Weekly News

In this week’s newsletter:

  • First up

  • Quentin Rew First To Qualify For Olympics

  • North Island Champs Success

  • Easter Honest 10 Help Needed

  • Feeling The Burn In Waiterere Forest

  • Walk For Wishbone

  • Athletics Wellington Roles

  • Enhancing Club Days

  • Shaw Baton Relays

  • WHAC Hoodies

  • Long Run Sundays

  • Results

  • Upcoming Events


First Up

For all those parents, family members or fans of WHAC runners, we have a special deal for you! The club would like to create a special edition hoodie with the word “Supporter” printed on one sleeve. We will need at least 10 orders to make it work though. Please see below for more details.

Congratulations to all those who competed in the New Zealand Mountain Running Champs in Wainuiomata on Saturday. There were some great results. Dan Clendon won the national M40 category, Nathan Tse was fourth senior man, and Andrea Peat was third senior woman.

And well done to all those who ran in the club’s Donaldson Memorial Relay. It must have been a thriller, with the team of Pablo Miguel, Phil Starr, Gabrielle Healey and Akash Marks winning by one second over George Grey, Maria Revelant, George Matthews and Paul Hewitson.

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


Andrea Peat toughs it out it during the New Zealand Mountain Running Champs


Quentin Rew First To Qualify For Olympics

From Athletics New Zealand

WHAC club member Quentin Rew became the first New Zealander to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in Athletics over the weekend in Wajima, Japan. Quentin met the 50km Race Walk entry standard of 3:50:00, recording a time of 3:49:48.


North Island Champs Success

From Julie Richards

Congratulations to all the club athletes who represented Wellington in the recent North Island Secondary Schools athletics competition which was held in Tauranga on the 6th and 7th of April. Here are some of the results:

Junior Girls 800
1st   Maia Wilkinson    2:17.48
3rd  Edie Kozyniak      2:19..03

Junior Girls 1500
2nd   Edie Kozyniak   4:52.79

Intermediate Girls 800
3rd  Maali Kyle Ford    2:14.54

Intermediate Girls 1500
1st  Maali Kyle-Ford  4:45.11

Senior Girls 800
3rd Charlotte Floodsmith-Ryan  2:18.28


Easter Honest 10 Help Needed

From Mark Te Punga

We have the Easter H10 this Sunday. We need helpers and pacers. So far Stu has put his hand up to do the 40 min group and Ravi has kindly offered to pace the 55min group. So we are still looking for 45, 50 and 60 min pacers. All offers of help and pacing gratefully accepted.

If you can help, please email Mark Te Punga at marktepunga@hotmail.com


Feeling the Burn In Waiterere Forest 

From Brendon Flanagan

While most club members stayed in Wellington to compete in the national mountain run champs, four ventured north to Waiterere Forest for the half marathon. Letha Whitham and Sophie Lee came second and third among all women, behind a scorching run of 1:05:28 by Claire Mortelier of Wellington, who finished almost 15 minutes ahead of the first man.

Conditions were very cold at the start, but sunny. The course was a mixture of pine-needle covered road and exposed forest road, as well as some sand track and farm track, all of which was mainly flat but with undulations to keep it interesting.


Letha Whitham 1:29:48 19th out of 359 (2nd female)

Sophie Lee 1:30:12 21st out of 359 (3rd female)

Brendon Flanagan 1:42:44 62nd out of 359 (51st male)

Peter Corbett 1:55:46 153rd out of 359 (108th male)


Walk For Wishbone

From Walk for Wishbone

On Sunday 28 April at Wellington’s Hataitai Park, people will take to their feet to help raise funds for orthopaedic research – why not join them! The Walk for Wishbone is run by the Wishbone Orthopaedic Research Foundation, part of the New Zealand Orthopaedic Association. Your support will help fund vital research into improving surgery and treatment for joint replacements reducing pain, broken bones, bone infections and cancers, congenital disorders and sports injuries.

Take part in a fun event where you will meet positive people who want to help fund vital research into improving orthopaedic surgery and treatment in New Zealand.

1km walk – on even ground around the outside of the velodrome two or three times, depending on how you feel!

5km walk – cruise with friends or power walk on a beautiful 2.5 km course on well-established tracks through iconic bush. With stunning views over the outer harbour and the western hills. You can go around once or twice.

Registration – 1-2 p.m. Sunday, April 28 Marist St Pats club rooms, Wellington velodrome, Hataitai Park.  Walks start – 2pm

The event finishes at the club rooms for talks, spot prizes and refreshments. To enter, fundraise or donate go to www.walkforwishbone.org.nz


Athletics Wellington Roles

From Athletics Wellington

The Athletics Wellington board are asking for expressions of interest for the roles of chairpersons of the three athletics subcommittees: Junior Track & Field, Senior Track and Field, and Cross Country and Road.

