It’s that one week of the year when everyone in Wellington joins us in caring about running and walking. If you are taking part in Round The Bays, make sure you promote Scottish by wearing the singlet, chatting to the runners and walkers around you and encouraging people to join our friendly whanau.
- Tuesday 5.45 pm, Waterfront 5km, CANCELLED
- Wednesday 6.00 pm, track session with Andy, Alice and Rowan, Newtown Park.
- Friday 12.27 pm, Kupe Run, a chatty pre-weekend run from the Kupe statue on the waterfront.
- Saturday and Sunday, Wellington Track and Field Championships, Newtown Park
- Sunday 7:45am, Wellington Round the Bays 5.5km, 10km and Half Marathon, Waitangi Park
Beast of the Week award goes to Jonas Lehmann, who raced the Wellington 5000m champs on Wednesday, won the Thursday Throwdown on the Tip Track the next day and won the Honest Ten on Sunday. There was a rumour he ran Parkrun as well, but I can’t find any proof of that.
Sophie Dickson 19:50, Jason Coulson 20:16, Darshna Govind 21:12, Sarah-Grace Breen 21:38.
Scottish Twilight Meet, including Wellington 5000m champs
There were big fields — 48 runners in total — for the 5000m champs. This meant lots of races within races and exciting duels. One that caught my eye was the tussle at the front of the later race of the night, between Andrew Kerr and Emma Perron. I couldn’t tell from afar if they were working together, or just trading the lead a lot in a competitive way. Eventually, Alistair Richardson came past them both but not before they had done a lot of hard work in the middle of the race. Not far behind in the same race, Nicholas Bagnall tucked in behind Todd Stevens and tried to sneak past him with a late move. But not late enough — Todd, not to be outwitted, reclaimed the lead with a charge down the home straight.
5000m: Hiro Tanimoto 15:47.09 (1st M35), Ewan Sinclair 16:07.63 (3rd M35), Ben Twyman 16:11.48, Liam Jones 16:31.98, Stephen Day 16:33.20, Jonas Lehmann 16:38.64, Alisdair Saunders 16:46.38, Bert Prendergast 16:55.73, Dion Gamperle 17:04.58, Alistair Richardson 17:06.04, Andrew Kerr 17:20.69 (1st M50), Simon Keller 17:23.26, Andrew Wharton 17:25.40, Emma Perron 17:26.48 (1st SW), Rowan Hooper 17:49.84, Oliver McLean 17:56.28, Andy Ford 18:00.23, Todd Stevens 18:04.23 (2nd M50), Nicholas Bagnall 18:05.46 (3rd M50), Mel Brandon 18:46.97 (1st W35), Ayesha Shafi 19:05.23 (2nd W35), Lindsay Barwick 19:09.10 (3rd W35), Jennifer Duncan 19:47.13 (3rd SW), Guy Dryden 20:15.77, Emily Solsberg 20:51.70, Ian Morton 26:33.10 (1st M60), Terri Grimmett 31:31.92 (1st W60).
Thursday Throwdown — Tip Track
Jonas Lehmann was first and Dougal Thorburn (amusingly renamed Dougal Thighburn in the results) was 4th. I also spotted Don Stevens, Marianne Elliot, Matt Mintrom, Kath Littler and Alice Sowry among the finishers.
Melrose Shield Relays
Thanks to Alice, Andy, Ayesha, Frank, Hayden, Jorge, Liam and Oliver for an awesome day out representing the club at the Melrose Shield. We managed to have two teams in each relay race (different teams each time, just to keep everyone including ourselves on their toes!).
Scottish came 2nd equal overall, tying with Victoria University, Olympic taking home the Melrose Shield.
Tarawera Ultra Marathon
A big Scottish crew successfully took on the forests around Rotorua. One of many highlights was Dan Jones winning, breaking the course record and winning and the golden ticket to the Western States Ultra.
- TUM100 miler: Fiona Hayvice (paced by Emily Solsberg) 23:11 (11th).
- TUM102: Dan Jones 7:27 (1st) Sam McCutcheon 8:16 (4th) Nico Vessiot 13:37 Gordon Pal 14:35.
- TUM50: Malcolm Kerr 4:52:07, Denis McCarthy 4:52:13, Alistair Collow 6:53, Marketa Longova 8:30.
