August 2019 Newsletter

The 40th Anniversary dinner celebrations were held recently at The Pines.

The Committee wishes to extend our sincerest thanks to Audrey Childs, who spoke on behalf of the founders of the WMC, Melissa Moon who inspired and reminded us it’s all in the mind and David Piper who aside from his motivational talk did an awesome imitation of Tony Coard! Further photos from the evening can be found at under Resources, Photo Galleries, 2019 Album.

Guest speakers: Audrey Childs and Melissa Moon
Guset speaker: David Piper (centre)

Suggested Name Change

At the 2018 AGM there was a suggestion that we should look at changing the name, or the “known as” name, of the Clinic, to better reflect our interests and usual activity. The Committee was asked to look into this and has the following proposal as a way to discuss any change:

  • It is strongly recommended that WMC’s legal name is not changed
  • A “trading name” might be added to better reflect the predominantly social/less competitive nature of most of our activities
  • This will be publicised in the July and August newsletters
  • There will be a survey sent early September for opinions on either no additional name or to nominate a preferred trading name
  • Results will be brought to the September Committee meeting, members notified about the results and the issue will be voted on at the AGM.

Do you agree the Wellington Marathon Clinic should change its common usage name to better reflect our activities and attract new members?

Years a member

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Members are encouraged to discuss this and to respond to the survey in preparation for a discussion at the AGM, which will be on 15 December 2019.

Children’s Running Pack

If you have children or know of children who would be interested in running on a Sunday morning let Judith ( or anyone on the committee know. If there is interest we will draw up a proposal for running it. We would probably need parents who are members to take turns to lead it, but guidance would be given.

Fem’s Corrective Sessions

Femke has offered to stage future Corrective Sessions at her studio at 85 Victoria Street, Level 1 in Wellington City, above the Lido Cafe. Refer to

Don’t forget to register your interest in the form below for Fem’s corrective sessions. Either the last (Saturday 8am, Tuesday 6pm or Wednesday 5:30pm) of the month are available. Please select one, two or all options that suit you.

As a courtesy to Femke, please contact her days before a session to let her know if you are coming. First come, first served.

If you have no intention of joining these sessions, there is no need to register.

Corrective Exercise Registration Form

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Corrective Exercise Registrations

Session Options
Tuesday 6pm, Wednesday 5:30pm
Agustine Affandi
Wednesday 5:30pm
Saturday 8am, Wednesday 5:30pm
Annie McCabe
Saturday 8am

Remutaka Rail Trail Run & Walk – Saturday 9 November 2019

Transport to this event will be provided by the Committee.

More information/sign up form will be in next month’s newsletter but you must register for this event at your own cost.

New Members

It has been great to welcome new members recently to the Clinic. If you have yet to receive your Wellington Marathon Clinic top please see Meghan (at the front desk) and she will give you one.


Quite a few of our members have been competing in winter events in our ‘coolest little capital’. Aside from the Wellington Marathon three of our members Jennifer Lane, Ann Stewart, and Karen Leemen took on the WUU2K event. The WUU2K (pronounced ‘Woo-Too-Kay’) or ‘Wellington Urban Ultra 2K’, is a trail-running endurance event around the hills that surround the capital city of New Zealand. Included in the event is a 43km marathon, as well as a 62km Ultra-Marathon. Oh, and the ‘2k’ stands for the elevation over the 43km race, which is closer to 3k for the 62km. Further in this newsletter Jennifer has provided a recount of her day.

Coming up…

Saturday 14 September -Time Cinema – Movie Night, 191 Sutherland Road, Lyall Bay
Sunday 20 October – Andy McNeill Event

Looking Ahead…
Saturday 9 November – Remutaka Rail Trail Run & Walk
Sunday 17 November – Bus Trip, Skyline Walkway
Sunday 15 December – AGM and Turkey Trot
First day for 2020 – Sunday 19 January TBC

Time Cinema Movie Night Saturday 14 September, 5:30pm

The evening is going to be a real mixture of a little song and dance with a twist, kiwi nostalgia and athletic reminiscing, with a classic mid 50’s movie that some may not have seen, and those that have probably haven’t seen for a while. One of those movies that you walk away thinking, I’m glad I saw that.

5:30pm Arrive, drinks (BYO)
6:00pm Seated for meal, chicken or vegetarian options
7:00pm. In theatre for first half
8:05pm Interval – Dessert
8:45pm In theatre for main movie
10:50pm Finish (approx)

$25 per head per person. You must pay prior to the evening.
The Committee wishes to thank Gordon Clarke for organising this annual event. To sign up you need to to do both 1 and 2 before Tuesday 10 September.

  1. fill out the form below 
  2. pay $25 per head into the WMC account: 02-0534-0095446-00 using “movie” + your initials in the reference field, eg Gordy would put “movie GC”.

It is important that you do BOTH 1 and 2, so we know how many people to cater for!!  Maximum seating at TIME is 38.

Times Cinema Registration Form

Registration is now closed

Times Cinema Registrations

Annie McCabe
Marian Phillips
Mikey Clarke
Dave Hatfield
Leang Hayes
Denise Lawrence
Bruce Campbell & janet campbell
Toni Finkle
Bill Frecklington
Marian Phillips
Peter Firth
Kenneth Chapman
Shirley Hampton
Jane O’Connell
Liya Liyanage
Gordon Clarke
Mark Growcott

24 seats reserved so far.

Andy McNeill Memorial Event – Sunday 20 October

WMC is proud to bring you the second fun run in memory of Andy McNeill on Sunday 20 October at George Denton Park, Polhill, Wellington.

For more information and to register please go to the website

Please bring your family and friends along, we look forward to seeing you again!

Andy McNeill Spot Prizes

We are seeking donations of non-perishable items for the grocery spot prizes. If you would like to contribute an item please place in the basket provided on Sunday mornings.

Thanking you in advance.

Belmont Regional Park Bus Trip

A great day was had exploring Belmont Regional Park. Thank you to Wim van Dijk for organising the meet up with the Hutt Valley Runners. The photo below is of the runners pack, several walkers attended and enjoyed their morning also.

WUU2K (take 2!)

Jennifer Lane

For me the WUU2K was a lot like childbirth. I first ran it two years ago, as part of a group (which included Sean and Graham), and clearly remembered the breathtaking views, the carnival atmosphere, the sweet taste of rocky road at the first aid station, and the three of us crossing the finish line hand-in-hand. What I’d forgotten was the relentless hills, the sharp-as-glass stones in my shoes as I hurtled down the tip track, the horror of facing Mount Albert after 30 exhausting kilometres, and of the incredible amount of effort required to drag myself halfway up Mt Vic to the finish line…

Had I not repressed these memories, I mightn’t have jumped at the chance to sign up for a second time. In fact it wasn’t until a few kilometres in that I remembered what I was in for! But, just like the birth of my second child, the rewards – running along the Skyline in the early pink light, chatting with other runners along the way, the exhilaration I felt when I staggered over the finish line – far outweighed the pain. And as soon as my toes stopped throbbing (three days later), I definitely had no regrets. Bring on WUU2K2020!

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