Events and races from the club syllabus, the Wellington region, and further afield
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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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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):
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)
Summer club run from the clubrooms, Bannister Avenue.
Back to the Olympic clubrooms in Bannister Ave. 1:45 for a 2pm start.
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