travel , run , triumph .

Meet the Team

At Marathon Tours we take care of the planning and admin so you can focus on your marathon. As Marathon runners ourselves, we speak from experience and can give you the best advice for your next Marathon. Contact us today!

Lining up to start the NYC marathon and hearing the band play 'New York, New York' and the cannon blasts is still one of my most cherished travel memories to date

Paul Forward

Phone: 07 856 9009 Email: Paul Forward

Owner and Managing Director

I've always been a keen sportsman, runner and an avid traveller. Having the opportunity to share my passion as Managing Director and owner of Calder & Lawson and Marathon Tours is something I am really captured by.

Having joined the business in 2007 after relocating my family from Auckland, it's been a pleasure to lead, and work alongside, a talented group of over fifty travel professionals in a business recognised as one of Hamilton's most trusted.

My experience in the industry is an accumulation of around twenty-two years working for airlines and travel management companies in various capacities, from retail consulting to leading tours for major events such as the Rugby World Cup. My career has also given me incredible travel opportunities and experiences which I use to benefit both our organisation and our clients.   

In terms of my running chops, I completed the TCS New York City marathon twice, the Great Wall half marathon and 10km, as well as  the Rotorua Marathon many (many!) years ago. Lining up to start the NYC marathon and hearing the band play 'New York, New York' and the cannon blasts is still one of my most cherished travel memories to date. My dream is to join the Seven Continents Club and completing Antarticas' Marathon in March next year will get me that next step closer!

Combining a love of travel and completing an event that only a few people in the world actually take part in is what makes a destination marathon one of the standout achievements for any runner, walker or adventure seeker. It's also what makes our job as consultants such a privilege, and we love being able to see our clients reach their peak.

So why choose us? Firstly, we're travel professionals who are runners too, and we understand the hard work you put in. Secondly, we send multiple staff to key events to provide on-the-ground assistance to our clients, and thirdly we have a proven track record of professionalism and care during times of crisis such as the cancellation of the NYC marathon a few years ago and the horrific bombing of the Boston marathon. 

Whether you're a competitive runner, a keen walker, or looking to tick off a life-time goal, we can help get you there.

Cheers, and happy pavement-pounding!

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Set a goal and SMASH IT!

Sophie Russo

Phone: 07 8570457 Email: Sophie Russo


Growing up in the country in the mighty Waikato, I have always enjoyed being outdoors and active. Having lived in Australia and then going further abroad to begin my OE, travel is something I have become more and more passionate about. There are so many more places to tick off my bucket list so why not compete in a marathon while I'm at it?!

I joined Calder and Lawson as Sales Coordinator in 2015. Through my involvement working in Marathon Tours, it didn't take long for me to set my sights on these outstanding marathons in such exciting destinations. Having previously completed three marathons, this quickly doubled after coming on board with Marathon Tours. I now have Africa, Asia, North America and Australasia under my belt and hope to complete South America, Antarctica and Europe to tick off all 7 continents.  I understand the motivation, determination and sacrifices that are involved to achieve such a challenging goal-  well done all of you for getting this far and contemplating taking part in an amazing event, in an equally amazing location.

Knowing that your flights, accommodation, sightseeing tours and tickets to special events are taken care of all you need to do is experience the holiday of a lifetime - oh and run 42kms!

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