Wellington Scottish Athletics Club

Running & Walking in Wellington, New Zealand


Due to COVID-19 our regular calendar of events is on hold, cancelled and/or postponed. Instead we are running a series of online events to help people stay motivated and connected. Details below:

Keeping motivated and connected

From the Scottish Harriers Emergency Planning Steering Group (it’s a thing that exists! I didn’t know about it either until it leapt into action):

It’s really important that we keep running while we can, and that we stay connected with each other online, if not in person. We love the community that Scottish has created and want to find new ways of keeping that amazing spirit alive. A group of us are setting up a series of challenges/goals for everyone, and asking you to get involved in, as much or as little as you like. We’ll keep tabs of how everyone is doing and provide weekly updates, and new challenges each week/month.

To make the most of them it’s best to be linked to Strava, but we can still do things for those who aren’t. Here’s the club page for those already on Strava or ready to join.

We’ll try not to over-complicate things. And we will keep you informed and hopefully motivated.

Remember, you can choose to opt in or not, for as much or as little as you like. But we’d love as many of you as possible to keep running and walking, and keep connected with each other.

We can start with simple things like “Run X times each week” and “run a new route this week”. We can extend this to include distance running achievements (e.g. Run a 10k this week/month – Strava already does this pretty well) and maybe even something like “run a Makara loop by end May” or similar for those who really need a stretch target!

We will also draw up (and publish/keep track of) a list of routes/Strava segments around Wellington and the region for you to run and tick off in your own time, maybe with a bit of handicapping/age grading for those who want to run some of them a bit harder. We will also set up some specific distance virtual races to be completed any time on set routes. Again we will use handicapping/estimated times and age grading, and hopefully add a few prizes in there too. Routes could include for instance 10k on the Honest 10k course (Freyberg to Evans Bay Zephyrometer and back) or at Karori Park, a 5k on the W5k course, even a half on the old Wgtn Half marathon course (Grant has already done this) or on an off road course. Watch. This. Space.

March only has one week left but we’re kicking off with a challenge anyway:


  • 📅 Go for a run once this week
  • 🏆Run a fast 5km – JT will do the handicaps
  • ⏱Hold a plank for two minutes
  • 😜Strava art – Draw a smiley face with GPS

We’ll be running a points system that rewards both participation and achievement. JT and Walter have a spreadsheet ready to fire up and you can submit runs through a form online.

If you have ideas for a challenge please let us know! If you’d like to haggle for bonus points, half points, or anything else please do. Definite bonus points if you run a fast 5km in the shape of a face with a plank at each end.

What the emojis mean:

📅Weekly challenge

Consistency is key to forming great habits. Keep motivated with an easy weekly challenge you can tick off and use it to build towards your goals.

🏆Monthly challenge

If you are missing the race environment and being able to push yourself, this is the one for you! We’ll mix it up with handicapped time trials, segment grabs and volume based goals.

⏱Two-minute mission

Don’t have time to go for a run? You can achieve something in just two minutes of your day. Small challenges to make your day more interesting, and encourage you to try something new.

😜Just for fun

It might be running related, it might not. Do something a bit different to make someone else smile.

Previous 2020 Calendar

(note that many of these events have been or will be cancelled or postponed)

