5 October 2018




As the temperature gradually heats up we turn our attention to the forthcoming summer athletics season and focus on the health of a thriving Cambridge Athletics Club. Celebrating their 100th anniversary this year, their kids section is booming with chairperson Andrew Langman explaining the value of fully embracing Athletics NZ's Run Jump Throw and Get Set Go programmes.


Persistence has been the watchword for two athletes who feature in our latest edition of Athletics in Action. Sam Wreford has long been one of New Zealand's premier distance runners only for nagging injuries to hamper his development. The Timaru athlete offers his take on his athletics journey so far and why the New Zealand Half Marathon champion believes his best is yet to come. Auckland mum-of-three Penny Peskett is another who has required patience to produce her best. Now aged 41, Penny snagged the New Zealand Road title last month and offers a glimpse into her busy world by answering our regular Five Minutes With questions.






Centenary Celebrations for Cambridge Athletics

Cambridge Athletics marks a very special birthday later this month with the knowledge the club is thriving. Steve Landells spoke with chairperson Andrew Langman to find out the secrets of their success. Read more


Nga Puna Wai Update

It is exciting to see the speed of progress made, and all the activity at Nga Puna Wai preparing the facility for use and the season opening competition at Nga Puna Wai on 20 October.

There is still a lot of work to be done between now and then to get our new facility ready. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our team of volunteers who are spending countless hours ensuring everything is ready for our community to use at our new home. 

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone down at Nga Puna Wai over the coming season.

Ian Thomas, General Manager, Athletics Canterbury

2XU Exclusive Offer!

We have an amazing offer from our Partner 2XU  with a unique design on compression tights - for one week only - which ends on 12 October 2018. Save over $50 including shipping (normal retail $200) on these one-off design garments which will be shipped directly to you in time for Christmas! 

To order now click the link below:


Athletics NZ Member Benefits

If you belong to an Athletics NZ affiliated club, you automatically become a member of Athletics NZ, and can access the Athletics NZ Member benefits  programme, saving you money on travel, accommodation, rental cars, insurance, sports gear, sports medical products and more. We feature some of our Member Benefits Partners below.
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Planning a journey to an event or maybe a holiday? Remember that Athletics New Zealand members receive a 15% discount on Hertz Rentals.    Find out more.


Don’t let injuries slow you down.  Zamst braces are designed specifically with running in mind and include features that allow for natural running movement while supporting unwanted motions that can lead to injury. There is a specific brace to prevent/support most common running injuries. Check out the range now at www.benesportsmedical.co.nz and don’t forget to use the athletics NZ member benefits discount code ATHNZ16 at the checkout to receive a 10% discount..

Brian Taylor Memorial Scholarship

Applications are invited by October 31 for the Brian Taylor Memorial Scholarship 2019, which pays $5000 a year for usually three years, as support to runners (800m up) studying usually full-time at any New Zealand university or other tertiary institution. Details at  "Apply" on  http://www.briantaylortrust.com


 What's next?

October 2018
NZ Road Relay Champs            Christchurch
6      NZ 24 hour Champs                   Auckland
NZ Trail Running Champs              Christchurch        27    Central League                           Hastings

For the Summer Season of Events Click Here


Previous issues of AiA

If you are new to Athletics in Action and would like to check out some previous issues, head to Athletics in Action




Five Minutes with Penny Peskett

The Auckland-based mum of three and New Zealand 10km road champion offers an insight into her world by answering our regular Five Minute With questions.  Read more






Time to enter New Zealand's most iconic Marathon: 5 May 2019

Early bird entries for the 55th Rotorua Marathon are open until 30 November 2018. This unique marathon event caters for all levels with the full marathon taking a lap around beautiful Lake Rotorua, the new scenic half and quarter venture through the stunning Redwoods (some off road/trail) and the 5.5km fun run and walk across the sulphur flats.

Athletics New Zealand Members also recieve $15 off entry fees! Register Now


Timaru's Sam Wreford in top form

 Recently minted New Zealand Half-Marathon champion Sam Wreford has been a mainstay on the domestic road running scene for more than a decade. Steve Landells caught up with the South Islander to talk through his career so far and why he believes his marathon best is yet to come. Read More


Calling all Officials...


2019 will see Jennian Homes New Zealand Track & Field Championships return to Christchurch from 8 to 10 March. These will be held at the newly-opened Nga Puna Wai Track.

The meeting can't happen without the help of Officials and Volunteers. Christchurch are looking for graded Officials and Volunteers to assist. Applications are now open, so please complete yours now by clicking here. Advice of appointments is expected prior to Christmas.

Join in the fun and excitement as our biggest national track and field event returns to Christchurch!

California Track & Field Tour

The 2019 edition of the annual California Track and Field Tour is once again on with two dates under consideration – April 2-21 and April 9-28. 

Athletes in all disciplines from secondary school age up are welcome to join the ninth annual tour. The athletes will be based in the Los Angeles area and compete in meets over three weekends in Southern and Central California. The tour represents a great opportunity for athlete to post fast times in ideal climatic conditions.

To learn more visit californiatour.co.nz or contact Greg Lautenslager on 03 923-2321 or 027 343 5521 or email: coach@nzrunningacademy.co.nz.


Regulations Update

Three Proposals to Amend the Competition Regulations pertaining to various Winter Championships posted 24/08/18

Submissions should be forwarded to rules@athletics.org.nz no later than Monday 15 October 2018

Proposal to Amend the Regulations pertaining to race walking at the New Zealand Track and Field Championships posted 19/09/18

Submissions should be forwarded to rules@athletics.org.nz no later than Friday 7 December 2018


High Performance Topics

All our HP News can be found HERE


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