Brackenridge Country Retreat & Spa, Martinborough in collaboration with South Wairarapa Personal Training has announced the winners of the ‘Biggest Loser Challenge’ in Martinborough.

A total of 20 people signed up for the challenge designed to fast track weight loss through embracing positive eating habits and exercise, in an environment with others on the same wellness journey. The group combined, lost a total of 46.7 kilograms with the winner, Caroline Dolan losing 8.7 kilos since the start of the challenge on 1 September.


“We are delighted with the results from our first Biggest Loser Challenge at Brackenridge.” said Brackenridge Spa Manager, Sharon Garrett.


“While our winners lost several kilos, others turned over a new leaf in terms of putting their health and wellness first by being aware of what they’re eating, increasing their exercise and establishing a routine.”


Ladies Category

Winner          Caroline Dolan (8.7Kg)

Runner Up    Naomi Alloway (7.4Kg)

3rd Place        Amy Turner (6.1Kg)


Men’s Category

Winner          David Kershaw (6.4kg)


Commenting about the commitment of the participants, Personal Trainer and facilitator of the Biggest Loser, Mireie Penman said,


“A few people dropped off in the first two weeks, but on the whole, everyone worked very hard. The people who took out the prizes were very deserving and certainly put in the effort.”


According to Mireie, there can be many factors that make weight loss a challenge, whether it be age, hormonal imbalances or health conditions.


“While the biggest loser is a focus on reducing weight, our true goal is to encourage people to be aware of consumption and the value of regular exercise.   As a rule, if a person is losing between half a kilo to one kilo per week, that is a safe amount of body weight to shed.”


Participant, Annette Moore received special recognition from Personal Trainer, Mireie, for her commitment and focus, being awarded the Special Trainer’s Encouragement accolade which included a complimentary one month membership to the Brackenridge Gym.


Prize winners received a combination of cash and well-deserved spa prizes for their efforts.


When is the next one?  Brackenridge Spa is planning to announce dates for a new year challenge starting in February 2019.   Eager to get started on your own wellness journey and can’t wait until the new year, join the Gym.   Brackenridge Gym has monthly memberships for just $59 with no joining fees. The gym is accessible by unique pin code for members from 5am to 10pm and offers a combination of free weights, cardio equipment and resistance weight machines.   Adjacent to the Day Spa, the gym facilities are complemented by a 20-metre heated indoor salt water lap pool and outdoor heated spa pool.


For further information about memberships at Brackenridge Country Retreat & Spa, visit or email

1 November, 2018