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Scottish Weekly News 15 July 2019

This Saturday is the Wellington Cross Country Champs. It's at the (in)famous Grenada North course. If you have already run either the Dorne Cup or the Vosseler Shield then bring your race number along again. That's all you need to take part. Otherwise, if you have lost your number or have not yet collected it turn up early to the Scottish tent to get a new one.

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 2.00pm, Wellington Cross Country Championships, Grenada North.
  • Sunday 8.30am, Long pack runs - contact Lindsay and Ben for info or check Facebook for details


  • On Thursday James Preston qualified for the semi-final of the 800m at the World University Games in 1:52.20. On Saturday, he qualified for the final in 1:48.68. Then on Sunday, he finished 6th in the final in 1:50.11 - Results
  • At the WUU2K 63km race Emma Bassett was 2nd in 7.21 and Emma O'Loughlin 4th in 8.00. Tom Sawyer 6.27, Valentino Luna Hernandez 6.44, Jamie Vessiot 8.42. Walter Somerville won the 43km race in a new course record of 3.51, Malcolm Kerr finished in 5.17, Rachel Cunningham 5.54, Marketa Langova in 6.38, Bridget Clark 7.09, and Don Stevens 7.53, In the relay, Mel Aitken and I won in a course record 5.36. Ben Bielski and Lucy Fauth 7.07, Brad Wong and Danielle Trewoon 7.20, Amy Auld and Emma Sturmfels 8.32 - ResultsChan's photos
  • At the Captain Cook's Landing Trail Run in the Marlborough Sounds, Michael Wray was 4th in 2.10 and Sharon Wray finished in 3.55. Former member Angela Leck won in 2.13 - results

Upcoming events

Wellington Cross Country Championships, Grenada North, 20 July

  • This is free for club members - just turn up on the day. A mixture of flat and undulating cross country course with climbs and jumps. This course is suitable for spikes. The course is made up of 2km laps similar to those used in 2018 for both the Wellington and NZ Champs. However, if rain makes parts of the course muddy, then the course is likely to be modified to avoid any particularly muddy sections. This may reduce the length of each lap and consequently increase the number of laps for each race. Any course changes will be notified as soon as possible via social media and via email. 
  • Adults can race either 5km or 10km, but the championship distance for SW, SM, MW35, MM35 and MM50 is 10km, and the championship distance for MW50, MW60, MM60, MW70 and MM70 is 5km.


WU18, MW50, MW60, MM60, MW70, MM70, all other grades non-championship (5km)


Boys and Girls Under 16s (4km)


MU18 (6km), WU20 (6km), MU20 (8km)


Boys and Girls Under 10 (1km)


Boys and Girls Under 12, Boys and Girls under 14 (2km)


SW, SM, MW35, MM35, MM50, all other grades non-championship (10km)

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

  • The New Zealand Cross Country Championships are here in the Wellington region again and there is a special discount for Wellington runners who want to take part - down from $47 to $20. Just ask me for the pin before you register, to get the discount. Alternatively, 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. 

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. We have also, this week, received a grant from the Lion Foundation for $4000, which is helping reduce the cost of the weekend for each of us. You can express your interest in going on the trip by completing this form: https://forms.gle/NhmVb21v7psp1rRT8 


  • 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:http://athleticswellington.org.nz/officials/
  • Please renew your membership on our online membership system now - you just need a credit/debit card. If you want to take advantage of the discounted friends deal, please email membership@scottishathletics.org.nz and we will pay you a $15 rebate to existing members for any new member you have introduced plus we will give your friend who has joined a $15 rebate.

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