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Have a break this weekend 28 Sep 2017.

Holiday time! 

With the start of the school holidays, some members in Rarotonga , and road relays in Rotorua, people are thin on the ground so we will have a weekend off an organised club run.  Of course if you can't do without your fix there are the Parkruns either at Porirua or Lower Hutt which are lots of fun.

Hitting the mark at AIMS games
Olympic Harriers runners had a great day at the recent national Association of Intermediate and Middle Schools ("AIMS Games") crosscountry events held in Tauranga. Eight of our young athletes, representing Raroa and Tawa Intermediate schools, competed on a soft and challenging 3 km course, in a constantly changing mix of rain, hail and bright sunshine.

Each race had very large fields, but all of our runners finished in the top half of their races.  Special congratulations go to Lucy Jurke, who was 1st in Year 7 girls, and Sarah Hay, who finshed 2nd in Year 8 girls.  Lucy and Sarah also counted in the Raroa Intermediate teams that finished 3rd and 1st in the year 7 and year 8 races respectively.  Fantastic effort girls!  Results of Olympic Harriers runners were as follows:

Year 7 girls
1      Lucy Jurke            11:35
71    Kate Howell          13:47

Year 7 boys
83    Luke McNair-Robertson   12:43

Year 8 girls
2       Sarah Hay            11:35
24     Jenna Murrey       12:22

Year 8 boys
23     Thomas White      11:25
33     Dane-Atmore-Jones         11:36
69     Connor Elsworth               12:01

Full results are available here:  http://www.thetimingteam.co.nz/results/index.php?thread=144874074

Who went long this year?
Let Rob, captain@olympicharriers.org.nz,  know if you completed a marathon during the year and the time -- we try to keep track of these things in the club records.  Plus there is a cup to be awarded for the best time during the year.

Prizegiving -- Wed 18 October, 7pm Clubrooms
A change of venue and time this year to keep you on your toes.  More details to come.

10k race to remember Bernie Portenski - 21 October
Wellington Scottish are inviting Wellington clubs to join them for an annual handicap race we hold in Titahi Bay to commemorate Bernie Portenski. While Bernie was a staunch Scottish member, she trained with and supported many members from other clubs. The overall winner on handicap will hold the Bernie Portenski Memorial Trophy for a year – Scottish hope to make this an annual event.

We assemble at St Timothy's Presbyterian Church, 16 Te Pene Ave, Titahi Bay from about 1:30pm. Post-race we return to the church hall for an afternoon tea and prize-giving. The race starts at 2:05pm on the beach in front of the surf club at Titahi Bay, and will be followed by afternoon tea - bring a plate.

Junior athletic helpers needed
This is a big deal -- lack of helpers means less activities for the kids so please consider helping.  We need volunteers for the summer athletics season so we are able to run all our club night activities.  If any of our teenage athletes or parents/volunteers are keen to help out we'd love to have you involved.  We try to keep the number of kids per station at a manageable number on our Monday club nights, but we can only do this if we get volunteers to run the coaching stations. 

This is the same with all sports and we're no different unfortunately.  So we would love to hear from you if you can help in any way -- drop a note to Jo Murray, coaching@olympicharriers.org.nz.

There will be some Get Set Go and Run Jump Throw coaching courses on offer in October.  And Athletics NZ has developed some new Run Jump Throw resources this year, so they will be available to help those running our coaching stations on club nights.

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.



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