It was a busy weekend. Scottish could have been mistaken for a triathlon club. But as well as all the Taupō Ironmen we revealed, we also had heaps of athletes at events all over the rest of the motu too. Read on…

Options for the week 

  • Tuesday 5.30pm, Waterfront 5km, Outside Mac’s Brewbar on Taranaki Wharf. Come and run, volunteer or support.
  • Wednesday 6.00pm, Wellington Scottish AGM, Cricket Clubrooms at Anderson Park.
  • 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.
  • Saturday, 1.30pm, novelty distances track and field meet, Newtown Park. (Includes 1000m, 2000m steeplechase and 3000m runs and walks.)
  • Sunday 8.00am, WHAC Honest Ten, Freyberg Pool carpark.
  • Sunday 8.30am. Scottish long runs. Contact Ben Twyman or Danielle Trewoon for details or check Facebook.


  • Ruby  Muir won the Hawkes Bay Triple Peaks race – 57 kilometres and three mountains (5:12:21.97) and Kristian Day was second (5:07:53.43) – Results, Hawkes Bay Today article
  • Andrew Kerr was first in the Hutt Fun Run and Walk 10km in 39.25.4 and won a free membership to Hutt Valley Harriers.  Andrew assuages me that he politely declined it. Also competing was Ray Manahan (43:11.7) – Results 
  • Niam Macdonald ran 15:05.26 in the 5000m at the New Zealand Track and Field Championships and Seamus Kane was half a second back in a PB of 15:05.84. Hiro Tanimoto ran 4:18.47 in his 1500m heat at the championships – Results
  • Ironman NZ (3.8k Swim, 180k bike, 42k from James Turner. Note there are only 40 Kona spots across all the age groups for 1,166 finishers): Michele Allison 12 hrs 7 mins 9 seconds (1.06 Swim; 6.16 bike; 4.31 run). 1st F 65-69 out of 2 finishers. Smashed age group course record and had already qualified for Kona at an earlier event). Anna Guy (her 1st Ironman) 11.58.51 (1.11; 6.23; 4.13) 6th out of 35 in the F50-54 age group. Kona spot in the roll down!!! Dean Galt 9.45.10 (1.05; 4.56!!!; 3.35). 5th out of 151 in M45-49. Kona spot! Helen Bradford 11.29.26 (1.05; 5.57;4.15). 3rd out of 35 f50-54. Turned down Kona spot! Luke Ferguson (his 1st Ironman) 12.00.49 (1.00; 5.44; 4.58) 53rd out of 151 M45-49. Ben Twyman 10.41.52 (1.13; 5.58; 3.18!) 24th out of 94 M30-34. Gemma Kennedy (her 1st Ironman) 11.43.19 (0.59!; 6.01; 4.31). 9th out of 34 F30-34.
  • And James also reports on the 70.3 (1.9k Swim, 90k bike, 21k run). Note 80 world champs spots across all age groups for 879 finishers. Lucas Duross 4.13.03 (0.27; 2.20; 1.19). 2nd overall finisher and 1st out of 56 m25-29. Had already achieved world champs qualification at an earlier event. Adam Bradshaw 4.39.29 (0.32; 2.32; 1.26)  7th out of 70 m30-34. World champs qualification. Peter Kelly 4.34.20 (0.27; 2.35; 1.25). 4th out of 80 m40-44. World champs qualification. Mike Cousins 4.42.18 (0.30; 2.27; 1.37). 12th out of 80 M40-44. Just missed world champs qualification by two places. James Turner 4.54.02 (0.36; 2.37; 1.32). 4th out of 50 m55-59 world champs qualification. Richard Sweetman 6.05.35 (0.37; 2.58, 2.17) 3rd M70-74 out of seven. Just missed world champs qualification by one place. Paul Rodway 5.45.20 (0.40; 3.00; 1.53) 1st out of seven M70-74. Already qualified for world champs. Rachael Cunningham 5.00.02 (!!) (0.33; 2.38; 1.39). 5th out of 50 F40-44. World champs qualification. Kudos to all the supporters up there too (Danielle, Anna B etc etc). Was a fantastic weekend.
  • Jamie White, Chan Kulathilake and Millar Buck won the 10km McVilly Shield – Full results below
  • Andrena Patterson’s son Henry came 1st in the U14 100m at the McEvedy Shield for Wellington College. 
  • Waterfront 5km PBs to Jonathan Evans and Jason Cheng – Results

Upcoming events

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 for free if you want.

Centennial Cup, 4 April, 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 and start-of-the-season carrot cake!

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

The Shaw Baton Relays are the first interclub race of the year. 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. 


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.

Scottish AGM

The Scottish AGM is this Wednesday at the Cricket Clubrooms at Anderson Park starting from 6.00pm. It’s your chance to hear what the club plans to do for the year, and say what you would like to happen. All welcome to attend – we need a quorum, so please do come along! There will be nibbles.

Athletics Wellington Awards

Athletics Wellington is calling for nominations for its annual Athletics Awards.  Please nominate someone you know who deserves special recognition. The Awards ceremony is to be held on Thursday, 7 May 2019 at Newtown Park.

Website articles

This newsletter is now automatically publishing all the articles that the club posts on its website in the past week below the newsletter.  So this week you will notice our online magazine On the Run is back with three articles on technology, and one article on the McVilly Shield. Look out for more On The Run articles on the website over the next week, including from Bob Stevens and Nigel Roberts.  

Events calendar

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