Club News

Congratulations Amanda! 22 Jun 2017 at 9:45 pm.

Pack run / walk from the Clubrooms Alex Moore, 1:45, Sat 24 June

The old familiar venue this week for the Club run.   Wrap up warm tho'  things are looking "exciting" weather wise over the next few days.


Volunteer of the Year - Amanda Goldsmith

The Club congratulates Amanda, who has been coaching young runners for more than 40 years, for being Sport Wellington Volunteer of the year.  Our strength in the younger grades is evidence of her hard work, and it is starting to feed through into the older grades.  Even though she has already picked up two other awards for her work recently it was a surprise, "I did not think for one minute I would be the winner. I was up against some very worthy and respected fellow nominees" she said.  

 

Mighty efforts last weekend

Those that turned out to Crofton Downs last week for the club run were treated to a stunning day -- doing the hard yards to get up on the tops was definitely worth it. 

With the Wellington Marathon event on the Sunday there were a few faces missing from the club run  but they all saved their efforts for the big race.  Our over-50s turned it on, with grade wins to Nick (1st M50-59 in the half), Max (1st M60-69 in the half), Bruce (1st M50-59 in the 10km), and Tracy, Tineke and Sheryne (1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively in the W50-59 in the 10km). Also Dane was second MU20 in the 5km run, and Melissa was first woman in the 5km walk. Merryn smashed a PB in the 10km, Liam ran his first full marathon, with Thomas doing well in the 10km.  I am sure I have missed people - check the full results https://secure.tiktok.biz/results/wellingtonmarathon/2017/  to see how others went.

 

Brendan Foot Kids' Cross Country, event 3, WHAC clubrooms (Mt Victoria), Sun 25 June

This is the third race in the series with the 4th being the kids' race that is part of the Wellington Champs.  Events start from 9:30am. http://athleticswellington.org.nz/Events/brendan-foot-kids-cross-country-race-3

 

Get set for the Wellington Cross Country Champs (kids and adults) -  Sun 9 July

We're now two weeks out from the BIGGEST event the club organises -- it covers all ages from the kids to the 60+.  Basically the kids races are in the morning, starting with Year 0's at 10:20 up to the under 15's at 12:30.  In the afternoon the adult grades get going with the 5km short course champs at 12:50 thru to the main event at 2:15.  All the details are on the Athletics Wellington site http://athleticswellington.org.nz/Events/wellington-cross-country-championships-1 

The formats for the team competitions have been decided.  In the long course the first 6 men home from a club in the senior grade will count, first 4 for the masters men, and first 3 for all women.  In the shorter race, and the junior race the first 3 in all categories will count.

Organising those chances to shine is down to our club, and we need more people to sign up on the volunteer page.  We have a heap of jobs lined up from baking, to buying tomato sauce to helping with the course set up. 

Please sign-up TODAY, spread the load and help Olympic Harriers earn the club some money: https://goo.gl/Mw2a8X

 

North Island Cross Country at Taupo, 1 July

We have two van loads and more heading North. Brian secured a grant to cover much of the cost of accommodation and transport (cheers Brian) - so it won't hurt too much to pay for your own club dinner on Saturday 1st (Dixie Browns). This is always a fun weekend and nothing beats the hot springs after the rigours of a solid effort on the cross country. 

Athletic New Zealand Road Relays are coming

30th September is not as far away as you might think, and really Rotorua isn't that far either.  Keep it in mind!

Club Subscriptions

Most people are already signed up and good to go, but there are a few stragglers.  Remember that both youth and adult runners need to be members to get into any regional rep teams.  Sign up on the web page https://memberdesq.onesporttechnology.com/3228/org    

 

Next Runs

24 June: Pack run, club rooms

25 June: Kids Cross Country Series, Race 3 (WHAC club rooms)

01 July: North Island Cross country, Taupo

09 July: Wellington Champs - all hands needed on deck from Olympic

Sundays 8:30 am: A group of keen runners go for a longer run, usually around 5 min/km pace.   
Watch https://www.facebook.com/groups/797068523644426/ where they co-ordinate locations and transport etc.


