In this week’s newsletter:
Road Champs Update
Big Breakfast on Saturday
Old Boys Memorial Results
Financial Help Available
I’m putting out the newsletter a day early this week to remind people to sign up for the Wellington Road Champs on Saturday. The event is being held under Alert Level 2 and you must sign up before 8 p.m. on Thursday to be eligible to race.
It would pay to sign up as soon as possible, especially if you are planning to run a sub-40 minute 10K because the available slots are going fast. The event has been divided into four separate races, each with a maximum of 100 participants. The sub-40 10K has been the most popular event so far — the last time I looked 79 runners out of 100 had already registered.
To sign up for Road Champs, click here
Please note that the Honest 10K planned for this Sunday has been cancelled but the Big Breakfast at the clubrooms will still go ahead.
The good news is that unless the virus situation changes again, it looks like National Road Relays in Feilding will be going ahead. Please let your section leader know you are interested in running if they haven’t already been in touch with you. More details to come.
The Rotorua Marathon is going ahead on Sept. 26 but athletes from Auckland won’t be able to participate. More on that here
Congratulations to James Waite, who stormed home to win the handicapped Old Boys Memorial Road Race on Saturday.
For future newsletter items or suggestions, please email Nick Perry: firstname.lastname@example.org
A previous edition of the Wellington Road Champs at Wainuiomata
Road Champs Update
From Athletics Wellington
1: There are revised race start times, including some distance changes for juniors.
2: All athletes must enter online via this link by Thursday night: https://www.webscorer.com/register?pid=1&raceid=221556
3: Everyone needs to play their part to help us ensure four separate events of less than 100 people at Wainuiomata. Please ensure good hygiene practices, social distancing, no mingling with people in races other than your own.
4: In order to limit gathering numbers to 100, the Championships will be divided up into four races: 10.30 a.m. 10km (for 40min+ runners) 12:30 p.m. 5km (W50+, M60+, U20, U18, U16) 1:45 p.m. 2.5km (U14, U12, U10) 2:45 p.m. 10km (for sub 40min runners)
Please note: Athletes are NOT to enter the course (beyond the registration desk) more than 30min before the start time of their race. This will avoid co-mingling of different races. • On completion of the race, race numbers will be recorded and then athletes are to exit the course • Warm ups / warm downs are to be done on the road from the carpark back towards Wainui, ie outside of the designated course area. (But the course can be used for warm ups within 30min of start time). • The carpark is not part of the designated course area, but you are still requested not to mingle in the carpark area with athletes who are in a different race from you • The split of the 10km race between sub 40min and over 40min pace is only a guide; athletes can choose which race they want to do according to their start time preference • Results from the two 10km races will be combined into one set of championship results.• Note the championship distances for junior grades are as listed above, and in most cases do differ from the distance if the championships were being held at Level 1. • There will be no prizegiving, but championship medals will be posted out afterwards • The course is closed to spectators / coaches / supporters. Athletes and officials only please.
For more information, click here
Big Breakfast On Saturday
From Paul Hewitson
Hi all. Due to Level 2 restrictions, we have decided to cancel the Honest 10K on Sunday morning but still host a Big Breakfast after a club run.
Meet at the clubrooms at 8:30 a.m. (8 a.m. if longer run required), breakfast at 10 a.m.
There will be a flat fee of $10 per person at the door. Non club members are welcome.
Please RSVP to Esther George email@example.com so we can monitor numbers and pre order food.
From Geoff Henry
Some results from the past two weekends.
Henderson Relay: How do you make up relay teams with seven athletes? We made up two teams of two and one team of three, and told each team that it had to complete six laps of the 1200m (approx.) course. We provided the Junior Club’s coloured vests to make them more distinctive. Maria and Xavier (Team Yellow) won and Maria had the best lap times. Xavier deserved special mention for doing three laps in virtually identical times!
