We have groups training at the club Monday to Thursday from around 6pm. New members are always welcome – come on down for a run and a chat. There is lots of advice available for people who are looking for some tips for their first 5k to those looking for more comprehensive coaching advice. A number of coaches operate out of the club:
On Monday and Wednesday, Murray is there working with his youth squads mostly focusing on sprint conditioning and track and field events. On Wednesday nights during the winter, the junior squad meet and focus on cross country and road. On Wednesday nights in the summer, junior athletics happens and we run a 5k in the Park series from the club at 6pm which anyone is welcome to join.
Bazyl works out of the club on Tuesday and Thursday evenings with senior athletes. Sessions are aimed at distance athletes of all abilities focusing on goals ranging from 800/1500, 3k / 5k, cross country, right through to the marathon. The sessions will last up to 90 mins and consist of: Warm up 6:00-6:30pm , drills, wind sprints, pre-session session 6:30-7:00pm - Main session 7:00-7:30pm - Session extension, additional volume, cool down. You DO NOT have to do the full 90 mins. If you need to leave early, or you are not fit enough to do the whole session, get there for 6pm, do the warm up and complete as much of the session as you can. If you can't make it for 6:00pm, get there when you can, do your own warm up and join in. Bazyl also runs other sessions at other times in the week on a private basis (e.g. Sunday mornings).
Our squads compete in cross country, road and trail events throughout New Zealand through the winter and in track & field through the summer. Send us an email with any coaching enquiries:
If you are a coach operating out of the club or maybe someone working towards coaching qualifications and you would like to get involved at Owai, please get in touch.
Hamish Meacheam - 027 324 1976
Hamish is an independent coach who works with a many Owairaka athletes, including a number of high performance athletes. Hamish has an IAAF level II coaching qualification, is an athletics NZ accredited coach, and is currently employed by Athletics NZ.
Hamish coaches all running events and has worked with national medalists from 100m through to Marathon.
If interested in joining Hamish's squad, call or text 027 324 1976. Monthly coaching fees may apply.
Murray Cumberpatch - 021 1277252
I was brought up in Mt Roskill and started running at Roskill South as a youngster until about 13 years when Arthur Lydiard first awarded me prizes for Long Jump, Shot Put, 75 meters & 200 meters but suggested I would be a better sprinter & pointed me in the direction of my career coach Russ Hoggard who was based at Lynndale Athletics. My first season was at Owairaka briefly with Steve Erkkila when we competed before moving over to Lynndale and our coach & group.
I was at Lynfield College and first represented Auckland in athletics in 1974. While at Lynfield one of my teachers Rory Barrett was an Olympic Weightlifter and helped coach me in Weightlifting, although Rugby was my first passion. I represented Auckland, and New Zealand in Weightlifting & Athletics. I sustained an injury to my back lifting too much when I was young so asked the surgeon if I could follow athletics as I was doing OK.
I had a very successful career first setting season bests over 100 & 200 meters from the age of 15, before later moving out to 400 meters and in 1982 set new NZ resident records over 400 meter hurdles. In 1987 I left athletics to complete in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary in NZ fist Bobsleigh team and that was where I found great success.
I finally retired in 1995 but have still always been actively coaching & a small amount of competing for myself in Masters.
I have had a good eye for spotting young running talent & helped many young gifted sprinters with soccer, rugby, touch, and rowing and who have gone on to be very successful. I was happy to come back to Owairaka and start helping the young runners with style & speed and watch the good improvements they are making.
My personal contact details are home phone 620-0677 or mobile 0211 277252
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your training requirements.