The race of the week was undoubtedly had by Gemma Ferry (age 1) who won the Lower Hutt Park Run in just over 17 minutes, beating her dad by a few centimetres. But there were many other great races too. For instance I had the pleasure on Sunday of watching Grant McLean drag round field of Scottish runners to much faster times than they deserved given the horrid wind they encountered.

Options for the week 

  • Tuesday 5.30pm, Waterfront 5km, Outside Mac’s Brewbar on Taranaki Wharf. Come and run, volunteer or support.
  • Wednesday 6.15pm, Newtown Park Track workout. Meet 6.15pm for 6.30pm start, lead by Andy and Rowan, shorter distance track reps.
  • Saturday 4.00am, Tarawera Ultra – good luck to the big crew heading up to Rotorua this year.
  • Saturday, 8.00am, Newtown Track workout – contact Chandima for info, or check Facebook for details. Longer track reps with a focus on building towards major events.
  • Saturday, 8.00am, Lower Hutt 5km Parkrun, Porirua 5km Parkrun, Kapiti Coast 5km Parkrun.
  • Sunday 8.00am, The Honest Ten, Outside Freyberg Pool Carpark, Oriental Bay.
  • Sunday 8.30am. Scottish long runs. Contact Ben Twyman or Danielle Trewoon for details or check Facebook.
  • Sunday 1.45pm, Combined Junior/Senior Track and Field meet, Newtown Park. This meet includes a 3000m Walk (2.15pm), an 800m (2.45pm) and a 3000m run (3.00pm).


  • CMCM Indoor Meeting, Luxembourg: Hamish Carson 1500m 3:44.20 (4R2) – Results
  • Xterra Festival: Walter Somerville (half marathon, 2nd, 1:36:04), Tricia Sloan (half, 2:04:57), Andy John (14km run, 2nd, 1:10:56), Kath Littler (14km, 1:38:28), Karen Jenkinson (14km, 1:45:21) Fiona MacMaster (14km, 2:06:12), Valentina Luna Hernandez (Full tri, 2:46:48), Sierra Ryland (Full tri, 3:24:47), Gerard Gordon (Sprint tri, 3:08:19) – Results
  • Athletics Wellington Track and Field Championships 2020. 3000m: Hiro Tanimoto 9:32.11, Geoff Ferry 9:35.32, Andy Ford 9:38.50, Chris Wharam 9:41.42, Alasdair Saunders 9:43.28, Grant McLean 9:44.12, Simon Keller 9:55.90, Michael Wray 10:49.56, Terri Grimmett 17:29.86. 3000m Walk: Arlene Wong-Tung 20:53.82, Terri Grimmett 21:06.76, Daphne Jones 22:05.50, Ray Marten 22:25.84. 1500m Hiro Tanimoto 4:14.07, Andy Ford 4:29.07, Alasdair Saunders 4:38.79, Michael Wray 5:02.47, Helen Willis 6:27.38. 800m: Peter Stevens 2:16.83, Michael Wray 2:24.46, Monique Whiteman 2:30.78, Jonathon Harper 3:02.92, Helen Willis 3:14.78. 3000m Steeplechase Peter Stevens 11:28.53 (New Wellington M55 Record) – Results
  • Waterfront 5km PBs to Bert Prendergast, Mal Viride and Kath Littler. Results
  • Here’s one I missed from last week – Track and Field Grand Prix on 25 January. 3000m Run: Terri Grimmett 18:13.18. 3000m Walk: Arlene Wong-Tung 20:58.17. 1500m: Hiro Tanimoto 4:21.88, Peter Stevens 4:41.70, Michael Wray 4:50.44, Helen Willis 6:26.48. 5000m Walk: Sean Lake 32:15.53, Terri Grimmett 36:08.97, Daphne Jones 38:31.93, John Hines 42:27.86. 5000m Run: Hiro Tanimoto 16:26.35, Alasdair Saunders 17:03.76, Grant McLean 17:05.07, Simon Keller 17:33.32, Stephen Bass 17:35.07 – Results

Upcoming events

Round the Bays, 16 February, Frank Kitts Park 

Round the Bays is the biggest running festival in Wellington. It’s one of our best opportunities to invite new people to join the club. Join the Wellington Scottish team as a runner, a helper or a pacer. 

Michelle Knight will be coordinating that recruitment drive. If you think you can help either beforehand with promotion, publicity and administration support or on the day handing out flyers, staffing our tent and talking to people about Scottish contact her. 

Todd Stevens, is looking for two pacers to help with the event a 1.45 for the half marathon and 40min pacer for the 10km, plus three lead bikers. Please let him know if you want to help. 

Matairangi Fun Run, 23 February Hataitai Velodrome, 

Open to the public, the Matairangi Fun Run, based on Mount Victoria, runs over the iconic Vosseler Shield course. There are two race options: the One Loop Race (5 km); or the Two Loop Race (two 5 km loops, adding up to 10 km). Each loop has approximately 190 metres of elevation.

McVilly Shield Relay, 7 March, Karori Park

The McVilly Shield is the first club event for the season and a great way to get to know other people in the club. This relay has teams of three people each. Everyone can participate, runners, walkers, J Team, seniors, masters and friends of the club. Just turn up and we will find you a team. You can either race it or use it as an opportunity to do some training. 

Each team must do ten laps of Karori Park. No individual team member can do more than four laps. But you can do the laps in any order you like. The race is randomly handicapped after the teams start.


Join or re-join Wellington Scottish at Round the Bays this year and you get $20 off your new season of Scottish full adult membership (down from $185 to $165). You can sign up at our bright yellow tent at Kilbirnie Park or you email us at and pay Wellington Scottish Athletics 38-9005-0501833-00. Put your name and “RTB JOIN” in the reference. If you want a singlet too, add $39. This will be the biggest discount we offer this year so don’t miss out by waiting.

Also: if you, as an existing member, sign up an adult friend who is new to the club or has not been a member for the last five years, we will give both you and your friend $15 off your membership fees. If you sign up two friends who are new to the club you get two lots of $15 off your membership fee. And so on. So, talk to your friends and colleagues who are running or walking Round the Bays this year. Tell them they could enjoy the same fun all year round at Scottish. If you get a friend to join make sure you email to let us know.


  • Join a new friend -$15 per new friend
  • Round the Bays discount for adult members -$20

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