June 2019 Newsletter

Welcome to the June edition of the WMC Newsletter with a very warm welcome extended to new member Praba Subra who has recently joined.

The Events Committee are in full swing organising the 40th Anniversary Dinner which will be held at The Pines on Saturday 10 August.

We have confirmed two excellent guest speakers, Melissa Moon and David Piper, who will both be motivational, inspiring and entertaining. Melissa has recently been overseas for a massive stair run for the Spinal Cord Injury Trust and David, who is a visually impaired runner, will share their experiences with you. The night will continue as the lights dim and the dance floor comes to life to the glorious sounds from the 50’s to the current hits.

Please save the date as this promises to be a wonderful, memorable evening.

Members $25 and non-members $45. This includes dinner and a complimentary non-alcoholic or alcoholic drink. Bar will be open to purchase drinks.

This special occasion is not only for members we welcome family and friends to join us. A separate email will be sent to notify you when a sign up form is available on the website.

A few weeks ago we had our first bus trip for the year with just over thirty members filling the bus to travel to Battle Hill Farm. Denise Lawrence has kindly contributed an article on their group’s morning. Thank you to Nazir for his fabulous organisation of this trip.

The movie night has been rescheduled to Saturday 14 September, more information will be available in coming months.

At last year’s AGM we received a suggestion to operate under a different name but leave our legal name, WMC, unchanged. The Committee has been considering this and will be in touch in due course to seek feedback and suggestions.

Finally, many thanks to this month’s newsletter contributors and best of luck to those who are participating and thanks to those assisting in the Wellington Marathon.

Coming up…

Sunday 30 June – Wellington Marathon

Sunday 21 July – Fem’s Corrective Session

Looking Ahead…

Saturday 10 August – 40th Anniversary Dinner, The Pines, Houghton Bay

Sunday 18 August – Belmont Regional Park Bus Trip

Saturday 14 September -Time Cinema – Movie Night, 191 Sutherland Road, Lyall Bay

Sunday 20 October – Andy McNeill Event

Subscriptions 2019 (1 January to 31 December)

Overdue subs

Thank you to those who have paid their membership subscription. If you have yet to do so it would be greatly appreciated if you could do this as soon as possible.

The standard subscription is $50 per member. 

A concession rate of $35 applies if you are a student, beneficiary, superannuitant, unwaged or 19 years of age or under.

You can pay by cash or cheque at a Sunday morning meeting, or online by direct credit to 02-0534-0095446-00.

Battle Hill Farm Bus Trip – Sunday 19 May 2019

Article written by Denise Lawrence

Medium Walkers

After some discussion, the Medium Walking Pack of sixteen, led by Jane, assisted by Bruce and Sybil (who knew the route via helicopter), “sort-of “ followed the Summit Loop, described as Moderate, 3.5km and taking 1.5 hours. The morning couldn’t have been more perfect, sunny and still, cold initially along the valley floor and in the bush; however, as we climbed upwards, layers of clothes were shed with some of us posing in t-shirts for the group photo at the Battle Hill Summit.

The views south down the Horokiri Valley towards the Pauatahanui Inlet were sensational, offering great photo opportunities… we regained our breath, re-hydrated and made our way back down. Echoes of The Grand Old Duke of York, marching his troops to the top of the hill and marching them down again… minus the 10,000 men!

Although without Peter, our usual rounder-upper plus the keeper of times and mileage, we were back at the carpark well before the appointed time, so explored the park’s front paddocks and surrounds considering fresh free-range chicken for dinner! Walkers and runners were back on board the waiting bus on schedule, no late-comers, and, on arrival back in Wellington, there was still time for our usual after-walk coffee at the Aquatic Centre.

Thanks to the organisers and to our driver Rachel who rapidly and expertly drove the rather clanky former WCC bus out on the motor-way and around the winding roads… a great outing.

WMC at Xterra 2019

Article written by Wim van Dijk

Xterra got its name from a series of cross tri-athalon races, originally in Hawaii. In New Zealand, or at least around Wellington, Xterra events are only trail running held between March and June.

I’ve enjoyed a few of these races in the past, I thought I’d try and do all five of them, “the series”, in 2019 – I had a great time. Part of the pleasure was doing events with other WMC people: Tina, Persephone, Annie, Dieske and Nigel.

You can choose to do a Short, Medium or Long course, but all of those will have at least one decent hill. After years of running with Gordy, I thought I could probably handle the Mediums, maybe even the Longs…

Xterra #1: Westwind. Meridian allow one race a year at their Makara Wind Farm and this is it. A stunning warm day. P certainly didn’t get lost in the last 10 metres.

Xterra #2 was in the Orongorongos. More fine weather and fortunately no one got lost – last time that happened Search and Rescue spent 36 hours looking for the runner!

Xterra #3 ‘Starlight Run’ was held in the evening at the Wainui Trail Park. I didn’t get to this one but Annie, Nigel and Persephone did with the company of their head torches.

Xterra #4: Whareroa Farm – where the marines made footsteps. A couple of us did the Long course, which meant two steep hills to go up but both tops had amazing views.

Xterra #5 at the Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park, surely we can’t have another fine day … yes indeed. There was a part of the Long course called Trickle Falls which was so steep that we had to scramble up using our hands, apparently crazy mountain-bikers cycle down it. We certainly earned our cream bun!

