Welcome to new members Loren Mcerlean, Jackson Cole and Kelly Thurston.

This week

  • Tuesday 6.00 pm, speed session with Alice and Rowan, outside Freyberg Pool. This week’s session is either 2 x 2km, 2 x 1.5km, 2 x 1km, or 3 x 1km, 3 x 500m — more details on Facebook.
  • 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, or check Facebook for details. 8.00 am warm-up for an 8.30 am start. All speeds and interests are welcome.
  • Saturday 10.00am to 4:00 pm, NZ Cross Country Championships, Spa Park Taupō.
  • Saturday 2.00 pm, our friendly club pack runs, leaving from our clubhouse at Prince of Wales Park, Mt Cook.
  • Sunday 9:00 am, NZ Club Cross Country Relays, Spa Park, Taupō.
  • 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, or check Facebook for details.


Halcombe Relay

On the ride home from this event, the crew asked for a decent write-up of this event, so … In a result that signals a return to Scottish’s halcyon road relay days, the Scottish A team stormed to a dominating win in the mixed grade of the long-running Halcombe Relay. The team, led off ably by a fleet-footed Harry McLean, traded blows, and legs, throughout the race with the locally regarded Fielding Moa Senior Mens team — eventually finishing only a minute behind. Ben Bielski (who revived the 2010-era Tim-Hodgesque red shorts style statement) and Lucy Fauth kept the race nail-bitingly close. Chauffeur and team-dad Simon Keller ran a devasting leg 4 over the hills and gravel but was denied his fastest-lap prize of a tray of eggs due to race administrator error. But he took it in his stride, quickly leaping into full cheer squad persona to compel Oliver McLean (also rocking the red shorts) to a flying finish. Our city-slicker team was warmly thanked for making the journey at the bring-a-plate prizegiving. One table of food literally collapsed under the weight.


Johnsonville Masters Road Race

From Michael Wray: At the Wellington Masters Johnsonville hilly road race, Scottish had five walkers and six runners. The walkers won the teams, with the counting members being Maryanne Palmer, Helen Willis and Glen Wallis (yes, Glen Wallis!) ahead of Daphne Jones and John Palmer. Scottish were second in the teams, whose counting runners were Mel Aitken, Nicholas Bagnall, Jonathon Harper and one of Don Stevens or Kath Littler (a photo finish needed to separate them). Mel Aitkens was first woman overall and set a new W45 course record. Nicholas Bagnall was 2M50, Jonathon Harper was 1M70, Don Stevens 3M55, Kath Littler 1W40 and Terri Grimmett 3W60.

Results to come

Coming up  

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 for the NZ Road Champs, which we are hosting at Heretaunga on 4 September, are now open.

The entry fee for members of Athletics Wellington clubs is reduced to $20. When entering, members are asked to “Enter a Pin Code”. Here are the codes which members need to enter:

  • U14 = $10 off pin code WGTC1
  • U16,18, 20 = $20 off pin code WGTC2
  • U23 = $25 off pin code WGTC3
  • Seniors + Masters 35-64 = $35 off pin code WGTC4
  • Masters 65+ = $20 off pin code WGTC5

The discounted entry fee is only available to members of AW clubs.


Running Strength and Injury Prevention classes — Term 3

No matter what your running ability, you will benefit from adding some running-specific strength work to your week.

Building stronger muscles will help build power and strength in your running stride as well as help with stabilization (think knees collapsing in or a tilt of the hips as you land). Over time these imbalances can lead to injuries — which is what you do not want as it stops you from running.

Sierra has 3 spots left in her 6pm Wed class at Club Kelburn Gym. The term is 10 weeks and only costs $125 for Scottish members.  Terms start Wed 27 July.

Gerard Gordon ran a PB on the Eastbourne course the other weekend and he has been regularly attending these classes. Is that enough of an incentive for you to take the remaining 3 spots!?

Email Sierra at sparklefitnz@gmail.com with any questions or to confirm your spot.

Join us in time for Road Relays

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. 

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