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.
  • Friday, 4.00pm, Capital Classic, Newtown Park (Niam Macdonald, Hiro Tanimoto). 
  • Friday to Sunday, NZ Masters Track & Field Champs, Hastings (Terri Grimmett, Jonathon Harper, Geoff Ironmonger, Daphne Jones, Sean Lake, Peter Stevens, Michael Wray). 
  • 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, Plimmerton Fun Run, Plimmerton School, Porirua.
  • Sunday, 10.00am, Plunket Fun Run 3km, 6km and 10km, Remutaka Rail Trail.
  • Sunday, 11.00am, Wairarapa Mountain Duathlon & Trail Run, Mt Holdsworth DOC campsite.


  • Ruby Muir battled home for second place at the 85km Old Ghost Road Ultra in 8.01.37. Emma O’Loughlin finished in an impressive 10.15.43.
  • Hamish Carson ran a 1.51.46 800m for 3rd place at the Belgium National Indoor Championships. (It’s the third-fastest time by a New Zealander so far this year.)
  • Niam Macdonald took 16 seconds off his personal best time for the 3000m Steeplechase at the Sir Graeme Douglas International in Auckland last night when he ran 9:17.76. (It’s also the second-fastest time by a New Zealander so far this year.) – Results
  • Me (Stephen Day 44.14), Walter Somerville 45.49 and Oliver McLean 46.55 claimed the trifecta at the 10km Matairangi Trail Run. Willie Stephens ran 1.11.17, and Karyn McLean 1.11.30. Hayden Smith was fourth in the 5km race in 28.03, and Marketa Langova 32.39 and Michelle Knight 32.43 had a close tussle for second and third. Phil Sadgrove is recorded as 1.11.30 but Paul Hewitson tells me to halve that time because Phil started after much of the field had already run their first lap – Results and photos.
  • At the Track and Field meet on Sunday Hiro Tanimoto ran 14.04 for 100m. Jamie Barnes won the 1500m in 4.08.04, Hiro was third in 4.12.49 and Luke Grover 6th in 4.31.36. Daphne Jones took 10.32.12 to complete a 1500m walk and Ray Marten 10.43.06. Hiro then finished the day by winning the 5000m in 15.59.13 – Results
  • Waterfront 5km PBs to Conor Doherty-Craig, Adam Bradshaw, Sam Turner, Sarah-Grace Breen and Kath Littler – Results

Upcoming events

McVilly Shield Relay, 7 March, 8.30am, 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.

Wellington 5000m Championships, 28 March, Newtown Park

This track and field club meet is the last Athletics Wellington meet for the summer season. It incorporates the Melrose Shield interclub relay races and season close and the 5000m Walk and Run championships. Traditionally a large number of Scottish runners participate in the 5000m races. The Melrose Sheild will incorporate a medley relay (where runners in each team all run different distances). We have confirmed with Athletics Wellington that new members can also run either or both of these events if they want.

Centennial Cup, 4 April, 2pm, Island Bay 

This is a flat 5km club race along the south coast waterfront starting at Island Bay. This is normally our first club race of each season. It is the traditional opening race of the season where members will compete for the new Centennial Cup, formerly the Le Gaye Rosebowl. It is a sealed handicap event where our handicapper has estimated your time over 5km to determine your handicap. Everyone starts together and the finishing times are adjusted by your handicap to determine your net time and the overall winner of the Cup. 

We meet beforehand at St Hilda’s Church, 311 The Parade, to store gear. Then we return afterwards for an afternoon tea.

Shaw Baton Relays, 25 April (ANZAC Day), Battle Hill Farm, Pauatahanui

The Shaw Baton Relays are the first interclub race of the year. The Relays are a very fun event hosted by Olympic Harriers. They feature teams of four runners. Each runner does a 2km cross country loop traversing farmland, a hill, horse jumps a pond and a flat sprint finish.Runners of all abilities can take part. 


Info for new members

Thanks for joining Wellington Scottish. Don’t forget your membership includes personalised coaching advice from one of our qualified and experienced coaches. Our coaches can help you get started in setting a goal and achieving the goal. If you want to know more contact our coaching coordinator Jamie White

Your membership also includes free entry into all club and interclub races throughout the year – That includes the local, friendly club races that are normally time handicapped so everyone has a chance of winning, and bigger interclub races such as the upcoming Shaw Baton Relay and Vosseler Shield.

Singlets and club uniforms

You can buy Wellington Scottish singlets and other merchandise from the club’s uniforms manager Scott Ryland or from our online shop. This year the club is selling singlets for the subsidised price of $39 for adults and $29 for children. Scott also sells the seamless Early racing singlets that club member John Plimmer manufacturers locally. And he sells other merchandise like tee shirts and caps. Contact Scott if you want to get a singlet, other merchandise or simply want to ask a question.

$20 early joining discount

Don’t forget if you want $20 off your 2020/21 adult membership to pay $165 to Wellington Scottish Athletics 38-9005-0501833-00. Put your name and “RTB JOIN” in the reference. Payment must be made by 28 February for this promo. Best to also email membership@scottishathletics.org.nz to let us know to make sure we spot your renewal on our bank statement. 

NB: you can’t use the online membership portal yet as ANZ has not released the new season subscription types. We’ll activate all those who joined/renewed during the promo period once ANZ has done its bit; ANZ will only do this next month once the T&F Champs have finished.

Scottish AGM

The Scottish AGM will be held on 11 March at the Cricket Clubrooms at Anderson Park starting from 6.00pm. All welcome to attend – we need a quorum, so please do come along! There will be nibbles. More details will follow.

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