This week

  • Tuesday 6.00 pm, track session with AndyAlice and Rowan, Newtown Park.
  • Friday 12.27 pm, Kupe Run, a chatty pre-weekend run from the Kupe statue on the waterfront.
  • Saturday, WAI Run Fest, Tunnel Gully Recreation Area, Upper Hutt
  • Saturday 8.30 am, speed sessions at the track. Newtown Park. Contact our club captains, Emma and Bert, or check Facebook for details.
  • Saturday 2pm, Summer Saturday afternoon run and walks, Anderson Park (See below for details)
  • Sunday long pack runs — usually, these leave at 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.


Kepler Challenge

Daniel Jones (04:43:14) won the Kepler Challenge, and Sam McCutcheon (05:10:48) was 2nd in Scottish quinella. Gordon Pal also ran a barnstormer, finishing in 07:31:54. That is Dan’s fifth consecutive win at the Kepler Challenge, and the person to win before him was Sam.


Stuff news article

NZ Masters Track and Field Championships

There were medals galore for the multitude of Scottish athletes. Medals for refusing to age gracefully. And in among the medals were also some outstanding performances. Michele Allison broke her own NZ W65 3000m (97% age grade!) and 5000m records, Nicholas Bagnall ran a big 5000m PB — nearly a minute of his time from 6 months ago. Stephen Day broke the Wellington M45 steeplechase record.

Wellington Masters Athletics president Liz Bentley says thanks to everyone who made the event a huge success. Certificates will be sent out in the new year to athletes.

  • 60m: Ian Morton 11.42.
  • 800m: Andy Ford 2:15.83, Alasdair Saunders 2:17.25, Peter Stevens 2:20.65, Andrew Kerr 2:21.97, Ayesha Shafi 2:31.01, Michael Cummins 2:44.75, Liz Bentley 2:59.85 (whew!), Chris Harp 3:02.72, Jonathon Harper 3:20.57
  • 1500m: Andy Ford 4:33.12, Alasdair Saunders 4:36.04, Andrew Kerr 4:50.31, Peter Stevens 4:53.12, Ayesha Shafi 5:06.40, Michael Cummins 5:37.68, Chris Harp 6:12.56,
  • 3000m: Peters Stevens 9:52.63, Alasdair Saunders 9:56;69, Andy Ford 10:05.29, Andrew Kerr 10:09.20, Todd Stevens 10:29.47, Nicholas Bagnall 10:30.87, Ayesha Shafi 11.10.54, Michael Cummins 12:01.21, Michele Allison 12:27.51, Chris Harp 13:11.09, Jonathon Harper 14:43.95, Terri Grimmett 17:45.20,
  • 3000m Steeplechase: Stephen Day 10:32.85.
  • 5000m: Stephen Day 16:43.04, Peter Stevens 17:36.37, Todd Stevens 17:53.24, Nicholas Bagnall 18.04.04, Michele Allison 21:23.94, Terri Grimmett 31:02.04,
  • 5000m Walk: Terri Grimmett 36:53.25, Helen Willis 38:57.46, Daphne Jones 41:27.15.
  • 3000m Walk: Bob Gardner 21:10.76, Terri Grimmett 21:28.32, Helen Willis 22:18.98, Arlene Wong-Tung 22:19.18, Daphne Jones 23:37.57
  • 1500m Walk: Bob Gardner 9:58.85, Helen Willis 10:42.88, Arlene Wong-Tung 10:45.76, Daphne Jones 11:39.56.
  • High Jump: Ian Morton 1.10m
  • Shot Put 5kg: Ian Morton 5.53m
  • Javelin 600g: Ian Morton 12.65m
  • Weight Throw 9.08kg: Ian Morton 5.44m
  • Pentathlon: Ian Morton 1086 points
  • Throws Pentathlon: Ian Morton 996 points

Ayesha Shafi also ran for the winning Manawatū-Whanganui 4x100m team.



From a quick scan of the results, I see Brad Wong (1:18:13) and Dougal Thorburn (1:00:04) both did the 13km trail run leg for their respective family duathlon teams.


Twilight Track Meet

From last week.

  • 1500m: Harry McLean 4:21.28, Heather Walker 5:04.76, Chris Howard 5:11.16, Frank Grieve 5:36.50.
  • 5000m: Stephen Day 16:56.32, Dion Gamperle 17:37.99, Nicholas Bagnall 18:30.39, Chris Howard 19:35.02, Emma Bassett 21:52.33


Coming Up

Summer Saturday afternoon run and walk

This Saturday, we have another of our Summer Saturday afternoon run and walks that will suit those who prefer a slower pace. Meet at Anderson Park at 2:00pm. We expect to be out for about an hour or so. The venue has been chosen based on the current forecast for showers but could be revisited during the week if there is a change for the better. Those on our mailing list will get a reminder (and confirmation) mid-week, and the Scottish Facebook page will also be updated mid-week if necessary. 

Twilight Track Meets

Scottish is again organising twilight track meetings over the course of the summer. The next meeting is on Wednesday 14 December. These are really fun, low-key events, open to anyone who wants to try out track racing or sharpen up for other events — it would be great to see a good Scottish turnout to support the event.

Without volunteers, these events do not happen — Andy Ford is looking for help on the night with jobs including a starter (training provided!) and finish recorder. Let Andy know if you can help at any of the events.

WAI Run Fest, 10 December

The WAI Run Fest is a Wairarapa running festival from the organisers of the WUU2K. The WAI2K courses (46km, 60km, 80km and 100km) start in Featherston and are described as tough physical and mental challenges. This year three new events have been added (Mt Climbie repeats, 24km and 12km). These three all take place in the Tunnel Gully Recreation Area, Upper Hutt, which is where all the events finish. For younger members, U18s can enter the 12km with parental/supervisor permission.


Scottish Night of Miles, 17 December

The Lifestyle Sports Scottish Night of Miles is a unique event full of Christmas fun that is taking place at Newtown Park on Saturday, 17 December and features races over the rarely run distance of one mile.

Each year we collect donations ($5 suggested) from athletes and spectators, then hand them on to a local Wellington charity. 2022’s charity is the Wellington City Mission.

We are also grateful to our event sponsor, Lifestyle Sports, who are a long-standing supporter of Scottish Athletics and one of the premier retailers of running kit within the region.

The programme consists of a mix of children’s, senior elite and fun social events. There are several different mile races, including elite men’s and women’s races and an all-comers mile that anyone can participate in (including Father Christmas).

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