reporting on the earthquakes six years ago and the crushing loss I felt for my hometown. I think being able to run through there for an iconic event like this is just another step in Christchurch’s recovery ….well quite a few steps actually!

“This will be my fourth marathon and my first as a 50 year old, so I can’t wait”.

Meanwhile, I’ll be joining Mike too to run this event – my 14th marathon. Running is also a way I love to keep fit, healthy – and happy.

The Christchurch course will be flat, cool, there are several distance options to enter and it’s a great way to support this earthquake-ravaged city.


  • This article was published in The Christchurch Star,  the Northern Advocate, the Bay of Plenty Times, Rotorua Daily PostHawkes Bay Today, Wanganui Chronicle and the Wairarapa Times Age.

Further reading: Read the article about Mike McRoberts facing his fears over the Taupo Marathon by clicking here. He also did a bungy-jump, jet-boat ride and skydive during that mad mission! This piece was also penned by Rachel Grunwell.

About the author: Rachel Grunwell is a wellbeing columnist and healthy recipe creator for Good Magazine and Juno Investing Magazine. She writes regularly for newspaper titles nationwide.

Rachel is the director of inspiredhealth.co.nz/ , a yoga teacher, marathoner and an award-winning writer. Follow Inspired Health on Facebook Instagram 

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