Club News & Events - June 20  2021

Surf Challenge   

We are back for the Muriwai Surf Club Challenge on SUNDAY June 20 at 100 Jack Butt Lane, Muriwai. Last year's event was cancelled but we are returning, primed, and ready to go out into that "friendly" West Coast wilderness. This is your chance to include some outdoor training before your next event. The Auckland YMCA Marathon Club is happy to continue with the traditional annual Surf Club Challenge. The Des Vercoe Trophy is contested between these two clubs over an interesting course, where obstacles can come at you from all directions. 

Everyone is welcome to complete the all terrain course, where orienting skills certainly help. Do bank on getting a little dirty and wet, as we negotiate the hills, trails, bush and a few water crossings. "It will be fun" they say :-( 
The walkers 10km course has them take some stairs off Oaia Rd and work their way down and around the golf course, before returning along the beach. Only a minimum donation of $10 towards the Surf Club Fundraiser. YMCA Marathon/muriwai 

Set the GPS for 409 Motutara Rd, Muriwai 0881. Turn right at the Sand Dunz Cafe into Jack Butt Lane, past the motor camp  and along the beach to the Surf Club. Arrive by 9:30 to get ready for the 10am start. Best to bring those "aged" shoes and a change of clothes. There will be post event showers or swim, together with a barbecue and hot soup. There are Spot Prizes at the Prize Giving with the trophy presentation to the winning club.

Contact the club or check into our facebook page if you are looking for more details or want assistance with a ride out to Muriwai. Note, the Greys Ave YMCA will be closed on Sunday June 20. facebook./Auckland-YMCA-Marathon-Club-NZ  

Next Saturday June 26, our ANZ registered runners will head over to Long Bay Regional Reserve, on Beach Rd for the GP4 Cross Country race. 

Good luck to everyone who is heading down to Wellington Marathon next weekend. Plan for good and not so good weather during the marathon.

It won't be long before we wind up for our Club Championships 10km Road Race in the Auckland Domain. On Sunday July 18 walkers need to be ready for a 8am start at the Grandstand, while the runners meet as usual at the Greys Ave Y, before heading over to the Domain for a 8:15 start. Can we have a few volunteers to help with the race registration and course marshalling.

The 14 week Auckland build-up starts on Sunday July 25. Encourage your running buddies to come along early in the build-up, so they can experience our successful Pack Running system, on Sundays. Whether the half or Marathon distance, everyone should have others to run or walk with on those long runs. The word has gone out. We are looking for a few extra Pack Leaders that can be at the club, most Sundays, through to
Auckland Marathon on October 31.

Discounted entries are also available for Taupo Marathon or Half Marathon (both are now Club Championship events) Saturday July 31.  Join our team:
The Auckland YMCA Marathon Club. The password can be found on our facebook page. 

Further discounts are available for Auckland Marathon Sunday October 31. Our team is called 'The Auckland YMCA Marathon Club'. The confidential password for club members is on our facebook page. Code: GROUP21YMCA

Help out at the club where you can and do support our events and commitments. Contact us 

The club website or the closed facebook page, seems a great way to share information, photos, results and broadcast something of interest to our club family. Only current financial members will be able to see or post on this page  facebook./Auckland-YMCA-Marathon-Club-

Regular Tuesday evening runs include: Eden Repeats
Regular Thursday Waterfront runs
Park Run 5km at a park near you 

June 20   Muriwai Surf Club Challenge
June 26   AA Grand Prix Race 4 - Long Bay
June 27   Wellington Marathon
July 18   10k Road Champs
July 24    AA Grand Prix Race 4 - Barry Curtis Park
July 31    TaupoMarathon & 1/2 Marathon Club Championship

Sept 5    NorthShore Marathon
Sept 19   Tauranga Marathon
              Cambridge Half Marathon  ANZ Half Marathon Champs
Oct 31     Auckland 1/2 & Marathon  Club & AA Championships
Nov 13    Kerikeri-Half-Marathon      Club Championship
Nov 20    Queenstown-marathon

Go well wherever you are running. Hope to catch up with many of you on Sunday.

Larry Bradley

Auckland YMCA Marathon Club