October 2020 Newsletter

From the President…

Things are quickening up as we head towards the end of the year. Congratulations to everyone who got to Rotorua, I believe some got PB’s which means they certainly quickened up. We haven’t been neglecting our more social lives – I’d like to thank Gordy and the Campbell’s for organising the Movie night and Rogaine respectively.

  Andy McNeill Memorial Run/Walk

The annual Andy McNeill Memorial Run/Walk will be happening in Polhill on Sunday 1st November with 7, 10 and (gulp) 17km options. I hope everybody can make it to Highbury on that Sunday.

For more information and to sign up – go to http://wmc.org.nz/andy-mcneill-memorial-run-2020-event-information

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Andy McNeill Registrants

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Wullie Gunn
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Wullie Gunn
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Wullie Gunn
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John McCarthy
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Neon Tang
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Jocelyn Syme
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Bill Frecklington
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Adam Sigley
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Brian and Leang
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Donald McNeill
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Kaye McNeill
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Daniel Chapmn
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Angelia Beamsley
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Guy Lees
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Jane Leverington
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Rich Leverington
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Nigel Raymond
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Graham Sampsom
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Peter Corbett
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Tim Keightley
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Miriam Malthus
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Julie McNeill
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Gordon Clarke
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Rhys Jones
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Dylan Jones
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Jenna Jones
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Persephone Georgiakakis
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Bus Trip to Plimmerton and Pauatahanui Inlet

Date: Sunday 15 November
Leaving ASB Centre: 8am
Going to: Plimmerton and Pauatahanui Inlet
Leaving: Groundup Café at 12:30pm, arriving at the ASB approx 1:15pm.
Please ensure you bring warm and wet weather gear, water and snacks.
Sign up by 11 November.
To sign up for the bus trip – go to
http://wmc.org.nz/2020/events/bus-trip-pauatahanui-15-nov-2020
Please note the ASB room will not be available on this day.

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Bus Registrants

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mo bhikha
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Liz
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Bill Frecklington
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Jane O'Connell
1
"ASB Stadium 8am"
bice Awan
2
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Dennis & Christine
2
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Judith Llewellyn
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Bruce and Janet Campbell
2
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Peter Firth
1
"Railway Station 8:10am"
Brian and Leang
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"Ngauranga Gorge/Hutt Rd 8:20am"
Nigel Raymond
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"Ngauranga Gorge/Hutt Rd 8:20am"
Graham Sampsom
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"Ngauranga Gorge/Hutt Rd 8:20am"
Shirley Hampton
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Judy hedwig
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Wim
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Sybil and Margaret
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Miriam Malthus
1
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Liya Liyanage
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Gordon Clarke
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Mangu chhiba n jas
2
"ASB Stadium 8am"
sean & liz
3
"ASB Stadium 8am"
Mark Growcott
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"Ngauranga Gorge/Hutt Rd 8:20am"

Annual General Meeting 2020  

I formally invite all members to the Wellington Marathon Clinic Annual General Meeting on Sunday 13th December at the ASB Centre.  As per rule 5.2 in our constitution, motions for the AGM must be submitted, in writing (or via email) no later than 21 days prior to the meeting, ie. they must be received by the Committee by 22nd November. 

We will meet as usual at the ASB Centre at 8am for our annual Turkey Trot. Morning tea will be available from 10:30am with the AGM commencing at 11am.

If you are a pack leader please start thinking about your annual Pack Leader Report – we will be in touch again to remind you

WMC is run by a volunteer Committee and we can always do with more help. Please consider taking “a turn on the baton” and going on the Committee in 2021.

See you soon,
Wim van Dijk, President

Coming up…..

Sunday 1 November – Andy McNeill Memorial Run/Walk
Sunday 15 November – Bus trip to Plimmerton and Pauatahanui Inlet
Sunday 22 November – Fem’s Runners and Walkers Corrective Session

Looking ahead….

Sunday 13 December – AGM/Turkey Trot
Sunday 17 January 2021 – Welcome back!
March 2021 – OPEN DAY

Rotorua Marathon 2020

Several WMC members took part in the much anticipated Rotorua Marathon this year.
Congratulations to Mo, Bill, Gordon, Wendy (Gordon’s partner), Mikey, Julie, Angelia, Annie, PJ and Mangu.

Annie, PJ and Mikey all did PB’s and it was Bill’s first road marathon in 10 years or so.

It was Gordon’s 24th circuit of the lake (62nd marathon in total). Next year along with it being his 25th he’s hoping to be up on the podium with Wendy (as she did her 14th ) so she’ll be making the survivors club next year. Mo also completed his 13th circuit of the lake.

