In this week's newsletter:

  • First up ... 

  • 100 miles by Will Bell

  • Round the Bays

  • Peter Rendall's weekly message

  • Honest 10

  • Reports and Results

  • Challenging Impossibility

  • Upcoming and Ongoing Events/News


First up ...

Huge thanks to Paul Sharp who has put together this bulletin for the past three years -- he's done a terrific job. I've agreed to take over, so please let me know if I've left anything out or if you have suggestions (Nick Perry:

This week I asked Will Bell to submit some thoughts on running the inaugural 100 mile race at the Tarawera Ultra. It's an incredible feat -- think about running from Auckland to Hamilton, then taking a right and continuing to Raglan. That's about the distance. Four marathons, back to back. Only 79 of the 140 starters managed to finish, although one thing that never stopped was the rain. Will even managed to run the last few kilometers at 5-minute-K pace to finish within his goal time of 24 hours. He was ninth male and 11th overall, and was one of several WHAC athletes who competed at Tarawera -- see below for more results. 


100 miles by Will Bell

I’ll never fully be able to articulate the incredible journey of the inaugural Tarawera 100 Mile Endurance run. This was my first 100 miler and I had no idea what to expect.

Running alongside professional athletes and everyday heroes in fairly tough conditions for nearly 24 hours is a very humbling experience. It’s surprising what doesn’t hurt and what does by the end, and how incredibly satisfying a 12 min km feels after taking 25 minutes to inch down a 1km hill on shot legs.  

Knowing that this would be the only 100 miler I’d be running this year helped get me through the dark patches, as did seeing my amazing crew family. Seeing familiar faces (or hearing familiar voices on the phone) after running by yourself for nearly eight hours really gives you an emotional top up. And believe it or not, I didn’t even have any music playing.

For much of the day, I didn’t think I was going to reach my goal time of 24hrs, so I owe a debt of gratitude to the remarkable Tim Rabone who, having been part of my crew team since 4am, jumped in at 10pm to pace me for the final 6 hours. He hadn’t had a coffee since 2am. He kept my fuel up, kept my head in the game, and brought me home in 23:39:22.

My feet and ankles are swollen and bruised, most of my toe nails will fall off, and new parts of me start to hurt as that pain subsides. But I don’t think there is anything else in this world that could emotionally bankrupt one more and still leave one richer than before.

Massive thanks to all those who have supported me on this journey. In particular thanks to my on the day crew family, Tim Rabone, Lauren Sye, Andrea Peat, and of course my beautiful wife Nicola Bell, without whom I would probably still be searching for a drop bag somewhere.

It took everything in me. Even the stuff I never knew I had.

If anyone’s interested they can read a bit more on my blog:


Round the Bays

This Sunday (Feb. 18) is the Round the Bays run and we are hoping to have as many people as possible at the finish area in blue WHAC shirts and singlets to hand out flyers and to promote the club. So if you are running on Sunday, please stick around after your race if you have the time.


Peter Rendall's weekly message

Congratulations to Quentin Rew on his Commonwealth Games nomination. Walk well Q. Quentin was one of five members of the Rew family who turned out in blue singlets for WHAC. He is the middle of three brothers and has a younger sister. The boys went to St Pats, and Evelyn went to St Catherines. Dad also ran, mum was chief supporter. In earlier days, Q was a noted middle-distance runner, but switched to walking after getting injured in Dunners. I find it sad that today over the winter many members choose not to be involved in the wider life of the club.  

Reminder: ALL queries relating to Track & Field should be directed to Peter.

His email address is in the Club Contacts section near the foot of the newsletter.


Honest 10

The Honest 10 was held a week earlier this month because of the Round the Bays run. It was humid and still, and the conditions were almost perfect. There were 44 starters. Big thanks to Hewi and Mark for all their organisational efforts, especially after Gabby got stranded in Auckland. Thanks also to Vickie, Andrea and JB for manning the finish and marshalling, to Nathan for promoting it on social media, and to the reliable pacers. We got some great feedback on Facebook: "I just completed the Honest 10 for the first time this morning. And I loved it, was awesome to have pacers there to get you across the line! Definitely be back!" and "There's an awesome friendly atmosphere too :)"


Reports and Results

Tarawera Ultra: 

100 mile: Will Bell 9th male, 6th M30-39, 11th overall; 102 km: Seth Campbell 45th male, 8th M40-49, 53rd overall; Brent Robinson DNF 87 km: Stewart Milne 3rd male, 2nd M40-49, 7th overall

Full results here

Junior Interclub #5 Newtown Park:

Congratulations to all those who competed, there were some good results for WHAC.

Provisional results here

Wellington Centre Champs & Wellington Masters Champs 2018 (and incorporating Grand Prix 3), Friday 2 – Sunday 4 February -- Newtown Park

An addition from last week's results: Veronica Gould, who finished first in the W60+ division in the following events: 60m, 100m, 200m, Long Jump, and Weight Throw.


Congratulations to all, and apologies for any errors and/or omissions. Good luck to everyone competing over the next seven days.


Challenging Impossibility 

Here's an event that might interest some - a free talk by two endurance athletes. Here's the promo:

The "Meetings with Remarkable People" talk series features two women achievers, Kiwi multi-day runner Harita Davies, who recently finished history's longest certified foot-race, the gruelling New York based 3100 mile ultra and the only NZ woman to ever attempt and complete this epic!

Accompanying her will be Czech swimmer Abhejali Bernardova, one of only a handful to ever swim the 'Ocean's-7' great ocean challenges - including Ireland to Scotland, Robben Island to Cape Town, the Gibraltar Strait, the English Channel and Hawai's Molokai and Catalina Channels.

Sun 25 Feb 2018, 5:00pm–6:30pm, Wharewaka Function Centre, 2 Taranaki St, Taranaki Wharf, Wellington

More details here


Upcoming and Ongoing Events, and other News

February / March 2018

Please review the entries in the 2-month calendar extract shown below and refer to the Athletics Wellington website for more information. Additional links will be included in the newsletter to assist with this. (The 2-page calendar can be viewed in its entirety here.)

Click here for further information (entry procedure etc.) on all Senior Track & Field Interclubs.



Wellington Junior Champs Newtown Park -- entries now open

Sunday 11th March, Sunday 18th March (Reserve Day 25th March).

Click here to enter


Honest 10, Sunday 18 March -- from the Wind Needle

Let's keep trying to promote this event!

If anyone can help from 9–10am on March 18th, please email Gabby O'Rourke (


Athletics NZ Track and Field Champs, 9 to 11 March 2018 -- Porritt Stadium, Hamilton

Anyone interested in competing at the 2018 Athletics NZ Track & Field Champs should have completed an expression of interest (EOI) online. The submission closing date was 12 February. The Wellington Centre team will be named by 19 February 2018, this coming Monday . More information here.


5K races, Tuesdays -- weekly (Scottish) and biweekly (Trentham United)

If you can't make the weekly in-town event (, head to Trenthan Park for an every-two-weeks alternative ( The biweekly series consists of six events. Next up takes place on 27 February, the last on 27 March.


Don't forget ... check out the Cool Running New Zealand website for additional events that might take your fancy!


WHAC Board stuff

If you have any ideas for, or questions about, the Club, please feel free to forward these to a Board member, or to the Secretary, Vickie Humphries (  Your Board members are: Peter Rendall, Terry Fraser, Trent Stallard, Andrea Peat, John Barrance, Bertram Manz, Nathan Tse, Paul Hewitson, Julie Richards, Gordon Clarke, Will Bell, Evan Cooper, Doug Hancock and Vickie Humphries.





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