WMC Newsletter August 2020

Ah, back into partial lockdown. I’m so sorry for those people who have had their targeted marathons cancelled. The training is usually OK, even fun at times, but you really do want to do the actual event.  
People have been saying “we know how to do this and can do it again”, it won’t be quite the same as April – for one thing there are lots more cars on the roads than 4 months ago.
However the risks of social isolation are still there. It’s just as important (and fun) as ever to keep walking and running with your mates at WMC.
We are planning for a bus trip on the 13th of September and for a Movie night on the 18th. Things are uncertain of course, both of those could change.  
Something we can control is our website and Facebook page:

  1. We want to post some of the pack routes there, so if you have a Strava route, then please pass it on to Mikey
  2. Sean is going to make some short videos which explain and promote what we do. I urge you to help us with that effort, perhaps by saying a few words, though it is entirely optional.

Return of Trophies/Cups

Please return trophies/cups by bringing them to the Clinic on a Sunday as soon as possible.

Dog Policy

We have a new policy on dogs at WMC which you can see https://wmc.org.nz/wmc-dog-policy 
Going back to my earlier point about events being “cancelled under you”, if anyone wants to do an unofficial 10 or 21km on Sunday 30 August, than be outside Freyberg Pool at 8:30am.

Wim van Dijk, President

Coming up…..

Sunday 30 August – Wellington Marathon CANCELLED
Sunday 13 September – Bus Trip – Wainuiomata Mountain Bike Park
Friday 18 September – Movie Night – Time Cinema
Sunday 20 September – Fem’s Runners and Walkers Corrective Session

Looking ahead….

October – Bus trip (date and venue to be confirmed)
Sunday 18 October – Fem’s Runners and Walkers Corrective Session
Sunday 1 November – Andy McNeill Memorial Run/Walk
Sunday 22 November – Fem’s Runners and Walkers Corrective Session
Sunday 13 December – AGM/Turkey Trot.

Bus Trip – Wainuiomata Mountain Bike Park

Date: Sunday 13 September
Leaving ASB Centre: 8am
Going to: Wainuiomata Mountain Bike Park, finishing off at Café on Guthrie, Waiwhetu,
Lower Hutt.
Leaving Lower Hutt at 1pm, arriving at the ASB approx 2pm.
Please ensure you bring warm and wet weather gear, water and snacks.
Sign up by 9 September.

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Please note the ASB room will not be available on this day.

Movie Night

Date: Friday 18 September
Time: from 5:30 till 10:35pm
Venue: Time Cinema, 191 Sutherland Road, Lyall Bay, Wellington
Cost: $25 per person for meal and dinner
We are acting as if the movie night is still happening until the Government makes a definite announcement about the COVID-19 level status that applies on the actual night of the screening. 
Level 2, pull the pin due to inability to socially distance appropriately in the theatre, even though less than 100 in the group.
Level 1, still a happening thing.
The sooner the official call is made, the more definite notice we can give everyone. We can either refund everyone, or just hold the funds until it is rescheduled when the situation allows. (Probably the best option) as it will happen as soon as possible when in level 1.
As for the program on the night, I have a very full first half lined up with several clips that cover a wide range of topics from:
– novelty transport, flappers of 100 years ago
– a British personality to bring us down and then take us back up
– some local interest that some may not have realised happened on our doorstep
– an educational slot with some detail on stuff that we just take for granted, and
– a sublime very short snippet of what is really happening to us all.
The main movie is probably not what one would expect from me, very interesting, in fact will probably polarise some members, never the less worth showing, it won’t disappoint. This sounds risky, but believe me it’s completely ok in every respect, you will see what I mean on the night. It took 10 years to make and is visually stunning. Recommended.
We will be out of there by 10:35pm.
If postponed due to COVID, the same program can be used at the next appropriate time when we can all get together safely.
Please note: The venue seats 38 people, first in first served. BYO drinks.
Please sign up by 15 September.

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    Wendy Kale
    Jean cookson
    Annie McCabe
    Peter Firth
    Tom Llanillo
    Tina van Dijk
    Shirley Hampton
    Bill Frecklington
    Toni Finkle
    Gordon Clarke
    Wim Van Dijk
    Jane O’Connell
    Liya Liyanage
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    By Mikey Clarke
    Strava is a million kinds of neat. If you’ve not heard of it, it’s one of those new-fangled digital application-program-contraptions today’s cool kids make their tremendous ruckuses about.
    You can load it onto your mobile phone, or smart watch, or electric telegraph. The next time you feel like going for a walk or run or bike or swim, just fire up Strava, it’ll record a ton of detailed data about the event, and from that it’ll compute for your pleasure a zillion fascinating facts.
    Here’s an example I recorded this morning: https://www.strava.com/activities/3933035005 (you might have to create an account to see all the info there!)
    It uses your phone’s geolocation features to record and plot onto a map exactly where you’ve been. And at what times. And how quickly. And how steeply. It sums together kilometre-split times, and an elevation graph, and an average speed graph, and if you’re using a smartwatch capable of recording your heart rate, it’ll plot that too.
    It’s amazing what insights and revelations just simply measuring your exercising can provide. For example, just recently, I’d discovered that on my standard daily runs, I kick off my jogging at speeds of around 5min/km, then over the next 3-5km, slowly but surely increase my speed to 4min/km. And I’m kicking out constant, non-increasing effort there, too.
    I honestly think it’s all just down to warming up. Before using Strava, I’d had no idea.
    And there’s more. Lots of other people use it too, and over the same locations. You can compare and contrast your own times against
    theirs. https://labs.strava.com/flyby/viewer/#3933035005c=rbsrjvg4&z=F&t=1VF3yS and https://www.strava.com/activities/3928000894/segments/2730554124230525942 are a couple of sample pages showing this off. (Again, you may have to create a Strava account, sorry!
    It’s bloody annoying that even when I set my runs to Public, the Strava devs insist on sinking their teeth into your web browsing habits. But can’t be helped.)
    But overall, it’s a million kinds of neat. I greatly recommend Strava. Give it a go.

    Some pics from the Clinic’s annual dinner held recently…


    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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