Mikey Clarke

I wrote a thing!
ahem
How To Slash Half An Hour From Your Marathon Time

Lose 10kg.

Honestly, that’s about it.


No, it was genuinely astonishing how different the two experiences were! One year and four months ago, in May 2019, Gordy and Wendy and I all turned up to Rotorua for that year’s Marathon. And holy crap. What a momentous occasion. I thiiiink the longest run I’d ever
done up ‘til that point was … 33km? The Makara loop, I think. It was hilly. It was brutal. It’s the sort of run to put hair on your chest and muscles in your poo. But I’d completed it just fine.

So I’d figured, well, the Rotorua course isn’t that much longer, right? And it’s far far less hilly, right? How much more difficult could it be?

Lots more, is the answer to that entirely rhetorical question.

The starting cannon went off! Every window inside three kilometres shattered in sympathetic celebration, and an oceanic swell of two thousand nut job marathoners ebbed from downtown Rotorua to pound out yet another lap of the lake. So far so good.

Almost two hours later, Gordy and I had covered twenty kilometres. Here’s the biggest hill on the course coming up. I stopped at a portaloo (incidentally, in California they call portaloos “Honey Buckets”, in an astounding example of euphemisms bent into seven pretzels), and
promised I’d catch up fast.

Turns out it’s a bad idea to coincide thrashing yourself into a catch up spree with ascending the biggest hill on the course!
20km became 25km. I rejoined Gordy, but at what a cost! My legs had become fiery pins of exhausted armageddon! I had to throttle back or perish.

Turns out there’s nothing quite like the feeling of overwhelmed exhaustion, and also knowing you’ve got to keep on running for another two hours!
I struggled on. And on. And on. And after a few more km, remembered I had my phone with me. With a nice variety of music tracks I’d imaginatively grouped under the iTunes playlist name “Great Shite”. It was mostly ‘80s rock and heavy metal. It jazzercised me up into fresh
paroxysms of fiery mania. It slashed a good ten minutes off my running time. I made it to the finish line at long last … and then discovered I couldn’t sit down. Seriously. It took three minutes to bend my legs.

A week later, I could just about struggle around a half-hour run

So that was 2019! Fun fun. 2020 turned out to be a doddle. For one thing, I’d become considerably slimmer. Losing 10kg does wonders for one’s running times. Still tough though.
Gordy and I lined up alongside ~700 marathoners doing this year’s race, for our running ranks had been so cruelly mown down by the dread touch of Covid. Bang went the gun and off we charged and three hours and fifty minutes later I moonwalked across the finish line and decided that next time I’ll unleash tigers and hurricanes and stealth-bomber-collared
Chicago gangsters and scatter a few thousand caltrops and make the 2021 event just a bit too interesting.

Julie Huo

I am grateful forever to be able to participate in the Rotorua Marathon on 26 September, the real marathon, instead of a virtual one. I can’t even imagine how I’d organise a virtual marathon: the route, the water stop, the crowd, do I stop my watch for your traffic light…

Everything got Covided in 2020, no doubt of that. It’s good in a way during alert level 4 and level 3, running became the sole exercise and it helped breaking up a long day. I started running four times each week. My plantar fasciitis worsened but the problem magically disappeared after five weeks. Bad shoes caused the runners knee problem and good shoes plus strength training worked for the knee. Slowly I built up my mileage each week and
secretly looked into a marathon race. It is natural to pick the Wellington Marathon for someone who lives in the beautiful capital.

My training went well with 30km, 32km and 35km then tapering. All of sudden, with the Auckland clusters emerging, we were back up to alert level 2 from 11 August and the race was on 30 August. We waited and waited and waited till 21 August to find out there’s no chance for the race to go ahead since we stayed on alert level 2. Everyone was gutted in hearing the race was cancelled. The only light was the clubs virtual half marathon. That was fun. Then a long wait… till 21 September, we received the final confirmation that the Rotorua Marathon would go ahead. 

Almost everyone who participated in the Rotorua Marathon in the past or not in the club warned me of the hilly course and I was mentally prepared well for it. It was a beautiful day at Rotorua on race day. I was very excited for the race. My first 15km was really even, almost 6.10 each km. Then I started feeling my left ankle uncomfortable and followed by my left hip.  My mind started drifting away and tried to understand what’s happening here.

Slowly I understood due to the roads were not blocked and the runners had to run at the right edge of the road which is uneven. My body did not cope well. I kept going and by 35km, my left calf had experienced a serious cramp. I was not able to run but to stop and stretch.
Then I walked a few steps and tested if I can run again but no good. I kept walking and walking then testing running and slowly slowly I was able to run/walk and walk/run till the end of the race. I was truly happy to finish the race but was disappointed with the result.
Lesson learned was to be more mentally strong and mind over matter. 

