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Friday, 1 Mar 2019: NZ Masters T&F champs, day 1, Timaru ×
NZ Masters T&F champs, day 1

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Saturday, 2 Mar 2019: NZ Masters T&F champs, day 2, Timaru ×
NZ Masters T&F champs, day 2

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Saturday, 2 Mar 2019: Club Meet A, Newtown Park ×

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Saturday, 2 Mar 2019: Sir Peter Snell International Track Meet, Cooks Garden, Whanganui ×
Sir Peter Snell International Track Meet

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Saturday, 2 Mar 2019, 13:45 to 15:00: Summer pack run / walk - Matiu Somes Island, Somes Island ×
Updated 28 Feb 2019.

Somes Island is pretty small, but there are plenty of tracks to explore. The main circuit around the island is 2.2km, and there are tracks across the centre of the island as well.

Go for a run, bring a picnic, and explore the old anti-aircraft gun batteries, lighthouse, quarantine station, and grave sites. We can leave our bags in a shed in the centre of the island, but you should take all valuables with you.

Biosecurity:
Make sure you scrub any dirt / seeds from your shoes before you go - when we arrive at the island one of the rangers will greet us and check our shoes / bags.

Getting there and back:
East by West Ferries depart from Queens Wharf in town (NOTE: They do not sail from Petone any more). They recommend getting there 30 mins before the sailing to make sure you get a ticket. The ferries have a cafe/bar if you need to rehydrate after your run. I have checked through the ferry timetable, and found two return sailing options depending on how long you want to stay and explore.

The plan:
11:30 Meet at the Queens Wharf ferry office (between Wagamama and Portofino) and buy tickets. Maybe go for a coffee at Mojo.
12:00 Ferry departs Queens Wharf
12:25 Ferry arrives Somes Island
Run!
3:20 Return ferry depart Somes Island (arrives Queens Wharf 3:45)
4:40 Last return ferry that departs Somes Island (arrives Queens Wharf at 5:05) if people want to stay later

Fares (Some Island return):
Adult: $25
Concession / Child (5 -15): $13
Family (2 adults and 4 children): $68
Supergold card holders travel free (still need to collect a ticket at the office)

 
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Sunday, 3 Mar 2019: NZ Masters T&F champs, day 3, Timaru ×
NZ Masters T&F champs, day 3

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Sunday, 3 Mar 2019: Junior Relay Meet, Newtown Park ×

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Friday, 8 Mar 2019: NZ Track and Field champs, day 1, Christchurch ×
NZ Track and Field champs, day 1

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Saturday, 9 Mar 2019: NZ Track and Field champs, day 2, Christchurch ×
NZ Track and Field champs, day 2

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Saturday, 9 Mar 2019: Tararua Mountain Race, Kaitoke to Otaki Forks ×

The Southern Crossing

This race traverses the Southern Crossing tramping route which is the classic Tararua route from Kaitoke to Otaki Forks, transforming the 3-day hard tramp into a 1-day mountain run of epic proportions.

The 35km event is defined by the weather conditions.  The Tararua Mountain Range is notoriously changeable environment, with high winds and low cloud being common for a 10km section of the race when above the bushline.  Extreme care is required.

Participants start the Southern Crossing in waves, depending on their estimated finish time, those aiming for a fast time start later in the morning.

In distance, the track is 35.4km and the total asccent is 2,250m.  The total descent is 2,475m.

The first part of the race, 16.43km to Alpha Hut, is the hardest, both physically and mentally.  Initially, the climb from Kaitoke is of moderate steepness and, if it hasn't rained too much, is reasonable good underfoot, although it tends to be a bit "clayey".  There is a short flattish section after about 6km which opens out for some great views, but after that you plunge back into the trees where there is deep mud, tree roots, steep ascents and the interminable Marchant Ridge, before you reach Alpha Hut, just at the break of the tree line.

From the check point at Alpha Hut the route is above the bush line and traverses various peaks and knobs to the highest and most exposed point at Mt Hector (1,529m).  After one more climb over Field Peak you reach Kime Hut, a total of 8.2km from Alpha Hut.  From there is a long and steep descent, of 10.8km, to the finish at Otaki Forks.

The descent involves initially a rocky track above the tree line which, once entering the bust at Field Hut, transforms into a mix of tree-roots and mud or slippery clay.  There are some good sections along here and it is all able to be run.

The finish at Otaki Forks, on the grassy flats of the Waiotaruru River, is reached after a short grass covered plateau followed by crossing the river over the foot bridge.

