Leconfield Wines Marathon

The Leconfield Wines McLaren Vale Marathon is a beautiful run through the vines with the stunning backdrop of the Southern Mount Lofty Ranges.
The event also features a half marathon on Sunday with 13K & 6K races and the McLaren Vale Mile on Saturday – suitable for runners and walkers alike. With outdoor movies on Saturday evening, presentations & post-race party on Sunday night and a weekend-long market at the stunning Leconfield & Richard Hamilton Wines estate this will be a weekend for the whole family.

Registrations for the inaugural McLaren Vale Marathon are now open!

Leconfield Wines McLaren Vale

Crafting great wines from great vineyards, Leconfield Wines is the host and premier sponsor of the McLaren Vale Marathon.

With a proud family tradition in winemaking dating back to the establishment of South Australia’s first vineyard in 1837, Leconfield is the home of three of South Australia’s leading wine labels – Leconfield Coonawarra, Syn Sparkling Wines and Richard Hamilton Wines

Event Information

Date Sunday 11 April 2021
Distance 42.195 km
Start Time 8:00 am
Cut Off Time 6 hours
Start Line Main South Road, Myponga
Finish Line Leaconfield & Richard Hamilton Wines  – Main Road, McLaren Vale
Age Limit 18 years on race day
Online Registration Close 5:00pm, Thursday 8 April 2021


Entry Fees & Inclusions

Standard Entry

To midnight on Sunday 28 February 2021

Late Entry

To midnight on Sunday 4 April 2021

Last Minute

To 12 noon, Saturday 10 April 2021
Costs shown include GST and all administration & credit card fees – what you see is what you pay!


Race Pack Distribution

You can choose to have your race pack (race bib, runner wristband, free gift and any merchandise) posted to you for an additional $10 fee or you can collect your race pack from Leconfield & Richard Hamilton Wines over the race weekend. Race packs will be available for collection from the Pasta Party on Friday 9 April or from the Race Village on Saturday 10 April.

Please note that race packs will NOT be available for collection before race start on Sunday morning.

Course Description

All courses are currently provisional, subject to council and government permits being obtained.

The Leconfield Wines McLaren Vale Marathon course starts on Main South Road, Myponga and finishes at Leconfield & Richard Hamilton Wines, McLaren Vale and will be accurately measured and certified to AIMS standards.

Run north on the Main South Road for 10.5 KM past the giant Buddha statue on Sellicks Hill and the historic Victory Hotel.
Turn left to run along Norman Road to Aldinga Bay Surf Life Saving Club then right along the Lower Esplanade roadway.
Follow the Esplanade path for from the Aldinga Beach Boat Ramp to the Star of Greece.
Turn inland and run along Port Road (past the half way point and Half Marathon start) to Aldinga, turning right into Old Coach Road.
Cross Main South Road and run along Stonehouse Lane, through Agostino Wines.
Run along Plains Road, past Aldinga Airfield (home of Adelaide Biplanes), then along Hahn Road, Ryan Road, Colville Road and Delabole Road through the vineyards.
Head along Aldinga Road through Willunga, turning north onto Main Road.
Cross Main Road and run along the Shiraz Trail bike path to McMurtrie Road.
Run down McMurtrie Road, crossing Main Road into Johnston Road.
Turn left onto Gilbert Road and left again onto Branson Road.
Run north for your final KM along Main Road then turn into Leconfield & Richard Hamilton Wines to the finish line where glory awaits.

Course Map

Download file: GSR-2021-42k.gpx
Please note that the distance on this course map is approximate. The course will be measured to AIMS standards for race day.

Drink Stations

Drinks stations will be located every 5 KM along the Leconfield Wines McLaren Vale Marathon course, providing water and toilet facilities. Runners may carry their own sports drinks/gels. Rubbish must be deposited in the bins provided at the drink stations. Littering on course will result in disqualification.

Personal Drinks

Marathon runners who wish to have their own refreshments available to collect from designated drink stations on course during must drop these off at Leconfield & Richard Hamilton Wines, McLaren Vale at
the Pasta Party on Friday 9 April or Race Village by 4:00 pm on Saturday 10 April.

  • Drink containers are not to be any taller than 21cm in total including all attachments
  • Special Drinks Drop off will close at 2.00pm
  • No balloons or sticks are to be attached
  • Your race number must be clearly shown on the bottle/container along with the DISTANCE of the drinks station
  • It is your responsibility to find your own bottle at the designated drinks station
  • Rubbish must be deposited in the bins provided.  Littering on course will result in disqualification.
  • The personal drinks service is available to competitors in the full marathon only

Spectator Points

For supporters wanting to see and cheer on their runners during the race, we have a couple of recommended spectator points for you:

1. Old Coach Road, Aldinga

Just past halfway in the marathon, this is a great opportunity to see your runner while you grab a coffee from Home Grain Bakery or Maxwell’s Grocery.  Car Parking:  Aldinga Oval or Aldi, Port Road

2. Cnr Aldinga Road & Main Road, Willunga

Check how your runner is faring at 33 KM in to the marathon and you’ll still have plenty of time to get back to the finish line before them.  Car Parking:  Willunga Recreation Ground or High Street

3. Johnston Road, McLaren Vale

With just 3 KM to go, this is where you will want to give your runner that extra boost of encouragement to get them to the finish line.  Car Parking:  Leconfield & Richard Hamilton Wines, via Gilbert Road

Prize Money

Individual Marathon Placegetters

Male Female
First Place $750 $750
Second Place $500 $500
Third Place $250 $250

Marathon Team  Awards *

Male Marathon Team Champions $500
Lowest combined position scores of the first 3 male marathon finishers for your club/team

Female Marathon Team Champions $500
Lowest combined position scores of the first 3 female marathon finishers for your club/team

SA Participation Prize $500
Highest total number of male and female marathon finishers for a SA-based club/team **

Interstate Participation Prize $500
Highest total number of male and female marathon finishers for an interstate-based club/team **

* Runners must nominate their club or team at the time of registration. Runners may nominate to represent one club only
** A club or team with one or more runners registered with an address in South Australia will be considered to be SA-based for the purposes of this award. An interstate-based team must have no runners registered with an address in South Australia
Prize money will be paid to individuals and teams/clubs participating in the marathon distance event only.  All amounts shown are in AUD.

Bus Information

A bus service will run from Leconfield & Richard Hamilton Wines, McLaren Vale to the Marathon start line in Myponga on race morning.  Free car parking is available at Leconfield & Richard Hamilton Wines via Gilbert Road.

You will be required to purchase a bus pass for $15.00 when you register online.  A coloured wristband will be issued with your race number, which you must wear on race day to be permitted to use the bus service.  Bus passes can also be purchased at the race village by 4:00 pm on Saturday 10 April.  Bus tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be available to buy on race morning.


Presentations for top 3 male and female marathon place-getters and marathon team champions will take place at 7:00 pm during our Post-Race Party on Sunday evening.  Award winners must be in attendance to receive trophies and prizes.