This week

  • Tuesday 6.00pm, Speed Session with Andy and Rowan, outside Freyberg Pool. This week’s session is 2km at half marathon pace, 2 x 1km at 10km pace, 2 x 500m at 5km pace. See website for details.
  • Wednesday 6.00pm, Sparkle Fitness strength and conditioning, Club K Gym. Email Sierra for details.
  • Saturday, 8.00am, Lower Hutt 5km Parkrun, Porirua 5km Parkrun, Trentham 5km Parkrun, Kāpiti Coast 5km Parkrun.
  • Saturday, 12.30pm, Wellington Road Champs, 5km and 10km, Reservoir Road, Wainuiomata
  • Saturday 2.00pm, friendly pack walks, Scottish clubrooms. Walkers (and anyone not running at the road champs) can meet at the club rooms this weekend. (The walkers road champs are Sunday week, 29 Aug).
  • 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.


Mukamuka Munter

Dan Jones won in 2:31:00 and tied his course record. Dougal Thorburn was not far behind in 3rd in 2:36.21. Walter Somerville was 9th 3:01.50, Denis McCarthy 3:40.27, and Bex Hutchinson 3:44.33.


Needle Relay

The senior women started the day well with an equal number of teams to the senior men. It’s the first time I can remember that happening. Then the took it to the very impressive WHAC team, with Ruby running a course record on lap 1, Amy running a Scottish course record on lap 2, and Emma breaking Amy’s short-lived record on lap 4. The team finished less than half a minute behind WHAC.

Also a big run by Marshall Clark who broke Dave Hatfield’s Scottish M60 3km record. New club members Michael Tong (lap 4 for SMB) and Isabel Bridgman (leading off for SWD) had impressive debuts for the club too.

Walkers’ Turkey Trot

No results are out yet but we do know Sean Lake, Ian Morton, Daphne Jones, Helen Willis, Bob Gardiner, Rachael Gardiner, Johnny Hines and Ray Marten took part. Johnny Hines and SeanLake tied for second equal in the closest-to-estimate contest.

Coming up

Wellington Road Running Champs, 21 August

The Wellington Road Champs is the last of the four big interclub races for the year. It is a great opportunity to run a fast 5km or 10km time with a large pack of runners to pull you along. It is held in the scenic Wainuiomata Recreation Area. The course is an out-and-back road race using a 1.25km stretch of road that is closed to public traffic. The course is largely sheltered from the wind. 


September Relays: Marton-Whanganui and Paekākāriki-Pekapeka

There are two road relays coming up in the next month which people might want to give a go before NZ Road Relay in October. On Saturday 12 September is the Marton to Whanganui Relay. Teams of up to ten run a variety of different legs on a scenic and historic course along backcountry roads. And the following weekend is the Paekākāriki to Pekapeka Kāpiti Expressway Relay, with 4 legs of approx 5km each (more details to come). If anyone is keen in being in a team for either or both relays, let me know and I will try to compile some teams and team captains.

Tanadees Cup and Arkwright Cup, 25 September

I have published the wrong date for this in past newsletters. Sorry. The correct date is 25 September, the week before Road Relays. The Tanadees and Arkwright Cups Race is an 8km handicapped race around the Evans Bay/Balaena Bay waterfront. We meet beforehand at the Kilbirnie Pool then the race starts from the Wind Needle in Kilbirnie. It is a good opportunity for a flat road race to sharpen up before NZ Road Relays.

Victoria University of Wellington Athletics Club members joins us for this race to compete for their Sherwood Cup.


The Wellington Team to NatioanL Road Champs

Wellington currently does not have enough expressions of interest (EOI) to be able to name a counting team of 4 in the following grades: W35, W50, M20, W20, M18, W18, and only have the bare 4 in SM.

If any one wants to be considered for the Wellington team in Hamilton on Sunday 5 September, please complete the EOI before the Wellington champs this weekend using this link:

Register for NZ Road Relays trip to Akaroa

The subsidised price for NZ Road Relays trip is $140. That includes accommodation, rental van transport in Christchurch, race entry and dinner on Saturday night. That just leaves you to get yourself to Christchurch. There are cheaper rates for supporters, or those who do not need accommodation and/or Saturday night dinner. There will also be an option to purchase premium accommodation for some who want it. For more details contact Alistair Collow or John Gardiner.


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