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Capital athletics meeting forced to move as track not ready By Jamie Adams
One of the biggest events of Wellington’s athletics calendar will not be taking place in the capital this season. The Team Ledger Bayleys Capital Classic 2018 was meant to happen at Newtown Park this Saturday after a postponement from Friday due to work replacing the surface of the running track. Weeks of work on the track had taken place over summer to get it finished in time for the Classic, which doubles as a trial for the Commonwealth Games, however by Wednesday morning Wellington City Council spokeman Richard Maclean confi rmed that the track would not be ready for it. Contractor Polytan had been working to resurface the track only five years after it had previously been resurfaced it due to moisture buildup underneath parts of it. “It’s defintely not happening. We have, since before Christmas, been urging the event organisers to find another venue,” Richard says. “The contractors have been
Work was still contiuing on re-surfacing the athletics track at Newtown Park as of Tuesday. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
working long hours but there is a limit to how many days and hours the crews can work without a break – and some local residents have been complaining about the noise when the crews have worked late.” Capital Classic meeting director Tony Rogers confirmed the meet will be moved to Cooks Gardens in Whanganui
to be held on the same day. Tony was disappointed with the outcome, given the dry weather over the past week had given contractor Polytan plenty of time to allow lanes to be painted and settled. “We are disappointed because the project time hasn’t made the guidelines fot the timeline we had put out.”
The event could have been postponed further but was necessary in this case due to it doubling as a trials event for April’s Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Richard was confident the track would be ready for other upcoming athletics of the summer such as such as the MacEvedy Shield.
Seoul and Wellington to strengthen ties with Memorandum of Understanding Wellington’s links with South Korea’s capital Seoul will be strengthened today by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding that signals closer ties between the two cities. The signing, by Wellington Mayor Justin Lester and Seoul Metropolitan Council Chairman Yang Jun Yook, will take place at The Wel-
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