11 Jan – SaturdayIan Priest Memorial Hutt River Trail EventsMcEwan Park, Petone
25 Jan – SaturdayJumbo Holdsworth and Hooper Loop Trail RacesMt Holdsworth DOC campsite
25 Jan – SaturdayTrack and Field Meet – Grand Prix 3Newtown Park
1 & 2 Feb – Sat and SundayWellington Track and Field ChampsNewtown Park
1 Feb – SundayXTERRA Wellington FestivalQueen Elizabeth Park, Paekakariki 
8 Feb – SaturdayTarawera UltraRotorua
9 Feb – SundayWHAC Honest TenFreyberg Pool carpark
9 Feb – SundayTrack and Field – Senior and Junior Combined eventNewtown Park
16 Feb – SundayRound the BaysFrank Kitts Park
23 Feb – SundayMatairangi Fun RunHataitai Velodrome
28 Feb – FridayCapital ClassicNewtown Park
28 Feb to 1 Mar – Fri to SundayNZ Masters Track & Field ChampsHastings
1 Mar – SundayPlimmerton Fun RunPlimmerton School, Porirua
1 Mar – SundayWairarapa Mountain Duathlon & Trail RunMt Holdsworth DOC campsite
6 to 8 Mar – Fri to SundayNZ Track and Field ChampsChristchurch
7 Mar – SaturdayMcVilly ShieldKarori Park
7 Mar -SaturdayTararua Mountain Race 
8 Mar – SundayHutt Fun RunMcEwan Park, Petone
14 Mar – SaturdayTrack and Field Senior MeetNewtown Park
15 Mar – SundayWHAC Honest TenFreyberg Pool carpark
21 Mar – SaturdayRound the Vines Half Marathon (postponed)The Square, Martinborough
22 Mar – SundayXTERRA Wellington: West WindMeridian Wind Farm
28 Mar- SaturdayTrack & Field Club Meet – Melrose Shield / Interclub Relay Races  (cancelled)Newtown Park
4 Apr – SaturdayCentennial CupSt Hilda’s Church, Island Bay
5 Apr – SundayPorirua Grand Traverse 
11 Apr – SaturdayEaster Pack RunsScottish Clubrooms
18 Apr – SaturdayGreat Forest RunsWaitarere
18 Apr – SaturdayClub Pack RunsScottish Clubrooms
19 Apr – SundayWHAC Honest TenFreyberg Pool carpark
19 Apr – SundayXterra: McKerrow’s RevengeOrongorongo
25 Apr – SaturdayShaw Baton RelaysBattle Hill, Pauatahanui
26 Apr – SundayThree Peaks 1: ANZACScottish Clubrooms
2 May – SaturdayXterra: Makara StarlightMakara Mountain Bike Park
2 May – SaturdayRotorua MarathonRotorua
2 May – SaturdayClub Pack RunsScottish Clubrooms
9 May – SaturdayUniversity RelaysQE2 Park, Paekakariki
16 May – SaturdayScottish Short Course Mountain ChampsCrofton Downs
16 May – SaturdayHawkes Bay Marathon Napier
17 May – SundayThree Peaks 2: Botanic GardensAnderson Park
23 May – SaturdayVosseler ShieldHataitai Badminton Courts
24 May – SundayXterra: The Woolshed RunBelmont Regional Park
30 May – SaturdayQueen’s Birthday Pack RunsScottish clubrooms
31 May -SundayChristchurch MarathonChristchurch
31 May – SundayAurora Handicap Marathon 
6 Jun – SaturdayClub Pack RunsScottish Clubrooms
13 Jun – SaturdayDorne Cup Cross CountryTrentham Memorial Park
14 Jun – SundayXterra: Red RocksOwhiro Bay
20 Jun – SaturdayGalashiels Trophy and Novice CupMuritai School, Eastbourne
21 Jun – SundayThree Peaks 3: Crofton DownsCrofton Downs Guide Hall
4 Jul – SaturdayNorth Island Cross Country ChampionshipsTaupō
5 Jul – SundayWellington MarathonWestpac Stadium
5 Jul – SundayGold Coast MarathonGold Coast
11 Jul – SaturdayClub Pack RunsScottish Clubrooms
18 Jul – SaturdayWUU2K 
19 Jul – SundayWellington Cross Country ChampsHarcourt Park, Upper Hutt
25 Jul – SaturdayClub Pack RunsScottish Clubrooms
1 Aug – SaturdayNZ Cross Country ChampsDunedin
1 Aug – SaturdayClub Pack RunsScottish Clubrooms
8 Aug – SaturdayWellington Road Relay 
15 Aug – SaturdayClub Pack RunsScottish Clubrooms
22 Aug – SaturdayWellington Road ChampsWainuiomata
29 Aug – SaturdayScottish Mini EkidenBothamley Park
5 Sep – SaturdayClub Pack RunsScottish Clubrooms
12 Sep – SaturdayClub Pack RunsScottish Clubrooms
13 Sep – SundayNZ Road ChampionshipsAuckland
19 Sep – SaturdayTanadees and Arkwright CupsKilbirnie Pool
20 Sep – SundayTauranga MarathonTauranga
26 Sep – SaturdayClub Pack RunsScottish Clubrooms
3 Oct – SaturdayNZ Road RelaysFeilding
10 Oct – SaturdayWairarapa Country MarathonMasterton
17 Oct – SaturdayBernie Portenski Memorial RaceSt Timothy’s Church, Titahi Bay
1 Nov – SundayAuckland MarathonDevonport
14 Nov – SaturdayThe Agency Group 10000M FestivalNewtown Park
21 Nov – SaturdayQueenstown MarathonQueenstown
28 Nov – SaturdayBallantyne Cup and Shirley Barton TrophyPetone
28 Nov – SaturdayClub PrizegivingTBC
13 Nov – SaturdayScottish Night of MilesNewtown Park