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Upcoming Events: Taupo,
Wellington and Auckland

So many events, so little time. If you'd like to participate in any of the following events then get in touch soon. We can help you register, train and match you up with a guide if required. 


SATURDAY 02 MAY

Next up is the annual Rotorua Marathon. We do have a small group attending and if you'd like to join them please contact Naomie asap.


SUNDAY 05 JULY


It will be hard to beat the atmosphere around the Cigna Round the Bays event in February, but this event is going to be another great day out for any Achilles athletes who wish to participate. If you're keen to run in the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k, 5k or Kids Magic Mile just get in touch with our Wellington area contact: Naomie for details. Or check out our Facebook Event Page here...


SATURDAY 01 AUGUST


While this event is, unfortunately, not wheelchair-friendly it is holding it's inaugural Marathon event this year and Achilles athletes are very welcome. Just get in touch with Naomie who will organise a discounted entry, while your guide can run with you for free. Learn more on our Facebook Event Page here... And if you wish to join our friends at GetRunning for post-run food and refreshments (and to look after your gear bag) contact Kiri now for a discounted price of only $20.


SATURDAY 12 SEPTEMBER


Here's one for our Aucklanders. The Legend is a famously tough event and one well worth ticking off your bucket list. And this year's event will be our own Kiri's 100th marathon which will make it even more special. Learn more at our Facebook Event page here... or contact Kiri for details.
 
 

Well Done Oxfam Team, You're all Legends



Congratulations to our own Oxfam Trailwalker team of Leanne Byers, Sandi Wooldridge, Peter Loft and Tawera Nikau for completing the 100km event last weekend. You've made us all so incredibly proud with a stunning achievement! 
 


More athletes join our New York Marathon Team

The team to represent Achilles NZ at the prestigious New York Marathon 2015 continues to grow. We now have eight athletes confirmed - and you can meet some of them here...



But there is still opportunity to be part of this years team and participate in this incredible event on Sunday 01 November. Please make contact with Peter Loft as soon as possible.

And if you'd like to support them with a donation please visit our Give-A-Little page here...
 

If you have any suggestions or stories for upcoming Memos please email Kiri.

The Achilles Team

April 2015


AGM Sun 19 April

Achilles NZ's annual general meeting will follow training 19 April in Auckland. Anyone interested in being part of the Board please contact Peter Loft.
 
 

Training Sessions available to all

At our fortnightly Sunday morning Achilles Training Sessions everyone is welcome and they're always free. Whether you're an athlete, a guide, a volunteer or just keen to make some new friends - come along and join us (bring a friend or two if you like) and make sure you allow a little time for a coffee and chat afterwards.
 

AUCKLAND

8.00am Start, Sunday 19 Apr - from AUT Millennium, Antares Place, Mairangi Bay, North Shore. Contact Mike Lloyd on 021-0449428 or email Mike.
 

WELLINGTON

8.30am Start, Sunday 19 Apr - from Karaka Café (Wharewaka Function Centre) Odlins Square, 15 Jervois Quay, Wellington Waterfront. Contact Naomie Lye on 021-456902 or email Naomie.


CHRISTCHURCH

9.00am Start, Sunday 19 Apr - Antigua Boat Shed Cafe, Cambridge Tce. Contact Heather McGill on 021-2126321 or email Heather.
 

ROTORUA

8.00am Start, Sunday 12 Apr - Sound Shell car park, Lakefront Reserve, Memorial Drive. Contact Glennys on 027-3644440 or email Glennys

All volunteers are very welcome and assistance with guiding will be given. Visit our website to learn more our free training sessions

And please remember to wear your Achilles t-shirt to all training sessions!
 


Warm Welcome to New Ambassadors



We are thrilled to welcome two wonderful new Ambassadors to the Achilles team, and both are familiar faces from TVNZ news. Corin Dann will soon be helping out our Wellington athletes while Nadine Chalmers-Ross will be offering assistance in Auckland.

Thank you both for getting involved with Achilles NZ.
 





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