Weekly News

In this week’s newsletter:

  • First up …

  • 2018 Harrier Prize Winners

  • Titahi Bay Invite This Saturday

  • Time For The Honest 10

  • Club Meet B This Saturday

  • Andy McNeill Memorial Run And Walk

  • Neon Night Walk And Run

  • Results

  • Upcoming Events


First up …

What an amazing effort by Seth Campbell to run 400 kilometers to complete the MOAB 240 mile endurance race in Utah. That’s the kind of distance you might usually think about driving or flying, not running! And it sounded like the conditions were bitterly cold at times – the race course was even changed midway through the race due to “excessive snow” on South Mountain. It looks like Seth finished 23rd male and 26th overall in the field of 150.

In another ultra closer to home, Tim Rabone and Will Bell went 1-2 in the Athletics New Zealand Trail Running Champs after running the 52 km Crater Rim Ultra near Christchurch. Well done!

And congratulations to everybody who won awards on Saturday at the club’s annual harrier prize giving. I’m including a partial list in this newsletter and hopefully we’ll soon get the full list up on the website.

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


Seth Campbell (in yellow and green) takes a break at mile 152 during the MOAB 240 endurance race. Photo provided by Paul Hewitson


2018 Harrier Prize Winners

Excellence in Inter-Club Racing (Points from the Dorne, Vosseler, Centre Cross Country, Centre Road)

McKinnon Rose Bowl Senior Men Nathan Tse

Cornish Cup Senior Women Maiya Christini

K O’Brien Cup Masters Men M35 John Beale

Clare Van Rijswijk Cup Masters Women W35 Nat Hardaker 

Andrew McNeill Memorial Cup Masters Men M50 Paul Hewitson

John Peat Memorial Cup Masters Women W50 Victoria Humphries 

Lester Abbey Memorial Cup Masters Men M60 Desmond Young

John Barrance Cup Masters Men M70 Brian Hayes

Old Boys Cup Junior Men under 20 Max Karamanolis

Doyle Cup Junior Women under 20 No Award

Havill Cup Youth Men under 18 Mason Waterworth

Alexandra Cup Youth Women under 18 Maali Kyle-Ford

Cup Boys under 15 Conor Chesney

no cup as yet Girls under 15 Edie Kozyniak

Owens Cup Boys under 13 Jaguun Gunregjav-Willers

Froude Cup Girls under 13 Greta Woolloff

Thompson Cup Boys under 11 Oliver Harland

Hataitai Cup Girls under 11 Daniella Starr

Oliver Cup Boys under 9 Cameron Starr 

Humphries Cup Girls under 9 No Award


Titahi Bay Invite This Saturday

Please note this run is on this Saturday, Oct. 20. If you are planning to run, please send your estimated 10 km time so it can be handicapped to michaelwray@xtra.co.nz

From Michael Wray, President of Wellington Scottish

Wellington Scottish would like to invite your club to join us for an annual handicap race we hold in Titahi Bay.

This is an occasion to celebrate the end of the harrier season and to commemorate Bernie Portenski. While Bernie was a staunch Scottish member, she trained with and supported many members from other clubs. The overall winner on handicap will hold the Bernie Portenski Memorial Trophy for a year. The race is on Saturday 20 October and this is the second year we have held this event. Last year was a big success, with the trophy going to Hutt Valley Harrier Isobel Franklin.

This year Lifestyle Sports are supporting the event so we have prizes to give away! We assemble at St Timothy’s Presbyterian Church, 16 Te Pene Ave, Titahi Bay from about 1:30pm. Post-race we return to the church hall for an afternoon tea and prize-giving. The race starts at  about 2 (probably be 2:05pm) on the beach in front of the surf club at Titahi Bay. The race distance is 9.1km but with the mixed terrain (road, beach, grass) and the hill in the second half, the distance we use to calculate handicaps is 10 km.


Time For The Honest 10

Yep, it’s Honest 10 time again! Do come out and bring a friend to support this event, which helps raise money for the club. It starts by Freyberg Pool carpark (allow plenty of time to get a park), and heads south toward the wind needle and back.

Date: Sunday, Oct. 21

Registrations: from 8.20 a.m.

Start Time: 9:00 a.m. There is an optional 8:45 a.m. start time if you think you will take more than 65 minutes.


Club Meet B This Saturday

Newtown Park hosts Club Meet B this Saturday, Oct. 20, a meet which is open to athletes college-age and upwards who are registered financial members of a club. The program includes a 100m, 200m, 400m, 1500m, 3000m, steeplechase, hurdles and walk. For more details, click here


Andy McNeill Memorial Run And Walk

When: Sunday 28 October. Briefing at 9:00 a.m.

How Much: Free! But you shoulregister

28 October 2018 is approximately the fourth anniversary of Andy’s passing away. Wellington Marathon Clinic is organising a run/walk starting and finishing in George Denton Park, going through various tracks in Polhill. This event is open to anyone.

There is a briefing at 9:00 a.m., runners start at 9:15 a.m., walkers at 9:20 a.m. No prize-giving, just spot prizes at the finish. Simple food and drinks will be available at the park. Andrew McNeill was a WHAC member.

For more information and to register, go here to the website or onto Facebook


Neon Night Walk And Run

This a new event on Oct. 27 in Porirua that is raising money for charity. The organisers say:

This is your chance to do good, have fun, get fit, challenge yourself and dress up in neon to get into the Halloween spirit. #glow4good and complete 8, 16 or 24 km through native bush to a scenic lookout, in the beautiful Colonial Knob /Rangituhi Reserve in Porirua, starting & finishing at Camp Elsdon. This is a fundraising event, a chance for you to truly make a difference for the charity of your choice whilst conquering Colonial Knob 1, 2 or 3 times!!!

Info here



Masterton Marathon and Half on Sunday 14th October.

Marathon: Brian Hayes 3:43:39, 8th overall and 1st M60+ (although Brian’s 71).

Half: David Creamer 1:24:58, 5th overall and 1st M50.


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


Upcoming Events

WHAC running calendar for October and November 2018



20th  Bernie Potenski Memorial Handicap, Titahi Bay

21st  Honest 10k


4th   Masters 10k Lower Hutt

18th  Honest 10k Evans Bay

25th  Perlorus Half, 10k, Kids Mile.


Check out the Cool Running New Zealand website for additional events that might take your fancy!


WHAC Board Information

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, Melissa Black (secretary@whac.org.nz). Your board members are: Peter Rendall, Terry Fraser, Andrea Peat, John Barrance, Bertram Manz, Nathan Tse, Paul Hewitson, Julie Richards, Gordon Clarke, Kristy Macdonald, Melissa Black, Alex Jones, Hayden Snell, Callum Stewart and Georgina Wedge.