Your 2020/2021 Season WTMC Committee Members!
Check back soon for Chris's story!
I have been around the club for quite a few years, just running, limited cycling, no swimming. I have been running for close to 40 years, retired marathon runner, hanging on with half marathons at present. I regularly compete at the New Zealand Masters Games in Wangauni and Dunedin and participated in the World Masters Games in Auckland in 2017. Next year I will be doing the New Zealand Masters Games in Dunedin in February and have entered the Run Auckland ten kilometre and half marathon series. My goals for these events are two medals at Dunedin and to win my age group through Run Auckland, pending injury. Best to catch me on the Waitakere Stadium runs Tuesday 6.15 pm. Photo is after completing the South West Coast path in England in 2014, 1014 kilometres (630 miles). This is how you look after 44 days walking.
I first joined the club in 2006, shortly after completing the Auckland Half Marathon for the second time, starting swimming lessons at the gym and toying with the idea of completing a triathlon. Since joining the club, I have completed the Tauranga Half Ironman in 2007, and the Rangitoto swim the following year. I then lapsed back into very little physical activity while completing distance learning tertiary study and working full time – something had to give! I have just finished the study and needed inspiration to start working on my health! I re-joined the Club last year and decided to push myself out of my comfort zone by becoming a committee member this year.
The club is a great way to meet people who all have a similar interest – wanting to do something good for themselves - and there is always plenty of inspiration and encouragement, whether you want to compete in an event or just complete a casual Saturday morning swim or a 5 km walk / run on a Wednesday night. Some of us are serious athletes (not me!), but most of us are there to have fun and enjoy the coffee and cake after the training without feeling too guilty.
If you have ever considered starting an exercise programme or entering an event and need a bit of encouragement, want to pick up a few tips, and enjoy a bit of friendly banter – our club may be the one for you! Check out our events listed in the calendar section of this website, and come along and give us a try, we would love to see you! If your keen to have a chat you can contact me on 0299693829
Check back soon for Gavin's story!
I started ocean swimming in 2012, racing in the Ocean Swim Series around New Zealand, and weekly events in Auckland. I then set myself a challenge to do a triathlon whilst on study leave in 2015, completing a Sprint Tri in Maraetai on a Warehouse Mountain bike, complete with dual-suspension and off-road tires. I have since escalated to completing my first Ironman in 2018.
I manage my training time around my day job as a teacher, and around my family. I am frequently found squeezing in a 1hr run whilst my girls are at dancing, or similar activities!
In 2017 I joined the committee, and in 2018 was elected as Club President. If you want to chat, find me at one of the club events, or call me on 02102468389