- Tuesday 6.20 pm, speed session with Rowan and Andy, Newtown Park. This week’s session is the popular 6 x 600m reps.
- Friday 12.27 pm, Kupe Run, a chatty pre-weekend run from the Kupe statue on the waterfront
- Saturday 8.00am, McVilly Shield Relay, Karori Park. Our first club event if the year, so bring friends and family along.
- Saturday 2.00pm, Melrose Shield Relay Meet, Newtown Park
- 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.
Melbourne Track Classic
James Preston won against an international 800m field in 1.47.39.
IAU Six Hour Solidarity Run
Mel Aitken and Fiona Hayvice represented NZ again at the IAU Six-Hour Solidarity Run. Mel Aitken completed 74.78km during her six hours. Fiona was simultaneously competing at the Northburn100 50km race where she accomplished 44km and 2300m vertical in her 6 hours, then carried on to finish the 51km / 2500m vertical in 6:49 hours to be 5th female and 3rd female vet.
Last Chance Track and Field Meet #2
- 2000m Walk: Bob Gardner 14:15.19, Helen Willis 14:18.81, Daphne Jones 15:08.96, John Hines 16:45.49.
- 3000m: Hiro Tanimoto 9:00.22, Guy Lees 9:39.96, Andrew Kerr 10:03.98, Gerard Gordon 10:56.19.
- 5000m: Simon Keller 17:27.15.
- 800m: Oliver McLean 2:15.83, Ayesha Shafi 2:29.20, Phil Sadgrove 2:29.64, Frank Grieve 2:53.41, Liz Bentley 2:55.69.
- 10km: Emma Perron 3rd overall in 37.50.
- 5km: Don Stevens was second in 24.22 and Manami Miyuki 31.48.
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.
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.
Obituary: David Crooks
Some members may have recently noticed in the Dominion Post the death of David M Crooks; CB, OBE, Air Marshall (Rtd).
When David became chief of the RNZAF and came to Wellington in the early 1970s he joined Scottish. John Hines and I recall him as a lovely, self-effacing chap who really enjoyed his time with our club during the 1970s, the camaraderie and runs with the members. Few realised the high rank he held in our Armed Forces. We had quite a strong vets group. And Max Browne, in 1976, suggested we enter a team in the Wellington-Masterton Relay. The 10 members included David, Max, John and myself plus Bruce Jenkins and probably Peter Tearle.
Alan Stevens, Patron
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.
Join us for a Taupō Road Trip
Please fill out this registration form to let us know if you would like to join us in Taupō for the NZ Cross Country Champs. The cross country championships bring together the best distance runners in NZ — but they are also a great opportunity for a club weekend away with runners or all speeds and ambitions. Spa Park, with its rolling hills, geothermal scenery, hotpools and fast-draining volcanic soil, is one of the best cross country courses in NZ. And Taupō is a great venue for a club weekend away.