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Sunday, 23 October 2016

2016 Grand Prix T&F Meeting Newtown Park Wellington Sat 22 Oct

Sean Pay


This meeting was the first Grand Prix meeting for the season. According to Athletics Wellington this is a new concept with the intention of having one Grand Prix meeting a month. These meetings are intended to attract out of town runners and will use a points system using the WMA Age grading calculator and another system for athletes with a disability. There will be prize money.

The turnout for Saturday was pretty good if I don’t say so myself, especially since some clubs had other events on that day. There were a few new faces and the predictable interest from high school age athletes looking to get ready for the NZ Secondary schools champs in December but there were also a good number of field eventers from Kiwi and Shaka Sola’s throws dojo. That man is a laugh a minute and brings a bit of colour to the park.

The first event of the programme was a 3000m track race, which is a bit unusual. Harrison Burnard led from start to finished in what turned out to be a time trial for him. He wasn’t really challenged although young Joel Carman closed the gap a bit toward the end of the race. Carman ran the fastest time for the two 1500m races held as the last item on the programme. I predict big things from both of these runners.

It was nice to see Mark Tinkle back jumping. He got to 1.75m which while not his best is okay for this early in the season.

Mention should also be made o 13yo Daniel du Toit (now with WHAC) who shut out the personable Sean Lake and the indefatigable Peter Ballie in the 5000m judged walk.  

Some photos below:

3000m Photos

3000m start

100m Photos

High Jump Photos

Philip Bewley

Mark Tinkle

Shot Put Photos

Michelle Scriven

Long Jump Photos

Aneurin Hunt

Elsa Keene

Finn Neely

Jack Roil

400m Photos

Katelyn Sceats

Callan Rothmets

Maddie Feaunati and Charlot Floodsmith-Ryan

Discus Photos

Kulika Puk

Jonathan Sceats

Graham McPhail

200m Photos

Jack Howat

Aaron Rothmets

1500m Photos

1500m race 1 start

Tomas Goodwin & Jack Marshall

Will Bell & Hugh O'Donaghue

Rory Ferguson & Will Bell

Ayesha Shafi

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

2016 Wellington Waterfront 5km Race Tue 4 Oct


The first race of the new 2016/17 waterfront race season. A chilly night with a nasty northerly breeze which didn't seem to deter the 143 or so starters. A big crowd really, especially when compared to the relatively low numbers turning up for the latter stages of the 2015/16 season. Darryl says the good turnout is due to his vigorous emailing strategy, which sound about right.

The only change from last year is that that there is now only a single start time with everybody starting together. 

Dan Hunt was first home, and rumour has it that he has defected from Scottish Harriers to Victoria University Harriers. Looking for  a university blue Dan?

And one other thing. Scottish might need to include these Tuesday night races into their official website calendar and Facebook page. To date there is no information on this event apart from the Waterfront 5km Race Facebook page.