10th July 2017

Hamilton’s most iconic fun run and walk returns to the city on Sunday 19 November with registration for Super Saver Entry opening today.

Now in its 73rd year, Lugton’s Round the Bridges is a firm favourite in the diary of thousands of runners and walkers, and event managers Classic Events are committed to ensuring it will remain accessible to all members of the community by staying competitively priced for participation.

Showcasing the scenic river walkways, stunning gardens and historic Hamilton bridges, Lugton’s Round the Bridges is expected to attract over 6,000 participants.

 “Lugton’s Round the Bridges is a great event, as it does allow the entire community to be involved, getting out there and being active,” says Event Manager, Michele Connell.

“Everyone from a 7 year school boy, to a large & seriously competitive corporate team, to families and friends getting together for a laugh can join in the fun on the day, which ensures a very special atmosphere that just cannot be beaten.”

Lugton’s Round the Bridges once again is committed to fundraising; providing participants with the opportunity to support and raise money for local New Zealand charities.

Last year with a combination of active fundraisers and donations made during the online registration process, nearly $40,000 was raised for charity and this year we want to do even better!

Registration for our Super Saver entries are now open, and all participants will receive a finisher’s medal, on-course and post-event entertainment, and there will be a range of great spot prizes up for grabs.

Visit, to register today.

Renowned family business to partner with iconic local Event

4th July 2017

Every year thousands of runners and walkers descend upon Hamilton City Centre for one of NZ's oldest and most beloved annually contested events, Round the Bridges.  The event is well known for welcoming people of all shapes and sizes, from primary school students right through to NZs leading distance runners, and is coming up to its 73rd year making this event an iconic one in the city.

Round the Bridges are proud to announce a new partnership with prominent Hamilton business Lugton’s Ltd who have Naming Rights partner for Lugton’s Round the Bridges.

 “Lugton’s are delighted to have a key partnership with such an Iconic Hamilton event. As a Waikato business we are nearly as long established as the Round the Bridges – currently our 63rd year in business.” says Lugton’s Managing Director Simon Lugton.  “The values we see the event embody – fitness, wellbeing and family participation resonate strongly with our family owned and operated business. Plus the charitable contribution it makes to our region in terms of monies raised make it an easy decision to pin our colours to the cause.”

Entries will open Monday 10th July, and will include the 2km Kids Challenge, 6km/12km Fun Run/Walk, 12km Corporate Challenge and a re-introduction of a 12km race designed for the serious runners.  Competitors will continue to use the same course along both sides of Waikato River, with finisher's medals for every participant, on-course musical entertainment and thousands of fun-loving runners and walkers.

Book it into your diary, Lugton’s Round the Bridges, Sunday 19th November 2017.

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Thousands gather for Hamilton's iconic fun run!

13th November 2016

Thousands of excited runners, walkers and wheelchairs users turned out for Hamilton’s iconic Round the Bridges fun run in the city centre today.

Nearly 6,000 participants completed the event’s 2km, 6km and 12km courses, each taking home a finisher’s medal and a feeling of satisfaction and achievement when they crossed the finish line.

Among the mass of participants, over 240 teams came together to enjoy the day’s festivities, adding to the lively atmosphere at event base and to the spectrum of colours, costumes and team uniforms that made its way around the city’s CBD, river paths and historic bridges.

Hamilton Mayor Andrew King attended the event, opening the elite race using the same starter gun that was used by Prince William during the Avantidrome opening in 2014.

Celebrating success in the 12km category was Cambridge local Jonny McKee, finishing his first ever Round the Bridges event in 0:39:15, and as the male winner of the 12km Legends’ Race.

“I was stoked to be able to compete in my first ever Round the Bridges event,” said McKee.

“It was a pretty tough course but there was great atmosphere all the way around, with lots of people cheering us on and a great crowd to finish. I thought I put in a good solid effort and I was glad to come away with the win; hopefully I’ll be back again next year.”

He was followed by Hamilton City Hawks runners John Mering and Jai Davies-Campbell, who finished in times of 0:40:33 and 0:41:07 respectively.

Taking out the women’s category was 18 year-old Emerson Deverell, completing the course in 0:47:44. Kovo Macdonald came behind her in second place, with last year’s winner Sarah Murphy claiming third.

Hamilton Boys’ High School student Sean Trowern took out the 6km Secondary School Challenge, winning the Fellows Family Trophy for the second year in a row. His time of 0:22:41, with the help of his team’s next three fastest finishers - William Swales, Jayden Gozdz and Josh Gordon - also resulted in the school once again taking home the Secondary School Team Trophy.

Year 9 St Peter’s School student Charli Miller added to her years of Round the Bridges victories, winning the female category in an incredible time of 0:23:17. This result comes off the back of months of preparation and competition success.

