- Tuesday 6.20 pm, speed session with Rowan and Andy, Newtown Park.
- Friday 12.27 pm, Kupe Run, a chatty pre-wekend run from the Kupe statue on the waterfront
- Saturday 8.00 am, Karori Park speed workout — contact our club captains Emma and Bert for info, or check Facebook for details. 8.00 am warm-up for an 8.30 am start. All speeds and interests welcome.
- Saturday 2.00 pm, Last Chance Track and Field Meet #2, Newtown Park – includes a distance medley relay.
- Saturday 2.00 pm, Summer Saturday afternoon run and walks that will suit those who prefer a slower pace. Meet in the Tunnel Gully Recreation Reserve, off Plateau Road at Te Marua, at the lower carpark adjacent to the toilet block and information signs. Our walking route for this Saturday is Tane’s Track. It is well worth the drive out to Te Marua, and is mostly sheltered. For details, see Tanes Track. Contact Marshall for car-pooling options. We may have a social gathering at Brewtown afterwards.
- Sunday 8:30 am, Honest Ten, meet outside Freyberg Pool
- Sunday long pack runs — usually, these leave 8.30 am from outside Freyberg Pool and some alternative locations around Wellington. Contact our club captains Emma and Bert for info, or check Facebook for details.
World Athletics Indoor Championships
Hamish Carson was selected to represent NZ at the World Indoor Championships at the 3000m. Unfortunately, he has had to withdraw from the team.
Sydney Track Classic
James Preston ran 1.46.25 personal best for 2nd place behind the Olympian Peter Bol. He now sits 9th on the NZ all-time list.
Last Chance Track and Field Meet
Daphne Jones set a New Zealand W80 record in the 5000m Walk. Malcolm Hodge ran a very fast 1500m.
- 100m: Peter Ramage 13.85, Hayden Smith 14.41.
- 400m: Peter Stevens 1:01.41, Peter Ramage 1:04.22, Hayden Smith 1:04.78, Simon Keller 1:07.06, Dani Stevens 1:11.73, Frank Grieve 1:13.22, Alice Sowry 1:15.66
- 1500m: Malcolm Hodge 4:01.60, Andy Ford 4:29.18, Oliver McLean 4:29.28 (PB), Stephen Day 4:37.82, Andrew Kerr 4:43.68, Denis McCarthy 4:47.54, Ayesha Shafi 5:02.85, Simon Keller 5:05.46
- 5000m Walk: Helen Willis 40:06.22, Daphne Jones 40:37.1, John Hines DQ.
- Sprint Relay: Wellington Scottish athletes made up 15 of the 24 competitors. Our teams were 1st, 4th and 6th and a mostly-Scottish team was 3rd.
Barefoot Triathlon, Scorching Bay
Results are not published yet but I saw several Scottish athletes involved.
2022 Events Calendar
With all the uncertainty due to COVID, we have not been able to fully finalise the club’s event calendar for 2022 at this stage. We are hoping to be able to publish the final calendar in the next few weeks. In the meantime, we have pencilled in the events below to keep you busy between now and the end of April.
McVilly Shield, 26 March
Our first race of the season is a relay. Each team of three must do ten 1km laps of Karori Park. No individual team member can do more than four laps. But you can do the laps in any order you like. The race is randomly handicapped after the teams start. You do not need to be a club member to take part, so bring along friends, family, neighbours or rivals from other clubs if you want.
Scottish Mountain Champs, 2 April
This social race celebrates the club’s rich history in mountain running. Scottish have had several members represent New Zealand, including 2-times World Champion Melissa Moon. The race starts shortly after 2pm from Huntleigh Park, with 3 options you can choose from. Very rough approximate distances are Short: 3-4km, Medium: 5-6km, Long: 7-8km. All 3 options head across Huntleigh Park and turn left up a short steep road to join the Silversky Track. This is a single lane track that you continue running until it meets the Skyline Track.
Saturday afternoon club runs, from 9 April
Our friendly Saturday 2 pm pack runs and walks from the clubrooms start regularly in April. Turn up for a gentle run, a chat, a cuppa tea afterwards and maybe a trip to a nearby pub or cafe for a drink. The J Team will also be back (under new management).
Centennial Cup, 23 April
Our new season officially opens with this flat 5km club race along the south coast waterfront, starting at Island Bay. It is a sealed handicap event where our handicapper has estimated your time over 5km to determine your handicap. Everyone starts together and the finishing times are adjusted by your handicap to determine your net time and the overall winner of the Cup. We meet beforehand at St Hilda’s Church, 311 The Parade, to store gear. Then we return afterwards for a substantial and famous afternoon tea. This year’s afternoon tea theme is ANZAC biscuits for ANZAC weekend.
Shaw Baton Relays, 30 April
The Shaw Baton Relays will proceed on 30 April, subject to any COVID-19 restriction changes and approval from Regional Council. The Shaw Baton Relays are the first inter-club event of the season. Teams of 4 people run around a 2km loop that traverses grass, gravel tracks, log jumps and a water jump. It is mostly flat to undulating with one sharp uphill and downhill. Details to come.
Membership levies for 2022-2023
Athletics Wellington and Athletics NZ have set their fees at the same as 2021/22. Therefore, the management committee will set our club subscriptions at the same level too. But as we missed the membership drive we normally do at Round The Bays it has decided to offer a special subscription open until the end of April:
- Seniors – $150
- Under 20 – $70
- Under 7 – $30
The online join portal is not up-and-running yet, but you can pay at 38-9005-0501833-00 with your name and “mship” in the reference.
Masters 65 age group
Athletics Wellington has agreed to introduce a Masters 65 age group. This decision was based on the reasonable depth of numbers competing in the 60-69 age grade last year and the significant difference in ability of people at the beginning and end of the age group. This age group will apply for the Vosseler, Dorne, Wellington cross country, Wellington road, Winter championship series.
Sunday, 31 July 2022 New Zealand Cross Country Championships