I am a race participant, instead of a real runner. I absorb the energy from the crowd which I missed at Rotorua. But still I highly recommend the race to anyone who would like to try out a marathon race. 

Marina 2 Marina – Picton 2019 and 2020 

Ann Stewart
Liz, Carole, Judith, Lynette and Ann ran the Marina 2 Marina event, October 10, 2020. We enjoyed last year and returned this year for another fun weekend. Ann did the 24km, Liz, Judith and Lynette did the 9km and Carole enjoyed a run on the track.

The Link track links Picton with the Queen Charlotte Track 24km (25km with my Garmin!). It was an early start, with a 6:30am meet at the Beachcomber Wharf for the boat trip to Anikiwa, with an added bonus of a dolphin pod sighting! The run started at 8am with light rain, warm and calm, no wind, with mist hanging around the hills, the rain quickly dispersed.

Last year when we ran it, it had rained and the waterfalls were plentiful and spectacular. This year the track was firm and dry and the streams were calmer! We ran on single bush tracks and gravel tracks beside the road and water at times, with a short stretch on the road. The track is mountain biking and walking/running, the inclines are relatively gentle (from a
Wellington perspective!) with some steeper bits around Ngakuta Bay. We dropped down into picturesque bays and had some lovely views. (I took a few photos!). The Marshall’s were wonderfully friendly with water and jet planes and much encouragement. The track was well marked with pink arrows that the organisers had placed on the track and the permanent
markers every kilometre. The run finishes at Picton Marina.

‘The link’ (24km) was introduced for 2019. There are other options, ‘The Snout’ (13 km), ‘Marina to Marina’ (9 km) walks and runs and a 2km ‘dash’ for children. The prize giving was prompt with heaps of spot prizes. There is a 50% discount on the Interislander Ferry for travel to and from which is offered to all entrants. A great run, well organised and scenic. 

The Great Marathon Clinic Treasure Hunt

Peter Firth
The weekend of 17/18 October was quite a social one for the Clinic with Gordy’s Movie Night on the Friday when a somewhat smaller than usual group enjoyed watching a documentary film about a year on the ice through the eyes of the support staff rather than the scientists.

On the Sunday though, there was a much larger turnout to the Treasure Hunt at the Botanic Gardens. This was not a treasure hunt in the usual sense but more a type of orienteering exercise where teams of participants were given maps and a set of directions in the form of questions. No chocolate eggs in hidey-holes but rather an intellectual exercise in working out the clues to gain points. The course compilers maintain though, that no deductive or intellectual reasoning skills were involved. All people needed to do they said was “for participants to start where they were supposed to, follow their noses and they would have found everything.”

On the other hand, they also admitted that it would have been difficult to get all of the questions correct, when they sometimes had their facts wrong! For example, when they referred to the “start of the Dell”, they meant to refer to what is more correctly called “The Soundshell”. The proper “Dell” is behind the cafe. Mind you, it sometimes seems that the descriptions Soundshell and Dell can be used interchangeably if you are not altogether
familiar with the Gardens.

It was all great fun with different groups walking/running all about the Botanic Gardens and even further afield in the case of the runners, clutching maps and clipboards. One or two groups cheated slightly when they collared one of the garden workers to pump him for information. On the question which involved counting the number of steps up a certain path, the path passed close by the back of a property that housed two ferocious dogs. Their barks and growls told us in no uncertain terms that our giblets were at risk if they could only get out! How many people lost count when the furious barking started!

Both courses, (runners and walkers) ended up at the Picnic Cafe at the Lady Norward Rose Gardens. All of the groups seemed to arrive at pretty much the same time. Except one: they turned up much later than the others. Gordy? “I need to run two hours!” We had reserved seats out in the open which turned out to be rather windy but nobody minded much as we
enjoyed the always great food from the cafe. Janet and Jean, the course compilers gathered the finished question sheets and set about marking. Janet announced that no group had achieved the maximum points, the best scores being those of two of the running groups at 24 each. Much ribald jeering ensued. Collaboration surely! To the winners were handed out
bags of sweets and to the losers were handed out . . . bags of sweets so everybody won.

Many thanks to Janet Campbell and Jean Cookson for devising such a fun event and for going to so much trouble to organise it on the day. It was an excellent way of bringing both runners and walkers together in a single competition. Thanks too, to Bruce Campbell who provided both transport and advice in helping Janet and Jean in preparing the event.

Subscriptions

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. Subs will remain at $20 for the remainder of 2020.
You can pay by cash or cheque at a Sunday morning meeting, or online by direct credit to 02-0534-0095446-00.

Editor’s note:

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