- Tuesday 6.00 pm, track session with Andy, Alice and Rowan, Newtown Park.
- Wednesday 6.15pm, Twilight Track meet, Newtown Park, this week includes a 3000m and an 800m.
- Friday 12.27 pm, Kupe Run, a chatty pre-weekend run from the Kupe statue on the waterfront.
- Saturday 3.00pm, Scottish Night of Miles, Newtown Park. If you are running one of the mile races, you need to enter by Wednesday night
- Sunday 8.30am, Honest Ten, outside Freyberg Pool.
- 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.
Taupo 70.3 Ironman
Sierra Ryland (5:08:55) was first in her age group and 19th overall. Former members Lucas Duross and Danielle Trewoon (4:57:09) were 10th and 11th overall, respectively.
Whanganui 3 Bridges Marathon
Alastair Richardson was 5th in 3:06:44.
WAI running festival
NZ Masters Track and Field Championships
Some record-breaking results I missed from the NZMA Track and Field Championships last week: In the 1500m walk Arlene Wong-Tung (W50) 10:45.76, Helen Willis (W60) 10:42.88, and Bob Gardner (M65) 9:58.85 all set championship records and Daphne Jones (W80) 11:39.56 set a championship record and a Wellington record. Daphne Jones also set championship records in the 3000m walk 23:37.57, and the 5000m walk 41:27.15.
Twilight Track Meets
Scottish is 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.
This week’s programme is:
6.15 pm 200 metres
6.20pm Javelin Throw
6.30 pm 3000 metres
6.45 pm 100 metres
7.00 pm 800 metres
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.
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).
Hutt River Trail Events, 14 January
Run or walk an off-road Ultramarathon, Marathon, Half Marathon or 10km, following the course from Cross Creek in the Wairarapa, over the Rail Trail, tracing the Hutt River trail, from the foothills of the Remutaka mountains at Kaitoke to the river’s estuary at McEwan Park.
Jumbo Holdsworth Mountain Races and Hooper Loop, 28 January
These mountain endurance runs in the Tararua Forest Park encompass the Jumbo-Mt Holdsworth circuit near Carterton.
Capital Classic, 3 February
World Athletics Challenger Meet, which includes The 2023 New Zealand Senior 3000m Championships. See many of NZ’s top athletes compete.
Athletics Wellington Track and Field Championships, 18-19 February
Wellington Round the Bays, 19 February
Wellington Round the Bays is the largest mass participation event in the lower North Island and the third-largest in New Zealand. This iconic community event has been going strong for 45 years. Enter the 5.5km, 10km or half marathon. Wear your yellow to promote the club, and when you sign up, don’t forget to register as part of the ‘Wellington Scottish Athletics Club’ team.