The Melrose Shield was presented to the Lower Hutt Amateur Athletic and Cycling Club in 1948 by the late A (Bill) Melrose for interclub competition for relay races and teams events. The annual competition was held during twilight hours at the Lower Hutt Recreation ground. Kiwi was the first club to win the shield in 1948 and the last time it was held in 1989, Hutt Valley T & F Club won it. Jim Blair competed in the Shield meeting many times over the years. In its heyday it was common to have between 500 and 1000 spectators in the stand. Bill Melrose’s daughter-in-law, Dawn Melrose is a prominent Wellington athletic official and her sons have been prominent local athletes.
The event included a series of relays (4×100m, 4×400m, 4×800m and medley) plus some field events. Points are awarded based on finishing places across the events.
Olympic Harriers won the Shield, but results aren't available (yet?)