November 2020 Newsletter

From the President…

The last newsletter from us this year. Obviously things have been rather different in 2020, and a lot of events got scrunched up into the last couple of months. It was good that people made the most of those events, and even better to see the full park and bus for the Andy McNeill and Pauahatanui trips respectively. We were so lucky with the weather on both of
those occasions.

Annual General Meeting 2020  

Sunday 13 December is our AGM. The web page for that is here, though it isn’t complete yet.

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 your annual Pack Leader Report is due now. Please send to
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.

Finally, did you know that WMC was started with the intention of improving health -particularly cardiovascular health?  The health benefits of exercise have been studied in the last 40 years and that research is still continuing – a recent example from Pacific Medical Training is here.  Those Founders knew a thing of two.
See you soon,
Wim van Dijk, President

Coming up…..
Sunday 13 December – AGM/Turkey Trot

Looking ahead….
Sunday 17 January 2021 – First day back at the AS
March 2021 – OPEN DAY

Auckland Marathon

Susan Clare
Auckland Marathon was booked on a whim during ‘Level 1’ and when NZ seemed to be Covid-free. I didn’t think at the time that the Auckland event may not happen. Then Covid returned to the community and was followed by wind damage to the harbour bridge, calling the marathon into question.

It was hard to remain motivated given the circumstances, and my enthusiasm to train wavered at times. But I kept going, and hoping that Auckland would still take place.

As race day got closer, I began to believe that the Auckland Marathon would happen. Alicia and I boarded the plane and made our way to Devonport where we were staying. We had heard what a mission it was to get to the start line, and with everything else proving so challenging, we were going to make sure we got there on time!

On race morning, the torrential rain from the day before had cleared and it was a beautiful spring morning. The full moon was just giving way to the rising sun as we set off. I had heard about the hills in the North Shore but I hardly noticed them as I made my way to the city.

Crossing the bridge was certainly a highlight. I tried to pace myself and take things slowly in the first half of the run and then once the bridge was conquered, I put my foot (or feet) down and raced on the flat to Mission Bay. I felt strong for most of the race. The last 6-8k saw me slow down but certainly not defeated.

2020 has been a challenging year and so I was very surprised to finish with a PB of 3 hours 44 and 31 seconds (shedding 13 seconds off my time!).  A friend I had met in Rarotonga was completing her 300th marathon and had invited us to a post-race party and it certainly helped to know I would be seeing her again soon, along with looking forward to the celebrations Alicia and I had planned.

Auckland has been my favourite marathon out of the four I have completed so far. It was an amazing course and made all the more special as it so nearly didn’t happen. Even though this year has been tough, I’m so grateful that we are living in a country where this and other events are still possible.

Andy McNeill Event

We had a great turnout for the 2020 edition of the Andy McNeill Memorial Run/Walk.
Around 50 keen participants on a very demanding course. Well done to all.
Big thanks to the marshals, participants and to those who gave generously to the Cancer Society- we raised $200!

Pauahatanui Inlet Bus Trip

Feedback received: excellent courses, well organised, great weather and café! Thanks

Subscriptions 2021

2021 subscriptions are $20 if paid before 1 March 2021, thereafter become $30.
Thank you to those who have paid their membership subscriptions for 2020. 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.

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