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Saturday, 9 Mar 2019, 13:45 to 17:00: Club run / walk - from the clubrooms, Olympic Harriers Clubrooms, Alex Moore Park ×

Club run / walk from the clubrooms with packs for all ages and abilities.

Thinking of joining? Come along!

All ages, all abilities, all motivations. Join us!

 
Saturday, 9 Mar 2019, 13:45 to 15:00: Summer pack run / walk, Dry Creek Quarry, Belmont Regional Park ×
Updated 28 Feb 2019.

Our awesome summer runs take us out to different scenic parts of Wellington every weekend. This week we are heading to Dry Creek Quarry, Belmont Regional Park. You can find it here.

 

 

 
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Sunday, 10 Mar 2019: NZ Track and Field champs, day 3, Christchurch ×
NZ Track and Field champs, day 3

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Sunday, 10 Mar 2019, 09:00 to 11:00: Hutt 5/10km Fun Run and Walk (1km option for under 10s), McEwan Park, Petone ×

Entry Fees:

Individuals: 10km & 5km Run and Walk –  $25

Teams: 5km – $75 (for teams of three)

Under 10 years: 1km Fun Run/Walk – $5

Entry Fees will increase from 1 March.  Enter before 28 February to avoid the price rise

The Hutt Fun Run and Walk is family friendly fun run and walk for people of all ages and abilities along the banks of the Hutt River and the course is suitable for baby strollers.

Organised by Hutt Valley Harriers, the Hutt Fun Run and Walk is a community event brought to you by Cummings Kilgariff & Co Realty with the support of Shoe Clinic  and Hutt City Council.

For those with a competitive edge, have a go at breaking the course record in the 10km run!  If you break the course record and are first over the line there is a cash prize for both men and women!

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Saturday, 16 Mar 2019, 13:45 to 15:00: Summer pack run / walk, Otari - Wilton's Bush ×
Updated 28 Feb 2019.

Our awesome summer runs take us out to different scenic parts of Wellington every weekend.

This week we are heading to Otari-Wilton's Bush. Meet at the bottom carpark opposite Blackbridge Rd.

Afterwards head over to Ruth's for refreshments: 10 Malda Grove, Khandallah.

 
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Thursday, 21 Mar 2019: Sir Graeme Douglas International Track Meet, Waitakere, Auckland ×
Sir Graeme Douglas International Track Meet

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Saturday, 23 Mar 2019: Club Meet B, Newtown Park ×

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Saturday, 23 Mar 2019, 13:45 to 16:00: Olympic Introduction Day - Start of the winter season, Clubrooms, Alex Moore Park ×

This is it! The start of the harriers season for 2019 in Wellington's northern suburbs! New and returning members are invited to come along to welcome in the new year of running.

Our club gets people of all ages off the couch and into the outdoors every week. Whether its a cross country race across farmland, a road run through suburbs you've never explored, laps on the track, or a trail run in the great outdoors, we do it. If running isn't your thing or seems intimidating, we have walkers that take part in all those same activities. Age is no barrier - our oldest members are in their 80s and fighting fit.

Based from our clubrooms at Alex Moore Park, Johnsonville, our Introduction Day will have running and walking packs for all fitness levels. We will also have calendars for the year, an opportunity to meet with coaches, and will talk through the season coming up.

Whatever your motivation, whether it's simply to get fitter and healthier, or to get faster and stronger, we will be able to help you achieve your goals.

All ages, all abilities, all motivations. Join us.

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Sunday, 24 Mar 2019, 10:00 to 12:00: Team YIP Johnsonville 5km Walk & Run, Alex Moore Park, Johnsonville ×

Come take part in this community fun run/walk to raise money for a covered outdoor area at Raroa Intermediate School.

We encourage as many members as we can to enter - this will be a great recruiting opportunity in our area. WEAR YOUR CLUB GEAR!

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Saturday, 30 Mar 2019: Final club meet and Wellington 5000m Wellington champs, Newtown Park ×

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Saturday, 30 Mar 2019, 13:45 to 17:00: Club run / walk - from the clubrooms (Don't forget Welly 5000m champs are on at Newtown Park!), Olympic Harriers Clubrooms, Alex Moore Park ×

Club run / walk from the clubrooms with packs for all ages and abilities.
Thinking of joining? Come along!
All ages, all abilities, all motivations. Join us!

We will have a group of runners competing in the Wellington 5000m champs at Newtown Park - this is the last event of the 2018/19 season. Come along and cheer them on after the club run.

 
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