The main purpose is for the board to oversee the appointment of the committee chair and approve that each club has a member on each committee. The tenure of the committee chair is for a period of two years and, once appointed, the chair will then appoint the respective committee members.

For a charter of the requirements and role descriptions, please email Melissa Black at secretary@whac.org.nz.

Expressions of interest are due by April 30th 2019 via email addressed to board@athleticswellington.org.nz
A panel will then go through the selection process with formal discussions with applicants in May and early June for a 1 July 2019 commencement. Any questions, please email board chair hamish.girvan@gmail.com or call 027-451-3931


Enhancing Club Days

From Terry Fraser

We have been discussing one of the objectives of the strategic plan, which is to review and enhance club days and traditional club races. We are seeking feedback on the following ideas:

1. Club day encompasses all day Saturday. We would have an agenda of running sessions and events for the day.

2. Saturday pack runs from the club in the afternoon are advertised during the week, and include a delegated pack leader. Details of each run would include the distance and the intended running pace.

3. Have a trail running group.

4. Each section is delegated one Saturday each season to act as hosts to the rest of the club. The expectation is they would put on a theme, BBQ, guest speaker, afternoon tea etc.

5. Coaching Corner. A WHAC coach is on site at the clubroom each Saturday for a half-hour period prior to the start of pack runs to answer questions, advise, and give guidance on training goals and aims.

6. Give prizes at traditional club races

If you have a view, idea, suggestion or example please let us know. During the season we will observe, listen and research ideas to assist addressing this objective and will look to implement initiatives during the season. The Objective 4 working committee is me (Terry Fraser) Kristy McDonald and Georgina Wedge. Please send us your feedback at Tfraser532@gmail.comKristy_whitelaw@hotmail.com; and Georgina@andersondesign.co.nz.

Shaw Baton Relays

Saturday April 27, 2019

Venue: Battle Hill Farm Park – Pauatahanui, Paekakariki Hill Rd, Porirua, Wellington. (6km north of Pauatahanui General Store).

Course: 2km laps – cross-country. Grass, gravel tracks, mostly flat to undulating with one sharp uphill & downhill. Log jumps and a water jump.

Race times:

1 p.m.: Youth Girls GU16; Junior Women WU20; Senior Women W20-34; Masters Women W35+; Masters Women W50+ (Four runners per team)

1:50 p.m.: 1k Fun Run BU10, GU10 – mass start

2:00 p.m.: Boys, Girls & Mixed BU14, GU14, BU12, GU12, mixed

2:50 p.m.: Youth Boys BU16; Junior Men MU20; Senior Men M20-34; Masters Men M35+; Masters Men M50+ (Four runners per team)


WHAC Hoodies

From Bertram Manz

We are planning to place another order for hoodies, so this is your chance to get fitted in WHAC colours for the winter season. Prices still need to be confirmed, but are likely to stay similar to previous orders. Children’s sizes: 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 – about $50 each (add an additional $8 if you want your name printed at the back). Please note that the children’s sizes do not have a draw cord (it’s a health and safety thing).

Adults’ sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge, 2XL, 3XL – about $55 each (add an additional $8 if you want your name printed at the back) – they are a large fit so consider getting a size smaller if you prefer it fitting!!!

For our supporting parents and other members, we would like to get a special edition with the word “Supporter” printed on one sleeve. We will need to get at least 10 orders to go ahead. The extra cost will be around $8-10 per hoodie. Please email Bertram if you are interested.

If interested, please email your details to Bertram Manz: membership@whac.org.nz


Long Run Sundays 

From Paul Hewitson

Upcoming events and training:

Sunday April 21: 8 a.m. at Freyberg Pool.

If all your mates are away and you are getting long weekend vacation Fear Of Missing Out, come run with the WHAC Trails & Ultra gang. This week we will have an option to do part of your run with the Honest 10k race and another group that will incorporate some trails. Stick around afterwards and post a selfie icing your legs in Oriental Bay while having a coffee. Staycations are better anyway.



Athletics New Zealand National Mountain Run Champs 2019 (April 13)

Full results click here


Donaldson Memorial Relay (April 13)

Full results click here


Great Forest Event, Waiterere Forest (April 13)

Full results click here


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 April and May 2019



20th Club runs and walks, clubrooms

21st (Easter Sunday) Honest 10K, Wind Needle

27th  Shaw Baton Relays, Battle Hill



4th   Club runs, walks, clubrooms

4th   Rotorua Marathon

5th   NZ 100km Champs, Christchurch

8th   CSW Scottish Cross Country Relays, Karori Park

11th  University Cross Country relays, Queen Elizabeth II Park, Paekakariki

18th  Club runs, walks, clubrooms

19th   The Honest 10 – the Julian Davidson Memorial edition

25th   The Vosseler Shield, clubrooms

26th  Masters Classic relay, Trentham

29th CSW Champs Cross Country, Harcourt Park


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, 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.