- Tuesday 6.00 pm, interval session with Andy, Alice and Rowan outside Freyberg Pool. This week’s session is 1km and 500m efforts, with the 1km at half marathon pace and the 500m at 5km pace. Last week nearly 40 people attended, making several packs. So make sure you give this session a go.
- 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 Karori Park. Contact our club captains, Emma and Bert, or check Facebook for details.
- Saturday 2.00 pm, Friendly club pack runs, Mt Cook Clubrooms, Salisbury Terrace.
- Saturday 6.00pm, Xterra Wainuiomata Starlight Run, Wainuiomata Mountain Bike Park
- 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.
NZ Marathon Championships
Wellington Scottish Men won the team’s title at the NZ Marathon championships a few weeks ago in Christchurch. The scoring team — all under 3 hours — of Sam McCutcheon (2:37), Dion Gamperle (2:48), Alistair Richardson (2:53) and Bradley Wong (2:58) were ably supported by Karl Jackson (3:00), Gordon Pal (3:14). Wellington Harriers was 2nd, and Run Timaru was 3rd.
Rotorua Marathon and associated events
There were three Scottish women crowned national champions at the NZ Masters Marathon championships in Rotorua this weekend – Betty Harp, Michele Allison and Tanya Lavington, as well as Michael Cummins, picking up a silver medal. Betty, Michele and Tanya will have won the team race, too (assuming it is still recognised).
Marathon: Betty Harp was 1st W60 in 3:40:21. Michele Allison was 1st W65 in 3:53:01. Tayna Lavington was 1st W55 in 4:07:29. Michael Cummins was 2nd M60 in 3:28:54 in the NZ Masters Championship race. Ben Twyman 2:48:03 (4th SM), Brad Anderson 3:10:09.
Runway 5: Andrew Kerr 17:30, Grant McLean 17:37, Ayesha Shafi 19:06, Alice Sowry 20:44
Mile: results not available yet
Janine Sharma is pretty stoked to come away with sub 3:45 and 6th AG F25-29 at altitude on a quad-breaker descent of a marathon course (1,900 – 1,500 m).
Southern Lakes Half Marathon
Sarah-Grace Green 1:28:18, and Kasey MacKinnon,1:33:57, both ran personal bests in the Wānaka race.
The Whittaker’s Chocolate Walk
Results are not available yet.
Five of the J team competed in the U10 race, and the Mixed U14 relay team was third. 19 Scottish teams took part in the University Relay, with the closed race between Scottish teams being between the Masters Men B Team and the Senior Mens B team; a fast-finishing Liam Jones passed several Olympic teams but couldn’t catch Simon Keller, who held on for a 7-second victory. Scottish M50C and W50 teams traded places several times throughout the race before a strong anchor leg from Tricia Sloan delivered victory to the women. The W50s were also champions in their grade.
Other grade-winning teams included the M35s, M50s and W35s —whose team of Lindsay Barwick, Emily Solsberg, Carla Denneny and Mel Brandon won by an astonishing 7:28 margin. The W35 B team finished 3rd — scoring the same time, 1:00:28, as the second-placed Trentham team, after President Lindsay passed WHAC and Kapiti and nearly caught Trentham on the line.
Welcome to new members Ruairidh Nixon, Sam Norman, and Alison Wilson.
Returning members, remember to rejoin for 2023.
Thanks to those who picked up singlets at Shaw Baton or University Relays and have already paid. If you still need to pay, all singlets are $50 (both styles). Please pay online to the club bank account and write the word ‘uniform’ and your name in the details somewhere. 38-9005-0501833-00 (WSAC bank account)
If you need a singlet, Heather will have them at the club next weekend (13 May). Or, people are welcome to drop around at Heather’s (Mt Cook — please text for the address and to set up a day and time at 021 583 716).
Note — Heather will be away from late May to mid-June – so if you need a singlet then (for example, for the Vosselor Shield or Dorne Cup) — please organise your singlet in advance (that is, by 20 May).
NZ Cross Country Champs, 30 July, Taupō
Let us know if you want to join us for a trip to Taupō for the NZ Cross Country Champs. The cross-country championships bring together the best distance runners in NZ — and they are also an excellent opportunity for a club weekend away with runners of all speeds and ambitions.
Spa Park, with its rolling hills, geothermal scenery, hot pools and fast-draining volcanic soil, is one of the best cross-country courses in NZ. And Taupō is a great venue for a club weekend away. We’ll sort out shared accommodation and transport for those who want it, as well as a shared club meal on the Saturday night.
Details and register your interest
Tuesday night session, 6pm outside Freyberg Pool
It’s back, the world-famous Scottish Tuesday night session. Until daylight savings starts again, we will meet outside Freyberg every Tuesday at 6pm, ready for an exciting instalment of reps. Reps will typically be some variation of 500m, 1km and 1.5km at different speeds with different rests. We will break into packs so everyone (no matter your speed or experience) is welcome.
And for those new to Scottish (or not new but have yet to try the Tuesday night session out), do give some thought to coming down over the next few weeks and giving it a go. It has been a lot of fun the last few years, so you don’t want to miss out (and let’s be honest, on those harsh winter nights, it is always nice to have company when you are trying to run at pace).
Woodruffe Cups Cross Country Race, Feilding, 20 May
Feilding Moa has invited us to their annual Woodruffe Cups Cross Country Race.
Wellington Masters Classic Relays 21 May
Trentham Memorial, Upper Hutt. See the website or Facebook for more details. Please get in touch with John Palmer to be in a Scottish Team.
Vosseler Shield, 27 May
Race details. And here are ten reasons to run the Vossseler.
Dorne Cup, 10 June
A flat cross-country event around the picturesque Trentham Memorial Park and the Hutt River stop banks.
Wellington Marathon, 25 June
This event includes the NZ and Wellington half-marathon champs.
Includes the NZ and Wellington half marathon championships. The Wellington Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km fun run and Kids’ Magic Mile are based at Sky Stadium. All races consist of flat, out-and-back courses. The marathon and half marathon routes are scenic tours of the Capital’s harbour bays, passing iconic landmarks on the way. Walkers are welcome. Almost 5000 runners and walkers participate in this annual event.
Make sure you put down “Wellington Scottish Athletics Club” as your team name to be part of our half marathon and 10 km teams.
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 Lindsay Young
- Public Facebook page. And join the Scottish member Facebook group here.
- Email results and news