Scottish Weekly News 6 May 2019

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This week is the University Relays and Chocolate Walk - contact Lindsay and Ben for info or to be in a running team, John for info on the Chocolate Walk, and Tom for info on the kids' races. So far it looks like we have 17-18 teams going, so there is definitely a team for everyone who wants to take part.

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.
  • Saturday, 8.00am, Karori Park Workout - contact Lindsay and Ben for info or check Facebook
  • Saturday, 8.00am, Lower Hutt 5km Parkrun, Porirua 5km Parkrun, Kapiti Coast 5km Parkrun
  • Saturday 12.00pm, The Chocolate Walk, Mackays Crossing QE2 Park, Paekakariki
  • Saturday 1.15pm, University Relay, Mackays Crossing QE2 Park, Paekakariki. (Children's scratch races first and then the relay at 2.50pm)
  • Sunday 8.30am, Long run - contact Lindsay and Ben for info or check Facebook

Around the tracks (results)

  • Amanda reports from the Plunket Fun Run: "It wasn't a race as such but if it was... Geoff Ferry took out the 10km by about 9 minutes. Karl Jackson 'won' the 24km and Michelle Knight finished it to complete her longest ever run! Emma Jackson, Megan Ferry and I did the 6km buggy run. I'm sure more photos will surface. It was great to have the future J team out in force."
  • Peter Parker ran the Rotorua Marathon in 4:01 and Michael Cummins finished in 3:41.
  • Mel Aitken took the silver medal at the Athletics New Zealand 100km Championship at Hagley Park finishing her 100km in 8.27.
  • Emma Bassett was also in a 100km race - hers was the Miwok 100 in California and she finished in 12:31.

Upcoming events

University Relays and Chocolate Walk - 11 May

  • The Whittaker’s Chocolate Walk is open to walkers of all ages. A distance of approximately 6 km. Walkers must estimate their time with the winners being the walkers who are closest to their estimated time. Prizes for first female and first male.
  • The boys and girls have four scratch races for athletes under 16 years of age, and a fun run for the under 7’s. Athletes 16 years and older run in the junior relay.
  • The Victoria University Relay – 8 grades with 4 runners per team over an approx. 3.7 km lap. If you are keen please contact your captains Lindsay and Ben for info and to be put in a team.

Scottish Short Course Mountain Champs - 18 May

  • Wellington Scottish's very own mountain running champs in the hills of Crofton Downs. The races come in a variety of distances and heights to suit anyone, but they all involve hills! Contact Glen for details.

Julian Davidson Memorial Honest 10km Fundraiser Run - 19 May

  • On Sunday 19 May at Freyberg 9 am, Wellington Harrier Athletic Club is hosting a 5km and 10km Julian Davidson Memorial Fundraiser for Julian's widow and two young children. Tragically on December 23rd last year, Julian, aged 39 years old, passed away. With no life insurance nor will, Julian's wife, Jess, and two young kids, Freya and Jack, face an uncertain financial future. WHAC encourages all members of the Wellington running community, Julian's friends, school mates, colleagues, and everyone else to participate in this run, where all entry fees will be donated to Julian's family.

Vosseler Shield - 25 May

  • The Vosseler Shield is sometimes called the toughest cross country race in New Zealand. It has been running since 1923 and is organised by Wellington Harriers. It loops up and over the trails on Mt Victoria. Women and older masters run one lap of 5km. Men below the age of 60 runs two laps, or 10km.
  • Anyone who is a registered member of the club can run - no need to pre-enter. But you do need to join the club by 22 May to be eligible to compete.

North Island Cross-Country Championships 2019, Spa Park, Taupō - 6 July 2019

  • This is a great opportunity for a fun weekend away with other club members. It is one of the main club away trips during the harrier season. The NIXCC includes events for juniors, seniors and masters, over a variety of distances up to 9 km (for the senior men). The courses in Spa Park are over undulating terrain, and they provide a good test of fitness. The conditions underfoot are almost always firm and fast. The event is well managed and attracts competitors from many North Island regions. We had 42 club members plus a few supporters taking part in the NIXCC in 2018 and would love to get a similar number again this year. The weekend away is good value, because we arrange car-pooling, and stay together in group accommodation. We have already booked the same accommodation as last year (Silver Fern Lodge), because it was warm, comfortable and convenient. We usually attend a group dinner on Saturday evening, sometimes with teams from other clubs.
  • Please register your interest now, and book yourself away that weekend. We recommend that you plan on departing Wellington around midday Friday so that we can issue your race-pack to you on Friday evening. We usually arrange a Sunday morning run in Taupō before we depart for home.
  • Here is a link to the registration form:


  • Welcome to new members Beth Stickland and Nina Maurer.
  • CSW – Scottish Karori relays on Wednesday 8 May at Karori Park. If anyone is free to help run the event or set up and take down the course, Don Dalgliesh would appreciate your support. He will be there from 11am. Races start at 1.30pm and finish about 2.30pm, so we are normally finished by just after 3pm. A show of club colours would help as well.
  • Please renew your membership on our online membership system now - you just need a credit/debit card. If you want to take advantage of the discounted friends deal, please email and we will pay you a $15 rebate to existing members for any new member you have introduced plus we will give your friend who has joined a $15 rebate.

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