1st Team Yellow (Maria & Xavier) 20:21
2nd Team Green (Nancy & Kennedy) 21:24
3rd Team Pink (Holly, Mahe &Olive) 22:56
Fastest Lap: 3:18 Maria Revelant
Old Boys Memorial: The Starr family outsmarted the handicapper, and Emily Matthews also raced like a champion. Seven-year-old Layla Starr had done some of the previous timed events accompanied by her Dad. This time she was determined to do it herself. She took off like a sprinter and finished the same way … and at the turn-around Jim says she was still going at that pace so she was a full two minutes ahead of the handicapper’s estimate.
1st Layla Starr, 2nd Cameron Starr, 3rd Emily Matthews, 4th Daniella Starr, 5th Xavier James, 6th Lewis Kenworthy, 7th Mahe Reid, 8th Jag Willers, 9th Giselle Kenworthy, 10th Ella Macdonald, 11th Nancy Li, 12th Frankie Savage, 13th Maria Revelant
6:28 Jag Willers, 7:04 Xavier James, 7:18 Cameron Starr, 7:37 Giselle Kenworthy, 7:48 Daniella Starr, 7:50 Maria Revelant, 7:58 Nancy Li, 8:17 Frankie Savage, 8:34 Lewis Kenworthy, 8:46 Mahe Reid, 9:18 Emily Matthews, 10:24 Ella Macdonald,10:42 Layla Starr
Old Boys Memorial Results
Handicap results: James Waite winner, 2nd John Beale, 3rd Nick Perry, 4th Gordon Clarke, 5th Victoria Humphries, 6th Terry Fraser, 7th Miranda Spencer, 8th Peter Corbett, 9th Paul Hewitson, 10th Nathan Tse
Fastest times: Women: Esther George (24:11), Tamara Winkler (24:45), Miranda Spencer (25:25); Men: Nathan Tse (20:47), Dan Clendon (22:36), Paul Hewitson (23:54)
Financial Help Available
WHAC members have access to two trusts which provide financial assistance. The Special Purposes Trust is for all members regardless of age. The Tattersall Foundation Trust targets members aged under 20. These trusts were established by the generosity of two deceased members: Bob Spence Jnr and Graham Tattersall.
Financial assistance is available to members representing WHAC, or Athletics Wellington, or New Zealand. The trustees are aware that members may be suffering financial hardship and the trustees wish to help. Assistance is available to cover part of travel and accommodation costs.
Please contact the convenor of both trusts, Phillip Havill, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Details of your total costs and supporting reasons for assistance should be included with any application. Confidentiality is assured, with only the six trustees having access to your application details.
WHAC running calendar for September and October 2020
PLEASE NOTE: Events may be cancelled or postponed due to alert level.
19th Wellington Road Running Champs (interclub), Wainuiomata
20th (Sun) Big Breakfast, clubrooms
26th Joint club run Olympic & Scotttish Harriers, clubrooms
26th New Zealand Marathon Champs, Rotorua
3rd NZ Road Relays Feilding
10th Club runs/walks – Seniors and masters only Clubrooms
11th (Sun) Masterton Marathon, Half, 10k, 5k (inc WLG Marathon Champs), Masterton
17th Bernie Portenski Memorial Handicap, Titahi Bay
18th (Sun) Honest 10K, Freyberg
18th (Sun) NZ Trail Champs, Christchurch
24th Club runs/walks – seniors & masters only, clubrooms
31st Club runs/walks – Seniors and masters only, clubrooms
WHAC Board Information
If you have ideas for the club or any questions, please contact a board member or the secretary, Melissa Black (email@example.com). Your board members are: John Barrance, Michael Baughen, Melissa Black, Gordon Clarke, Esther George, Teresa Healy, Paul Hewitson, Vickie Humphries, Jean Kozyniak, Bertram Manz, Julie Richards, Miranda Spencer, Nathan Tse, Jack Waterworth and Georgina Wedge.