Question: Why join Scottish? Answer: Because it is great value.
If you are new to Wellington and run, walk, throw or jump or would like to give them a go, we invite you to come along and try us out. We try to cater for all ages and all levels, whether you are a beginner, an elite competitor, or like most of us, somewhere in between. Our club has been active in Wellington for a long time. We are only a few years away from celebrating our centennial.
The harrier (or winter) season usually starts towards the end of March and runs until the second week of October. Our season kicks off with several pack runs and walks from our clubhouse in Prince of Wales Park (Mount Cook).
Our Saturday club pack runs and walks, provide a variety of packs (groups) that will run or walk at the pace that best suits you. For the first few Saturdays of the season, our packs leave the clubhouse at 2pm. The pack runs and walks are followed by a afternoon tea and a chance to mix with members. After these early weeks, we participate in pack runs, or handicap club races, or interclub events held at various locations in the wider Wellington area. Transport can be arranged if this is a problem. Some events are cross country, some are on the roads and some are relays.
In the summer, some of our members compete on the track (at Newtown Park, only a couple of kilometres from the clubhouse), others do triathlons, while others run and walk in our popular Tuesday night 5km series, or with our more informal summer pack runs throughout the Wellington region.
So if you run or walk, there is something for you, your family and friends, on a weekly basis throughout the year.
At Wellington Scottish, we aim to support all members to achieve their individual goals, whether that is to win a World Championship, or for the majority of us, to remain fit and improve our personal best times. We can provide you with coaching advice, up-to-date athletics news, tips on stretching and injury prevention, and groups to train with that will keep you motivated through the Wellington winter. You may not at first want to compete with others (and that’s fine), but after a while you’ll find plenty of people in our club around your level to do battle with. This just adds to the motivation and enjoyment of running and walking. Your fellow club members will be your biggest supporters from the sidelines, too. There are not many events around New Zealand where you won’t see a fellow club member wearing our distinctive club uniform.
Lastly, we pride ourselves on being a friendly club and one which has a social side. For information on how to join, the subs and application forms are all on this website. Try us out for a few weeks. You will be under no pressure to join.
+ Regular News
+ Coaching Services
+ Organized group runs & walks
+ Club Creche
+ New Club Rooms
+ Free entry to club organized races
+ Scottish Supporters Trust
+ Club away trips
+ Free entry to competition at Newtown Park
+ Free entry to Wellington’s inter club races
+ Membership of Athletics New Zealand
+ Junior membership option
+ Experience and support
The Club Uniform
Members competing in inter-club events are required to wear the club singlet and all members are encouraged to wear the singlet on Saturday club runs and races, along with a pair of plain black shorts. We have standard men’s, women’s and children’s singlets for sale as well as crop tops and support singlets for women. Prices range from $25 for the kids’ singlet to $55 for the support singlet. We are in the process of moving to a new warm-up top and trousers in Scottish colours and monogrammed/screen-printed with our club logo and name.
If you require a club uniform, please contact Jo Badham, 934-0218. Please note, payment is by cash or cheque only.
Club newsletter/ weekly emails
The club’s magazine is produced regularly during the year (about four times a year). Called “On the Run,” the glossy, coloured magazine is an important communication tool and permanent record within the club (electronic and hard copy versions coexist).
Our editor, Grant McLean, welcomes club members’ contributions. Feel free to express your views in a letter to the editor or recount your wonderful memories of a recent race.
Api Williams sends out a weekly email to all club members. Forward any items to him for inclusion.
Mandy Simpson keeps the database of members’ physical and email addresses and phone numbers. Please let her know of any changes in your contact details. You’ll find that you no longer get the weekly emails or occasional magazine, if you forget to pass the changes on to us.
Scottish Supporters’ Trust
The Scottish Supporters’ Trust began in 1996. The Trust is designed to provide generally younger members with financial assistance when travelling to out-of-town races. The level of assistance is linked to a member’s performance at the relevant race along with the publicity generated for Scottish.
As a member of the Supporters’ Trust, the member will receive a regular newsletter detailing assistance provided to Scottish members and reports from recent races. Please contact us, if you wish to know more about the Supporters’ Trust or to become a supporter.