April Newsletter

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To all our members, sponsors, partners, ambassadors, guides and volunteers. Welcome to the April edition of the Achilles NZ newsletter.

From the Board - Allan Smith

  • The Board is looking forward to seeing you all the Awards Night on Friday May 24 and also at the AGM on Saturday May 25.

  • The Notice of Intent and the Agenda for the 2019 AGM has been emailed out to the Achilles family.

Rotorua Marathon Saturday May 4

Peter loft, Rachel Grunwell and John Bowden at Rotorua Marathon 2018

Peter loft, Rachel Grunwell and John Bowden at Rotorua Marathon 2018

Achilles NZ will be attending and competing in this iconic New Zealand marathon and associated events. Faustinah our Rotorua Chapter leader and her great team are looking forward to hosting the Achilles family. There is still time to register and attend so we will see you in Rotorua.

Hawkes Bay Marathon Saturday May 18

Shannon Cleave with her Guides at the 2018 Hawkes Bay Marathon

Shannon Cleave with her Guides at the 2018 Hawkes Bay Marathon

Achilles NZ athletes and guides along with our major partner Cigna NZ who are hosting us, will be attending this event in the sunny Bay. It is not too late to register so go to the website and do so and Ryan one of our Achilles NZ Board members our Achilles along with staff from Cigna will be your hosts.

Awards Dinner and AGM

Awards Dinner Flyer

Awards Dinner Flyer

The second annual Achilles Awards night is to be held in Auckland on Friday 24 May. You need to get your tickets and enjoy a great night of food, chat and celebrating the successes of our athletes, guides, volunteers and Ambassadors. So please nominate who you believe deserves to be considered the best Female athlete of the Year, Male athlete of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Ambassador of the Year.

Sydney Marathon and associated events Sunday September 15

I was privileged to meet with the Achilles Sydney leaders recently, and they have issued us an invitation for a Friday night celebration leading into the 10km, half marathon and marathon which of course is on the Sunday. Plenty of time on the Saturday for sightseeing and shopping. As you are aware, we are not attending the New York marathon until 2020 so this is a great opportunity to travel overseas and meet up with our neighbours across the ditch. Marathon Tours have a great deal for us so go the link and register NOW!

Sydney Marathon Flyer

Sydney Marathon Flyer

Pure Sports Nutrition Recipe - Protein Bites

These little bites are a great protein hit. These are great to add to your endurance sports nutrition. They also work great for pre or post-workout snacks or even as a little treat to keep you full.




  1. In a food processor chop nuts until in small fine pieces (leave chunky if you like it that way but we like them smooth).

  2. Add protein powder and mix.

  3. Add dates, cranberries, and apricots and mix until a smooth paste forms (this may take a little while).

  4. Take small portion and roll into balls between your hands.

  5. Roll in coconut and place on a plate.

  6. Put in the fridge for 1-2 hours and these are ready to eat. These are best left in the fridge to keep fresh but go great in a lunch box.

Recipe provided by Naomi Hough

From Around the Chapters - Training Sessions

The Final Word

Thanks as always to our sponsors, partners guides, volunteers and chapter leaders -I know the athletes of Achilles really do appreciate your passion and commitment to them and the Achilles family. Do have a great month in May whether you are running in any of the events in Rotorua and the Hawkes Bay, or in the various Parkruns around the country. I, along with the Board are looking forward specially to meeting some of you at the Awards Night and the AGM.

Alana Lythe