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March 2022 Newsletter

With bright eyes and bushy tails, we were extremely satisfied to find that perfect weather
awaited us for our Sunday 20th March bus trip to Plimmerton, which was well-attended by
walkers and runners alike. A significant credit for this goes toward Sean for organising the
bus and café arrangements, for which he has our sincere thanks. Persephone has been kind
enough to provide an account of her experience of the trip with the medium running group
(detailed below). We are already looking forward to our next bus trip, which is likely to be 2-
3 months away.
In the meantime, the ASB centre is back in action for Sunday runs!
Make sure to check out more of our new website at .

Plimmerton Bus Trip – from Persephone

The Clinic’s bus trips I’m pretty sure are a highlight for everyone. They certainly are for me
and again this one didn’t disappoint.
Mo, Bex and I were led on a partially off-road run by Mark. We started from the Ngatitoa
Domain and headed north towards Plimmerton, as it was low tide we ran along the beach
where we could. We then climbed up and over the Taua-Tapu track where we took in the
fantastic views.

We then headed southwards beside the state highway and the wetlands to the Plimmerton
Domain, tackled our last hill up through Cambourne and down to the picturesque Cambourne
Walkway. Following this we ran on the boardwalks around the Pauatahanui Inlet to

Motukaraka Point and beyond to the Pauatahanui Wildlife Reserve to finish at the Groundup
Cafe for our well-deserved lunch.
Great company, scenery and of course run! Thank you Mark for leading us on our 20km


After being given a fresh pair of sneakers, the new WRW website is now up and running at Thanks to Stan and Lisa in particular, also Mikey for advice.
There is some more work and content required to have the new website working optimally, so
thanks for your patience if there are any initial glitches. Any feedback is welcome.
Our old website remains at and was last used for the Plimmerton Bus Trip form.
While the plan is to no longer update other new content at this address, the old site will be
archived to save photos and other records.

Sunday runs & walks from the ASB Centre

The ASB allow us to use the usual upstairs room for our morning Sunday run meetings. They
do require us to be vaccinated and expect us to use masks except when drinking or eating
(especially when the larger group is together). Pleased to see a good turnout there on Sunday
13 th March.

Keeping in touch

Along with Covid-19 disruptions, some of the club members have been less able to join the
Sunday runs due to injury, illness or other circumstances. It’s a good time to reach out to
them and let them know you and others in the WRW are thinking of them.
Thanks to the pack leaders who are crucial to our core activity of the Sunday runs.
Your committee is meeting monthly to keep things running, aiming to support members
through Covid-19 disruptions and for the club to build up later as best able. The committee
members are: Aliitasi (Tasi) Takuira-Mita (Treasurer), Bice Awan, Bruce Campbell, Gordon
Clarke, Mikey Clarke (joint President), Sean Bardsley, Nigel Raymond (joint President). The
secretary position remains open. Anyone willing to assist with a club activity would be so
appreciated. If you have a particular concern or advice – please let one of the pack leaders or
committee members know or send a message via ‘contact me’ on the webpage.

Mikey away for a month to Brazil

Mikey, our joint President and recent newsletter writer, has headed to São Paulo for a month
away. We wish Mikey well and to stay safe on his journey.
Meantime, if anyone has other news or photos you’re willing to include in a newsletter, we
would love to hear from you.