- Tuesday 5.45 pm, Waterfront 5km
- 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 8.30 am, speed sessions at the track. Newtown Park. Contact our club captains, Emma and Bert, or check Facebook for details.
- Saturday 11.00am – Xterra Half Marathon, 14km and 6km, at Queen Elizabeth Park, Raumati. Event details.
- Saturday 2pm, Summer Saturday Run – This Saturday we have another of our Summer Saturday afternoon run and walks that will suit those who prefer a slower pace. Meet at our clubrooms Prince of Wales Park ready to go at 2pm. We expect to be out for about 1-2 hours followed by afternoon tea.
- 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.
We were very lucky to have Cyclone Gabrielle die out just before the weekend arrived, allowing a bumper weekend of racing and great performances from Scottish at the Welllington Athletics Champs, and Round The Bays. Scottish athletes also took to the skies, racing at the Christchurch International Track Meet, and the 2023 World Cross Country Championships in Bathurst, Australia.
Event was cancelled last week due to Cyclone Gabrielle.
Wellington Athletics Champs, 18th and 19th of February
In sunny yet blustery conditions Scottish athletes came away with a huge haul of medals and PBs. Particularly impressive were Ayesha Shafi and Andrew Kerr, both setting 1500m PBs on Saturday before backing up the next day to set 800m PBs, not to mention taking home gold in their age groups. Andrew also had the highest age graded result of the weekend amongst Scottish, scoring an 85% for his 4:37 (which equates to 4:01 as a senior man according to the calculators!).
200m: Dani Stevens 32.26🥉
400m: Tamara Novak 1:06.42🥉, Dani Stevens 1:12.69 (4th), Alice Sowry 1:13.97 PB
800m: Ayesha Shafi 2:28.32 PB 🥇, Tamara Novak 2:36.55 PB 🥇, Alice Sowry 2:54.48🥉
1500m: Ayesha Shafi 4:59.99 PB 🥇
3000m Walk: Helen Willis 22:59.19 🥇, Daphne Jones 24:11.73 🥇
100m: Hiro Tanimoto 14.05 (5th)
400m: Andy Ford 1:01.12 🥇
800m: Andy Ford 2:16.40 🥇, Andrew Kerr 2:18.67 PB 🥇, Phil Sadgrove 2:41.73 🥇, Ian Morton 3:25.36 🥈
1500m: Liam Jones 4:23.67 PB🥈, Andy Ford 4:35.74 🥇, Andrew Kerr 4:37.08 PB 🥇
3000m Steeplechase: Hiro Tanimoto 10:23.20 🥈
Shot Put: Ian Morton 5.64m 🥈
Discus: Ian Morton 14.43m 🥈
Javelin: Ian Morton 13.24m 🥈
Weight Throw: Ian Morton 5.23m 🥇
Round The Bays, 19th of February
Scottish runners were out in force at Round The Bays, be it racing or supporting, it was great to see so many scottish out there! In the half marathon, 6 of the top 10 women were scottish, and on the men’s side 4 of the top 10 were scottish. I’ve linked Rowan Grieg’s photos, but also check out our facebook group where other members have posted photos.
Half Marathon: Stephen Day 1:13:42 🥉, Dougal Thorburn 1:13:56, Jonas Lehmann 1:14:03, Al Saunders 1:14:44 PB, Dion Gamperle 1:17:52 PB, Brad Wong 1:22:49 PB, Amy Frankland 1:23:08 🥇, Mel Brandon 1:24:29 🥈, Sophie Dickson 1:26:42, Sophie Whelan 1:28:02 PB, Jorge Murcia 1:29:44, Darshna Govind 1:31:12, Sarah-Grace Breen 1:31:40, Floor Kaars 1:36:28, Hannah Stephen 1:44:20, Laura Bond 1:47:58, Daniel Goldsworthy 2:36:28
10km: Harry McLean 34:44, Alistair Richardson 35:40, Simon Keller 36:38, Hayden Smith 38:59 (Claims it’s a PB!!!), Iain Shaw, Jennifer Duncan 41:07, 43:00, Karen Jenkinson 1:06:54
5.5km: Emily Solsberg 26:11, Naomi Richardson 26:11, Fiona Hayvice 27:10, Alex Johnson 30:55, Nick Horspool 29:34, Jasmine Smith 32:13, Andrew Wharton 42:34,
And a big thanks to our pacers: Don Stevens, Frank Grieve, Alice Sowry, Nicholas Bagnall, and Emma Bassett – well deserving of that Lululemon kit!
Christchurch International Track Meet, 19th of February
James Preston was in a class of his own in the men’s 800m, winning in 1:47.66, over five seconds ahead of second!
There was also a NZ record set in the women’s 200m: “Rosie Elliott followed up a meeting record of 11.57 in the 100m with a sensational 200m in 22.81 to erase Monique Williams’ New Zealand national record of 22.90 set at the World Championships in Berlin in 2009 and her resident record of 23.15 set in Wellington that same year.“
2023 World Cross Country Championships, 18th of February
It was amazing to have the World Cross Country Champs just across the ditch, held at the iconic Mt Panorama racing track in Bathurst, and even more amazing to have two of our very own Scots line up at the world cross country champs – Hannah Miller came 61st in 39:45 in the senioir women’s 10km, and Todd Stevens came 10th in the M50 6km in 24:33. Excellent times in what looked like a gruelling course and conditions.
Jacob Kiplimo won the men’s 10km in 29:17, while Letesenbet Gidey collapsed just short of the line to allow Beatrice Chebet to take out the womens title in 33:48. Both winning times were potentially fast enough to win the NZ road champs! NZ finished 10th in the 4x2km relay.
Rejoin Scottish Now And Save!
Until Sunday 19th of March joining Scottish will be discounted to $165, join again for another excitig season here.
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.
Early Singlets Pop Up Stall
Early singlets will have pop-up stall at the NZ Track and Field Champs in early march:
XTERRA Wellington Festival, 25 February
NZ Track & Field Champs, March 2nd – March 5th, Newtown Park
It’s not often that the NZ champs are on our home track, there will be some great races, and hopefully a few Scottish running too, so get down and check it out if you get the chance!
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