Why go to all the trouble of hauling yourself out of bed at 7 o’clock on a Sunday morning to come down to Kilbirnie? Especially in the winter months when the southerlies are howling across Wellington.
Much more sensible to stay in bed and perhaps go out by yourself later on.
- Running or walking by yourself is boring Two hours seem to last forever. In the pack it always comes as a surprise to see how quickly time passes;
- If you do pull the bedclothes up and snuggle down you know you are going to feel disgusted with yourself for the rest of the day – even if you do go out later by yourself;
- Knowing that you will be going for a 2 hour run come Sunday motivates you to go running during the week.
- Clinic people are fascinating and enthusiastic. You find yourself accepting challenges you would never have dreamed of previously – running the Abel Tasman, the Rimutaka run, entering a Triathalon, going Skydiving, doing the London, New York, or Hawaii Marathons. The enthusiasm is contagious.
- You make great friends at the Clinic. In many cases people have paired up permanently.
- You learn heaps about training, the need to hydrate (drinking water), avoiding or coping with injury, the best type of running shoe, stretching, running in cold weather, road safety and diet.
- The Clinic sweatshirts, T-shirts, and singlets are cool. Wear them around Wellington, Auckland, or overseas and they are an immediate talking point. (Hey – you’re from Noo Zeeland?).
- Pack running is a great way of seeing scenic Wellington. There’s no city in the world that can give you such a variety of running and walking tracks so close to the city centre. The Southern Walkway, Eastern walkway, Ataturk Memorial, Mt Victoria walking tracks, Mt Lowry, a Capital City, the Botanic Gardens, the harbour and bays, Colonial Knob, the Skyline, the Brooklyn turbine, Roller Coaster, around the perimeter of the Karori Sanctuary, Tinakori Hill, Massey Memorial, Otari Bush, Kaiwharawhara Gorge, Belmont Trig, Red Rocks and may more tracks.
- The Clinic organises social events and runs.
We have a host of social events planned, not the least of which will be our subsidised formal dinner and at least one trip to the movies.
- It is great to catch up with members of the pack each week. In many cases people lead lives that are so fascinating they would make great plots for Shortland Street.
- We’d love to have your four legged companion join us in our runs. Please note, not all dogs are suited to distance running and they do need to be on leashes, at least on the road.
- It is cost effective. Do the maths. For your ~$30 annual fee you get morning tea and biscuits each Sunday, free shower, free parking, planned bus trips to other run/walk destinations around the Wellington region, planned social events and a subsidy to the mid-year dinner ( $20 last year). Not a bad investment.
- Most of our members also belong to other running clubs. We have a symbiotic relationship with local running clubs. Our fees are so low, you can supplement your training runs with the Clinic.
So – don’t ask why you should run for the Clinic. Rather ask ‘Why not?’. Come and visit us on Sunday.
Newcomers are more than welcome for at least 3 visits before they decide whether they want to join.