It’s nearly time for this year’s Lifestyle Sports Night of Miles — 18 December. Information is here and entries are here.

This week

  • Tuesday 6.15pm, Speed Session with Andy and Rowan, Outside Freyberg Pool.
  • Wednesday 6.00pm, Splash and Dash, Freyberg Beach
  • Saturday, 8.00am, Karori Park speed workout — contact our club captains for info, or check Facebook for details. 8.00am warm-up for an 8.30am start. All speeds and interests welcome.
  • Saturday 11.00am, Central League Track and Field Meeting, Masterton. 
  • Sunday long pack runs — usually, these leave 8.30am from outside Freyberg Pool and some alternative locations around Wellington. Contact our club captains for info, or check Facebook for details.


Track and Field Meet, Newtown Park

Shot Put 4kg: Liam Jones 4.19m. Discus 1kg: Liam Jones 11.87m. 1500m: Harry McLean 4:20.75, Hiro Tanimoto 4:21.07, Alasdair Saunders ran a very impressive 4:26.14, Oliver McLean 4:35.37, Simon Keller 4:50.92. 5000m Walk: Sean Lake 31:07.07, Helen Willis 37:54.15, Daphne Jones 39:30.92. 5000m Run: Hiro bounced back from his 1500m to win in 15:11.09, a NZ personal best. Kristian Day 15:25.85 PB, Bert Prendergast 15:46.42, Alaistair Richardson 16:24.26, Ruby Muir 16:43.99 PB (5th faster time by a NZer and 2nd fastest time in NZ this year), Simon Keller 17:33.26 and brand new member Gordon Pal dipped under 20 minutes with a 19:59.39.


Crosscup Rosselare, Belguim

Hamish Carson: 39:32 in very muddy conditions.

Coming up

Central League Meeting, 4 December, Masterton

Under COVID19 rules, there has been a change in the instructions for competing in the Regional League. The organisers now need a list for each meeting which only includes those names of athletes who intend to compete in that meeting, so all previous lists are cancelled. For Masterton, if you wish to be able to compete, you need to advise Michael Wray by the Tuesday before, so that he can include your name on our list. You need to do this for each meeting, the list does not carry over from the previous meeting. Scottish will cover the $5 charge per athlete for each meeting, so all you need to do on arrival is find Don Dalgliesh and get your competition number.

Night of Miles, December 18

The Scottish Night of Miles is a unique event full of Christmas fun and features races over the rarely run distance of one mile. Each year we collect donations ($5 suggested) from athletes and spectators then hand them on to a local Wellington charity — this year’s charity is the Mary Potter Hospice. The programme consists of a mix of children’s, senior elite and fun social events. There are several different mile races including elite men’s and women’s races.

Information is here and entries are here.

Track and field season

Most track meets at Newtown Park are free to enter for Wellington Scottish members.


Welcome to new members

Ngā mihi nui to our new club members Susan O’Brien, Gordon Pal and Courtney Jones.

Film: The Secret Marathon, 6 December

From Kathrine Switzer: Not to be missed and not for women only: on 8 December, 6:30 PM, Roxy Cinema, Wellington (and on other dates and locations): a special screening of “The Secret Marathon.” Inspired by the story of the first Afghan woman to stand up for her freedom to run, a filmmaker and her marathon mentor train and travel in secret to run with and make this film of the brave Afghan women who stood up for equality and freedom to run in the Marathon of Afghanistan. It was extremely dangerous to run, to travel, to make a film, and now, more than ever in a time of crisis in Afghanistan, it was dangerous to participate in any part of this project. This film will both break your heart and inspire you more than you can imagine. It was first released in January, and now is being re-released around the world with On Demand films as a fund-raiser. $5 of every Wellington ticket is being donated to ChangeMakers, Wellington to help recent Afghan refugees resettle in our city. On stage afterward, to take questions and engage in discussion, we are honoured to have Batool Arif, a member of the Afghan Community in Wellington and a Community Advocate at ChangeMakers Resettlement Forum, and Kathrine Switzer, legendary runner and activist for women’s running equality.

Reserve your ticket, view the trailer or get more information.

Sweatshirts and hoodies

Jasmine Smith still has some sweatshirts/hoodies to be collected. Send her a message to arrange to pick up from Johnsonville or she can meet you near Stout Street on a Wednesday or Thursday. She is getting a couple more made as one order didn’t make it to the printers. If you missed out on ordering one the first time you’re in luck! Send Jasmine a message by Friday and she can sort it out.

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