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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.

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A special welcome to our new club member Tobias Work.

This week

  • Tuesday 6.00 pm, speed session with Rowan and Andy, Outside Freyberg Pool.
  • Friday 12.27 pm, Kupe Run, a chatty pre-weekend run from the Kupe statue on the waterfront.
  • Saturday 1:00 pm for 1:30 pm start, Peter Tearle Walking Trophy, St Hilda’s Church, Island Bay, see below for details.
  • Saturday 1:30 pm for 2:00 pm start, Centennial Cup, St Hilda’s Church, Island Bay, 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.
  • Sunday 9.00 am, Xterra McKerrow’s Revenge, Richard Prouse Park, Wainuiomata


Honest 10

  • 5km: Steve Aitken 2nd in 25:32.
  • 10km: Mel Aitken 1st in 37:40, Brendan Thompson 39:00.

Coming up

Tuesday Sessions

We are now back at Freyberg every Tuesday at 6pm for our Tuesday night winter sessions. Sessions are based around 5km to half marathon training, so should suit everyone and typically involve reps between 500m and 2km.

As per last year, we will break into different pace groups so that everyone has company. And of course, all speeds welcome — the more the merrier.

We will post the session every Monday evening on Facebook (and explain it pre-session) and if you have any questions just ask Rowan Hooper, Andy Ford or Alice Sowry. Additionally, every 2nd week or so we will also have a hill session breakaway group led by Karen Jenkinson.

Centennial Cup and Peter Tearle Trophy, 23 April

Our new season officially opens with this flat 5km club running 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. Members, please bring a plate.

Walkers will also be there for the Peter Tearle Trophy. Sean Lake is looking to kick things off at around 1.30pm, and walkers should finish around the same time as the run. The race is a handicap race, approximately 5 km, not judged. So if any runners want to come to the “dark side” Sean says they are more than welcome.


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.

Race details

University Relay and Chocolate Walk, 14 May

The Victoria University Athletic Club invites us to the Victoria University Relay events being held at Queen Elizabeth II Park, Paekakariki, on Saturday 14 May. 10 grades with 4 runners per team, compete over a sandy farmland 3.5 km lap. All grades start together. Walkers compete in the Chocolate Walk earlier in the day over a 6km walk on nearby roads. And juniors under 16 have a series of cross country scratch races.

Contact your section captain to let them know you want to be in a team.

Race details


Who wants to be a referee?

Do you record the times at club cross-country events, do you set up the entry system, do you hand out the placing tags, or record laps during a race or names at the end of a race?  Do you go out early and help set up a cross-country course, or stay behind and help pack up? If so, then you are already volunteering, and it is time to take your volunteering to the next level and become a graded official. If you are not volunteering and want to, then you too can become a graded official.

Across New Zealand at clubs and centres, Athletics New Zealand wants to make sure that officials are recruited, trained and given the necessary structure and support to perform their duties.  The help and support is great, and what you get out of officiating is rewarding.

So, how do you get involved and what training is available?  Training is held countrywide across NZ.  In Wellington, the official contact is Eddie Soria

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 (, Lucy Fauth (, and Andy Ford ( 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

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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.


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