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THE WELLINGTONIAN, MAY 24, 2012
Your Training Guide
DAY RACE WK1 WK2 WK3 WK4 WK5 WK6 WK7
FULL 45-60e 45-60e 60-75e 60-75s 75-90s 75-90s
HALF 45-60e 45-60e 60-75e 60-75e 75-90e 75-90e
FULL 45-60e 45-60e 60-75eh 60-75eh 75-90sh 75-90sh
Day Off Day Off
FULL 30-45e 30-45e 30-45e 45-60s 45-60s 45-60s
90eh 105eh 120eh
Efforts: e = easy / s = steady / h = hilly / r = inc 15-30min at goal race pace / fr = inc 15-30min at faster than goal race pace
"With a month until race
day, anyone pondering
the Full Marathon or
Half Marathon should be
well into their training.
But if you are happily
running one hour a
few times per week,
you can probably still
get ready for the Half
Marathon. If you are
capable of 20-30min
than you have enough
time left to enjoy the
10k distance. Just slip
into the schedule at
"Week six". If it's a tad
tough, you can make it
manageable by taking
short walk breaks every
five to 10 minutes. Just
set yourself some
goals, get out there and
see how it goes."
because it's always nicer to run with
The Wellington Marathon Clinic meets
every Sunday morning at the ASB Sports
Centre in Kemp Street, Kilbirnie for group
runs. It's been really good," says Tessa.
"Everyone is really helpful and friendly,
and really motivated and passionate
about their running."
In her build up to the half marathon inJune
Tessa runs four days a week. "Sundays is
with the Marathon Clinic," she explains,
"and on Thursdays evenings I run with a
group of Marathon Clinic members from
Freyberg Pool. Then the other runs are
usually by myself or with another friend."
Asked if she has visions of every recreational runner's
ultimate goal, a Full Marathon, she says simply,
"For every runner it's definitely one of those things
you want to tick off. I don't know if I'll be one of those
people who run dozens of marathons. But I want to
have a go at some point."
The Armstrong Motor Group Wellington Marathon offers
that sense of achievement for people of all age and
ability. Scheduled for June 24 in 2012 it features the
42.2k Marathon, but also a Half Marathon, 10K and even
a Kids' Magic Mile. For more information and online entry
Watch this space for more training hints every 2 weeks or see www.wellingtonmarathon.co.nz
ENJOYING THE JOURNEY
Tessa Finnigan runs for one reason. She loves it. A runner since age nine, the 19 year old Victoria University Student will
be one of close to 5000 starters in June's Armstrong Motor Group Marathon event. And just like 99 percent of participants,
she's not trying to win or break records. She's simply achieving personal goals and enjoying the journey along the way.
Tessa Finnigan (right) and friend Petra Wheatley (left) at
Nelson Half Marathon
Scheduled this year for Sunday June 24, the annual
event is celebrating its 27th year with record entries.
As well as the classic 42.2k Full Marathon distance,
options include a Half Marathon, 10 kilometre
and Kids' Magic Mile. Organisers, the Wellington
Marathon Clinic, are hoping the event will break 5000
participants for the first time.
Tessa Finnigan will be lining up for the Half Marathon
event. She ran her first half marathon in January this
year, in Nelson, finishing in 1hr 46min. Now she's
looking forward to the faster course at the Armstrong
Motor group event on June 24, saying, "I'd like to get
closer to breaking 1hr 40min."
To help her running Tessa joined the Wellington
Marathon Clinic this year. Established in the early
1980s in response to an increase in recreational
marathon running during New Zealand's first running
boom, the club exists simply as a gathering of like-
minded people who enjoy running and walking.
They are also the organisers of the annual Armstrong
Motor Group Marathon event. As that was Tessa's
next goal, she figured she might as well join them.
"In my last couple of years at school I wasn't running
much because I was playing first eleven hockey,"
explains Tessa. "But last year I was studying at Otago
University and I joined a running group there and sort
of rediscovered how much I enjoyed running."
"When I came back to Wellington I decided I'd try some
longer stuff, so I joined the Wellington Marathon Clinic
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to save TVNZ 7
By OLIVIA WANNAN
A passionate and infuriated audience
packed out the Wesley Church Hall
on Monday night to celebrate and
mourn TVNZ 7 -- a channel described
as an oasis in the desert .
The public service channel will
close down when its Government
funding runs out at the end of June,
but lobby group Save TVNZ 7 isn t
letting it go quietly.
The group is holding public
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raise the profile of TVNZ 7 and pub-
lic service television.
About 300 Wellingtonians
attended the meeting, which fea-
tured Labour MP Clare Curran, for-
mer Green MP Sue Kedgley and
media experts Tom Frewen and
Ms Curran, who has a private
member s bill in the ballot to keep
TVNZ 7 funded, said public service
television had an essential role in a
Public broadcasting plays an
enormous part in our lives and our
nation s identity, in who we are --
and we must fight to keep it, she
Victoria University media studies
academic Peter Thompson proposed
a variety of options to fund the $16
million a year the channel needs.
He also said public service tele-
vision became more important in the
fragmented multi-media environ-
ment that had developed from the
rise of the internet.
It actually gets harder to find the
[high public value] content you need
-- it needs a home, he said.
Wellington Central MP Grant Rob-
ertson attended the meeting and
committed to organising a campaign
group to lobby for public service tele-
Lower Hutt resident Archie Kerr,
68, went to the meeting to show his
support of TVNZ 7.
The discussions that are held on
TVNZ 7 are actually proper discus-
sions that have a bit of thought and
depth in them. That doesn t happen
anywhere else, Mr Kerr said.
He said that if the Government
was trying to promote a knowledge
economy, it was hypocritical of it not
to fund a channel that provided
stimulating and interesting pro-
In a statement, Broadcasting Min-
ister Craig Foss said TVNZ 7 was set
up with time-limited funding in 2006
and there had been no commitment
since that funding would continue
beyond June 30.
Save TVNZ 7 organiser Myles
Thomas said he believed the decision
to not extend TVNZ 7 s funding was
based on incorrect figures and a
third of New Zealanders now watch
the channel at least once a month.
The other amazing thing is that
the viewership has been building up
without any marketing of the chan-
nel -- it s all just word of mouth, Mr
The group hoped TVNZ 7 would
find funding from the Government or
alternate sources, but said the fight
for public service television would
continue even if it is shut down.
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