Rut Buster Alert! 15 Jun 2017 at 10:44 am.

Crofton Downs Train Station, 1:45, Sat 17 June

How about a mid-winter shake up!  Club run this weekend is from the Crofton Downs Train Station - a chance to use public transport to Harriers, and maybe you'll even get to say hi to Miles!  There should be plenty of parks if you prefer to drive.  We'll meet at the usual time and have a variety of routes to argue about.

 

Dorne darn well didn't we...

Stellar performances and fabulous to see all those black, white, and red shirts cross the line.  Taking out the horse paddock and the return to the bush tracks combined with less rain meant a faster course than usual.

This year we had two first places - in the two U9 races (Greta Abbott won the G-U9 and Jack Mcnair-Robertson won the B-U9). Deb was second in the W35, Michaela 2nd in the W-U20 and Will 2nd in the B-U15. Jean was 3rd in the W60, Max 3rd in the M60 and Lucy Jurke was 3rd in the G-U13. Awesome results all of you!

In the teams results, our W35 and B-U15 teams won. Other teams results: SW - 3rd, W50 - 2nd, M60 - 3rd, B-U13 - 3rd, M40 - 3rd and M50 - 4th. (Other grades didn't have counting teams.)  Full details here http://www.olympicharriers.nz/results/event.php?eid=1256

But the real question remains - did anyone outdo Zhi Hao's Grand Memorial water crossing? .... and do we have photographic evidence? 

 

Get set for the Wellington Cross Country Champs (kids and adults) -  Sunday 9 July

We're into the three week countdown to the BIGGEST event the club organises.  Not only do we want you turning up to Grenada North in a crisp uniform in top running form but we also want to lift your serotonin levels by giving you the chance to help.  And we really want to make lots of people feel good so we have a heap of jobs lined up from baking, to buying tomato sauce to helping with the course set up. Please sign-up, spread the load and help Olympic Harriers earn the club some money: https://goo.gl/Mw2a8X

 

North Island Cross Country at Taupo, 1 July

We have two van loads set to travel north on 31st June for the North Island Cross Country Champs.  You can still sign up but be quick - accommodation is nearing capacity. 

Brian secured a grant to cover much of the cost of accommodation and transport (cheers Brian) - so it won't hurt too much to pay for your own club dinner on Saturday 1st (Dixie Browns). This is always a fun weekend and nothing beats the hot springs after the rigours of a solid effort on the cross country.

 

Athletic New Zealand Road Relays are coming

30th September is not as far away as you might think, and really Rotorua isn't that far either.  Keep it in mind!

 

Club Subscriptions

Most people are already signed up and good to go, but there are a few stragglers.  Remember that both youth and adult runners need to be members to get into any regional rep teams.  Sign up on the web page https://memberdesq.onesporttechnology.com/3228/org    

 

Next Runs

  • 17 June: Pack run from Crofton Down's train station, 1.45
  • 18 June: Wellington Marathon
  • (likely to be a few mid winter runs or swims around here too -- keep an eye out)
  • 24 June: Pack run, club rooms
  • 25 June: Kids Cross Country Series, Race 3 (WHAC club rooms)

 

Sundays 8:30 am: A group of keen runners go for a longer run, usually around 5 min/km pace.   
Watch https://www.facebook.com/groups/797068523644426/ where they co-ordinate locations and transport etc

 

 

Social Contacts

  • There are a couple of active Facebook pages associated with the club.  If memory serves you need to be accepted to get access but that is not a big hassle.  A variety of semi organised runs at different levels, encouragement for summer track athletes, and celebrations of current (and some past) performances all turn up regularly.

  -- https://www.facebook.com/olympicharriers/       Lots of results and chats here!

