Our membership portal is live and taking your subscriptions. Take advantage of the early-bird special discount on the standard membership types. For adults, if you join before May, it is $150 instead of $185.
A special welcome to our new club members, Josie Williamson, Hannah Stephen and Emma Jackson!
- Tuesday 6.00 pm, speed session with Rowan and Andy, Outside Freyberg Pool. See below for details
- Friday 12.27 pm, Kupe Run, a chatty pre-weekend run from the Kupe statue on the waterfront.
- Friday 6.00 pm, Athletics Wellington Annual Awards, Novotel Wellington
- 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 are welcome.
- Saturday 2.00 pm, the first of our friendly club pack runs, leaving from our clubhouse at Prince of Wales Park, Mt Cook. See below for details.
- 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.
Scottish Mountain Running Championships
There was a close race between James Richardson and Sam McCutcheon for first place in the Long Course race, with just five seconds separating the two for them. Mr Mole, featured above, was first dog home.
See the full report and results below.
The Riverhead Backyard ReLaps Ultra
Fiona Hayvice completed an astonishing 28 laps (or 28 hours of running) to be the 6th-to-last person still running in this year’s Backyard Ultra.
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 (of up to an hour), 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 in action.
If you have already run at Karori Park in the morning, you can still turn up for the social occasion and the tea. Marshall has made a table booking for a 4:00 pm gathering at the Hop Garden for those who are interested after the club run.
Tuesday speed sessions — back at Freyberg Pool from 5 April
From Rowan: “Now that daylight savings is no more we will be back meeting outside Freyberg every Tuesday night at 6pm, ready to go. This week we will just do a causal run (likely it will be around the 5km course so people can run a little faster if they so want, thereby turning it into a tempo). And then I will be grabbing a beer at Macs Brewbar for those keen. From next week on we will be doing a regular session so make sure you keep your Tuesday nights free as the more the merrier. But I will post more details on Facebook on what we have planned later in the week.”
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.
Contact your section captain to let them know you want to be in a team.
If you are new to the club, or have not yet joined, you should definitely try this event. It is a great way to meet others in the club and also to experience cross country running for the first time on a classic cross country course.
Clubhouse working group
The management committee has appointed a working group to explore options for future use of the clubhouse. The working group will look at the costs and benefits of the present clubhouse arrangement and various alternatives. The group is made up of Simon Keller (firstname.lastname@example.org), Lucy Fauth (email@example.com), and Andy Ford (firstname.lastname@example.org). The process is likely to take several months. At some point, the working group will make a call for submissions from club members. In the meantime, you are welcome to contact any of the working group members by email if you have comments or suggestions.
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
For those who have already paid directly into our bank account, we will process your memberships over the next day or two.
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.
Keep in touch with the club
- If you want to contact anyone about anything, then your first ports of call are our club captains Emma and Bert, our coaching coordinators Jaime and Nico Vessiot, and our club president Michael Wray
- Public Facebook page. And join the Scottish member Facebook group here.