Welcome to the July edition of Athletics Wellington News. It includes a mix of important info for our members and profiles on athletes and others who have achieved success over the past couple of months.
Tim Hodge triumphs in tough Wellington XC Championships
Muddy and windy conditions at Grenada North Park meant Tim Hodge had to stay patient to defend his Wellington cross-country running title. The Wellington Scottish runner sat with a group of four runners throughout the first six kilometres of the 10km long course championship event. But with a lap and a half to go of the four-lap race, he put in a surge which none of his rivals could match, getting a break of about 20 metres. Wellington Harriers' Nathan Tse tried valiantly to stay with him, but was unable to close the 10-second gap between them, which Hodge maintained to the finish. Read more
For full results from the Wellington XC Champs go to our new Athletics Wellington Sports App orclick here
Alison Andrews-Paul returns from World Juniors with a PB
Alison Andrews-Paul is getting better and better. At the U20 world champs in Bydgoszcz in Poland earlier this month she managed to win her 800m heat, before clocking 2:06.32 in the semi- final – a personal best time by half a second.
“I knew I was in PB form,” she said. “I was hoping to be in the final, but at the end of the day I did everything I could.” Read more Note: James Preston was also at World Under 20s and finished with a NZ Record in the 800m and an overall ranking of 13th at his first international event. To read more on the Athletics NZ website click here. Nathaniel Sulupo competed in the Discus for Samoa at the same event. Articles on both these athletes will be in our next newsletter.
Stefan Prychodzko - Wellington XC Under 20 Champion
Cross Country runner Stefan Prychodzko is starting to take his running seriously. Since coach Mark Harris took him under his wing, his times have improved, and so has his placings. In fact, Stefan, 17 who was virtually self-coached until a couple of years ago, has won every regional event he has competed in during the past 12 months, and is in the national secondary schools cross country team competing in Australia next month. Read more
Michael Jacques - the local behind so many of our big events in NZ
Michael Jacques doesn’t race as much as he’d like these days, but without him, many events in Wellington wouldn’t happen on such a scale. Michael has been involved in endurance sports for almost 40 years, competing, reporting, organising and coaching runners, cyclists, mountain bikers and multis porters. "It’s what I enjoy. It’s always been my thing,” he said. Read more
First Wellington Centre XC Title for Logan Slee
Logan Slee worked his way through the heavy going at Grenada North Park to capture his first Wellington club cross-country title. The Hutt International Boys' School student won the under-18 five-kilometre race at the championships on Sunday in a time of 15 minutes, 35 seconds. He finished 10 seconds clear of St Pat's Town runner Liam Chesney, with Onslow College's Seamus Kane third. Read more
Wellington Cross Country Team Named for Nationals next weekend
The final Wellington Centre team has been named for the 2016 Oceania and NZ Cross Country Champs in Auckland next weekend. For a full team list click here
For a link to the Athletics NZ event page with all the info click here
Big news ... TempoFit Porirua has just been confirmed! It starts this Monday and will be our first evening workout option in the capital (6:30-7:30pm Mon & Wed). It's based around the scenic Aotea Lagoon and is just off the motorway so great for commuters.
Come, join the team! TempoFit locations are now in CBD, Khandallah/Ngaio, Tawa, Lower Hutt and Porirua. It's not too late to sign up. Club members join for half price and parents or friends of members can get a $20 discount if you contact Jo for the code on 021 976116 or firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.tempofit.org/group-fitness/wellington/
Links to Important Events coming up for club and school athletes
ATTENTION COLLEGE STUDENTS: The Wellington Secondary School Road Race is fast approaching. Date is Wednesday 10 August and there is new venue - Trentham Memorial Park. Secondary School students must let their teacher in charge of sport know that they want to enter - don't wait to be asked. For more info check out our new sports app orclick hereTHE BAYS RELAY is the next big interclub event on the calendar - Saturday 13 August. Participants must be 14 years of age or older on the day or the race to compete. Walkers 5km & Turkey Trot on the same day. For full details click here While the older ones are running, kids can check out this for an option - Kids FrenzyKIDS CROSS COUNTRY SERIES - next event Sunday 14 August at Petone. Enter by 7 August to get a personalised race bib on the day. Fore more details click hereNZ ROAD RUNNING CHAMPS: Online entries for NZ Road Champs are now open. It's on our back doorstep in Masterton so let's get as many entering as possible. Any club member can take part - you don't need to be selected. Grades for U13, U15, U18, U20, Seniors and Masters. Saturday 3 September. For more info go to https://2016nzroadchamps.eventdesq.comCOACHING COURSE DATES have been set for 2016. Summer clubs need you to volunteer. Our courses give you the skills to do this - it doesn't matter if you've never participated or coached in athletics before. A whole range of courses on offer. For more details click here
Sun 31 Jul: Scottish 3 Peaks
Sun 31 Jul: Winter Athletics Series 2, Palmerston North
Wed 3 Aug: College Road Relays, Trentham
Sun 7 Aug: NZ XC Champs, Auckland
Wed 10 Aug: CSW Road Race Champs, Trentham
Wed 10 Aug: 2016 More FM 3/km Walk/Race Series
Sat 13 Aug: Frenzy Kids Event, Owhiro Bay
Sat 13 Aug: Bays Relay, Walkers 5k & Turkey Trot
Sun 14 Aug: Kids Cross Country Series, Petone
Sat 20 Aug: Wellington Road Champs, Wainuiomata
Sat 20 Aug: Welllington Road Walking Champs, Trentham
Sun 21 Aug: Winter Series, Event 3, Masterton
Sun 21 Aug: Winter Series of the Honest 10
Sat - Sun 27/28 Aug: IAAF Level 2 Course, Run Module, Newlands Intermediate
Sun 28 Aug: Kids Cross Country Series, Mt Vic
Wed 31 Aug: 2016 More FM 1/3/5km Walk/Run Series, Masterton
Sat 3 Sep: NZ Road Champs, Masterton
Sun 4 Sep: Scottish 3 Peaks, Event 3
Remember to download our new Athletics Wellington Sports App.
If you want to quickly find information on what is happening with our sport, the best way to do this is to download the Athletics Wellington app. It’s a well-designed and easy to use app. It lists all upcoming events with maps, race times, and route maps. It has all results, which are clear to navigate, save, and email out to friends – it’s much easier than using the website.