  -- https://www.facebook.com/groups/olympicmen/

  -- https://www.facebook.com/groups/797068523644426/  This is the Womens (and Mens) group a bit cryptic, but quite active.


Dorne Cup this week 8 Jun 2017.

Dorne Cup, Sat 10 June from 1:00 pm, Trentham Memorial Park

A few course changes this year, but still the same feel to the classic race on grass (ideal for spikes) around the Park and alongside the river in the Hutt.  For course maps you can go to the Hutt Valley Harrier website at this link: http://hvh.org.nz/dorne-cup/   If you haven't entered yet, do so online (Olympic pays the fee) at https://2017awwinterracing.eventdesq.com/ (Online entries close: 5:00pm on Thursday 8 June, late entries available on the day, up until 12.30pm (only 30 minutes before the first race). No entries after this time.

  • 1.00pm   6km:   Masters Women (35+), Masters Women (50+), Open Women (SW) Masters Men (60+), Masters Women (60+), Masters Men (70+), Masters Women (70+)
  • 1.30pm   4km:   Men Under 20 (MU20), Women Under 20 (WU20), Men Under 18 (MU18), Women Under 18 (WU18)
  • 2.00pm   2km:   Boys Under 11 (BU11), Girls Under 11 (GU11), Boys Under 13 (BU13), Girls Under 13 (GU13)
  • 2.15pm   3km:   Boys/Girls Under 15 (BU15/GU15)
  • 2.30pm   1km:   Boys Under 9 (BU9), Girls Under 9 (GU9)
  • 2.45pm   8km:   Open Men (SM), Masters Men (40+), Masters Men (50+)

 

Zone managers required for Wellington Marathon

The organiser of the Wellington Marathon (that's ex-club member Michael Jacques) has had some volunteers pull out - he is now urgently looking for up to six zone managers to help out on the day (Sunday 18th). Zone managers look after groups of marshals and other volunteers out on the course, and are needed for the full morning (probably six hours), plus a briefing before hand. Michael knows we're experienced at this sort of thing so would appreciate our help. If you can help (or have questions) please email Mike Waterman as soon as possible. As usual, he will make a payment to our club, so if you can help out then you'll also help out the club.

 

North Island Cross Country at Taupo, 1 July

The Club likes to have an away event where runners and their families can have a fun weekend of running, and this is it!  Big thanks to Brian who has secured a grant to cover many of the costs.  Pretty much you last chance to get in on this so register now, or if you have not been before talk to someone who has -- they will tell you what fun it is  There is a fair bit to organise in terms of accommodation, how many vans we need for those looking to share a ride up there, and booking spaces for dinner so it is really important to let us know who is going. The web portal is the way to do this, and has more details of what is coming up -- please do get in early and sign up now. https://eventdesq.sportstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&EventDesqID=25117&OrgID=10499 

 

Club Subscriptions are due
June is here and your Olympic subs are (past) due.    Sign up on the web page https://memberdesq.onesporttechnology.com/3228/org   The club depends on your support to keep things ticking over.  We also apply for a good number of grants from community funders (which we often get, thanks Brian) -- that extra money in the pot means you get even better return on your investment!

 

 

Next Runs

  • 17 June: Pack run from the clubrooms
  • 18 June Wellington Marathon (likely to be a few mid winter runs or swims around here too -- keep an eye out)
  • Sundays 8:30 am: A group of keen runners go for a longer run, usually around 5 min/km pace.   

Watch https://www.facebook.com/groups/797068523644426/ where they co-ordinate locations and transport etc

Social Contacts


You don't need an invitation to drop in on family.... 1 Jun 2017.

