This week

  • Tuesday 6.00 pm, speed session with Alice and Rowan, outside Freyberg Pool.
  • Saturday 8:30am, 2022 New Zealand Roady Relays, Bottle Park, Christchurch


Some promising sharpener sessions at Freyburg on Tuesday, and K Park on Saturday, the lions look set to be rampant once more on Saturday.

Eliud Kipchoge set a new world record in the Berlin Marathon, finishing in an astounding 2:01:09, reaching the first half marathon split in 59:50.

Coming Up

NZ Road Relays, 1 October

The best event on the calendar is finally here! It may not be the iconic Takahe to Akaroa Relay this year, but the event still promises to be a whole lof of fun and excitement, with several of our teams eyeing up the podium, and just as many teams eyeing up their fellow Scots as targets – see Alistair’s facebook post from a few days ago.

Course map:

Start time: 8:30am – 8 person teams, 8:45am – 6 person teams.

Keep an eye out in your inboxes tonight for an all you need to know document from Alistair.

Bernie Portenski Memorial Cup, 14 October

The Bernie Portenski Memorial Cup in Titahi Bay is a 9.1km handicapped race over road, beach and trails to celebrate the end of the harrier season and to commemorate Bernie Portenski. The overall winner on handicap will hold the Bernie Portenski Memorial Trophy for a year. Scottish members also compete on handicap for the Baudinet Cup and Ladies Open Handicap Cup.

Race details

Wellington 10000m Festival, 19 November

The Wellington 10,000m Festival is the most popular set of 10,000m races in New Zealand. For the last four years, this has been a night of PBs for athletes of all speeds — 40 percent of athletes finished with a new best time.

We are very excited to announce that in 2022 we will be hosting the Athletics New Zealand 10,000m Championships for men and women across two separate races. Combined with this, are a number of new initiatives to enhance your running experience and create an incredible atmosphere for participants and spectators.

As always, we will host a number of 10,000m races, and all will have packs of many different speeds to drag you to your new PB. Races are open to men and women of all age grades.

Entries open soon. 

Race details


Wellington Masters Athletics Annual General Meeting, 13 October

7 pm start time. Olympics Harriers Clubrooms, Bannister Avenue, Johnsonville

Nominations are called for the following positions

  • President — Michael standing down
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Committee members — Sharon standing down
  • Patron

Join the association at the AGM. They’re keen for as many well-wishers as possible to help us thank outgoing Michael and Sharon Wray for their huge contribution and long-standing service.


Going to National Road Relays and need a singlet? Please organise this before the trip — Heather Walker won’t have spare singlets in Christchurch. Contact Heather by email or 021 583 716

Run4Reef — the world’s greatest race against time

Climate change has already caused unprecedented devastation to precious oceanic ecosystems worldwide. Run4Reef is a new global movement created to benefit the Great Barrier Reef and local conservation initiatives by WWF New Zealand. Happening on Sunday, 16 October, across 23 locations in Australia and New Zealand, including here on Wellington’s waterfront, Run4Reef aims to bring together 100,000 participants of all ages and abilities. You can sprint, jog or walk, either 10km, 5km or 1km for kids. There’s a distance for everyone, so no excuse for not getting involved. Plus, there are prize money, an electric vehicle and trips to the Great Barrier Reef up for grabs.

So, why not gather the whānau, neighbours, and your work colleagues and sign-up for your and your loved ones’ health and the health of our planet. Contact Fiona Hayvice for more information.

World Cross Country Championships, Bathurst 2023

For the first time since Auckland in 1988, the World XC Champs will be held in Australasia, and this may be a unique opportunity to see all the world’s top athletes in action. On Saturday18 February 2023, the champs will be held at Bathurst, NSW, on parts of the famous Mt. Panorama motor racing circuit. There should be full NZ teams participating, hopefully including Scottish members and attempts are being made to have some of the World Champion 1975 NZ team attending as supporters. Already other supporters have made bookings — including Todd and Alan Stevens. For any further information, contact Alan.

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