Happy Holiday season everyone. I’m taking a break over January, and the newsletter will be back in February.

This week

  • Tuesday 6.00 pm, track session with AndyAlice and Rowan, Newtown Park.
  • For other runs this week — check out the Facebook group for details


Two important results that I missed last week

Ben Brunner qualified for the final of the NZ Secondary Schools 1500m Championships and ran a PB of 3:59.07 for 10th place.


Janine Sharma completed the full Taupō Ironman in 12:14:43 with a marathon to close off in a time of 4:11:13. I was 5th in her age group and 23rd female. 


Twilight Track meet

Dion Gamperle and Heather Walker both ran harbinger 800m runs. Dion was attacking Liam Jones to the line.

200m: Tamara Novak 30.21, Stephen Day 31.54, Frank Grieve 32.37, Danielle Stevens 33.15.

3000m: Liam Jones 9:28.32, Ewan Sinclair 9:45.32, Stephen Day 9:52.95, Oliver McLean 10:19.25, Heather Walker 10:41.18, Chris Howard 11:05.23, Alice Sowry 12:31.97, Emma Bassett 12:42.49.

800m: Liam Jones 2:12.15, Dion Gamperle 2:12.53, Peter Stevens 2:18.38, Oliver McLean 2:19.00, Stephen Day 2:25.31, Ewan Sinclair 2:28.40 (Ewan also ran a faster, earlier 800m that is not recorded here), Heather Walker 2:29.59, Ayesha Shafi 2:31.13, Chris Howard 2:31.14, Nicholas Bagnall 2:39.12, Frank Grieve 2:42.36, Tamara Novak 2:43.02, Alice Sowry 2:49.08, Danielle Stevens 3:16.50.


LifeStyle Sports Night of Miles

Wet conditions were made wetter by the now-traditional sprinklers turning on as the drizzle fell. Ben Brunner ran away from a strong field to win the Scottish night of Miles in a massive PB. Dion Gamperle stormed to victory in the B Race. Heather Walker ran a scintillating race for 3rd in the Open Women’s race, taking 19 seconds off the New Zealand W50 record. Similarly, Liz Bentley took 26 seconds off Bev Hodge’s W60 Wellington record.

Mile Run: Ben Brunner 4:22.36, Harry McLean 4:39.25, Liam Jones 4:42.29, Dion Gamperle 4:52.32, Andy Ford 4:53.95, Alasdair Saunders 4:55.01, Stephen Day 4:57.53, Geoff Ferry 5:02.82, Oliver McLean 5:05.40, Andrew Kerr 5:09.25, Peter Stevens 5:10.28, Denis McCarthy 5:19.83, Heather Walker 5:21.85, Ayesha Shafi 5:27.73, Nicholas Bagnall 5:36.30, Alistair Collow 5:51.58, Frank Grieve 5:55.93, Michael Cummins 5:59.32, Guy Dryden 6:06.33, Sierra Ryland 6:06.67, Emily Solsberg, 6:11.68, Alice Sowry 6:15.40, Floor Kaars Sijpesteijn 6:16.58, Emma Bassett 6:21.24, Jaime Vessiot 6:21.27, Fiona Hayvice 6:23.86, Hannah Stephen 6:37.38, Danielle Stevens 6:50.61, Lindsey Young 7:01.60, Liz Bentley 7:10.41, Willie Stephens 7:48.83.

Mile Walk: Ian Morton 10:28.04, Sean Lake 10:42.57, Helen Willis 11:31.18, Daphne Jones 12:21.58, John Hines 14:22.64.


Honest Ten

Guy Dryden 42.01, Alice Sowry 44.13, Lionel Nunns 60.27.


Coming Up

Twilight Track Meets

Scottish is organising twilight track meetings over the course of the summer. These are 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.

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. 

Last year’s race details

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.

Race information

Capital Classic, 3 February

World Athletics Challenger Meet includes the 2023 New Zealand Senior 3000m Championships. See many of NZ’s top athletes compete.

Event Information

Athletics Wellington Track and Field Championships, 18-19 February

Event information to come

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.

Event information

XTERRA Wellington Festival, 25 February

Event information

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