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Sunday, May 21, 2017

2017 Vosseler Shield Mt Victoria Wellington Sat 20 May

Suffer (verb) experience or be subjected to something unpleasant or bad


synonyms:

hurt, ache, be in pain, feel pain, be racked with pain, endure agony, agonize, be distressed, be in distress, experience hardship, be upset, be miserable, be wretched





Results

Ruby Muir impressive over the 10k course (45.07). She would have nailed the championship title is she had lined up for the 5k event

Thursday, May 18, 2017

2017 Vosseler Shield Mt Victoria Wellington - Shoe Advice


How to avoid this, Actually don't
This weekend the Vosseler Shield will be run for the 94th year. I hope Wellington Harriers have started planning for the 100th anniversary.

The Vosseler has been described as the toughest cross race in New Zealand and if you take out the specialist mountain running events this is probably true. 

The current course was mostly designed by the late Gary Weston-Webb who clearly had an evil side to him. But those who ran with Gary knew he liked challenges.

The debate about what to wear on your feet at the Vosseler has forever been ongoing. I personally preferred short spikes but have run it in waffles. Although on a wet course I am not so sure about flats.

It could make a difference that in my day we started on the road outside of the WHAC clubrooms and went down the long track that is off Alexandra Road, and which runners now come up to the glare of the jeering and unruly mob. 

The long grass slope that the runners go up at the start on the Ruahine St side of Mt Vic was a downhill section. Slip sliding away.

But back to footwear. Api Williams has included the options in the latest Scottish Newsletter, but also below I have included a piece stolen from the Olympic Harriers website which includes comments by Barry Prosser.


"The jury is still out as to whether you wear spikes or not. The options are:
1                     Spikes – not suited for long spikes due to road sections
2                     Filed down (stumpy) spikes – the preference of some in wet and muddy conditions
3                     Trail shoes – something light with a waffle sole to maximise grip
4                     Running shoes – next best option if you don’t have any of the above 

5                     Racing flats – good luck"
6                     Don Dalgliesh Special 1 - Modified Soccer Boots
7                     Don Dalgliesh Special 3 - Training Flats with strips of bike tyres glued to the sole

Secrets of a mountain runner
The 94th Vosseler Shield race is a WHAC hosted interclub event to be held on Saturday 20 May.  For those who have not encountered it – you’re in for a treat. Described as a combination of bush track and sealed roads, the race has show-cased some of the greats from New Zealand mountain running.

Barry Prosser, the “Father of Mountain Running” in New Zealand, generously agreed to share his tips on running the Vosseler.  (Check out his profile.http://www.olympicharriers.nz/about/representatives/)

“So it starts with a hill” said Barry “and you really want to be at the front of the pack on this first hill because after that the track gets narrow.” 

He recommends working your arms hard to keep the legs moving, and reminding yourself that everyone is feeling as bad as you are.

“The first people to the top have the advantage. Aim to get in front (or as close to it as you can) before the top”, concentrating on putting in as much effort as you can on each hill.

Barry recommends solid ups and flowing downs. “You don’t want to be staring at your feet on the downs but looking a little ahead and thinking about foot placement.  Ideally walk the course before the race and plan out your route around obstacles or steep declines.”

The Vosseler isn’t suited for spikes, Barry instead recommends trail shoes – something light with a waffle sole to maximise grip. Wherever you are in the race, watch the people around you, see who you can chip away at and overtake on the next hill. 

Barry warms up on the flatter sections of the hill near the start and closer to the race does 3 – 4x100 metre stride-outs. Then relax!

“Fridays before a race I do a light run to loosen up. Even on the Wednesday and Thursday I ease up, the last real training session being on the Tuesday before the race.”

His recommended race food: honey on lightly toasted bread – not too much butter – eaten 3 – 4 hours before the event.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

2017 Wgtn Secondary Schools XC Relays Karori Park Wellington Wed 10 May





That way! Scots College to the rescue


Results: Summary (top 3 teams in each grade and fastest times)
Results: Full results
Results: Individual lap times


Don Dalgliesh has been organising and running these relays on behalf of Scottish since 1977 which is pretty remarkable. 

The relays are traditionally held at Karori Park although other locations have been used when the park is not available. Teams are comprised of 6 runners for the boys and 4 for the girls. The lap is a 2km circuit of the park which includes a couple of challenging uphill sections.

Most regional schools are represented as it provides much needed racing practice ahead of the National  Secondary Schools XC Champs held in June and because relays are just fun.  Scratch cross country races to be held at Harcourt Park on 31 May also helps to test racing fitness.

Wanganui Collegiate traditionally come down for the relays but this year they were absent. However Palmerston North Boys High who came for the first time last year did enter and didn’t they do well in picking up the fastest team title in the Senior Boys Grade.  

The school also picked up 2nd place in the Under 16 Boys Grade. 

In the Senior Girls Grade Marsden Collegiate School grabbed the winner’s title 1 second ahead of Hutt Valley High School – that must have been a nail biting time for both schools. 





























































































































































































































































































































































































All done