Club News

Congratulations Amanda! 22 Jun 2017.

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  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.


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 

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:


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    


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 where they co-ordinate locations and transport etc.

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