Welcome to new member Jason Coulson.
- Tuesday 6.00 pm, speed session with Alice and Rowan, outside Freyberg Pool. This week’s session is a mix of 1km reps and 500m reps — more details on Facebook.
- Friday 12.27 pm, Kupe Run, a chatty pre-weekend run from the Kupe statue on the waterfront.
- Saturday 10.30am, Walker’s Turkey Trot, The Wind Needle (Zephyrometer), Corner Cobham Drive and Evans Bay Parade.
- Saturday 12.00pm, Children’s Needle Relay, The Wind Needle, Corner Cobham Drive and Evans Bay Parade.
- Saturday 1.00pm Needle Relay, The Wind Needle, Corner Cobham Drive and Evans Bay Parade.
- 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.
Liam Jones (5th, 2:53:17) ran his first sub-3-hour marathon with an impressive 15 min PB, and Gordon Pal (1:27:21) ran a massive PB in the half marathon.
And, from last week, Johnsonville Masters Road Race
8km Run: Mel Aitken 33:12, Nicholas Bagnall 33:58, Jonathan Harper 44:23, Don Stevens 44:38, Kath Littler 44:38, Terri Grimmett 52:14. The Jim Lockhart and Mariette Hewitson Baton for the time closest to an age group record (W45) was won by Mel Aitken.
6.4km Walk: Maryanne Palmer, 48:42, Helen Willis 51:47, Glen Wallis Scottish 53:47, Daphne Jones 54:21, John Palmer 56:43. Scottish won the club team for the walkers.
Series standing for the Athletics Wellington interclub 2022 season
With one race to come (Wellington Road Champs), Jack Shaw, in 2nd place, is chasing hard for the senior men’s title. Hiro has a commanding lead in the M35 category. Peter Stevens is in a close race for the M50 title, and Heather Walker narrowly leads in the W50 category. There are many more close tussles for Scottish runners throughout the rest of the ladders, not least Ayesha Shafi and Amanda Broughton tied for 9th place in the senior women’s series.
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 immediately if you want to be in a relay team.
Also, Wellington Harriers needs a few volunteers to help marshal the event. If you are not competing and can help, please email Georgina.
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.
NZ Road Running Champs, Trentham 4 September
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.
Scottish Supporters Trust
The Wellington Scottish Supporters Trust provides financial support to assist some of our most promising athletes to achieve their goals. The Trust’s main priority is to help high-performing Senior Men and Women athletes compete in major national and selected overseas events, without finance being a constraint. Assistance to compete at New Zealand championship events is usually provided by way of performance incentives, with top placings usually resulting in the full cost of travel being met. The Trust also offers Athletic Scholarships to emerging athletes, as the Trustees believe that this will help sustain senior ranks with top-performing athletes in the future.
All donations to the Trust are gratefully received, and make a substantial contribution to the ability of our top athletes to achieve their goals and reach their athletic potential. Donations are eligible for an IRD tax credit and a receipt will be provided for this purpose. You can donate by direct bank payment to 38-9006-0470186-00.
We are also looking for expressions of interest for anyone who would like to join Sharon, JT or Glen as a Trustee. If you have a real interest in assisting our athletes, and/or are keen to help with fundraising please contact any of us.
NZ Road Relays
The registration form for this year’s Road Relay trip is now active. So time to sign up and spread the word ($160 for runners, $120 for supporters – Date: 30 September to 2 October 2022).
Register by: 31 August 2022
For those that have not been before, this is by far the largest club away trip of the year (with upwards of 100+ club members going). There is a mixture of competitive and social relay teams, with distances of approx. 6.5km or 10km. And as always, there will be a big celebration dinner/drinks on Saturday night.
All the information you need at this stage is in the registration form.
Any questions, please email Alistair Collow.
Please remember to complete the survey about the clubhouse project. We need as much feedback as we can get, from those who use the clubhouse and those who don’t. Also, you might win a Shoe Clinic voucher.