Options this week
- Tuesday 6.15pm, Speed session. Starts outside Freyberg Pool. This week is 1 km reps at 5 km pace. Contact Andy or Rowan for details.
- Thursday 5.30pm. Thursday night run from the Kupe Statue – check Facebook for details.
- Saturday, 8.00am, Karori Park speed workout – contact our club captains Danielle and Ben for info, or check Facebook for details. 8.00am warm-up for an 8.30am start. All speeds and interests welcome.
- Saturday Parkruns are cancelled.
- Saturday 2:00pm, club packruns, Wellington Scottish Clubrooms, friendly training packs for all walkers and runners of all speeds. Afternoon tea afterwards followed by a trip to the Hop Garden.
- Sunday long pack runs – usually these leave 8.30am from outside Freyberg Pool and some alternative locations around Wellington. Contact our club captains Danielle and Ben for info, or check Facebook for details.
IAU 6H Virtual Global Solidarity Run
Mel Aitken, Emily Solsberg, Fiona Hayvice and Emma Bassett all represented New Zealand at the IAU 6H Virtual Global Solidarity Run. Scottish support along their journey helped them battle what was, at times, ferocious wind. Mel Aitken’s 73.2k in 6 hours is a NZ 6 hour record.
Athletics NZ Cross Country Challenge
Niam Macdonald and Seamus Kane were 10th and 14th respectively in a absolutely stacked senior men’s 10km race at the Athletics NZ Cross Country Challenge. Peter Stevens was 2nd in the M55 8 km race and Geoff Ferry was 4th in the M35 race.
Athletics Wellington Awards
The Athletics Wellington Awards recognised many Scottish athletes, coaches and volunteers this weekend:
- Todd Stevens was awarded life membership of Athletics Wellington for his decades of contributions to athletics in the region.
- Maria Williams – Female Para Athlete of the Year
- Daniel Jones – Senior Male Cross-Country and Road Races
- Daphne Jones – Masters Female Walker
- Don Dalgliesh – Junior Male Coach of the Year
- Alessandro Pinna – Grand Prix Winner
- Niam MacDonald-Joslin – Senior Male Hurdles/Steeplechase of the Year
- Lyn Clark – Female Volunteer of the Year
- Marshall Clark – Male Volunteer of the Year
- Peter Stevens – Masters Male Middle/Long Distance, Masters Male
Hurdles/Steeplechase, Masters Male Cross Country and Road Races and Male Master Athlete of the Year
- Wellington Scottish Senior Mens Road Relay Team (Seamus Kane, Chris Sanson, Daniel Jones, Kristian Day, Ben Twyman, Niam MacDonald-Joslin and Hamish Carson) – Male Team of the Year
Unofficial Wellington Half Marathon and 10km
Andrew Wharton reports that the Unofficial Wellington Half and 10k took place in windy, springlike conditions.
“Around 40 runners from Scottish and WHAC took part, most tackling the half, but two (Hiro and Ben Bielski) ran the 10km. I led a sub 90 min group that included other pacers, Lucas, Paul B, Chris W and Simon K. There was also a 85min group led by Tom Sawyer and Stephen Bass and a 1.40 group that I know included JT. Results that I know…Nicholas Bagnall pb in 1.28, Lucas and I picked up the pace over the last 5k to help Nicholas. We left Paul and Chris to help Lucy Fauth run a 7min pb in 1.29.45 (incredible run!). I know Iain Shaw just missed a pb but went sub 90. Dion Gamperle ran 1.23.39 pb and Malcolm Kerr 1.25.33 pb. I hear that Oliver Maclean ran a pb but not 100% on his time. Also new member Murtesa apparently ran a pb but again not sure on his time. Some excellent running in what was a very strong northerly on the way home plus also some excellent support with everyone cheering each other in, was a bloody good day.”
Also spotted, Katy McTeigue completed her first marathon!
Wellington Road Running Championships, 19 September
We have not received official details about the Wellington Road Running Championship yet. But host club Wainuiomata says the course, timetable and race information will probably be the same as last year.
Wellington Road Walking Championships, 19 September
The Race Walking Championships take pace an the Twin Lakes Access Road at Te Marua, Upper Hutt. There are championship A-Grade and non-championship B-Grade races.
3 Peaks Event 3 – The Fence Line, 20 September
The final edition of 3 Peaks 2020 is on 20 September (Sunday). This time we are starting from Anderson Park Cricket Club Rooms (near the Gardens). The peaks are Wright’s Hill (Lookout), Hawkins Hill (aka Golf Ball) and Brooklyn Wind Turbine.
Proceeds go towards Wellington City Mission.
Our long time supporter Gareth Thomas of Wellington Urban Ultra is organising the brand new WAI Run Fest in the Wairarapa.
If you have been a participant across all three events of the 3 Peaks series we are giving away an entry to either the 43km or the 61km ultra marathon of the WAI Run Fest after our last event. Thanks to Gareth and the organising team of WAI Run Fest.
NZ Road Relays, Feilding, 2-4 October
The road trip to NZ Road Relays will take place 2-4 October 2020. We will stay in Palmerston North and race around Feilding.
Please fill out this registration form to let us know you plan to join us. The all-inclusive cost of the trip is $250. Because of COVID-19 we have not been able to get any grants this year, so the cost is higher than last year.
However, it is still very good value because of a large subsidy from club funds. It includes race entry, return transport from Wellington, good quality accommodation in Palmerston North on Friday and Saturday night, transport around the course on race day, and a buffet dinner on Saturday night.
Three relay tasks:
- Complete the registration form
- Pay $250 to the club 38-9005-0501833-00. Put NZRR and your name in the reference and particulars. If money is an issue please talk confidentially to your team captain or president Michael Wray. We might not be able to do anything, but we do want to know in case we can help.
- Check to make sure your teammates and friends have registered.
HEB Construction, the company building the water reservoir near our clubrooms, is due to commence it’s project soon. Light vehicles will be parking on the lower field during the week, and access will be along the lane.
Salisbury Terrace will be closed for 2 – 3 weeks from mid-September to allow for works on sewage pipes. So access to the clubhouse will be via the lane only.
The project is planned to take 3 years. For much of this period the playing fields will be closed, but access to Rolleston St, and the other tracks up the hill will be open.
Welcome to new members Alan O’Brien and Sam Cathro.
Our 2020 membership price for adults is $85. Juniors pay between $20 and $65 depending on their age, and volunteers are free.
Keep in touch with the club
- If you want to contact anyone about anything then your first ports of call are our club captains Ben Twyman and Danielle Trewoon, our coaching coordinators Jaime and Nico Vessiot and our club president Michael Wray
- Public Facebook page. And join the Scottish member Facebook group here