The Occasional Baker, the Midsole and the Waffle Machine

Article written by Stan

Hey good looking, what cooking?

The occasional baker, proficient in following a recipe, knows that moment in creaming the cake batter, when it’s ready. That moment when the texture of batter becomes light and fluffy and the color turns pale. Having introduced air into the flour, egg and fat (butter) mixture, with the addition of a leavening agent (baking powder) and heat, we can be sure our cake will rise and not become a flat hard disk.

The first Dunlop chemist that decided to whip latex rubber and apply heat, created the first polmeric foam was technically a baker! He created a light elastic foam that absorbed energy but kept its form. Suitable for use as a midsole for the sneaker and the modern day running shoe.

Many of today’s running shoes use a foam polymer substance known as ethylene vinyl acetate or EVA, such as the Nike Lunarlon midsole.

Nike Lunarlon midsole

The ratio of ethylene to vinyl acetate determined how hard or the compound became. And the introduction of different density midsole components is used by many of running shoe manufactures as a pronation control mechanism.

Adidas uses thermo plastic urethane (TPU) foam in it’s midsole called the Energy Boost.

Energy Boost midsole on the Adidas Supernova shoe

In the midsole production process – heat, pressure and a chemical leavening agent are applied.

Modern day midsoles attempt to return as much energy back to the runner on each stride, thereby improving runner efficiency.

It is not only the midsole that has benefited from time in the kitchen, the outer sole also has some history. It started with a track coach from Oregon University, a fellow named Bill Bowerman who would go on to become the US Olympic coach.

Bill Bowerman started to coach track in Oregon Uni in the 1960’s. He was invited to a trip to New Zealand by Arthur Lydiard, where he was introduced to the concept of running as a fitness regime. He joined a running pack with runners of advanced age and those recovering from heart disease. He struggled to keep up and was humbled by the experience. It affected him so much that he returned back to the States, wrote books on jogging and started his own fitness regime. This would kick off the running boom in the States in the 1970’s.

Bowerman was one of the founders of Blue Ribbon Sports company. The other founder was one of his lesser known runners named Phil Knight whom he experimented with his running shoe innovations. They starting by importing Onitsuka Tiger shoes from Japan, but eventually started creating their own shoes. Blue Ribbon renamed to Nike, and Onitsuka became ASICS.

Bill Bowerman -Oregon University track coach

In the early 1970’s, the Oregon track has transitioned from a cinder track to an artificial running track. The spikes on the running shoes would tear up the new track and runners attempting to run on the new track without spikes found they had no grip. Something had to done fast.

Bowerman needed something light weight but also had traction. One morning his wife made waffles for him for breakfast. The distinctive waffle iron pattern became the inspiration to the Nike Waffle Trainer.

1975 Nike Waffle Trainer
Nike Waffle sole
A Waffle Iron

Nike’s competitors, Adidas and Puma, which had a longer history in shoe making than Bowerman laughed at this upstart and his shoes. But Nike quickly overtook the latter in shoe sales and was a roaring success in America and the UK.

I wonder what other inspiration from the kitchen will contribute to the next advance in shoe technology?

As a matter of interest, I have heard from a certain local shoe seller that shoes (specifically the midsole) do have an expiry date, even if left in storage unused. I was skeptical at first, thinking this was a sales ploy. But the shoe seller is correct! Over time the midsole will become brittle and lose its cushioning. However, your body will not notice any appreciable difference in the shoe until about 5 years after its manufacture. So something to think about when you next buy a new pair.

Meghan’s Trip to Japan!

Hi everyone, I’m sure some of you know but from April 5th to April 25th I wasn’t at the Marathon Clinic because I was in Japan! It was such an amazing experience and I met so many lovely people. It was a school trip to practice our Japanese and I think I’ve really improved. I went to Osaka, Tokyo and Sapporo, but my favourite place was definitely Sapporo because that’s where I stayed with my host family for a week. This is me and my host sister, Mayuu, walking to the local shrine wearing traditional kimono. 

Happy to be back! Meghan.

Ian Priest Memorial Hutt River Trail Half Marathon, January 2019

Article written by Liz Morrison

Just after Christmas, Ann told me about the Ian Priest Memorial Hutt River Trail Run on January 12. I’d just entered the Wellington Round the Bays half which was only a month later and Ann had a mountain to sea race the following weekend. The timing and location were perfect.

I’d never walked or run the Hutt River Trail but their website described it as scenic and flat. Ann had said it was a very low-key event so only about twenty starters was not unexpected. They included four very enthusiastic runners on holiday from Sweden.

Leaving the start at Moonshine Park, we went through Silverstream, Stokes Valley and Taita, crossed to Belmont, and ran along the right bank of the river to Petone passing through the Hikoikoi Reserve to finish on the Petone foreshore. Within minutes I fell to the back and lost sight of the other runners but 5kms on I had caught up with the middle of the group and really enjoyed the rest of the race. I felt the benefit of having done the 5km Waterfront Series for a few weeks before and the last 5km just flew by.

Organised by Aurora Harriers in Upper Hutt, this is a friendly, low key, good old-fashioned club race. It’s close to Wellington, not expensive and a lovely course.

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