Some rampant Lions after a running a blistering mile in Masterton.

This week

  • Tuesday 5.45 pm, Waterfront 5km, Outside Macs Brewery.
  • Wednesday 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 8.30 am, speed sessions at Newtown Park and Karori Park. Contact our club captains, Emma and Bert, or check Facebook for details.
  • Saturday 1:30pm, Centeniall Cup 5km, St Hilda’s Church, 311 The Parade, Island Bay. Details.
  • Saturday 4 pm, Athletics Wellington Last Chance Meet. 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.


Honest 10 100th Anniversary

It was PB city for Scottish athletes down at the 100th anniversary of the Honest 10, and well deserved as the club made an awesome effort to support the event and make the 100th anniversary a special one. A big shout out to Stephen Day for assembling the troops and getting five teams together.

Some Scottish results (let us know if we’ve missed you):

Dan Jones 32:28 (2nd), Stephen Day, Liam Jones 34:28 (PB), Andrew Wharton 35:43, Mark Moore 36:49, Genevieve Coffey 37:30, Brad Wong 37:40 (PB), Hayden Smith 38:38, Brad Anderson 38:43 (PB and first race for Scottish!), Chris Howard 38:51 (PB), Jorge Murcia 39:03, James Turner 40:28, Karl Jackson 41:07, Floor Kaars Sijpesteijn 41:30 (PB), Alice Sowry 42:39 (PB), Frank Grieve 44:41 (PB), Meg Ferry 54:34 (PB)

Check out the Facebook group for some great photos from Nicolas and Bert.

Summer Series Meet #2 – Masterton

A group of Scottish speed demons dominated the mile races in Masterton, coming away with several PBs to boot.

Women’s 1 Mile: Ayesha Shafi 1st 5:33.63, Alice Sowry 2nd 6:07.19 (PB)

Mens 1 Mile: Peter Stevens 3rd 4:59.84, Andrew Kerr 4th 5:03.18 (PB), Phil Sadgrove 5th 5:56.69


NZ Mountain Running Champs

Niam MacDonald was 6th senior man in 58:33, and returning member David Hosking grabbed silver in the 55 – 59s.

From Athletics NZ:

Four years since winning his last mountain title Andy Good of Canterbury came out on top after traversing Mount Maunganui in hot conditions to win the national mountain running title. Sarah Douglas retained the women’s title and ruled supreme for a second year. 

In the men’s senior race; runner up from last year, Toby Batchelor, of Pakuranga set the early pace from Michael Sutton of Tauranga, Good and Wellington’s Niam Macdonald. Mid way through the 11.6km up and down 710m climb Good was in control leading Sutton and Batchelor and placings remained the same to the finish. Good clocked in at 49:39, a minute ahead of Sutton with Batchelor recording 52:34. Good was proud of his achievement, “it would have been the hardest technical race that I’ve ever come out on in front of so I’m pretty proud right now. It was pretty damn hot to be honest, the first two climbs we were just back and forth amongst the three of us.”


Wellington 3000m Champs and Twilight Meet

Correction from last week, Floor Kaars Sijpesteijn was actually 2nd W35, not 3rd SW.

Waterfront 5km

Ben Twyman 16:18, Dion Gamperle 17:44, Chris Howard 19:19, Gordon Pal 19:44, Ayesha Shafi 19:14, Alice Sowry 20:31, Hannah Stephen 22:21, James Turner 22:24




Back in 2003 ‘In da Club’ by 50 Cent was the Billboard year end number one. 20 years later and David Hosking is once again ‘In da Club’, welcome back David!

Waterfront 5km

Second-to-last race of the season, and three marshalls, pacers and a bag watcher are needed. Contact Hayden Smith on facebook if you can help out by commenting on his post in the Scottish facebook group.

Peter Baillie acknowledged at Wellington Junior Athletics Champs

Our club member Peter Baillie was recognised with the presentation of a special award during Day 2 of the Athletics Wellington Junior Championships on Sunday 19 March. Peter was awarded a trophy for outstanding services to track and field athletics for his continuing work as the Chief Photo-finish Judge for the Wellington Centre, and the extraordinarily long hours he puts in to provide results for primary school and college track and field meets, and the Athletics Wellington junior and senior track and field programme.

