WMC Newsletter September 2020

From the President…

Great news about the Rotorua Marathon, it’s going ahead, however the Movie Night has to be postponed to 9th October.  Bookings will roll over to the new date but if you can’t make it, please let us know. If you made payment and can’t attend you will be refunded.
This yoyoing can be wearying, which made the recent bus trip to the Wainuiomata hills all the more welcome, though a few of us felt weary afterwards. 
We need all the WMC trophies returned to us.  If you managed to complete your first Half or Full marathon this year, then please let Gordon Clarke know along with your name, the event name and your time.

Upcoming WMC events:

  1. On 11 October we will be meeting at 8am near the Lady Norwood Rose Garden in the Botanic Gardens to do a treasure hunt. Thank you Janet and Jean for organising this.
  2. I hope you’ve marked down 1 November for the “Andy McNeill”, when we get to do a few more hills. We are looking for up to 11 marshals for the morning, if you have any family members (children, nieces, nephews etc) who are over 15 and could look after a position, then please get in touch with a committee member or send us a message
    via the contact form on the web site. 
  3. November 15th is the date of the last bus trip of the year. Destination is the Pauahatanui Inlet. Details to follow.
    Will see you there.
    Wim van Dijk, President

Coming up…..

Friday 9 October – Movie Night, Time Cinema
Sunday 11 October – Treasure Hunt at Botanic Gardens
Sunday 18 October – Fem’s Runners and Walkers Corrective Session

Looking ahead….

Sunday 1 November – Andy McNeill Memorial Run/Walk
Sunday 15 November – Bus trip to Pauatahanui Inlet
Sunday 22 November – Fem’s Runners and Walkers Corrective Session
Sunday 13 December – AGM/Turkey Trot

WMC 2020 Annual General Meeting

The 2020 AGM is drawing near – the date is set for Sunday 13 December, and 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.
In accordance with our general operating rules, the Committee is calling for any notices of motion that members wish to be brought to the AGM for consideration. These must be provided to the Committee in writing (or via email) at least six weeks prior to the AGM date to allow us to include them with papers circulated to all members. The last day for receipt of these proposed notices of motion is 23 October 2020. This will allow us time to assemble the members pack for distribution before the day of the AGM.
If you are a pack leader please start thinking about your annual Pack Leader Report – we will be in touch again to remind you.
If you are interested on being on the Committee next year or even assisting from time to time please have a talk to one of the current Committee members.

Movie Night

Date Friday 9 October 2020
Time: from 5:30pm till late
Venue: Time Cinema, 191 Sutherland Road, Lyall Bay, Wellington
Cost: $25 per person for meal and dinner
Payment must be made prior to the event to the Clinic’s bank account 02-0534-0095446-00.
Please put Name and Movie Night in the description.
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 10:35am.
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.
Gordon Clarke
Movie Night Organiser

Time Cinema Form

sign up is complete

Time Cinema Registration

Julie Huo
Bill F
Wim and Tina
Alicia Bunge
Lisa cheney
julie HUO
Mikey Clarke

Registration total : 18

Did something just happen?

Wellington half marathon and 10km races were cancelled this year … or were they? On the not-an-Event morning there were a number of people in suspicious looking tracksuit loitering along the course that wasn’t.   
One group near Freyberg Pool looked particularly dodgy, yet somehow familiar. Was that Julie? Susan, Andy, Nigel, Bice! And surely that’s Miriam? Liz? But no Judith … phew, just a coincidence then. Wait, there are a few WMC Presidents, and a camera bike with a girl on the back providing running commentary.  
Definite Conspiracy!

At 8:30am a car backfired, or Mike let off a hooter, and everyone took off into the wind, though Susan decided to wait an extra minute or so. After Point Jerningham people put up their spinnakers and floated towards the wind needle. Some turned around there and started tacking back to the start, others battled on past Shelley Bay before the turn near Point
The upwind leg was tough, so it was nice to get a friendly wave from Judith (I knew it!) and a drink from Anna at the (very bent over) wind needle. I’d like to thank Andy for sharing the into-the-wind work during a long final 5km (I did about 25% in front).
This wasn’t a day for a fast time, but it was a good time.
The 10km people were first back of course. As for the halves, a couple of blokes in blue finished (nicely done Andy), then Susan and Julie made 21km look easy as they cruised in, and Miriam also crossed the line in style, running well.

As so often happens in Wellington, it ended at a cafe. As we sipped our flat whites we nattered away, saying that if there had been an event today WMC would have to thank Anna and Mike for on course support, and Sean and Mariette for their media duties.  
And Miriam did really well to complete her first half, albeit an unofficial one.

Photos from last month’s bus trip to Wainuiomata Mountain Bike Park


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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