Welcome to the February edition of Athletics Wellington News for 2016. It includes a mix of important info for our members and profiles on athletes who have achieved success over the past couple of months.
Wellington Centre Team to National T&F Champs 2016
Count down time to National Track and Field Champs for a number of our Wellington club athletes who are heading to Dunedin at the beginning of March. The Wellington team has been selected with representatives in the Under 18, Under 20 and Senior Grades. With the past two Nationals held in Wellington it's the first time in a while our athletes have had to travel, so it's good to see a strong contingent heading down south. Click here for a list of those selected to represent the Wellington Centre
For all info about the NZ Track and Field Champs including the programme and start lists go to this link
Athletics Wellington would like to extend a big thanks to Mark Harris and his team in Masterton for hosting the Wellington Centre Champs this year. And thanks also to all the officials who were there all day in the hot Masterton sun. We've had some great feedback from a survey that will help us plan for 2017. Everyone loved the medals so they look like they're here to stay!
TempoFit is coming to Wellington
TempoFit – a 6-week team training programme for runners of all abilities - is coming to Wellington next month, with the assistance of Athletics Wellington and local clubs, and backed by Athletics New Zealand.
A programme to help people develop their running further, TempoFit was founded in Auckland three years ago by Hayden Shearman, author of Runners Guide to Wellington. If you can run 5km non-stop, at any speed, the programme is for you.
Athletics Wellington Sport Development Manager Jo Murray saw Hayden present at last year’s Athletics NZ Club Connect Conference, and thought it would be a great programme to introduce to Wellington to help local runners progress their running and connect with running clubs.
There are three workouts each week in the six-week programme: TLC – technique and conditioning workout, ACCELERATE – a speed workout, and a long social and scenic distance run, called LSD. In fact, if running was a drug, you’d probably call Hayden a dealer. Read more
Wellington sprinter Jacob Matson is in with a chance to be part of the NZ Under 20 Relay team. It will depend on whether a NZ Under 20 team is selected to travel to the World Juniors in Poland in July but they’re going about it the right way after meeting the qualifying standards in the 4x100m relay in 40.61 seconds at the Porritt Classic.
Kerry Hill, Athletics NZ Sprints and Relays Coordinator says,
“The relay programme is humming along very nicely. The ladies team have beaten the selectors standard three times by nearly a second and the guys have also done it three times by nearly half a second. So they have a strong case to put in front of the selectors who state that the squads have to show potential to reach the World’s top 8.” Read more
Planning is underway for the winter season
Although it is hard to focus on the upcoming winter season while in the middle of awesome February weather, club representatives got together earlier this month to plan the winter interclub season. There will be a few changes to look forward to, including:
The Wellington XC champs will be hosted by the Olympic club at Grenada North Park on Sunday 24 July. The champs will be combined with the usual Kids XC Series race held at Grenada. This will mean that club members in the school age groups of years 1 - 8 will compete for championship medals for each year as part of the Kids XC races.
For the Wellington XC and Road champs, a "long" and "short" course championship will be held for each adult age group. The long course will be 10km (both for XC and road) and the short course will be 5km. So for 2016 adults will have the choice of racing either 5km or 10km as a championship regardless of their age or gender.
Not only is it a busy time of the year for athletes, Wellington officials are also featuring in national competitions, starting with the Combined Champs (Decathlon and Heptathlon) last weekend in Wanganui where Jim McIlroy was the ANZ appointed Technical Delegate. Louise McDonald was Referee and Chief Judge for the heptathlon (where she got a close up view of Phoebe Edwards winning the national U20 title). Sally Mills Chiefed events in the decathlon and spent a marathon three hours on men’s pole vault. Dawn Melrose made a surprise appearance officiating the heptathlon. The Combined Champs is a great opportunity for officials to officiate across a wide range of events.
Jim is off to referee high jump and pole vault at the Auckland Track Challenge this week. We have a strong contingency; Jim, Louise, Sally, Peter and Sylvia Maunder, Alan and Helen Stevens, Colin and Ruth Maclachlan, Keith and Chris Bade, David Lonsdale and Emma Brooks heading to Dunedin for Nationals on 4-6th March.
Straight after Nationals sees Jim and Louise heading to Perth for the Australian Junior Champs and the Perth Track Classic. With many local officials away, Athletics Wellington welcomes remaining officials along for the last few weeks of the summer season for our local Black and Gold programmes.
And, of course, there will be Athletics Wellington officials assisting at the college meetings about to start next week. Here’s hoping the glorious weather continues. Read more..
Wellington Centre 5000m Champs - Online Entry Open Now
The Wellington Centre 5000m Champs are being held on Saturday 12 March at 3.30pm at Newtown Park. $5 to enter. You must pre enter by 11.59am Thursday 10 March at this link. A good opener for those about to head into the cross country season. Let's see if we can make it the biggest 5000m Champs yet. Encourage your training partners and get those entries in now:
Teen James Preston wins Porritt in thrilling 800m breakthrough
Wellington teenager James Preston has slashed more than three seconds from his 800m personal best to seal a stunning victory in a thrilling men's 800m in Hamilton at the Porritt Classic.
New Zealand secondary schools champion Preston, 18, out-kicked national men's champion Brad Mathas down the home stretch to take the unexpected win in 1 minute 48.92 seconds – a massive personal best, by more than three seconds.
Preston, who attended Scot's College, comfortably dipped under the qualification mark for the world junior championships in Poland and came within 0.19sec of the New Zealand junior record held by Jason Stewart.
