Ngā mihi to our new member Amy Frankland, who was a very impressive 11th at the NZ champs in her first race wearing the lion.

This week

  • Tuesday 6.00 pm, speed session with Alice and Rowan, outside Freyberg Pool — more details on Facebook.
  • Friday 12.27 pm, Kupe Run, a chatty pre-weekend run from the Kupe statue on the waterfront.
  • Saturday 1.30 pm, Shirley Barton Trophy and Ballantyne Cup, Miramar Tennis Club, Details below.
  • 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.


NZ Road Running Championships

Upper Hutt turned on a howling northerly for its national championship opportunity, proving a good hometown advantage to the many Wellington athletes who turned up. Hardly anyone was running personal bests yesterday, but there were some great, gritty Scottish runs throughout the fields. Our senior men, senior women, and M50s running in Scottish singlets would have all comprised the third scoring team in their respective grades.

Emma Perron and Hannah Miller were in a team that dominated the senior women’s race, and Mel Brandon, Ayesha Shafi and Amanda Broughton were in a similarly impressive winning W35 team. Peter Stevens, Grant McLean and Andrew Kerr were in the winning M50 team.

From Athletics NZ:

Hannah Miller had no trouble adding the senior women’s national 10km title to the New Zealand marathon crown she snared in May. Miller went head-to-head with Sarah Drought over the first half of the race before putting the hammer down on the penultimate lap.

It was an all-Wellington finish, with Miller winning in 35:40 from Drought 36:12 and Deborah Lynch third in 36:28.

Miller said into the wind it was her endurance training that got her there.

“I just trusted my endurance training as I have not done any speed work for a 10k, so it was a bit silly to lead into the wind on the first two laps. But I felt comfortable, so I just wound it up. It was not a time we were after today but always an honour to win a national champs,” she said.

Miller will now look to make it a road treble when she tackles the half marathon championship next month.

4km: Joe Martin was 4th MU16 in 13:52.

5km: Mel Brandon won the W40 in 18:29, Ayesha Shafi was 2nd W35 in 19:39, and Sophie Dickson was 3rd W35 in 19:51. Heather Walker 1st W50 in 19:52, Amanda Broughton 20:02, Emily Solsberg 2nd W40 in 21:30, Michele Allison 1st W65 in 22:17, Betty Harp 2nd W60 in 23:42.

6km: Ben Brunner  20:41.  

10km Seniors: Hiro Tanimoto 31:22, Sam McCutcheon 32:43, Harry McLean 33:10, Malcolm Hodge 34:26, Ben Twyman 34:44, Ben Bielski 34:50, Hannah Miller 1st senior woman in 35:50, Emma Perron 37:26, Amy Frankland 39:14, Kasey MacKinnon  44:41, Sarah-Grace Breen 44:58, Alice Sowry 46:23, Danielle Stevens 51:17.  

10km Masters: Nick Horspool 1st M40 in 32:53, Stephen Day 34:19, Mark Moore 34:56, James Richardson 35:41, Peter Stevens 1st M55 in 35:54, Grant McLean 2nd M50 in 35:57, Simon Keller 35:59, Alisdair Saunders 36:01, Todd Stevens 3rd M50 in 37:38, Andrew Kerr 37:41, Andy Ford 38:03, Jim Jones 38:28, David Kettles 38:40, Brad Wong 39:17, Gerard Gordon 39:21, Guy Dryden 42:24, Phil Sadgrove 43:23, Chris Harp 50:26, Jonathon Harper 53:08,

10km Walk: Ian Sutton 1st M50 in 1:14:35, Terri Grimmett DSQ.

Coming up  

Ballantyne Cup and Shirley Barton Trophy, Miramar Tennis Club, 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 anniversary of the event (after it was COVID-cancelled last year), and to celebrate, we are trialling a new course in Miramar.

if you can help with marshalling or the start-finish line please contact Stephen.

Race details

Race preview

Hutt Marathon (including the Wellington Marathon Championship), 18 September

If you have not already registered, get in before the late entry fee kicks in on 6 September. The marathon is the Wellington centre champs.

There are cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd, male and female runners and walkers for the half marathon
and 10km of $200 first, $100 second and $50 third. Marathon runners only. In addition, there is a 5km fun run and cool kids kilometre. Medals for all finishers. Register on and follow on Facebook Hutt marathon group.


NZ Road Relays, 1 October


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.

If you have any questions, please email Alistair Collow.


Long sleeve t-shirt, black, with a white print.  

A functional stretch fabric which combines the freedom of movement, moisture management and UV protection. Technical details: 150gsm 90% polyester, 10% elastane performance fabric. Quick dry, breathable, sweat-wicking, anti-snag. Sizes S – 3XL, 5XL.  (no children’s option this time, sorry)

More information: – slm-adults-stadium-ls-tee

If the above options are too large, you can select from the children’s sizes of this brand

Cost: approx. $30.50 (it will be about the same price for adult and children’s shirts, the final price will depend on the numbers ordered).

ORDERS TO BY THURSDAY 8 September, 5pm (name and size).  

Payment will be before pick up — but we need order numbers to confirm the price.

The short turn round is so they’ll be ready for Christchurch / National Road Relays (hopefully – but no promises).

How to Run After Having a Baby — Sparkle Fitness Online Masterclass

If you’ve had a baby in the last year or are pregnant, then this online workshop is for you.

It is free and full of all the information you need about either returning to running or starting a running programme after having a baby. Sierra will cover:

  • A suggested time frame for when to start running
  • How pregnancy, birth and running affect your pelvic floor (and why your pelvic floor is so important)
  • An overview of the training components (spoiler alert – it is not just about running!)
  • How to run if you are breastfeeding and running with a stroller.

The workshop will be on Thursday, 15 September, at 7:30pm. Please register here to receive the Zoom link.

There will be a recording made available the following day, but you must register in order to receive it.

You are also welcome to ask any questions, and Sierra will leave time at the end of the workshop for questions.

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