Weekly News

In this week’s newsletter:

  • First up …

  • Urgent Notice: Palmerston North Meet

  • Junior Interclub 1

  • Run A 10K PB For Free

  • Athlete Development Seminar

  • Results

  • Upcoming Events


First up …

We are putting out the newsletter one day early this week in order to remind people that they must register by today if they want to run on Saturday at the league meeting in Palmerston North. More details on that below.

Little-known Kenyan runner Abraham Kiptum ran a world record 58:18 in the half-marathon in Valencia over the weekend. What a performance! Maybe something to inspire those running in next year’s Round the Bays? Or maybe it’s better not to think about how insanely fast his pace was?

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


Abraham Kiptum


Urgent Notice: Palmerston North Meet

From Peter Rendall

Urgent Notice – Entries for the Regional League meeting in Palmerston North must be made by this Wednesday. If you plan to compete please contact your Track and Field Manager – Peter Rendall – as soon as possible. Late entries after Wednesday are not accepted. If anyone needs transport, contact me now and I will see what I can organise.

If anyone has any thoughts about the league – timing, structure etc. please let me know ASAP. There is apparently an annual planning meeting to take place in Palmerston North during the meet. We also need to provide some officials so any volunteers please contact me ASAP.

Email Track & Field Manager Peter Rendall: obnz3583@gmail.com

For more info on the Regional League Meetings, go here


Junior Interclub 1

From Julie Richards

When: 10 a.m. Sunday Nov. 4

Where: Newtown Park

Host: WHAC

WHAC will be running a BBQ at the interclub, fundraising for our children’s section. Can people please do some baking to sell at the BBQ and bring it along on the day? Many thanks.

To see the schedule, go here


Run A 10K PB For Free

From Paul Hewitson

Hi everyone. Numbers are low for the Wellington 10k on November 10.
Run on the track and hopefully with little wind, it’s a good chance for a PB.
Read on …

There’s a misleading perception that the 10000m at Newtown Park in two weeks is for fast runners. It’s actually meant to be a night of PBs for everyone. There will be three races. Most likely there will be one for people aiming for under 33 minutes, one for people aiming for about 34-39 minutes and one for people aiming for any time 40+. (The exact time cut-offs between races will depend on entries and what the officials do.) So there is definitely an opportunity, no matter your speed, for everyone in WHAC to have a run and challenge their 10km PB. Then have a beer or coffee afterwards and cheer for the other races. Can you let people know? I really want to get entries up to about 100. We are currently at 50 (eds note: now 65). Free online entries at the link below. Thanks!


More Details:

The Agency Group 10000m

Saturday 10 November, Newtown Park, Wellington

4.45 p.m. – 10000 metres B race
6.00 p.m. – 10000 metres A race
7.00 p.m. – 10000 metres – The Agency Group race

The following pacemakers will start in the Agency 10000 metres: Hamish Carson – pacing the 30 minute group. Rowan Cooper, Dougal Thorburn and Stephen Day – pacing the 32 minute group.

The following pacemakers will start in the A 10000 metre race: Andy Ford and Dan Hunt – pacing the 35 minute group.

The following pacemakers will start in the B 10000 metre race: James Turner and Chandima Kulathilake – pacing the 40 minute group.


Athlete Development Seminar

From Athletics Wellington

When: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11

Where: Two hours Interactive Theory at Newtown Park and two hours practical at Crossfit FRF in Rongotai

Register: karin@athleticswellington.org.nz

They say you can never learn enough. Therefore Athletics Wellington will be offering a Seminar to all athletes and coaches wanting to widen their knowledge of training in sport. The seminar is open to athletes from 13 years and older. For the younger athletes, please note there will be a theory session. We are planning on offering more seminars going forward covering other topics such as nutrition, psychology, athlete pathway etc. Please note, these seminars are not replacing the AWAD program as this is still in the planning process for 2019. As much as we’d like to accommodate everyone, our facility spaces are limited so please register early if you are interested. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in contact karin@wellingtonathletics.org.nz.



Central League Meeting 1 – Hastings – 27/10/2018

Open Women 1500m run Charlotte Floodsmith-Ryan 1st (4:59.85)

Open Men 1500m run Max Karamanolis 1st (4:04.76), Liam Chesney 4th (4:07.96)


Auckland Half Marathon 28/10/18

Alex Jones 1st M40 (1:19.37)


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 November 2018



4th   Masters 10k Lower Hutt

4th   Junior Interclub 1, Newtown Park

10th Wellington 10k, Newtown Park

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.