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 have completed the TCS New York City marathon for the last two years, Great Wall half marathon and 10km, along with 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!

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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As travel experts we ensure you have the holiday of a lifetime, ticking off an incredible achievement in an amazing location

Hayley Hohneck

Phone: 07 857 0392 Email: Hayley Hohneck

Marathon Tours Manager

An innate love of travel and a passion for running and fitness are what makes my job as the manager of Marathon Tours such a good fit (pardon the pun). 

Having spent six years living in Europe, I returned to NZ in 2012, and have been at Calder & Lawson ever since. Initially the Marketing Manager, I now manage the Leisure division which covers the full range - individual travel, group travel and our specialist Marathon Tours product.

Marathon Tours isn't just about running a marathon. As travel experts we ensure you have the holiday of a lifetime, ticking off an incredible achievement in an amazing location. My favourite experience so far has been escorting the 170-strong group to the TCS New York City Marathon in 2013. I lead the race-day Supporters Tour to join two and a half million others on the side-line, and it was magnificent.

Another special memory was taking the 2014 group of sixty to the Great Wall Marathon. Whilst my main role was to support our tour group, the beauty of the Great Wall Marathon is that anyone can take part so I ticked off the 8.5km before making it back to Yin & Yang Square to cheer on our Kiwis coming through the finish line.

Being involved from the side-lines I have an appreciation for how amazing it is, not just for the runner/walker in the marathon, but also for the supporters - family and friends that share the experience with you.

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Better never stops!

Suzanne Hardie

Phone: 07 557 9405 Email: Suzanne Hardie

Marathon Tours Consultant

Being English born, I have been lucky that annual holidays to Europe were a part of my upbringing and from a young age I got an appreciation for the different cultures and the desire to see more.  Long story short but a fascination with China led to a one year work placement at a hotel in Xiamen where I met my kiwi husband!  At the end of the work placement, I went on to NZ and was blown away by its beauty.  I returned to UK to finish my degree, where we lived for a couple of years before returning to NZ to "settle down" in Auckland. 

I have many years experience working in groups, sports and events travel, including escorting groups to Bledisloe Cup, Bathurst and the Melbourne Cup as well as large conference and incentive groups overseas, a highlight being escorting a large conference group to Rome this year and working closely with many of the delegates to plan their extension travel arrangements to make the most of their travel experience.

I feel very fortunate to now be working with Marathon Tours.  I know that my skills and experience in the travel industry, together with my passion for fitness and running will be a great combination to ensure the best possible travel packages around the amazing running events worldwide.  I look forward to working with you and supporting you every step of the way to ensure your travel plans and marathon entry is smooth and further to that help you to plan a well-deserved holiday upon completion of your event.  Achieving your goal in an amazing location and making your supporters proud, must be an unbeatable feeling. An inspiration to us all.

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Set a goal and SMASH IT!!

Sophie Russo

Phone: 07 8570457 Email: Sophie Russo

Sales Coordinator

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 tick off 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 have recently joined Calder and Lawson as Sales Coordinator, and it hasn't taken long for me to start setting my sights on the upcoming marathons in such exciting destinations. Having completed three marathons myself, I know the motivation, determination and sacrifices that are involved to achieve such a challenging goal. So 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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stop wishing, start doing

Simone Schoeman

Phone: 07 9751592 Email: Simone Schoeman

Marathon Tours Consultant

As someone who enjoys the great outdoors, keeping active and has loved running since primary school age, I am very excited to join the Marathon Tours team. It is such a pleasure dealing with people from all walks of life who share the same common interest - travel and crossing that marathon off their bucket list!

I have seven years' experience in the travel industry both in New Zealand and overseas, and have found my calling in groups, tours and incentive travel. Over this time I have been very fortunate to experience a range of exciting destinations and cultures, things that I believe are incredibly enriching and life-changing. I look forward to being part of your marathon experience, whether it be your first or twenty-first!

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