This week

  • Tuesday 6.00 pm, speed session with Alice and Rowan, outside Freyberg Pool. This week’s session is 500m reps at a faster pace than previous weeks.
  • Friday 12.27 pm, Kupe Run, a chatty pre-weekend run from the Kupe statue on the waterfront.
  • Saturday 6:30 am, WUU2K, Khandallah Park
  • Saturday 2:00 pm, club pack runs. The walkers have decided to meet at the clubrooms usual next Saturday. Anyone not racing on Saturday or Sunday is welcome to join them.
  • Sunday 11:00 am onwards, Wellington Cross Country Championships, Harcourt Park (details below).


Stuff: Meet James Preston the 800m runner with Peter Snell-and John Walker in his sights

World Para Triathlon Series, Montreal.

Maria Williams, with Melissa Moon as guide, had a new PB of 1:30:04 in the PTVI Women category.


Novice Cup, Galashiels Shield and Cole Land Cup

Report from club handicapper James Turner:

The weather was definitely less crap than we feared, although the gusty Nor-wester made things a bit grunty. Two people went under their handicaps — with Paul Cunningham winning the Novice Cup after taking nearly a minute off his forecast time. Emma Jackson was not too far back, 31 seconds under her handicap. The third finisher, and winner of the Galashiels Trophy for first over the line amongst club members who has previously won a club trophy, was the impressive Gerard Gordon, back in 2020 form with his first-ever time under 20 minutes on this course, and just 11 seconds off his handicap. Overall, maybe a slightly disappointing turnout but many thanks to everyone who raced, supported and volunteered.

Conversely, nearly the entire field of walkers dipped under their predicted times, with Terri Grimmett just nipping ahead of Bernie Kavanagh. Helen Willis and Bob Stephens were also close behind.

See results below

Wellington Masters Cross Country Relay

We had three running teams and three walking teams in the Masters Classic XC Relay on a very muddy course around Trentham Memorial Park.

Scottish won the Masters Women grade (Kath Littler, Karyn McLean, Bev Hodge, Mel Aitken) after spending most of the race in second place. The Masters 200+ was won by Michael Wray, Phil Sadgrove, Matyas James and Iain Shaw. The Masters 240+ team (Jonathon Harper, Paul Rodway, Ross Lake, Don Stevens) also ran but that grade went to Trentham. Trentham also took out the Masters Men grade.

In the walking teams, the Scottish team of Maryanne Palmer, Peter Baillie and Terri Grimmett won. Ray Marten, Bob Gardner,  Daphne Jones and Helen Willis made up the other teams, with Helen and Peter walking twice each. 

Results to come.


Honest Ten

Amanda Broughton 43.05, Malcolm Kerr 43.07, James Turner 43.22, Ayesha Shafi 43.51, Alice Sowry 47.06 (PB), Isabel Bridgman 52.52 (PB). And maybe Brad Wong with pseudonym 41.17?


Coming up

Wellington Cross Country Championship, 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.


If you can help at the Wellington cross country championships on 17 July, please let Todd know.  The key task he needs help with is the course set up between 9.15am and 10.30am.  

NZ Cross Country Champs, 30 July, Taupō

We have 35 people going to Taupō so far. And we have a few spare beds and some seats in cars if you want to join us for this great road trip. The club is paying for race entry so, taking that into account, we are sharing $111 for accommodation and dinner or $211 for transport, accommodation and dinner.

Let us know if you would like to join us for rolling hills, geothermal scenery, hotpools and one of the best cross-country courses in NZ.

Needle Relay, Kilbirnie, 13 August

There are three distinct events, open to both registered and social members of clubs: the Walker’s Turkey Trot; the Children’s Needle Relay, and the Needle Relay. Let your section captain know if you want to be in a relay team.


Wellington Road Champs, Wainuiomata, 20 August

The Wellington Road Champs is the last of the four big interclub races for the year. It is a great opportunity to run a fast 5km or 10km time with a large pack of runners to pull you along. It is held in the scenic Wainuiomata Recreation Area. The course is an out-and-back road race using a 1.25km stretch of road that is closed to public traffic. The course is largely sheltered from the wind. 

Details to come.

NZ Road Running Champs, Trentham 4 September

Entries open today, 11 July. The entry fee for members of AW clubs will be reduced to $20 with the use of a promo code (code to be circulated shortly).  

Details to come.


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