Options this week

  • Tuesday 6.00pm, Speed Session with Andy and Rowan, outside Freyberg Pool. This week’s session is 2km and 1km reps at 10km pace. See website 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, 8.00am, Lower Hutt 5km Parkrun, Porirua 5km Parkrun, Trentham 5km Parkrun, Kapiti Coast 5km Parkrun.
  • Saturday 2.00pm, friendly club pack runs (all speeds). Scottish Clubrooms, Prince of Wales Park. Followed by tea and bikkies, and then a trip to the pub for those who want.
  • Sunday from 7.30am, Three Peaks No 2 (Johnson Hill, Makara Peak, Wrights Hill), Anderson Park, Kelburn.


Vosseler Shield

76 Scottish athletes took park in the Vosseler Shield, including Naomi Richardson, Juliet Street, Luca Cunningham and Georgie Street from the J Team. There were brave races throughout the field.

Here are a few of the place getters: Amy Walker won the women’s U20 race. Nicole Mitchell was 3rd senior woman. Mel Stevens won the W35 race and Emma Bassett was 3rd. Together with Emily Solsberg (4th) they won the teams race. Tricia Sloan was third W50. Betty Harp was 2nd W60. And Pam Graham won the W70 race. Daniel Jones won the senior men’s race and the teams title with Kristian Day, Tim Hodge, James Richardson, Ben and Harry McLean. Grant McLean just beat David Kettles in the M50 race and together with Todd Stevens they won the teams race. Paul Rodway was 2nd in the M70 race. Chris Howard was 2nd in the non-championship men’s 5km, and Ruby Muir won the women’s non-championship 10km, followed by Ali Campbell.

Scottish was 2nd in the points total for the Barry Everitt Shield, behind WHAC.

Xterra Akatarawa

Battling the brutal farmland climbs of Whareroa Farm we had representing Scottish:

Long Course: Walter Somerville (a close 2nd) Karen Jenkinson, Marketa Langova, Kath Littler, Willie Stephens

Medium Course: Rob Tomkies, Alistair Collow

Quite a few were backing up after Vosseler, adding to the challenge.


Masters Classic Cross Country Relay

Heather Walker was the fastest female on the course running her lap in 17. Her team which included Emma Bassett, Lindsay Young and Anne Hare won the open women’s race. Brendon Thompson, Michael Wray, Matyas James and Chris Howard won the open men’s race. Glen Wallis, Marshall Clark, Michael Cummins, Bev Hodge, Tanya Lavington. Christine Jones, Fiona McMaster Paul Rodway, Andrena Patterson, Pam Graham, Loretta Desourdy, and Terri Grimmett competed in the 240+ competition. Terri Grimmett also joined Peter Baillie and Ian Sutton in the winning open walkers team. Bob Gardner, Daphne Jones, Ray Marten Helen Willis, Simon Reynolds and John Hines all represented the club in the 150+ walk.


Photos (notable for the very high number of lightening bolts)

Manawatu Striders 10km

Karl Jackson ran a 39.41 personal best in Palmerston North and Andrew Kerr ran 36.55 in the same race.

Missed results

Some results I missed:

  • Last week was Niamh Carey ran the Hawkes Bay half marathon in a 1:36:29 PB.
  • Iain Shaw ran a 1.27.04 PB at the Southern Lakes Half Marathon earlier this month, and Dave Wilson ran 1.29.56 in the same race.

Coming up

Dorne Cup, 12 June

The Dorne Cup is a mostly flat and fast interclub cross-country race at Trentham Memorial Park. It includes some small jumps and stream crossings. Hutt Valley Harriers organise the race and it is one of the most prestigious and well attended cross-country races in the country.

Wellington Marathon, 27 June

Wellington Marathon starts Sky Stadium and winds around Wellington’s waterfront.

Events include a Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km and the Kids’ Magic Mile.

If you are entering the 10km or half marathon, make sure you join the Scottish team and help us compete for the team title.

Website and entries

North Island Cross Country Championships, Taupō, 3 July

The NIXCC is a great mid-winter trip away. The club often organises accommodation and a dinner on the night afterwards. Contact us for more details. There are races for all ages on the iconic Spa Park course beside the Waikato River and thermal hotspots.



Farewell to Peter Tearle

I regret to have to report that we have lost our oldest member, 95-year-old Peter Tearle, who was a life member of both Scottish and Athletics Wellington for many years. Peter passed away last week. He’d had a fall the previous day from which he never recovered but was reportedly very peaceful and free of pain. Peter’s obituary is below.

Expressions of interest for Wellington representative teams

If you want to represent Wellington at the North Island Cross Country Champs, the NZ Cross Country Champs or the NZ Road Champs this winter please submit an expression of interest on this form.

Wellington Half Marathon 27 June: Request for pacers 

Each year Scottish provides pacers for the Wellington Half marathon. If you would like to help, please email Todd with your pace time preference. Pacing is very much appreciated by the participants, and an enjoyable and rewarding experience for the pacer. Pacers still needed for 1.50, 2.00, 2.15.


Ngā mihi, welcome to new members Connor Gavin, Paul Cunningham and Ethan Carter.

Remember to join us too. Renew your membership or join online for the 2021-2022 year.

Rule changes

Athletics New Zealand is proposing changes to some of its competition rules on the following topics:

  1. Masters age categories
  2. Over 65 centre teams competition at NZ Cross Country and Road Race Championships
  3. Over 70 teams at NZ Road Relay
  4. Athletics NZ Road Race Championship Distances

Full details are here. We’ll collate and give feedback from Scottish. If you want us to include your thoughts, let us know. Or you can contact Athletics NZ directly if you want too.

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