Welcome to Wesley for 2019! If your children enjoy cross country or distance running (or just have lots of energy to burn!) joining the club is a great way for them to have fun, make friends and take part in some exciting events.
David Rowbotham organises junior training for Wesley. It is held on Thursday afternoons starting at 4:30pm, meeting on Mt Hobson Lane and going up to Mt Hobson Domain. On occasion, the session may be in the Auckland Domain or Cornwall Park, but we will let you know by email or social media the up-to-date information.
Training begins Thursday May 2nd 4:30pm, Mt Hobson Lane.
All kids are welcome to come along and have a fun team run on the hill. These training sessions will be varied to keep the interest level up and, most of all, fun! Expect a mixture of fartlek (efforts of varying distance and speed), longer runs, hill reps, and sometimes a good old game of tag to finish off. Generally training will last from between 45-60 minutes maximum.
There are plenty of races over the winter, a mixture of team relays and individual events.
Distances vary, but are generally 2000m for under 14s. Start times are always in the afternoon, usually 2pm. David and Michael will coordinate and enter teams for relays. For the other events, parents/guardians enter their children online on the www.athleticsauckland.co.nz website (event links below)
GP Race 1: Pukekohe A&P Showgrounds, Pukekohe
Glen Eden Junior Relay
GP Race 2: Lloyd Ellsmore Park, Pakuranga
GP Race 3 (Teams race): Barry Curtis Park, East Tamaki
GP Race 4: Long Bay Regional Park, Long Bay
Wesley 1k Challenge, Cornwall Park 3pm
Lynndale Junior Relays, Olympic Park, New Lynn
GP Race 5: Auckland XC Champs, Barry Curtis Park, East Tamaki
Wesley 3 Peaks / Breakfast: Mt Hobson Lane 0730
Massey Junior Trail Relays; Moire Park, Massey
GP Race 6: Auckland Road Champs: Bruce Pulman Park, Papakura
Auckland Road Relays, Mt Smart, Penrose
Wesley Honeypot Mile,
Cornwall Park (above Archery Club)
The season begins April 1 and membership runs till March 31, 2020. To take part in the interclub GP race series or relays, children will need to be registered with Wesley. Unregistered children are welcome to attend the Wesley club events. Registration is $80 for under 14s and can be done online here.
Wesley junior singlets are $25 and available to purchase online when you register. These can be paired with any black shorts. The rest of the gear is personal choice - kids can run barefoot for cross country (over 11s may wish to purchase their own running spikes); and wear running shoes for the road runs.
A one-off purchase of $10 for a timing chip for the interclub events can be done online when you register. These timing chips can be used again for future years if your junior runner continues to compete.
Wesley events are free, inter-club events are approximately $5 per child. Registration is done through the www.athleticsauckland.co.nz website the fortnight prior online (see events calendar for event links).
If you have any questions, please get in touch (details below); and feel free to forward this on to anyone else interested in running with Wesley. If you want to be on our junior email list, send us an email. You can also find further details on the club website or facebook page.
David Rowbotham Davidrb@adhb.govt.nz (Junior Coordinator/ Club Secretary)
Michael Hale Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org (Committee member)
Ian Sussex Wesley@wesley.org.nz (Club President)
As registration covers the national and regional body for a full year, you will be entitled to cheaper registration with summer track and field clubs.