Welcome to new members Julia Bozhko and Alex Johnson and welcome back to Caroline Fyfe.
- 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 10.00 am, New Zealand Mountain Running Championships, Queenstown.
- Saturday 12.30 pm Wellington Road Running Championships, Reservoir Road, Wainuiomata
- Sunday 8.30 am, Honest 10, outside Freyberg Pool.
- 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.
There was a victory for new-look Senior Men’s A team, and course records and victories for the W35s, M35s, M50s and O60s, as well as lap records for Hiro Tanimoto (15:12, breaking his own record from last year), Paul Barwick (9:35), Ayesha Shafi (11:10), and Heather Walker (19:11, breaking her own record from last year).
The J Team performed well with Robert Naulls, Nathaniel Milstead, Sam Cleland and Ben Cleland representing the club over 1 mile each.
Dan Jones won and Dougal Thorburn was 3rd.
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.
Ballantyne Cup and Shirley Barton Trophy, Miramar, 10 September
The Ballantyne Cup (men) and Shirley Barton Trophy (women) are the club’s most long-standing and arguably most prestigious Scottish trophies. This will be the 100th running of the event, and to celebrate, we are trialling a new flat and fast course in Miramar. Keep an eye out for details next week. In the meantime, start preparing your 100th Anniversary outfit.
Hutt Marathon (including the Wellington Marathon Championship), 18 September
The Hutt Marathon is on a flat and scenic course along both sides of the Hutt River. With plenty to choose from — including a 5km fun run, 10km, Half Marathon, Marathon and the Cool Kid’s Kilometre — this event offers something for everyone. regardless of speed, age and ability.
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.
Fundraising: Help Fi Fly (NZ flag at 2022 100km World Champs)
Fiona (Fi) Hayvice was selected to run for New Zealand at the 2022 100km World Championships in Berlin on 27 August. To represent NZ at these World Championships, athletes must cover all costs. Fi has set up a give-a-little page (and is coordinating a raffle — details to follow). If you’re in a position to assist, she’d be exceedingly grateful.
Fi’s 100% committed to running her best 100km yet. Currently, based in Magdeburg, a couple of hours out of Berlin, she’s training in similar, sweltering conditions — average temperature 30 degrees! Come race day, she should be acclimatised. And your support will go a long way to helping her feel ready to roll.