28 November 2020
The Ballantyne Cup (men) and Shirley Barton Trophy (women) are the club’s most long-standing and arguably most prestigious Scottish trophies.
The Ballantyne Cup was donated by the founder of the club Walter (Pop) Ballantyne and his wife to commemorate their son Bob (a club champion) who died of the flu in 1918 following his return from WWI.
In 2019 the Ballantyne Cup/Shirley Barton Trophy was a 10-mile race in early summer, along the Hutt River, and in the morning. There was also a shorter 5-mile option.
The 10-mile race goes up the east side of the riverbank path before crossing at the Fairway Drive Bridge in Avalon and returning down the west riverbank. The 5-mile race takes the same path but crosses at the earlier Ewan Bridge in Lower Hutt.