Weekly News


In this week’s newsletter:

  • First up

  • Grand Prix Meet One

  • Maiya Christini Interview

  • Honest 10

  • Cup Winners

  • Agency 10,000m

  • Andy McNeill Memorial Run 2019

  • Results

  • Upcoming Events


First Up

What an exciting week for marathon fans, with Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei smashing Paula Radcliffe’s 2003 world record by more than one minute at the Chicago Marathon, setting a new benchmark of 2:14:04, and Eliud Kipchoge becoming the first person in history to run a marathon in under two hours (even though it won’t count as a record) with his remarkable time of 1:59:40 in Vienna. It was great seeing the joy on Kipchoge’s face at the finish and the excitement of his pacers. As Kipchoge says, no human is limited.

As the focus pivots to the track season, the first of three Grand Prix meets will be held this Saturday at Newtown Park. There will be a 100m sprint, a 1,500m and a 5,000m among other events. Sign up is on the day, so come along and have a go. And don’t forget that the October edition of the Honest 10 is on Sunday.

Congratulations to all those who won cups and certificates at the annual harrier prizegiving. Well done also to Isaac Murphy, who won the Southland Half Marathon on Oct. 13 in a time of 1:10 and to Willie Gunn, who finished second M40 in 1:39. Full results here

Please send me details of any results, upcoming events, or ideas for future newsletters. Email Nick Perry: nickgbperry@gmail.com

Maiya Christini, from Athletics New Zealand


Grand Prix Meet One

Saturday, Nov. 19 at Newtown Park. Please come at least an hour before the event to sign up.

1:30 pm. 3000m Walk Triple Jump, Javelin

2:00 p.m. Hurdles 80/100/110m (must be pre-entered)

2:15 p.m. 100m

2:30 p.m. 1,500m Discus, High Jump

2:45 p.m. 400m 3

3:00 p.m. 5,000m

3:30 p.m. 200m

The next Grand Prix meets are Saturday, Nov 16 and then Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020.


Maiya Christini Interview

Maiya Christini was interviewed by Athletics NZ. Here’s the beginning:

We focus on the 21-year-old Wellington Harrier who has made a big impact in 2019 by winning the national senior women’s cross country title and a 5000m bronze medal at the New Zealand Track & Field Championships.

What is your best athletics quality?

My biggest strength is probably my determination. Once I commit to something I tend to keep going until I finish it – whether that be a hard track workout or pushing hard to pass the person in front of me during a race.

For the full interview, click here


Honest 10

The Honest 10 is a professionally and accurately measured 10km fun run event held once a month on a flat out-and-back course around the Wellington waterfront. It starts by Freyberg pool carpark (allow plenty of time to get a park), and heads south towards the wind needle and back.

There’s also a 5km option that turns around earlier, with both options finishing back at the start.

Come along for an easy fun run or use it to test yourself over an accurately measured course – all welcome!

Registrations: From 8:20 a.m.

Start Time: 9:00 a.m. (or optional 8:45 a.m. start time if you think you would be over 65 minutes)


Cup Winners

Congratulations to everybody who won cups and awards at the prizegiving on Saturday. Below is a list of those who won for excellence across the four main inter-club events: the Dorne Cup, the Vosseler Shield, the cross country champs and the road champs. There were many other awards handed out but there isn’t room here to list them all. For those who didn’t make it to the prizegiving and would like to collect their trophies or certificates, please contact Phillip Havill to arrange collection details. He can be contacted at tinakori118@gmail.com or 021-0269-0803
Excellence in Inter-Club Racing:

McKinnon Rose Bowl Senior Men: Isaac Murphy

Cornish Cup Senior Women: Maiya Christini

K O’Brien Cup Masters Men M35: Daniel Clendon

Andrew McNeill Memorial Cup Masters Men M50: Ian Macfarlane

Lester Abbey Memorial Cup Masters Men M60: Paul Forster

John Barrance Cup Masters Men M70: Tony Dawbin

Clare Van Rijswijk Cup Masters Women  W35: Tamara Winkler

John Peat Memorial Cup Masters Women W50: Victoria Humphries

Old Boys Cup Junior Men under 20: Callum Hancock

Doyle Cup Junior Women under 20: Kirstie Rae

Havill Cup Youth Men under 18: Henry Beliveau

Alexandra Cup Youth Women under 18: Caitlin Bassett

Boys under 16 Cup: Conor Chesney

Girls under16 Cup: Eliza Squire

Owens Cup Boys under 14: Jag Willers

Froude Cup Girls under 14: Scarlett Anderson

Thompson Cup Boys under 12: Oliver Harland

Hataitai Cup Girls under 12: Daniella Starr

Oliver Cup Boys under 10: Cameron Starr

Humphries Cup Girls under 10: Jemima Squire

Agency 10,000m

From The Agency Group

When: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., Sat. Nov. 9

Where: Newtown Athletics Track

The Agency Group 10000m is the most popular 10000m race in New Zealand. Last year the Agency Group 10000m was a night of PBs for runners of all speeds – 40 percent of runners finished with a new best time. This year there will be running packs and pacers of many different speeds to drag you to your new PB. Races are open to men and women of all age grades.

The schedule will depend on the number of entrants we get but it likely to look a bit like this:

4.45 pm – 10,000m B race, with a 50 min pacer Peter Paul Murmu, 45 min pacers Nick Horspool and Lindsay Barwick and 40 min pacer Richard Swan.

6.00 pm – 10,000m A race, with 37.30 min pacer Matt Bonner, 35 min pacer Andrew Wharton and 34 min pacers Dom Godfrey and Shane O Rahilly.

7.00 pm – 10,000m The Agency Group race, with 32 min pacer Evan Cooper and 30 min pacer (yet to be announced).

Races are open to both men and women of all age grades. We expect the races to be mixed so please indicate which race you want to run based on your goal time/pace.

Find more details here


Andy McNeill Memorial Run 2019

Wellington Marathon Clinic is hosting the second fun run in memory of Andy McNeill on Sunday 20th October at George Denton Park, Polhill, Wellington.

For details, click here



National Road Relays (Feilding, Oct. 5)

Results here


Track and Field Open Day (Newtown Park, Oct. 12)

Provisional results here


Upcoming Events

WHAC running calendar for October and November 2019



19th  Bernie Potenski Memorial Handicap, Titahi Bay

20th  Honest 10k, from Freyberg Pool carpark

20th  Andy McNeill Memorial Run, George Denton Park, Polhill



3rd  Masters 10k, Lower Hutt

17th Honest 10k (Summer Series), from Evans Bay

24th Pelorus Half, 10k, Kids Mile, Petone


Check out the Running Calendar New Zealand for additional events.


WHAC Board Information

If you have ideas for the club or any questions, please contact a board member or the secretary, Melissa Black (secretary@whac.org.nz). Your board members are: Peter Rendall, Terry Fraser, John Barrance, Bertram Manz, Nathan Tse, Paul Hewitson, Julie Richards, Gordon Clarke, Melissa Black, Alex Jones, Georgina Wedge, Esther George, Willie Gunn, Miranda Spencer and Jack Waterworth.