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1 month ago
Photos from Wellington Harrier Athletic Club's post

A huge congratulations to Isaac Murphy taking out the bronze medal at Athletics New Zealand's first ever national Virtual 5k Champs!

Isaac ran a speedy 14.58 to beat a number of New Zealand's top ... See more

2 months ago
Photos from Wellington Harrier Athletic Club's post

MISSING PERSON:

If you are out for a walk or a run in Kilbirnie, Lyall Bay or a nearby area please keep a look out for Jason Sercombe. His family have been looking for him for a few days. 💔

If ... See more

2 months ago
Mental Health – Looking after mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19

A great message from the Mental Health Foundation during these uncertain times! ❤️

COVID-19 is changing our daily lives. It’s important to look after our own wellbeing, our whānau’s wellbeing, and our community’s wellbeing as we get through this – together.

2 months ago

Bringing some positive news to your Facebook newsfeeds:

In Palmerston North over the weekend, WHAC sent a number of athletes to the Last Chance PB meet. Our middle distance team capped off a great ... See more

2 months ago

WHAC Health and Safety COVID-19 Update:

With an increasing number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand and recognising the speed at which situations have advanced internationally, we ... See more

2 months ago
WHAC at Athletics Wellington Junior TF Champs 2020!

Day 1 of the Athletics Wellington Junior T&F Champs was a helluva day out! Here are some of the highlights from our WHAC superstars!

Day 1 of the Athletics Wellington Junior T&F Champs was a helluva day out! Here are some of the highlights from our WHAC superstars!

2 months ago
Athletics New Zealand

Yes boy! 🥇

Q Walks Fast - Quentin Rew has started the final day of the Jennian Homes NZ Track & Field Championships in style, setting a new New Zealand record of 40:42.11 in the 10,000m track walk 🙌

📸 ... See more

3 months ago
Photos from Wellington Harrier Athletic Club's post

Ka pai! Congrats to all our WHAC whanau racing in blue this morning at the Round the Bays! 🌞 WHAC took out a number of races with Sarah Drought winning the Women's Half Marathon, Isaac Murphy ... See more

3 months ago

Athletics Wellington Combined Meet is coming up next weekend! Come on down and give one of the events a go - the 1500m is on first, immediately following he Junior Interclub meet and is a great ... See more

3 months ago

A HUGE congratulations to the WHAC whanau who completed the Tarawera Ultra over the weekend! 🤩INCREDIBLE efforts 💪💪💪

Big congrats in particular to Paul Hewitson and Joe Murphy who did ... See more

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NOTICES

2020 HARRIER SEASON

The arrival of Covid-19 has meant that no formal club activities were possible for the March-May period. Based on New Zealand’s success in overcoming the coronavirus, we believe that return to club life, then interclub and national racing, will soon become possible. Further easing of restrictions will help to speed up this process.

We look forward to the Government announcement on 8th June. Following that we will publish a draft Winter Calendar.

WELCOME

Welcome to the home of Wellington Harrier Athletic Club, Wellington’s oldest and most prestigious harrier club.

Founded in 1903, Wellington Harriers is in its 118th year of competition. Everyone is welcome to join WHAC. We cater for all levels, ages and events for those wanting to improve fitness through to regional and national competition. We host a number of club runs, interclub and social events throughout the year.

During the winter, training is based from our clubrooms nestled in the heart of Wellington, on Mt Victoria. In the summer months we train and compete at Newtown Park’s all-weather Track and Field facility.

For up to date news, photos and results check out our facebook page.

Welcome aboard!

 

Calendar

2020 Winter Calendar

The arrival of Covid-19 has meant that no formal club activities were possible for the March-May period. Based on New Zealand’s success in overcoming the coronavirus, we believe that return to club life, then interclub and national racing, will soon become possible. Further easing of restrictions will help to speed up this process.

We look forward to the Government announcement on 8th June. Following that we will publish a draft Winter Calendar.

Click here for venues and maps

The Vosseler Shield

The Vosseler Shield is arguably one of New Zealand’s toughest interclub races on the winter calender. Held annually on Mt. Victoria, the event features over four hundred athletes from various clubs across the lower North Island. The shield was named after Frederick Vosseler, a prominent Wellington businessman who helped found the Wellington Harrier club in 1903. In 1923 he presented the Vosseler Shield to his old running club for the annual cross-country fixture. In its early days the Vosseler Shield race started from Lyall Bay and went around the hills above Moa Point. It became a Mt Victoria event in the 1950s, when Wellington Harriers relocated to Alexandra Road.

History

Wellington Harrier Athletic Club is one of the oldest harrier and sporting clubs in New Zealand. Founded in 1903, the first pack run set off from the Basin Reserve on the afternoon of April 29th. In the early years most of the club’s activities revolved around a weekly pack run held each Saturday. The location of the start varied week to week between various church halls and private homes around the district, a practice that still continues today from our clubrooms located on Mt. Victoria in the heart of Wellington.

The first Wellington Harriers Cross Country Championship was held in 1905. The race was held over five miles at the local Island Bay Racecourse with eleven starters. Wellington Harriers first came to prominence at the 1909 NZAAA National Cross Country held in Timaru finishing second in the club race behind Caversham. Since then Wellington Harriers has become widely recognised both Nationally and Locally as being one of New Zealand’s most successful harrier clubs. In 1984, Wellington Harriers Senior Men secured their first off two National Road Relay titles during the decade. A decade which included a host of National medals and New Zealand Representative’s such as the house hold names of Froude, McCallum and Drake.

Caption: A young Dallas McCallum

The 1990’s saw the rise of Wellington Harrier’s as a stable for producing some of New Zealand’s best female athletes. In particluar Barbara Moore (Bronze 1990 CWG 10,000m), Hare, O’Rourke and Humphries leading the charge. On the 22nd March 1997 it was unanimously agreed that Wellington Harriers would merge with the local Wellington Track and Field Club (WTFC) to form Wellington Harrier Athletic Club (WHAC). Since the formation of WHAC the club’s involvement in he track and field scene has continued to grow, to the point where we may now be considered the premier track and field club in the region, among the top T&F clubs in the country. WHAC has also developed a strong Children’s athletic’s programme which usually sees over 100 children at club days.

      

In 2003, WHAC celebrated 100 years of running and is proud to be one of New Zealand’s longest standing Harrier and Athletic Clubs. The club continues to grow with over four hundred members from children through to masters.