“I’m so excited that I’ve been able to add this to my list of achievements this season,” said Miller.

“I did a lot of training in the lead up to this event, so to see it all pay off and to be able to win on race day is a really cool feeling.”

Beating 72 other corporate teams to take out the SPARK Business Corporate Challenge was Waikato District Health Board. The team, consisting of Benjamin Moody, Andrew Soepnel, James Clark and Ahmed Hankir; finished with a combined time of 3:18:50; over three minutes faster than any other challenger.

Event organisers U Leisure Limited and Sports Waikato’s Team Energize were delighted with the record number of 2km Kids Challenge participants who turned up to take part. Over 800 primary and intermediate aged school kids completed the event’s 2km circuit, the highest number the event has attracted in its 72 year history.

Through a combination of active fundraisers and online donations, the local event has raised an incredible $36,450 for New Zealand charities. Event organisers are pleased with the efforts made by everyone so far, and are excited to watch the number grow over the days following the event.


For further information contact:

Kayla Wilson, Media Coordinator, U Leisure Limited

Ph: 07 838 4664 | Cel: 027 349 1211 | E:

6000 happy participants got to take home Round the Bridges finishers medals

Record Numbers Heading into Event Weekend!

11th November 2016

Over 6,000 participants are expected to take part in Round the Bridges, Hamilton’s most iconic fun run, this Sunday 13 November.

Online entries for the event closed overnight on Tuesday, raking in a record number of participants.

5,664 runners, walkers and wheelchair users were confirmed to take the start line; making it the highest number of online entries that the event has received in its 72 year history.

With late entries available to purchase at event weekend Registration and a forecast for fine weather, event organisers U Leisure Limited are optimistic that 2016 participation numbers will exceed the 6,000 mark.

“We’re incredibly pleased with the number of participants that have already committed to taking part in Round the Bridges this Sunday,” says Event Manager, Amanda Till.

“At every stage of the buildup, participant numbers have exceeded that of previous years and we’re hoping to see that trend continue throughout event weekend. We’re still a couple of hundred entries off the current record but we usually get a mad rush of people wanting to enter on the day so we’ll see what the weekend brings.”

The current overall participation record is 6,186 and was achieved during the event’s 70th anniversary year in 2014.

As part of the overall event package, Round the Bridges participants will receive an official race number and timing chip, on-course and post-event entertainment, post-event refreshments, and a special finisher’s medal which was designed by an 11 year-old Hillcrest Normal School student.

All participants will also be eligible to win a range of great spot prizes which will be handed out at random at the finish line.

Entries are available to purchase during event weekend registration but late fees now apply.

Spaces in the 2km Kids Challenge are limited.

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Round the Bridges Finisher’s Medals Are Here!

4th November 2016

After weeks of anticipation, the 2016 Round the Bridges finisher’s medals have finally arrived in Hamilton, just in time for the event on Sunday 13 November.

First to get a sneak peak of the medals was 11 year-old Alex Dickson, the winner of the Round the Bridges Medal Design Competition which was held in August earlier this year.

“I’m so happy with the end result,” said Alex.

“The first thing I noticed when I opened up the box was how shiny they were. I think they’re amazing and they couldn’t have done a better job with bringing my creation to life.”

Equally as pleased as Alex was his twin brother Daniel, who also reaps the rewards of his brother’s medal design competition win.

As well as getting his design made into the 2016 finisher’s medal, Alex also won two free entries into the event and two official Round the Bridges ThermaTech performance t-shirts. He gifted both extra prizes to Daniel.

“I’m really proud of Alex for winning the competition,” gushed Daniel.

“There are lots of really great artists out there so he did well to take it out.”

“And I’m really lucky that I got a free entry and t-shirt too. I definitely owe him… I’ll probably get him an extra big Christmas present this year or something.”

On top of receiving one of Alex’s medals at the finish line on event day, the boys are looking forward to representing Hillcrest Normal School in the 2km Kids Challenge, and running alongside their classmates and friends.

“We’re really excited to compete in the event this year,” said Alex.

“I was meant to do the 6km event but I’ve been a little bit injured so I’ll be doing the 2km one again.”

When questioned about which twin would edge out the other in the race, both boys agreed it would probably be Daniel, but Alex didn’t seem too phased.

“Daniel will win out of the two of us but I don’t care – I won the medal competition!”

The inaugural competition challenged children aged 5-13yrs to design this year’s finisher's medal, with the winner’s design becoming the medal which would get given out to over 5,500 runners and walkers as they cross the finish line on event day.

Alex’s design features the arches of the iconic Fairfield Bridge, as well as a participant celebrating whilst running through finish line ribbon.

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