Options this week
- Tuesday 5.45pm, Waterfront 5km, Registration from 5pm outside Macs Brewbar, Taranaki Wharf. Come and run, volunteer or support.
- Wednesday 6.00pm, Twilight Track Meet No 2, Newtown Park. This week there is a 200m, 1500m, 100m and 400m.
- Saturday, 8.00am, Lower Hutt 5km Parkrun, Porirua 5km Parkrun, Kapiti Coast 5km Parkrun.
- Saturday 8.30am, Ballantyne Cup and Shirley Barton Trophy, – Handicapped 10-Mile and 5-Mile races, St James Sea Scout Hall, 24F Marine Parade, Petone Foreshore.
- Saturday 12.00pm, Regional League Meet, Masterton.
- 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.
- Sunday 10.00am, Junior Interclub No 3, Newtown Park (see below for details).
Walter Somerville won the 43km nearly marathon by over an hour in 5:11:20. In the 61km ultra marathon Malcolm Kerr was 12th in 12:22:52
Spike Hayvice competed in the kids 8-17 years triathlon. Juliet and Georgie Street competed in the kids 5-7 years triathlon Juliet Street came first place in 7year old girls Spike came first place in 8year old boys.
Queenstown Half Marathon
Malcolm Hodge as 3rd in the half marathon in 1.13.39, Nina Maurer was first U20 in her first half marathon in 1:34:53. Ben Twyman was 4th in the marathon in 2.41.23 (less than 2 minutes off the winner), Amy Auld finished in 4:43:25. Harry McLean (35:46) and Andrew Kerr (37:12, 1st M40) were 5th and 6th respectively in the 10km.
Peak Trail Blazer, Hawkes Bay
Niam Macdonald (49.27) was 2nd and Lucas Duross (51.19) 3rd in this race up and down Te Mata Peak.
The Molesworth Run, North Canterbury
Nicholas Bagnall in Team Newtown, James Turner and Peter Stevens in Team Thorndon, and Don Stevens in Ruahine team took part in the 4-person relay.
Newtown Track Mini-Meet
In the 5000m race walk: Sean Lake 29:37.37, Daphne Jones 37.12.82, Ray Marten 38.02.23, and John Hines 42.38.71. In the 300m: Amy Walker won in 43.01, Hiro Tanimoto 43.37. In the 3000m: Hiro Tanimoto 9.32.57, Stephen Day 9.35.44 and Grant McLean 9.36.36.
Casey Thorby was 2nd in the 20.5km race in 1:30:02.
Waterfront 5km PBs to Murtesa Hassen (again!), Willie Stephens, Lucy Fauth and Emma Wharam and Kath Littler.
NZ 24 Hour Championships, Auckland
A result I missed last week was Terri Grimmett competing in the 24 hour walk. She completed 232 laps in 16 hours before stopping.
The Agency Group 10000 Festival
Saturday 5 December, Newtown Park, Wellington
The festival is the biggest and fastest collection of 10,000m races in New Zealand. This year Michele Allison’s attempt to break NZ women’s 65 year + record. If she does legendary Michele will join her legendary sister Bernie Portenski, who holds the NZ women’s 60+ record, in the record books. The record is 46:36 and Michelle is targeting a time of 45.00 minutes. She has already beaten the NZ women’s 65+ 3000m record last month in Christchurch.
The race also has some of the fastest senior men runners in NZ competing. International triathlete Hayden Wilde is hoping to pace Oli Chignell and Cameron Graves to a time under 29 minutes. Normally NZ is lucky if one or two people run faster than 30 minutes in a whole season. There is a possibility that half a dozen or more people could achieve this goal at the Agency Group 10000m race.
If you are not running we could do with some volunteers at the finish line (on the bell and the lap board), at the water station and at the registration desk. Contact me if you can help.
Ballantyne Cup and Shirley Barton Trophy, 28 November
The Ballantyne Cup (men) and Shirley Barton Trophy (women) are the club’s most long-standing and arguably most prestigious Scottish trophies.
The race starts in Petone. The 10-mile race goes up the east side of the Hutt riverbank path before crossing at the Fairway Drive Bridge in Avalon and returning down the west riverbank. The 5-mile race takes the same path but crosses at the earlier Ewan Bridge in Lower Hutt.
I need four volunteers to help organise the race – including two marshalls on bikes. Contact me if you can help.
Wellington Scottish Twilight Track Meets, fortnightly from 11 November
A series of fortnightly track meets for Wellington clubs and colleges. Free for Scottish members and member of other clubs affiliated to Athletics Wellington that pay the summer track levy. Entry is also free to athletes from Wellington College, St Pat’s town, St Pat’s Silverstream and Rongotai.
Each meet will include two sprints and two middle distance races. There will be suitable time gaps so athletes can do both sprints or both middle distance if they want.
If your athlete wants to take part in the 2020-21 Junior Interclub meets, you must complete a simple “one-time-only” season registration to enter the six meets in the series.
Athlete entries must be completed by 11:59pm on the Wednesday prior to an Interclub meet.
The Scottish club administrator is Michael Wray. He can help with password re-sets or queries or even put through the entry for anyone who finds the entry system difficult.
Central League Meetings
There is one remaining Central League Track and Field Meeting at Masterton, on 28 November. League meetings have a fixed programme, starting at 12 noon and finishing around 4pm. When you attend, see Don Dalgliesh to get your number and pay $5. Then decide which event(s) you want to do and just turn up at the starting point just before the time listed in the programme.
Waterfront 5km Series, Tuesdays from 6 October
The Wellington Scottish Waterfront 5km continues throughout the summer. It will be on the same course as last year. As with last year, we hope for volunteers from each grade to help with registration and marshalling.
Welcome to new club member Ryan Sixtus.
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