Hutt Valley Harriers Visit, Petone Rec (NE corner), Udy Street, Sat 3 June 2 pm

Hutt Valley and Olympic share a common history that goes back to 1923 when two Olympic members from the Hutt, Neil Craig & Tom Hurly, started up a new club that was closer to home.  Since then the two clubs have been great friends, with this run from their clubrooms an example of our bond.  There will be a chance to socialise with them after the pack run.  Hutt Valley will be involved in the next race on the Calendar too, as they are the hosts for the Dorne Cup.  That race started in 1925 just two years after the club formed, and in that first year there were three Dorne brothers in the winning team!

 

Grand day out at the Grand Memorial

The Army signallers from Linton got stuck in with the rest of the Olympic members as we all ploughed around, and mostly through, the mud and streams at the Boom Rock Rd course. Deb Platts-Fowler was first across the line, with Tracy Berghan second a few seconds back.  First of the 8km finishers was Burgler Brian Rusbridge.  A full race report and results is on the website http://www.olympicharriers.nz/results/event.php?eid=1253 with links to the photos from the day. 

Also on the website are results from the Master's Relay held on the Sunday at Trentham (where the Dorne will be held).  We had three teams competing, with the mixed team winning the event and Michelle Van Looy the fastest woman. Well done all!

 

North Island Cross Country at Taupo, 1 July

The Club likes to have an away event where runners and their families can have a fun weekend of running, and this is it!  There are a good number already signed up but time is running out to register.  There is a fair bit to organise in terms of accommodation, how many vans we need for those looking toi share a ride up there, and booking spaces for dinner so it is really important to let us know who is going. The web portal is the way to do this, and has a few more details of what is coming up -- please do get in early and sign up now. https://eventdesq.sportstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&EventDesqID=25117&OrgID=10499 

 

Club Subscriptions are due

June is here and your Olympic subs are (past) due.  You won't be able to run in the interclub events if you are not paid up, so it is getting serious!    Sign up on the web page https://memberdesq.onesporttechnology.com/3228/org   The club depends on your support to keep things ticking over.  We also apply for a good number of grants from community funders (which we often get, thanks Brian) -- that extra money in the pot means you get even better return on your investment!

 

Next Runs

3 June Away day to visit our 'cousins' at Hutt Valley Harriers
10 June Dorne Cup - another classic race this time out at Trentham on grass

Sundays 8:30 am: A group of keen runners go for a longer run, usually around 5 min/km pace.   
Watch https://www.facebook.com/groups/797068523644426/ where they co-ordinate locations and transport etc

 

Social Contacts

  • There are a couple of active Facebook pages associated with the club.  If memory serves you need to be accepted to get access but that is not a big hassle.  A variety of semi organised runs at different levels, encouragement for summer track athletes, and celebrations of current (and some past) performances all turn up regularly.

  -- https://www.facebook.com/olympicharriers/       Lots of results and chats here!

  -- https://www.facebook.com/groups/olympicmen/

  -- https://www.facebook.com/groups/797068523644426/  This is the Womens (and Mens) group a bit cryptic, but quite active.


The Army is coming! 25 May 2017.

Grand Memorial and Old Members Day, Boom Rock Road, Ohariu Valley, 27 May from 1:30 pm

This year we welcome a contingent of Army Signallers who are from the same regiment as the founding members of Olympic who went off to World War One and did not return.   The brief history from last week bears repeating:

The Grand Memorial race was started to remember Olympic club members who died in WW1. Over half of the club members left to serve in the war, including two sets of brothers – Frank, Vince & Charles Byrne, and James & Hugh Wilson.

Frank –known to many as Darky – was Olympic’s first Club Captain. One of Wellington’s most well known runners; he won the Wellington Cross Country Champs in 1911, placed second in 1912, and won again in 1913 and 1914. His younger brother Vince was no slacker, beating him in a provincial selection test for the NZ Cross Country Champs in 1911.

All five men enlisted into the Divisional Signals Company. Vince, Charles, and Hugh in 1914, serving in Gallipoli. They were among the first to land and the last to leave. Darky and James enlisted in 1915, joining the others in Egypt just after the allied evacuation from Gallipoli. They all went on to fight in France and Belgium where Darky, Charles and James were killed. Vince was evacuated sick to England, where he died in Hospital less than a month before the war ended.

