Scottish Weekly News 29 July 2019

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This weekend the cross country season comes to an end with the NZ Cross Country Championship at Harcourt Park.

Options for the week 

  • Tuesday 6.15pm. Tuesday Night Session, Outside Freyberg Pool - contact Andy and Rowan for info or check Facebook.
  • Thursday 5.30pm. Thursday night run from the Kupe Statue - check Facebook for details.
  • Saturday, 8.00am, Lower Hutt 5km Parkrun, Porirua 5km Parkrun, Kapiti Coast 5km Parkrun.
  • Saturday, 8.00am, Karori Park workout - contact Lindsay and Ben for info or check Facebook for details. 
  • Sunday, 8.30am, Long pack runs - contact Lindsay and Ben for info or check Facebook for details
  • Sunday, 10.20am, NZ Cross Country Championships, Harcourt Park, Upper Hutt. The first race is 10.20am, the Community Fun Run at 12.00pm, and last race is 2.40pm.


  • Flanders Cup, Merksem, 27 July: James Preston 800m 1:48.96 (5R1)
  • I missed a couple of events in last week's diary, sorry! Among them were last weekend's Honest 10km and the Wellington Masters Athletics road race. At the Honest 10km, Hayden Smith was 2nd in 41:22, Betty Harp was 1st on Age adjustment in 45:39, and Marketa Langova ran 53.57 - Results 
  • And, from the Wellington Masters Athletics road race Michael Wray reports: in Johnsonville, we had several Scottish competing. Geoff Ferry finished third overall to win the M35 grade. Nicholas Bagnall was 5th and first M50. Matyas James took revenge on nemesis Glen Wallis. Matyas was 9th and second M45, while Glen was 12th and 3rd M55. Andrew Kerr spiced up his training by throwing in the race mid-run, finishing 11th and 3rd M45. Kath Littler was 19th overall and 3rd W40. Pam Graham was 20th overall and 1st W70. Scottish won the teams, which is first four from the club and at least one woman, with Geoff Ferry, Nicholas Bagnall, Matyas James and Kath Littler claiming the winning spots. Pam Graham set a new W70 course record and took home the Baton. In the walking race, John Leonard was 5th, Daphne Jones 14th and John Hines 16th. The Scottish walkers were the third-placed walking team - Results and photos

Upcoming events

New Zealand Cross Country Championships, Harcourt Park, Upper Hutt, 4 August

  • This weekend Wellington hosts the New Zealand Cross Country Championships, at Harcourt Park, Upper Hutt, Sunday 4 August. If you're not entered for one of the championship races then there is also a free community 4km fun run on the same day and same course that you can run and then stay around to watch the championship races. 
  • And Race Director Todd Stevens is looking for a few people to help for an hour or two with various admin tasks, like race bib distribution, prizegiving assistance, Officials lunches, results checking, fun run registration.
  • Oh, and Niam Macdonald is looking for baking to sell at the bake sale to fundraise for our Scottish athletes going to represent New Zealand at the World Mountain Championships. Let him know if you can help.

Bays Relay, 17 August, Island Bay 

  • The Bays Relay is a road relay that starts at Island Bay and goes around the Mirimar Pennisula to Kilbirnie. Each leg is between 4 and 5 kilometres long. If you want to take part contact your team captain to be in a team. If you can't run please consider volunteering as a marshall - WHAC needs a significant number of marshalls to keep the course safe as we are running on open roads. The first race is at 12.30 for Women under 20, Senior Women, Masters Women (35+), Masters Women (50+) and Masters Men (60+). The second race is at 1.00pm for Men under 20, Senior Men, Masters Men (35+) and Masters Men (50+). More info.

Turkey Trot, 17 August, Island Bay

  • Wellington Harrier Athletic Club's Turkey Trot (10.30am) is walked in conjunction with the Bays Relay, on Saturday 17 August 2019. Walkers estimate their time for the distance (5 km) and results are decided on how close they finish to their estimate. The catch is that nobody is allowed to wear a watch or receive sideline advice on their progress times. More info.

Wellington Road Champs 24 August, Wainuiomata

  • The Wellington Road Champs is the last of the four big interclub races for the year. It is a great opportunity to run a fast 5km or 10km time with a large pack of runners to pull you along. It is held in the Wainuiomata Recreation Area. Enter from Moores Valley Road and turn into Whitcher Grove which leads to Reservoir Road. The course is an out and back road race using a 1.25km stretch of road that is closed to public traffic. There is a hill on one side and a river on the other side. The course is largely sheltered from the wind. The 5km race is at 12.40pm and the 10km race is at 2.45pm, with the shorter children's and junior races in-between those two. More info and course map

NZ Road Relays, Feilding, 4-6 October

  • The New Zealand Road Relays are the highlight of the year and this year they are in Feilding on 5 October. Scottish organises transport to and from Feilding/Palmerston North and around the race, race entry, accommodation and dinner on Saturday night. We subsidise the cost for everyone significantly. So that you pay a flat fee of $190 if you are competing or $150 if you are a supporter. Marshall has booked out the entire Distinction Hotel in Palmerston North for us, plus some nearby motel rooms as well. You can express your interest in going on the trip by completing this form: 


  • Our On The Run magazine is back with a series of stories on coaches and coaching. The first two, The coaching issue and The cool cats of coaching are out now and more will follow through the week.
  • There is a lot of fun and satisfaction in being an official at athletics meets. It is great seeing athletes in action up close and satisfying to know that you have helped to ensure that the competition is held in accordance with best practice. Athletics Wellington needs new officials to help supplement our existing numbers. In particular, it needs additional officials for the NZSSAA championships that are being held at Newtown Park on 6-8 December. To help develop new officials, it has scheduled four training seminars in August and September. The training dates are 28 August, 4 September, 11 September and 18 September. These training sessions are suitable for all-comers. You don’t need extensive prior experience or knowledge. Details of the training seminars, including dates, topics, venues and contact details are published on our website here:
  • From 5 August Wellington City Council is upgrading reservoir pipelines near our clubrooms. This means significant traffic disruptions to streets surrounding the Scottish Clubrooms - including to Wright Street, Wallace Street, Hargraves Street and Hutchison Street. For any club events at the Clubrooms be aware that driving and parking may be difficult. For more details see this update from Wellington Water.

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