What a big weekend for the club. Let’s start with congratulations to our new national marathon champion, Hannah Miller!
- Tuesday 6.00 pm, speed session with Rowan and Andy, outside Freyberg Pool. This week’s session is 1km reps at 10km pace.
- Friday 12.27 pm, Kupe Run, a chatty pre-weekend 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 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.
- Sunday 8:00 am, Porirua Grand Traverse, Whitirieia Polytechnic Campus
- Sunday 9:00 am, Xterra Red Rocks, Owhiro Bay Visitor Centre
- Sunday 10:00 am, Masters Classic Cross Country Relay, Trentham Memorial Park — senior walkers and runners can compete too if they wish, as well as masters athletes. Contact Michael Wray if you want to be in a team.
Reboot Marathon including New Zealand Senior Marathon Championships
Wellington Scottish held a PB festival in Christchurch. Hannah Millar PB National Champion (2:37:31), Bert Prendergast PB 5th (2:25:41), Andrew Kerr PB 3rd M50 (2:52:15), Nicholas Bagnall PB 4th M50 (2:58:59), and Brad Wong in the Half Marathon PB (1:23:38).
Report from Athletics NZ:
Hannah Miller (Wellington) secured the first national title of her career to claim an emphatic victory in the women’s race in a time of 2:37:31. Miller took control from the outset and although she fell short of her ambitious goal to target a World Championship entry standard mark of 2:29:30 she was delighted to clinch her maiden New Zealand gold medal in a time a little under a minute quicker than the 2:38:29 mark she achieved when winning on her marathon debut in Texas in March.
The Wellington Scottish runner, who has recently returned to New Zealand after a six-year stint training and studying in the US, said: “I was a bit disappointed that I wasn’t quite on pace to get the time I wanted but I can’t complain. It is great to be back running in New Zealand and I’m stoked to run a PB in front of my family (who were in Canterbury to watch her having travelled up from the sheep and beef family in Southland).
“Just before halfway I probably backed off the pace a bit before regaining for composure and reframing my goals. To win a national is a great thing. Probably my sweet spot at the moment is the half marathon, but I’m very excited to be on this journey and I’ll continue to run marathons.”
Hawkes Bay Marathon
Marathon: Hiro Tanimoto 2nd in 02:29:19 and Sam McCutcheon just a few seconds behind in 3rd 02:29:22. Janine Sharma PB 3:26:58.
Half Marathon: Genevieve Coffey 1st in 1:23:16, Sophie Dickson PB 2nd 1:26:53 (both now ranked in the top 25 times in NZ this year), Connor Gavin 14-minute-PB 1:31:39, Alex Woods PB 1:37:23, Frank Grieve PB 1:41:21, Ian Morton 2:34:32 Walk.
South Island Ultra Marathon
Jim Jones was 1st M50 (6th overall individual) in the 54km event in 4:50:08 at the South Island Ultramarathon in Hokitika.
National Interclub, Belgium
Hamish Carson won the 5000m in a 13:52.73 PB.
Nike Emsley Carr Mile
Hamish Carson was on track for a fast mile time but DNF after being tripped on the last lap.
Bob Gardner and Daphne Jones won the Chocolate Walk — Bob was only 5 seconds off his estimated time, and Ray Marten was a further 4 seconds awry in 3rd place. Ian Sutton was the fastest walker on the day, completing the 6km course in 35:47.
Boys and Girls Races
There was a big turn out from the J Team with 14 boys and girls entered in the scratch races. Tom Limmer was 4th in the U10 race. James Naulls and Ben Clenlland had a very close race in the U12 race – separated by only a second.
We had 21 of 94 entered teams including 8 out of the 22 adult women’s teams! Andy Ford ran a well-judged last lap to take his team into 2nd place in the M35 race. Our senior women were 2nd, only 30 seconds behind a strong WHAC team and the B team performed well too, with a strong run from Bex Hutchinson.
Susan O’Brien was 2nd in 43:06.
Three Peaks Event 2 — Mt Albert, Oku Street, Hawkins Hill
We had a keen group of runners hitting the trails yesterday; the quick ones raced to the top of Hawkins Hill to find themselves in the cloud, while those who took a bit longer got there to find an amazing view.
See you again in two weeks (29 May) for the third and final event of the year. This will once again start from the clubrooms in Prince of Wales Park.
Friendly club pack runs, Saturday 21 May
We are back at the clubrooms this weekend for friendly pack runs.