Hugh was seriously wounded in the same gas attack that killed Charles, and was evacuated to New Zealand shortly before the end of the war – too badly injured to continue serving. On his return, he went in with fellow soldiers from the Divisional Signals Company to raise funds for trophies to remember the three Byrne brothers, and his own brother James.

This year, soldiers from the army’s 1 NZ Signals Regiment – the descendants of the Divisional Signals Company – will join us in the Grand Memorial race. This is a great opportunity for us to remember club members that we have lost, and for them to remember those soldiers who have gone before them.

The races themselves  take in the varied terrain around the pony club and you can be sure to get your feet wet and shoes dirty!  The main race is a staggered start handicap race which means the person with largest handicap starts first and then the next person and so on until the fastest person finally leaves.  If the handicapper has done their job perfectly the whole field should cross the finish line at the same time.

We also need people to help set up the course -- 10:30 at the Club or 11:00 at the course

1.30pm: Boys & Girls 9 and Under (1km scratch race), Boys & Girls 13 and Under (2km scratch race)

2.00pm-ish: Walkers;
Senior Women, Masters Women, Junior Women (W-U18 & W-U20), Junior Men (M-U18 & M-U20) (4km open handicap);
Senior Men & Masters Men (8km open handicap)

Hot showers and afternoon tea at the Clubrooms following the final race – please bring a towel and a plate.

 

Awesome work at the Vosseler

Near perfect weather made for a great day up and down the hill.  Olympic had a stellar day as a club, with placings on the team podium in most divisions and heaps of fine individual performances -- too many to mention all here (sorry Men's 60+ I can't single your gold out for special mention), but do check out the results - they make good reading! 

Also a mention for Hannah Jurke who was 3rd women, 1st in age group, in 6km Xterra night run at Wainuiomata on last Saturday night -- awesome after a bad run with injuries.

 

Masters Classic Relay, Trentham Memorial Park, Sunday 28 May, 10 am
This is a great 5-lap relay race, traditionally for the more senior members of the club. It's mostly on flat grass at Trentham Memorial Park (saves our somewhat older joints a bit). Categories/prizes for men, women, mixed, teams with aggregate ages of 250 and 300 or more. There is a walkers event too which covers 3 laps of the 4km course as opposed to 5 laps for runners. The event has a ‘pre-vet’ category which allows teams to have a member in the 30-34 yr age group and also an open category for teams with members less than 30 yrs of age.
Tineke  is organising teams but needs names by This Thursday Night Tineke.Hooft@justice.govt.nz
 

North Island Cross Country at Taupo, 1 July

The Club likes to an away event where runners and their families can have a fun weekend of running, and this is it!  There is a fair bit to organise in terms of accommodation and booking spaces for dinner so it is really important to let us know who is going in plenty of time. The web portal is the way to do this, and has a few more details of what is coming up -- please do get in early and sign up now.  https://eventdesq.sportstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&EventDesqID=25117&OrgID=10499 

 

Club Subscriptions are due
May is here and your Olympic subs are due.  You won't be able to run in the interclub races if you are not paid up, so it is getting serious!    Sign up on the web page https://memberdesq.onesporttechnology.com/3228/org   The club depends on your support to keep things ticking over.  We also apply for a good number of grants from community funders (which we often get, thanks Brian) -- that extra money in the pot means you get even better return on your investment!

Next Runs

27 May Grand Memorial club run at Boom Rock - bring a plate afterwards
3 May Away day to visit our 'cousins' at Hutt Valley Harriers
10 May Dorne Cup - another classic race this time out at Trentham on grass

Sundays 8:30am: A group of keen runners go for a longer run, usually around 5 min/km pace.    Watch https://www.facebook.com/groups/797068523644426/ where they co-ordinate locations and transport etc

Social Contacts


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