Wellington Scottish Athletics Club

Running and Walking in Wellington, New Zealand

Club races

During the year Scottish organises many friendly club races for runners and walkers of all speeds and abilities. These races include relays, cross country races, road races and mountain races.

Some of these races are handicapped, which means the faster you are the longer you have to wait until you start. If the handicap goes to plan everyone finishes at the same time in a mad scramble to the finish line.many of the races have historic trophies that members have been contesting for many decades. Because the races are handicapped everyone has a chance to win on the day.

McVilly Shield Relay

This relay has teams of three people each. Everyone can participate, runners, walkers, J Team, seniors masters and friends of the club.
Each team must do 10 laps of Karori Park. No individual team member can do more than 4 laps.
But you can do the laps in any order you like. The race is randomly handicapped after the teams start.

Centennial Cup and Tearle Trophy Handicap Walk

The Centennial Cup (5km) and the Tearle Trophy Handicap Walk are friendly, flat races starting in Island Bay. The race is a sealed handicap, which means that we all start at the same time but the fastest runners are given a handicap so everyone should finish with the same (or similar) times.

Scottish Short Course Mountain Champs

Wellington Scottish’s very own mountain running champs in the back hills of Crofton Downs. The races come in a variety of distances and heights to suit anyone, but they all involve uphills!

Novice Cup / Galashiels Trophy and Cole Land Walking Cup

This popular 4.9k open handicap race is run over a variety of terrain, including footpaths/roads, and an uphill bush track.
It starts at Muritai School in Eastbourne.
There are two prizes for this race, one for past winners of club trophies (Galashiels), and the other for those who have yet to win one (Novice).

3×3 Mini-Ekiden

This three-person relay is run at Bothamley Park. The course is a 3km out and back leg that each of three team members race. Turn up on the day and join a team

Tanadees and Arkwright Cups

The Tanadees and Arkwright Cups Race is an 8km handicapped race around the Evans Bay/Balaena Bay waterfront. We meet beforehand at the Kilbirnie Pool then the race starts from the Wind Needle in Kilbirnie. It is a good opportunity for a flat road race to sharpen up before the New Zealand Road Relays.

Bernie Portenski Memorial and Baudinet Cups

The Bernie Portenski Memorial Cup in Titahi Bay is a handicapped race to celebrate the end of the harrier season and to commemorate Bernie Portenski. The overall winner on handicap will hold the Bernie Portenski Memorial Trophy for a year.

Scottish members also compete on handicap for the Baudinet Cup and Ladies Open Handicap Cup.

Ballantyne Cup and Shirley Barton Trophy

The Ballantyne Cup (men) and Shirley Barton Trophy (women) are prestigious and long-standing Scottish trophies. This year the club is going to run the Ballantyne Cup/Shirley Barton Trophy as a 10 mile race in early summer, along the Hutt River. There will also be a shorter 5 mile option.