From the latest Athletics Wellington Road and XC Committee meeting

From the latest Athletics Wellington Road and XC Committee meeting:

  • The winter series competition is designed to encourage participation in our interclub events and reward consistent top performance.
  • The competition in previous years has been based on performances in the Vosseler, Dorne, Wellington XC and Road Champs, with points awarded (100 for 1st) for each race based on placing. Effectively, athletes have needed to do all 4 events in order to be in contention for a series medal. This has resulted in the competition being slightly biased towards participation rather than performance excellence.
  • In 2023, the Shaw Baton and University relays will be added to the winter series competition (including scratch races for U10). The competition will therefore be held over 6 events – but an athlete’s best 4 performances will be used to determine final competition placings.
  • Only registered Athletics Wellington athletes will receive points. However, because athletes may not be registered in time for the first two relays, points for the relays will be awarded to athletes provided they are registered by the time of the Vosseler Shield.

Coming up

Centennial Cup, 25 March

This is a flat 5km club race along the south coast waterfront, starting at Island Bay. This the traditional opening race of the season where members will compete for the Centennial Cup. It is a sealed handicap event where our handicapper has estimated your time over 5km to determine your handicap. Everyone starts together and the finishing times are adjusted by your handicap to determine your net time and the overall winner of the Cup. We meet beforehand at St Hilda’s Church, 311 The Parade, to store gear. Then we return afterwards for afternoon tea.


Carrot Cake at Centennial Cup 2022
The carrot cake at last year’s Centennial Cup was gigantic.

Last Chance Meet, 25 March

The 2023 Last Chance Meet at Newtown Park will include 300 metres hurdles, 2000 metres steeplechase, 3000 metres track walk and pole vault 


Club Annual General Meeting, 27 March

We will be holding our AGM on 27 March at 7pm, using the Cricket Club Rooms at Anderson Park in the Botanical Gardens and will offer a Zoom link for remote attendance closer to the time. Michael, Marshall and Sharon are all standing down and we need new people on the management committee.

We are now calling for candidates for the office-holders that we will elect for the new committee to take office after the AGM. Those who wish to be candidates should fill in a short candidate declaration form here. This declaration process is to meet requirements under the Incorporated Societies Act 2022.

Scottish Mountain Running Champs, 1 April

What better way to celebrate April Fools Day.

This race celebrates the club’s rich history in Mountain running. Scottish have had several members represent New Zealand, including  2-times World Champion Melissa Moon. Race HQ is the Huntleigh Park Girl Guides Centre. The race has 3 options you can choose from. Very rough approximate distances are Short: 3-4km, Medium: 5-6km, Long 7-8km. All  3 options head across Huntleigh Park and turn left up a short steep road to join the Silversky Track. This is a single-lane track that you continue running until it meets the Skyline Track. For the walkers, there are lots of options both flat and hilly for a pack walk. For the J team, we can set up a cross-country run in the park and some tracks around the Guide Hall.


NZ Marathon Champs, Christchurch Marathon, 16 April

Based now within Hagley Park, the famously flat, fast and scenic route will condense itself to a more central city vibe. Gone is the rough redzone, replaced with more spectator opportunities and more iconic landmarks as Christs College, Canterbury Museum and Cambridge Terrace are added to traditional highlights such as Hagley Park, Oxford Terrace and the Avon River. The course revolves around a new Hagley Park HQ, with all races starting and finishing beside the Armagh Street gates. The route is a 10.5k lap, with options including a Quarter Marathon (one lap), Half Marathon (two laps) and Full Marathon (four laps).

Race information and entries

Shaw Baton Relays, 29 April

Relays are the best part of the season, and the first interclub relays of the season are the historic Shaw Baton Relays at Battle Hill, Puatahanui. Teams of four each do a 2km cross-country lap on grass and gravel tracks, mostly flat to undulating with one sharp uphill and downhill. Log jumps and a water jump. The Shaw Baton Relay was started as an Olympic Harriers club race in 1923, and became an annual Wellington interclub event in 1929. Since 1954 it has been run as the first interclub event of the year. There are teams for everyone, social and competitive runners alike. It’s a great way to meet and remet people in the club and in other clubs. Let your club captains, Emma and Bert, know if you want to be in a team.

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