Welcome to new member Esther Cardwell and to returning member John Henwood. John represented NZ at the 2004 Olympics and was an integral member of many winning Scottish relay teams.
- Tuesday 6.00 pm, speed session with Alice, Rowan and Andy, outside Freyberg Pool. This week’s session is 1km reps starting at half marathon pace then halfway through dropping to 5km pace.
- Friday 12.27 pm, Kupe Run, a chatty pre-weekend run from the Kupe statue on the waterfront.
- Saturday 12:40pm, Vosseler Shield. 5km at 12:40pm, kids races from 1:35, and the 10km is at 2:30pm. 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.
Porirua Grand Traverse
Mountain Run: Iain Shaw 1:50:18, Chandima Kulathilake 1:54:01, Bev Hodge 2:26:56.
Xterra Red Rocks
- Long Course: Dean Galt 2:26:57, Tama Braithwaite-Westoby 2:37:01.
- Medium Course: Charlie Hulley 1:27:11, Megan Ferry 2:49:06.
- Short Course: Spike Hayvice 36:34, Fiona Hayvice 36:44, Fiona Macmaster 59:14.
Vosseler Shield (Barry Everitt Plate), 28 May
You must be a financial member of a club like Scottish to receive a race bib. If you were financial by Friday 20 May, you will receive a personalised race bib. If you are financial after 20 May and up to 26 May, you will receive a temporary race bib, which must be returned after the race. Race bib pick up is at the start line from Michael Wray on race day, 28 May from 11:30am.
Athletes must collect their race bib from Michael at least 30mins before the start of their race. You will reuse your race bibs again each of the four interclub races. The bibs will have Athletics Wellington timing chips and must be worn on the front of the athlete’s club singlet. Timing chips must be left securely on the front of the bibs.
The Barry Everitt Plate
The Vosseler Shield event should be called the Barry Everitt Plate, because only senior men compete for the shield but all club members compete for the plate. Another small gender bias in our sport.
The plate goes to the club that scores the highest number of points over all grades. This is based on participation, where every competitor will score points, with 100 points to the winner. E.g.,
Senior women, 30 finishers, first place scores 100 points, last place scores 71 points. (The non-championship races will not count towards this club competition).
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.
Galashiels Trophy, Novice Cup and Cole Land Cup, 9 July
This is a very popular race for Scottish members. This 4.9k race is run over a variety of terrain, including footpaths/roads, and an uphill bush track.
It is an open handicap race, where runners are assigned a handicap in advance. Slower runners to start first. The race becomes a pursuit, and there is often a large bunch finishing together within only a minute or so. There are two prizes for this race, one for past winners of club trophies (Galashiels), and the other for those who have yet to win one (Novice).
A separate event for race walkers (the Cole Land Cup) is held along the roads to the south. J-teamers have a 2k handicap/scratch race starting just before the 5k event.
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.
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, and 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.