- TUM21: Chris Howard 1:52, Emma Bassett 1:59 (22nd – on her birthday!), Emma Sturmfels 2:19 (on her birthday too!), Lindsay Young (2:09 – 20min PB!), Caroline Fyfe (2:44), Karen Jenkinson (2:48), Kahu Graham (3:01).
Media: Rotorua Daily Post and iRunFar
James Hercus was an impressive third in 4:02.65 in the Dick Quax Boys 1500m.
Jonas Lehmann won in 34.26. John Gardiner 53.29.
Coast to Coast
Mel Aitken was in a 3-person mixed team that finished 10th in the Longest Day, in 14:14:48.
Honest Ten teams event
The 100th Honest 10k will be run on 19 March and to help celebrate WHAC is including a team competition at a discounted entry fee.
Register your team of 10 online with a team name and entrants. $5 per registered runner with a maximum of five senior men. The combined time will be calculated with prizes for the winning team.
Participants can enter both online or on the day. WHAC will also have some spot prizes.
WHAC will donate 50% of the proceeds to Wellington Free Ambulance
Remember it’s a fast and accurate course with pacers, photos and refreshments.
Please enter using the attached spreadsheet (rather than individually) then email the completed spreadsheet to Honest10@whac.org.nz
Runners prepaying can use the code “H10 team name” eg “H10 Scottish” or pay on the day.
We need someone to step up as our new club treasurer after the club AGM in March. Marshall will be stepping down after 7 years in the role.
You can find out more in this article.
Newsletter email database
In a few weeks, we will be culling our newsletter email database down from about 700 recipients to below 500. All current club members will continue to receive the newsletter and some non-members who are actively engaged with the club. If you are worried about being culled from our list please let us know and we will make sure we retain you. The newsletter will continue to be available on our website and as an RSS feed for everyone.
Support Hannah Miller to get to the World Cross Country Championships
The Wellington Scottish Supporters Trust’s broad objective is to financially assist our younger and top-performing members to ensure they can compete at National events and where funds permit international ones as well. The trust is funded by donations, and these have been especially welcomed by the Athletes that have been supported over the past 15 years.
Hannah Miller, who joined Scottish at the start of the season, has had a fantastic 2022, winning national titles over the road, half marathon, marathon and more recently, the NZ 10,000m champs on the track at Newtown. We are not sure if this has been achieved by any other NZ Athlete. Hannah has most recently been selected to represent NZ at the World Cross Country Championships (the pinnacle of our winter sport) at Bathurst in Australia in February 2023. Unfortunately, Athletics New Zealand provides no assistance to team members, so runners need to self-fund the full cost of the trip.
If you would like to assist in helping Hannah to follow in the footsteps of Melissa Moon or to make a broader contribution to the trust, then your donation would be most welcome. Payment can be made into our Kiwibank account 389006 0470186 00. Please make sure you place your name in the reference field so that we can issue an official donation receipt which will qualify you for a tax rebate. Thanks.
If you would like more about the trust or how you can assist, you can contact one of the Trustees, Sharon Wray, Glen Wallis (0274 302049) or James Turner.
World Athletics Cross Country Championships
The World Athletics Cross Country Championships are live on Sky this weekend:
- Saturday 18 Feb | 5:20 pm- 10:00 pm – SKY Sport 9 – Channel 59
- Sunday 19 Feb 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm World Athletics Cross Country highlights| SKY Sport Select – Channel 50
- Monday 20 Feb 5:00 am- 6:00 am, World Athletics Cross Country highlights | SKY Sport Select – Channel 50
- Monday 20 Feb 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm, World Athletics Cross Country highlights| SKY Sport 2 – Channel 52
- Tuesday 21 Feb 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm, World Athletics Cross Country highlights| SKY Sport Select – Channel 50
Athletics Wellington Track and Field Championships, 18-19 February
Wellington Round the Bays, Sunday 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.
XTERRA Wellington Festival, 25 February
Twilight Track Meet # 6 – Wellington 3000m Champs, Wednesday 8 March
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.
- 6.15pm 100m
- 6.30pm Wellington 3000m Champs
- 7.00pm 200m
- 7.15pm 800m
Keep in touch
- If you want to contact anyone about anything, then your first ports of call are our club captains, Emma and Bert, our coaching coordinators, Jaime and Nico Vessiot, and our club president Michael Wray
- Public Facebook page. And join the Scottish member Facebook group here.
- Email results and news