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Wellington Road Walking Championships
The Athletics Wellington Race Walking Championships will be held on Saturday 24th August 2019 on a course on the Twin Lakes access road at Te Marua, Upper Hutt. Wellington Scottish Athletics and Trentham United clubs are jointly hosting the meeting.
The races are Championship, A Grade and non-Championship B Grade races. Only registered financial members of Wellington Centre clubs can be placed in the championships, but visiting walkers may enter the A Grade. Any member of any club or an individual walker may enter as a B Grade competitor and will be allowed to finish.
The championship A grade races will be fully judged and any disqualified walker will have to stop and leave the course. They cannot convert to become a B grade competitor. There is no Sin Bin operating.
The championship races will be as follows. Senior men and women and Masters men and women 35 plus are all 10 km. Men and women under 18 are 5 km. Medals are not being presented this year.
Non-championship B Grade walkers can elect to do 10km or 5km. These will be judged for loss of contact and creeping.
There will be a 2km race for children.
Entry to the races
Anyone who wants to compete in the A Grade championship races MUST ENTER by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11.59 pm on Thursday 22nd August. See the information later in this message.
Entries for all other races can be made on the day at the Registration Desk but NO LATER than 9.00 am. Please bring your own race numbers if you have them. We will have numbers and safety pins available at Registration.
The entry fees are: Senior and master’s grade championship races $12.50. U18 championship races $8. All B Grade races $10. Children’s 2km race $5. Clubs can be invoiced for your entry fee after the event or you may pay cash on the day.
Championship competitors MUST compete in their club uniform. B grade competitors may compete in any uniform BUT NO leggings for any walker please. No headphones may be worn during the races.
Race number bibs must be worn and visible front and back. The A grade championship walkers will have a coloured identifier on their race number bibs.
- Thursday 22th August
- Championship entries close 11.59 pm.
- Saturday 24th August 2019.
- 8.45 am the course is open for practice.
- 8.30 am Registration Desk opens.
- 9.00 am Registration closes for all races.
- 9.10 am Walk judges meet and are assigned positions.
- 9.30 am Start of all races
- 11.00 am Prize giving on the course with spot prizes drawn.
The course and facilities
The course is on Twin Lakes Road. Turn off SH2 at the Te Marua Golf Club but continue on twin Lakes road to the course.
The lap is a one kilometre circuit. It will be coned and the walk judges will also act as umpires to ensure the course is followed. The start/finish line will be near the middle of the course. There will be marshals at each end of the course to control any traffic that will use the centre of the road.
There are toilets at the north (far) end of the course. If a competitor needs to leave the course to go to the toilet they must do so at the North end turn and return to that place.
There will be a drink table on the course. Personal well identified drinks may be placed there and used as required. Water in cups will also be available. DO NOT TAKE a drink from anywhere other than this table. Doing so is a disqualification offense.
Car parking is at the far end of the course near the toilets. Tents can be put up on the grass beside the course. There are first aiders available, ask for help at the Start / Finish line.
Race rules and how to enter
The races will be conducted under the IAAF rules and the Athletics New Zealand (ANZ) Supplementary rules. By entering competitors agree to be bound by those rules and the directions of the Meeting Manager or Safety Officer. All competitors compete entirely at their own risk, and consent to receiving medical treatment which may be advisable in the event of illness or injuries suffered during or around the event.
A Grade Championship competitors MUST be registered through their club with ANZ and should email their entry to the John Leonard at email@example.com Please provide name, race division entered, club, your race number if you have one or advise if you will need a number, and advise whether to invoice your club or you will pay on day.
We look forward to seeing lots of you on Saturday 24th August at Te Marua.
Please contact John Leonard (027 586 9811) if you need further information.
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