Also, from 4 May 2022, Wellington Water will be working on the pipes that connect the Omāroro
reservoir to the watermain. The work, which will take up to three weeks, will close access into Hargreaves Street off Wallace Street. This means club members going to the clubhouse will need to access Wright St off Hutchison Rd.
Vosseler Shield, 28 May
This is NZ’s toughest and hilliest cross country race. This year there is a new course — but don’t worry, most of your favourite climbs are still there.
Dorne Cup, 11 June
The Dorne Cup is a mostly flat grassy inter-club cross country race run at Trentham Memorial Park. There are a couple of stopbanks, small jumps and stream crossings on each lap.
Wellington Marathon, Half Marathon and 10km, 18 June
It’s finally happening (touch wood)! Participants from the COVID-cancelled 2020 and 2021 events will be transferred to 2022 automatically. This year the half marathon race is also the Athletics Wellington Half Marathon Championship.
Wellington Half Marathon entry
Pete Kelly entered the Wellington Half Marathon this year looking forward to a return to half-marathon running. Unfortunately, he now can’t make the date because of some work travel. He asks, would anyone in the club like to take his entry? A donation to cover some part of $75 entry cost would be appreciated.
From Heather: If you picked up a singlet at a recent event please remember to put through payment – and a big thanks to those who have paid.
Payment information: 38-9005-0501833-00, and put ‘uniform’ and your name in the details, please. Adults (both styles) $50, Children $30.
Please note, I won’t be at University relays — so if you need a singlet or know someone in your team needs one, please get in touch in advance (and before the Friday night — I will be out of town).
firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 583 716 (Heather)
If you’d like other Scottish gear I also have in my box of odds and ends some Scottish –
- Centennial polo shirts (unisex – $36), and centennial men’s and women’s t-shirts ($31) (both black – see pictures)
- women’s t-shirts (similar to the old-style singlets – but with sleeves – see picture, $40)
- women’s crop tops (handed out at Karori park – McVilly Shield) – mainly size 8 left (also an option for kids) – these are going free to a good home
- tracksuit tops – mainly the heavier weight (fleece-lined) option, small and medium without hood . . . but a couple with hoods and a couple of lighter weight tops (see uniform shop website for pictures and prices – $110 or $145). If there is enough interest for sizes I don’t have, I can put in a new order.
Let me know if there is other gear you’re interested in – and we can follow up.
Volunteer for WUU2K, 15-17 July
WUU2K weekend is fast approaching, and they are once again in need of many generous volunteers who can help make this an amazing experience. Can you help out?
- registration helpers and course markers on Fri 15 July
- startline helpers, marshals, aid station helpers, TECs, and finish line helpers on Sat 16 July (with a backup rain day this year, on Sun 16 July)
If you’re free and keen (don’t be put off by last year’s weather bomb!) they’d love to hear from you – please share your details and availability at the form here: https://forms.gle/RteP2SihZLjRzjYv5
All volunteers are offered discounted merchandise, discounted WUU/WAI race entries, and are welcome to come along for some drinks at the Volunteers Party (usually the first Sunday after race weekend at Waitoa Social Club on Victoria St).
Membership levies for 2022-2023
Join the Wellington running and walking club that caters for all abilities and levels. We have membership options to suit your goals. Whether you like to run on roads or prefer trail running we have something for all levels and abilities.
Our standard membership gives runners and walkers the following benefits for a full year:
- Personalised coaching advice for runners of all abilities from one of Wellington Scottish’s qualified and experienced coaches. Our coaches can help you get started in setting a goal and achieving the goal.
- Free entry into the Wellington region’s most iconic interclub running events.
- Friendly club members who will train together with you at your own pace, showing you some of Wellington’s best running routes.
- A guaranteed place in one of the friendly Scottish teams at relay events throughout the year, both in Wellington and for our iconic road relay trip to Akaroa.
- Group speed and technique sessions on the waterfront, at Karori Park and Newtown Athletics Track.
- Free entry to our club races, which are organised during the season, for you to try out competitive running within a friendly, club environment.
- Regular news bulletins with advice, upcoming events and connecting you to local events and other runners.
- Access to our Facebook private discussion group, which connects you to all our club members.
- Membership of Athletics New Zealand.
- Access to Supporters Trust and funding to compete at events if you are an elite athlete.
- Access to our clubrooms. Our recently refurbished clubrooms are conveniently at Prince of Wales Park, Mt Cook, with access to off-road parking.
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.