Behind the elated 18-year-old, four-time New Zealand 1500m champion Hamish Carson grabbed second in 1:49.61 with Mathas fading to third in 1:49.80. Napier's much improved Eric Speakman also hacked more than three seconds from his lifetime best to take fourth in 1:50.54. Read more.
Wellington Junior Champs - Online Entries Close 1 March
The Athletics Wellington Junior Champs for 7 to 15 year olds is taking place at Newtown Park on Saturday 13 and Sunday 20 March. All registered club athletes have the option to enter online this year (except Athletics Wairarapa who are entering their own athletes). All you need is your five digit code that's been assigned to you by your club. It doesn't matter if you haven't been to an interclub this season or not - you can still compete if you're a member of a club. The cost is $5 per event and you can enter as many events as you'd like.
All details including the link to the online entry form, an event timetable and best performances (Wellington Junior Records set at Wellington Junior Champs to date) are at this link:
There are a number of College Sport athletics zone events coming up at Newtown Park and Masterton - the first being the famous McEvedy Shield on Tuesday 1 March. That's followed by Girls Zone 3 March, Hutt Zone 8 March and Western Zone 9 March and Wairarapa Zone 10 March. All these culminate in Regionals the following Wednesday 16 March. So a busy time over the next few weeks.
For the Dominion Post write up by Liam Hyslop on the McEvedy Shield click here
North Island Secondary Schools
At the beginning of April there's the North Island Secondary Schools' Champs being held at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland. A team is selected to represent Wellington and Wairarapa at this event. For all info relating to Regionals and North Island Secondary Schools go to the link below. Please note that if you want to be considered for the Wellington secondary school team to compete at regionals you must get your school to register your interest if you have a chance of being selected and are able to attend. Qualifying guidelines are included on the below link as well. And for those running 300m/400m events, this year at North Islands they will be run as graded, timed finals on the Saturday rather than heats and finals. This is to allow more athletes to compete in the 200m and 400m, or the 400m and 800m.
The hugely popular Kids Cross Country Series is back again for 2016 with five events held around the Wellington Region starting in May. We welcome back the Shoe Clinic and Les Mills as sponsors again this year, and also acknowledge the support of NZCT.
The events are for year 0s (pre schoolers) through to year 8s. This year the event at Grenada North Park on Sunday 24 July will double as the Wellington Club Cross Country Champs. Gold, silver and bronze Wellington Cross Country medals will be awarded to the first three registered club athletes who cross the line in each year level. The usual Athletics Hub medals will also be awarded at this event for anyone competing whether they are a club member or not.
The dates to pencil in your diaries are: SUN 15 MAY: Trentham Memorial Park, UH (hosted by Upper Hutt Athletic Club) SUN 29 MAY: Karori Park, Karori (hosted by Karori Amateur Athletic Club) SUN 24 JULY: Grenada North Park, off Jamaica Drive, Tawa (hosted by Olympic) SUN 14 AUGUST: Sladden Park, Petone (hosted by Hutt Valley Harriers) SUN 28 AUGUST: From WHAC Clubrooms, Mt Victoria, Wellington (hosted by WHAC)
Enter and compete in all five events and you'll receive a competitors medal AND a Shoe Clinic Drawstring Bag at the last event.
The cost this year is $8 per event - so to enter all five events it's only $40. There is a $10 discount for harrier and athletics club members this year if you choose the 'enter all five events' option. A code will be emailed to your club which you then enter when you complete your online booking. You must be a current financial member of a club to receive this discount. The voucher code will be emailed to clubs next week.
2016 Gazley Volkswagen Wellington Marathon - something for everyone
Check out the info for the 2016 Gazley Volkswagen Wellington Marathon. 42k, 21k, 10k, 5k & Kids’ Magic Mile. There's something for everyone. Full info and online entry at www.wellingtonmarathon.kiwi
Sat 27 Feb: Requested Programme, Newtown Park
Sun 28 Feb: Junior Interclub 6, Newtown Park
Mon 29 Feb: School exchange - Scots College, Newtown
Tue 1 Mar: McEvedy, Newtown Park
Thu 3 Mar: Girls Zone, Newtown Park
Fri-Sun 4-6 Mar: NZ Track & Field Champs - Dunedin
Sat 5 Mar: Black Prog & Requested events, Newtown Park
Tue 8 Mar: Hutt Zone, Newtown Park
Wed 9 Mar: Western Zone, Newtown Park
Sat 12 Mar: Gold Prog & Requested events, Newtown Park
Sat 12 Mar: Wgtn Centre 5000m Champs, Newtown Park
Sun 13 Mar: AWJC Champs Day 1, Newtown Park
Sun 13 Mar: Hutt News 5k/10k Fun Ran and Walk
Mon 14 Mar: Anne Hare Challenge, Newtown Park
Wed 16 Mar: CSW Regional Athletics, Newtown Park
Wed 16 Mar: Anne Hare Challenge pp date, Newtown
Sat 19 Mar: Special Olympics, Newtown Park
Sun 20 Mar: AWJC Champs Day 2, Newtown Park
Sun 20 Mar: WHAC Honest 10kn Run
Mon 21 Mar: Inter Intermediate Athletics, Newtown
Wed 23 Mar: Inter Intermediate Athletics pp date
26-27 Mar: Grade 12/13 Interprovincials, Dunedin
Fri-Sun 1-3 April: North Island Secondary Schools, Akl
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