26 April 2018





We had fun today with hundreds of kids doing Run Jump Throw at SKYCITY in Auckland. A fantastic end to the school holidays! Big thanks to Dame Valerie Adams, Julia Ratcliffe, Joseph Millar and Ben Langton Burnell for coming along to help out and talking to the kids.

The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games were a big success for the New Zealand Athletics team, resulting in two gold medals and four silver medals along with another four top-five placings and some very good performances. More about this further on in this issue.

We also bring you the sad news that our Patron Arthur Eustace passed away earlier this week.

In this issue of Athletics in Action we chat with Gold Coast 2018 race walk silver medallist Alana Barber,  we talk to new NZ marathon record holder Jake Robertson and we catch up with 400m runner Brooke Cull for our “Five minutes with …” segment.

There’s lots of action coming up in the winter season with Rotorua Marathon just over a week away and lots of cross country racing happening at the moment.



Jake Robertson's fantastic purple patch 

Jake Robertson has come off the back of the best period in his career. Steve Landells chats the Kiwi distance running star about his marathon debut, setting national records and competing at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
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Rotorua Marathon

There’s just over a week until the 54th edition of the famous Rotorua Marathon. This year it doubles as the 2018 New Zealand Marathon Championships which ups the ante for both the elite field and the masters age grades.
We’ve also launched an exciting new half marathon course.  Check out the new course
If you're thinking about running the full Rotorua Marathon, don’t forget the special for Athletics NZ members. If you are a member of an affiliated Athletics NZ club, you can get $15 off the entry fee. 
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Member Benefits

One of the advantages of belonging to an Athletics NZ affiliated club, and automatically becoming a member of Athletics NZ, is that you and your family can access the Athletics NZ Member Benefits  programme. The programme can save you money on travel, accommodation, rental cars, insurance, sports gear, sports medical products and more, just by being a member of your local athletics club. We feature some of our Member Benefits Partners below.

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Free breakfast on top of the usual percentage discount linked to the AthleticsNZ promo code for bookings made by  4 May for stays until 30 September 2018 at the following hotels:
Grand Millennium Auckland
M Social Auckland
Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Millennium Hotel Queenstown
Millennium Hotel New Plymouth, Waterfront
Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands 
Copthorne Hotel Auckland City 
Copthorne Hotel Rotorua
Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North
Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay
Copthorne Hotel & Resort Queenstown Lakefront
Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview
Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia
Kingsgate Hotel Greymouth
Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau
Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin
Book Now

Planning a journey to an event soon or maybe a holiday? Does your group have rental vans sorted for upcoming events in 2018 yet?
Remember that Athletics New Zealand members receive a 15% discount on Hertz Rentals.
Find out more.

Get first aid training from New Zealand Red Cross at special Athletics NZ member prices for individual and group bookings.
Book a course now at New Zealand Red Cross


Previous issues of AiA

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What's next?

May 2018
5        Rotorua Marathon (NZ Champs  Rotorua
5        IAAF World racewalking Team Ch   China
6        NZ 100km Championships     Christchurch

June 2018
16      NZ Sec Schools Cross Country       Taupo

August 2018
5        NZ Cross Country Champs       Wellington









Hard training and naps bring rewards for Barber

Earlier this month, Alana Barber landed a memorable silver in the 20km race walk at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. The Aucklander reflects on her success with Steve Landells and looks ahead to her aspirations for the IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships in Taicang, China next weekend..
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Athletics NZ Patron Arthur Eustace passes away

The sport this week lost a true gentleman and one who did a lot to shape the sport of athletics through coaching and administration at New Zealand and international level.  Arthur Eustace, the Patron of Athletics New Zealand passed away aged 92.
Read more


Five Minutes With Brooke Cull

National 400m champion Brooke Cull of Takapuna AC has enjoyed a successful 2018 domestic campaign. Here the 24-year-old answers our Five Minutes With questions .
Read more


Commonwealth Games

The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games were a big success for athletics, particularly for our six medallists, but also for a number of other athletes who performed very well. Here are the big stories from the Games
Robertson claims NZ record in Games 10,000
Eliza McCartney gets silver at Gold Coast Games
Dame Valerie claims 5th Games medal
Hakeai 4th and Mathas 5th in Games finals
Ratcliffe wins stunning gold in hammer
Walsh wins shot put gold
Robinson collects silver
Barber walks race of life for silver

Find out how the whole team went here


HP Director rates Games efforts

We caught up with Athletics NZ HP Director Scott Goodman at the conclusion of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games to get his take on the NZL team efforts.
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International News

This weekend at Drake Relays in De Moines, IA, World & Commonwealth Champion Tom Walsh takes on Olympic Champion Ryan Crouser.
Next weekend sees the start of the IAAF Diamond League for 2018. Doha is hosting the first round of the year so watch out for Kiwi vaulter Eliza McCartney in the early hours of Saturday 5 May.
The same day in China will see our two Commonwealth Games race walkers Alana Barber and Quentin Rew in action at the World racewalking Team Championships in Taicang, China.


High Performance Topics

Recent updates
2018 World U20 Champs team announced 
2018 Youth Olympics Trial  
2018 Youth Olympics nomination criteria

Other HP News can be found HERE


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   Athletics NZ website (updated)
   Athletics NZ High Performance (updated)
   Athletics NZ Rankings & Records (updated)



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