"Throw away your 10-function chronometer, heart-rate monitor with the computer printout, training log, high-tech underwear, pace charts, and laboratory-rat-tested-air-injected-gel-lined-mo-tion-control-top-of-the-line footwear. Run with your own imagination." - Lorraine Moller
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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
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
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.