Options for the week 

  • Tuesday 5.30pm. Waterfront 5km, Outside Mac’s Brewbar on Taranaki Wharf
  • Saturday 8.00am, Lower Hutt 5km Parkrun, Porirua 5km Parkrun, Kapiti Coast 5km Parkrun.
  • Saturday 8.00am, Newtown Track workout – contact Chandima for info, or check Facebook for details. 
  • Saturday 1.30pm, Bernie Portenski Memorial Trophy. St Timothy’s Church, 16 Te Pene Road, Titahi Bay – please bring a plate. 
  • Sunday 8.30am, Long pack runs – contact Lindsay and Ben for info, or check Facebook for details.


  • A big crew was in Auckland yesterday for the marathon and half marathon- and quite a few personal bests. Marathon: Hiro Tanimoto 2.27.22, Ben Twyman 2.33.56 PB, Chris Wharam 2.34.17, Bert Prendergast 2.35.22, Andrew Wharton 2.35.37 PB, Matt Bonner 2.47.12 PB, Mel Aitken 2.53.12 (2nd!), Katie Murphy 3.50.21 PB, Ray Manahan 3.51.12. Half Marathon: Seamus Kane 1.11.50, Casey Thorby 1.15.26 PB, Paul Barwick 1.19.59, Grant McLean 1.23.03, Lindsay Barwick 1.26.48, Lucy Fauth 1.37.39, Emma Wharam 1.39.34, Anna Breen 2.05.46 – results 
  • I can’t find results for the Andy McNeill Memorial Fun Run and Walk but I think maybe it’s an event that focuses more on community fun than on results.
  • There were more competitors than last year at the Wellington Masters Athletics 10km Road Race. The best performers by age-grade-rating were Daphne Jones and Marshall Clark. 10km run: Iain Shaw 41.37, Matyas James 43.43, Marshall Clark 46.24, Glen Wallis 47.20, Marketa Langova 51.31, Don Stevens 63.07, 10km walk: Terri Grimmett 72.16, Daphne Jones 79.01, Ray Marten 79.37, 5km walk: Sharon Wray 43:33 – results and photos
  • The 1st Grand Prix track and field meet took place at Newtown Park. 3000m Walk: Sean Lake 16.58.88, Bob Gardner 20.15.45, Arlene Wong-Tung 20.27.90, Terri Grimmett 21.05.72, Kath Littler 21.29.05, John Hines 24.54.64. 1500m: Jamie Barnes 4.10.78, Andy Ford 4.36.34, Peter Stevens 4.41.40, Carrick Crafts 4.41.41, Tom Sawyer 4.49.27, Monique Whiteman 5.27.75. 5000m: Stephen Day 16.15.54, Alasdair Saunders 17.06.82, Andy Ford 17.22.14, Liam Jones 17.27.35, Stephen Bass 17.30.27, Andrew Kerr 17.48.64, Peter Stevens 18.14.10, Tom Sawyer 18.20.83, Mel Stevens 18.34.15, Gerard Gordon 18.57.21, Bev Hodge 28.09.31. Discus: Megan Ferry 14.39m, Kath Littler 10.90m. – results and photos
  • PBs to Bevan Cox, Holly Barclay and Marketa Langova at last week’s Waterfront 5km. – results
  • UK-based member Paul Martelletti was seventh in the Yorkshire Marathon in 2:27, and former member Michiel Kallenberg, now back in the Netherlands, ran 2:28 in the Amsterdam Marathon.
  • Honest 10 – results not published yet

Upcoming events

Lifestyle Sports Bernie Portenski Memorial Cup, 26 October, 2pm

  • A group of walkers have decided that they would like to walk the course so have agreed to meet early and start walking at 1.30pm. A few walkers from other clubs are going to join and everyone else is welcome too.
  • The Bernie Portenski Memorial Cup in Titahi Bay is a 9.1km handicapped race to celebrate the end of the harrier season and to commemorate Bernie Portenski. The overall winner on handicap will hold the Bernie Portenski Memorial Trophy for a year. Scottish members also compete on handicap for the Baudinet Cup and Ladies Open Handicap Cup. There will also be prizes from Lifestyle Sports in Tawa. We assemble at St Timothy’s Presbyterian Church, 16 Te Pene Ave, Titahi Bay from about 1:30pm.
  • Post-race we return to the church hall for an afternoon tea and prize-giving (please bring a plate). The race starts at 2:05pm on the beach in front of the surf club at Titahi Bay.

The Agency Group 10000m Festival, 9 November

  • The Agency Group 10000m is most the popular 10,000m festival in New Zealand. Last year the Agency Group 10000m was a night of PBs for runners of all speeds – 40 percent of runners finished with a new best time. This year we are offering pace packs of 50 mins, 45 mins, 40 mins, 38.30 mins and faster. Races are open to men and women of all age grades. Entries are open and free here. Entries need to be in by Wednesday 6 November. 

Prizegiving, 16 November Newtown Park Function Room, 6pm

  • Please join us for a celebration of another amazing year of achievements for the club. You don’t need to pay immediately; we will invoice you. We need to advise final numbers for catering a week ahead, so please get back to us by Friday 8 November. For queries please contact Marshall Clark. Tickets cost $35 for adults and $15 for children. You can register online here


  • Welcome to new club member Jasmine Smith! 
  • Central League Competition Entries and Info. The dates and venues for 2019 Central League Track and Field Meets are Nov 2 Inglewood, Nov 9 Palmerston North (moved from Wanganui) and Nov 23 Masterton. If anyone thinks that they might want to compete in any of the three meetings, and their name is not on this entry list, they need to email Don Dalgliesh with their name and DOB before Oct 27. If anyone whose name is on the list but will definitely not be competing this year, please email Don and let him know by Oct 27.
  •  For the 2019/20 season, Athletics Wellington has introduced a change in the process for entering children for the Junior Interclub meets. If your athlete wants to take part in the 2019/20 Junior Interclub meets, you must complete a simple “one-time-only” season registration to enter the six meets in the interclub series. The system being used for the interclub series registration is the same as was used earlier in 2019 to register all the athletes who competed in the Junior Championships. Here is the link for the Interclub season entry: https://2019-20children.eventdesq.com/ Please log in at this site and follow the instructions. There is a password reset function if you have forgotten your password or Michael Wray can reset it for you. During the entry process you will be asked to select an event. Only the 100m is shown. This is just a “dummy” to get your registration processed. Please select the 100m option and proceed. Your athlete will still have access to all the normal interclub event options. Athlete registrations must be completed by Wednesday prior to the Interclub meet. You will only need to register once for the entire season of six interclub meets but there will be a separate registration for the Junior Championships.
  • With the conclusion of the Winter season we are already looking ahead for the 2020 Cross Country Season. With this in mind, we have scheduled an Out of Stadia officials course for all winter officials and those who would be interested in joining the officials group. The course is scheduled for Sunday 10 November at Newtown Park. The afternoon will start with some light refreshments at 12.30pm and the session will kick off at 1pm. We always need new officials to assist in running our events and this is an opportunity to attend, learn and sit the exams. Unlike the T & F exams which are much more technical for each discipline, the out of stadia exams are much simpler – mostly knowledge of the relevant race rules, safety, general officiating and common-sense. The AthNZ Officials Grade 5 for Out of Stadia has 3 levels, starting at level C with an assessment paper, then exams for levels B & A. You can assure any newcomers that it is not onerous and we will ensure that they are appropriately briefed. If you are interested, or know anyone who might be interested, and are able to attend please get in touch with Alan Stevens alanstevens36@outlook.com.

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