Scottish Weekly News 6 August 2019

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Cross country season is over. It's time for road running season - culminating in the NZ Road Relay in 10 weeks' time!

Options for the week 

  • Tuesday 6.15pm. Tuesday Night Session, Outside Freyberg Pool - contact Andy and Rowan for info or check Facebook.
  • Thursday 5.30pm. Thursday night run from the Kupe Statue - check Facebook for details.
  • Saturday, 8.00am, Lower Hutt 5km Parkrun, Porirua 5km Parkrun, Kapiti Coast 5km Parkrun.
  • Saturday, 8.00am, Karori Park workout - contact Lindsay and Ben for info or check Facebook for details. 
  • Saturday 2.00pm, friendly club pack runs, Wellington Scottish Clubrooms. Please see the notice below about waterworks and traffic disruption.
  • Sunday 8.30am, Long pack runs - contact Lindsay and Ben for info or check Facebook for details.


  • Memorial Rasschaert, Belgium: James Preston 800m 1:47.04. This makes him the 10th fastest NZ runner in history and moves him ahead of such runners on the all-time list as Rod Dixon! - Results
  • Australian Half Marathon Championship/Sunshine Coast Half Marathon: Paul Barwick 1.23.18 (4th in age group), Andrew Kerr 1.23.54 (8th in age group) Lindsay Barwick 1.27.42 (4th in age group). - Results
  • New Zealand Cross Country Championships and Community Fun Run. Mel Aitken (W40), Dougal Thorburn (M35) and Peter Stevens (M55) all won national titles. Scottish athletes were part of teams that won national titles for the senior men, master men 35-49 and 50-64 and master women 35-49. Many more amazing results throughout all the fields too: - NZXC Results, Community Fun Run Results, Live feed videos 1 and 2, Sharon's photos, Rowan's photos, Run Wellington photos 

Upcoming events

Bays Relay, 17 August, Island Bay 

  • The Bays Relay is a road relay that starts at Island Bay and goes around the Mirimar Pennisula to Kilbirnie. Each leg is between 4 and 5 kilometres long. If you want to take part contact your team captain to be in a team. If you can't run please consider volunteering as a marshall - WHAC needs a significant number of marshalls to keep the course safe as we are running on open roads. The first race is at 12.30 for Women under 20, Senior Women, Masters Women (35+), Masters Women (50+) and Masters Men (60+). The second race is at 1.00pm for Men under 20, Senior Men, Masters Men (35+) and Masters Men (50+). More info.

Turkey Trot, 17 August, Island Bay

  • Wellington Harrier Athletic Club's Turkey Trot (10.30am) is walked in conjunction with the Bays Relay, on Saturday 17 August 2019. Walkers estimate their time for the distance (5 km) and results are decided on how close they finish to their estimate. The catch is that nobody is allowed to wear a watch or receive sideline advice on their progress times. More info.

Frenzy Relay, 17 August, Owhiro Bay

  • This is a fun event for any primary or intermediate school age runners. There will be school teams, groups of friends and running club teams. Each team has four runners and at least one girl. Parents, siblings, friends, anyone can enter.
  • Race headquarters is the Te Kopahou centre at Owhiro Bay. There is an undercover area in case of rain with toilets, and water available.
  • Entries will be taken from 12.30pm There is no need to pre-enter, but please email the race director if you have a team, so we have an idea of the numbers. If you don't have a team, don’t worry, we can find one for you on the day. Entries will be taken right up until 1:20. This year, there will be a small entry fee of $5 per team. The course is approximately 1km and covers soft sand, undulations, and natural obstacles such as found logs and a small rock wall. 

Wellington Road Champs 24 August, Wainuiomata

  • The Wellington Road Champs is the last of the four big interclub races for the year. It is a great opportunity to run a fast 5km or 10km time with a large pack of runners to pull you along. It is held in the Wainuiomata Recreation Area. Enter from Moores Valley Road and turn into Whitcher Grove which leads to Reservoir Road. The course is an out and back road race using a 1.25km stretch of road that is closed to public traffic. There is a hill on one side and a river on the other side. The course is largely sheltered from the wind. The 5km race is at 12.40pm and the 10km race is at 2.45pm, with the shorter children's and junior races in-between those two. More info and course map

3x3km Cannons Creek Ekiden, 7 September, 2pm

  • Time for some relay practice! This is a new event on our calendar. This three-person relay is run on the same park as the Bothamley Park Run. The course is a 3km out and back leg that each of three team members race. You turn up on the day and I will add you to a team (similar to how we did for the McVilly Shield at Karori Park at the start of the year). Meet beforehand at Corinna School. 

NZ Road Relays, Feilding, 4-6 October

  • So far we have 92 people registered. The New Zealand Road Relays are the highlight of the year and this year they are in Feilding on 5 October. Scottish organises transport to and from Feilding/Palmerston North and around the race, race entry, accommodation and dinner on Saturday night. We subsidise the cost for everyone. So that you pay a flat fee of $190 if you are competing or $150 if you are a supporter. You can express your interest in going on the trip by completing this form: 


  • Our On The Run magazine is back with a series of stories on coaches and coaching. This week we have published It’s not about the workout by Valentino Luna Hernandez, Self-coaching: challenges and rewards by Nicholas Bagnall and The long and winding road to a coach by Peter Stevens.
  • There is a lot of fun and satisfaction in being an official at athletics meets. It is great seeing athletes in action up close and satisfying to know that you have helped to ensure that the competition is held in accordance with best practice. Athletics Wellington needs new officials to help supplement our existing numbers. In particular, it needs additional officials for the NZSSAA championships that are being held at Newtown Park on 6-8 December. To help develop new officials, it has scheduled four training seminars in August and September. These training sessions are suitable for all-comers. Details of the training seminars, including dates, topics, venues and contact details are on this website:
  • From 5 August Wellington City Council is upgrading reservoir pipelines near our clubrooms. This means significant traffic disruptions to streets surrounding the Scottish Clubrooms - including to Wright Street, Wallace Street, Hargraves Street and Hutchison Street. For any club events at the Clubrooms be aware that driving and parking may be difficult. For more details see this update from Wellington Water.

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