Welcome to our new club member, Gemma Kelly.

This week

  • Tuesday 6.00 pm, speed session with Alice and Rowan, outside Freyberg Pool. This week’s session is sets of 1km @ half mara pace, 1km @ 10km pace and 1km @ 5km pace.
  • Friday 12.27 pm, Kupe Run, a chatty pre-weekend run from the Kupe statue on the waterfront.
  • Friday, World Triathlon Para Series Montreal (Maria Williams)
  • Saturday 1:45pm, the Cole Land Cup for walkers is open to anyone who wants to walk. It is a handicap race over 5km and is not judged, Muritai School, Eastbourne.
  • Saturday 1:45pm, Galashiels Trophy and Novice Cup, Muritai School, Eastbourne (details below). The pub in Eastbourne has closed, so afterwards people are gathering at Queen of Jackson for the post-match analysis.
  • 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 10:00am, Wellington Masters Cross Country Championships, Trentham Memorial Park (details below).


World Championship selection for Hamish

Hamish Carson has been selected to represent New Zealand in the 5000m at the World Track and Field Championship in Oregon, USA on 15-24 July 2022. (The heats are at 1.10pm NZ Time on Thursday 21 July). Hamish’s recent performances in Europe, including an incredible 13:17 in May, ranking him 6th on the NZ all-time list, secured an invitation from World Athletics to the Championship.

Bauhaus-Galan, Stockholm, Sweden

James Preston ran 1:48.29 for 5th place in the 800m

Night of Athletics, Heusden Belgium

James Preston ran 1:47.17 for 9th place in the 800m. 

Gold Coast Marathon

Half Marathon: Hannah Miller was 5th in 01:16:57. Seamus Kane ran 01:11:25.

Marathon: Mel Aitken was 1st F45-49 in a time of 02:52:41 and Lindsay Barwick was 3rd F45-49 in a time of 03:04:25.


North Island Cross Country Championships

A beautiful, sunny, winter day on a spectacular, scenic course. Ayesha Shafi was 7th SW in 20:55.2 for 5km, Susan O’Brien was 2nd W35 in 23:23.5 for 5km, Peter Stevens was 1st M55 in 22:44.6 for 6km, John Skinnon was 1st M75 in 32:54.0, Hiro Tanimoto was 7th SM in 30:11.7 for 9km, Stephen Day was 16th SM in 32:36.4 and Alistair Collow as 29th SM in 44:25.0. Olympic Harriers kindly hosted several of us at their club accommodation and club dinner.


Coming up

Galashiels Trophy, Novice Cup and Cole Land Cup, 9 July

If you are looking for transport try the 83 bus or ask on the Facebook group for a ride.

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 2km handicap/scratch race starting just before the 5km event.

Race details

Wellington Masters Cross Country Relay, 10 July

Who wants to be in a Scottish team for the Masters XC Relay? Let Michael Wray (michaelwray@xtra.co.nz) know for running and Sean Lake (laois@xtra.co.nz) for walking.

For anyone 35 or over. Held at Trentham Memorial Park Sunday 22 May at 10am; teams of 4 runners or 3 walkers compete for a variety of trophies over a course loop of approx 4km. See Wellington Masters Athletics or Facebook for details.

There is craft beer, boutique cider, decent NZ wine and trendy soft drinks up for grabs.

The race takes place around Trentham Park on a mixture of road, grass and paths through Barton Bush. It is mostly flat, with just two short stopbanks to negotiate, and is usually firm underfoot. No jumps and no water crossings. Think of it as a more user-friendly Dorne Cup.

Wellington Cross Country Championships, 17 July

The last local cross country race of the season takes place at Harcourt Park in Upper Hutt. Adults have the choice of a 5km or 10km race over grassy fields, and undulating climbs.


NZ Cross Country Champs, 30 July, Taupō

Let us know if you would like to join us for a trip to 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 of 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.

Contact Stephen


Support Maria

As some of you may be aware Maria Williams has been selected to compete at the 2022 World Para Triathlon Series in Montreal on the 8 July, a highly prestigious event welcoming the “80 best para triathletes of the world” and a precursor to the Paralympics Triathlon in 2024. Maria and her guide Melissa Moon will be heading off to Canada very soon. Due to the late selection notice, the costs to get to the start line have been substantially more than originally anticipated. Add to that the need to take a guide, which means that it gets a whole lot more expensive than it would be otherwise. Maria has been a committed member of Scottish for many years, with generous guiding support from Melissa, Tricia Sloan and Michele Allison. They have been active in lots of club, inter-club and regional events, in advance of being selected. Maria is a wonderful inspiration to other young visually impaired athletes. With Maria’s “get up and go” attitude we can all be inspired, and Maria’s participation in the event will provide excellent visibility and publicity for the club.

So if you would like to help Maria to ease the fanatical burden, you can make a special tagged donation via the Wellington Scottish Supporters Trust. This allows you to also get a tax deduction on the donation. The account number for a direct bank payment is 38-9006-0470186-00. When making the donation, please add “Maria Williams” in the reference so we can make sure the funds get to her. All donations tagged to Maria will be passed on to her by the trust.

If you would like to learn more about the aims of the trust, and how you might be able to assist, please feel free to contact one of the trustees — James Turner, Glen Wallis or Sharon Wray.

Last chance — Scottish Sweatshirts and Hoodies

From Heather: I’ve had a few requests for the infamous yellow Scottish sweatshirts /hoodies, so I’ll organise another run of these. These will only be made to order — they won’t be kept in stock. So, if you’d like one, please email Heather with the size and style before Wednesday 6 July at 5pm.  

You don’t need to pay when you order as we won’t know the price until orders are all in (see ‘cost’ below) – payment will be due before delivery, however. 

All going well, orders will be delivered mid/late July – but, it will depend on the supply of the sweatshirts.

STYLE — https://www.ascolour.co.nz/  — and search Supply hood/crew neck

COST — The cost will depend on the numbers ordered. The more orders there are (of the same style/size), the less each one will cost.  

If you order, please be prepared to pay the maximum — but you will only be charged the actual cost (clothing item + printing), which could be less.  

For adults:

  • the maximum cost for hoodies will be about $70, but may drop (probably the lowest it will drop is $50)
  • the maximum cost for sweatshirts will be about $65, as above, this may drop (probably the lowest it will drop is $50) 

For children/youth sizes

  • the maximum cost for hoodies will be about $50, but may drop by $5-8 (down to $42 at the lowest)
  • the maximum cost for sweatshirts will be about $45 — again, prices may drop $5-8 (down to $37 at the lowest)

SIZE — https://www.ascolour.co.nz — and search Supply hood/crew neck.  

On the page with the product you would like, click ‘size guide’ next to the sizes (on the right).  This will display measurements.  

If you are a very small adult, check out the youth sizes.

Note, sizes might vary by up to 2.5 cm from those given.

Available to order — 

  • Children’s sweatshirts or hoodies – sizes 2, 4, 6
  • Youth sweatshirts or hoodies – sizes 8, 10, 12
  • Men’shoodies only – (they are unisex) – sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL
  • Men’s sweatshirts – sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL
  • Women’s sweatshirts – sizes XS, S, M, L XL, XXL

If you can’t find the style or sizes, or need help, let Heather know.

Please remember — orders will close end of the day Monday 4 JULY.  

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.

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