If you’re doing regular running and following a training program, it’s likely that you will be doing speed work. The track is a great place to practice this, and a chance to meet and learn from other runners doing the same.
During the summer season Wellington Scottish runners, walkers, jumpers and throwers compete with other Wellington running clubs at Athletics Wellington organised events. These are held at Newtown Athletics Park track, and other venues across the region.
Anybody can give track a go, we have several club members who compete at a national level and they as well as our coaches are on hand to offer guidance to those who are trying it out for the first time.
Alex Jordan winning 400m Championship - Image from Athletics New Zealand
Events at the track are a way to test your skill and to see how your training is progressing. It’s a great way to catch up with running friends from around New Zealand, and to see some of the elite athletes in action!
A full calendar of events is available at the Athletics Wellington site, and any club member is welcome to take part in the regular Black and Gold programme events.
In December we host the Scottish Night of Miles, an annual event open to everyone which raises money for a local charity. The highlight of this event for some is the mile race, while for others it’s the chance to race Santa round 4 laps of the track. At last year’s event Santa Claus was pretty quick!
For competitive members, regional league competitions build through the season to the National Track & Field Championships in March 2017.- link
All athletes wishing to enter the NZ Track & Field Championships will need to enter online themselves. Here is the link to the entry form.
Junior members compete at junior interclub events, followed later in the season by the Colgate Games. Most also compete for their schools at zone and interzone events, and beyond.
Track & Field Standards
One of the best things about track and field is the chance to give many different events a try
To help you understand what an equivalent performance is for different events, and to encourage everyone to improve we publish track and field standards across different age groups. These are based on internationally accepted age-grade classifications1, and equate to 60% - Bronze, 70% - Silver, 80% - Gold, 90% - Elite.
This includes all Scottish club members' performances at Newtown Park in Wellington, plus those at other locations that we are aware of. If we miss one please let us know via email by contacting your respective captain.
1 The underlying data can be found at http://www.howardgrubb.co.uk/athletics/wmalookup06.html