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RaceTeam - Return Week 7


WEEK 7 Newsletter



We are heading into the chunky part of the programme with your longest run coming up. 

At this stage of the programme, recovery is so important as is consistency. Stick to the programme team, as we were saying at the Nutrition and Race Day Planning seminar, once your longest run is completed the programme has not finished. If you want to be at the best of your ability come the Half Marathon, be consistent. 

This is your last opportunity to have a race day practice including pre-race day planning. 


Programme Note:

This week you have the last of your long Pace sessions - so Monday morning crew you have your final 6am start and we have our last 7am start for everyone on Saturday. 




  • Saturday 3 March 7.00am * Note early start time*
    Meeting Point: Hansen Park, Opawa. Entrance off Hawford Rd
  • Course Maps: There are 2 sections to your run
    Section 1: Click here
    Section 2: Click here

    Course Description:
    All roads are open, please follow the road rules 100% and be responsible for your own safety at all times.
  • Section 1: Out and back to either:
    Beginner: 750metre marker (1.5km return)
    Intermediate: 1.75km marker (3.5km return)
    Advanced: 3.75km marker (7.5km return

  • Section 2: Main Course: (18.5km) (everyone does this full out and back section)

  • Run around Hansen Park following the pathway anti-clockwise coming out to Ford Road.
  • Turn left and run up Ford Road to Fifield Terrace - the river. Turn right.
  • Follow Fifield Terrace all the way around (river on your left) crossing Ensors Road carefully to Wilsons/Waltham Road - crossover carefully, you are now on Eastern Terrace.
  • Continue following the river, taking care crossing over Tennyson Street - to the footbridge at Malcolm Ave. Cross over where indicated by our cones and you will be on the other side of the river running in the opposite direction on Palatine Terrace.
  • Continue along Palatine Terrace back towards Wilsons/Waltham Road intersection - cross over carefully again.
  • Follow the river (you are now on Riverlaw Tce) back towards Hansen Park.
  • Once you are on the opposite side of the river to Hansen Park, continue beside the river pathway that comes out onto Aynsley Terrace. Turn left and run up to Centaurus Road.
  • Turn left. Run over the hill section taking you onto Port Hills Road. Continue running along Port Hills Road to Opawa Road. At Opawa Road, turnaround and reverse the course all the way back to Hansen Park.

Section 1:
Out and back markers

Section 2: Main Course
Click on image to view

Water Station

There will be 2 x water stations on this course.
1. Waltham Road cross over
2. Riverlaw Terrace just before Ensors Road

Water will be provided at these stations, please carry any nutrition with you.

Water Station location


What is your personal challenge? 

Many of you have done RaceTeam several times, once you have achieved a goal of a half marathon once, it's hard replicate that experience, it is a pretty awesome achievement in itself but how do continue to find the motivation to push yourself?

The group environment is a great thing, but you also need to put some mental work in yourselves to find your own challenge, your own carrot that you are chasing to improve and perform at your best. 

You will have a goal you are chasing for this particular race. Whether it's a PB or whether your goal for this Raceteam has been to work on your nutrition, body care work or consistency, now is the time to refocus on this.

Take 10 mins and ask yourself some of these questions:

1. What have you done well so far?
2. Where can you improve?  
3. What are the habits that you know make you be consistent with your training and turn up to each session?
4. How are you going to work through to the end of this 10 weeks to the best of your ability?
5. Why are you doing this?
6. What is the goal you are going for?

Now is the time to put some time in and reflect and focus on that spark that gets you going, remind yourself why you are here, what your goal is and go for it. 

Here's a clip of Olympic champ Mo Farah talking about how he races.


  • Wanaka Post Race Function
    After the race we have arranged a post race function at Gin and Raspberry, 155 Ardmore Street 5.30pm - 7.30pm. Just drinks and a catch up..we will be asking for RSVP's from next week so keep an eye out.
  • Have you registered for the race?
    Make sure you have registered if not! Click here 

'Keep coming to the sessions even if you need to take it easy because you have had a busy day and are tired'-  Ange Soper

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