Weekly News

In this week’s newsletter:

  • First up …

  • Come Along To The AGM

  • Join The Club Board

  • Wellington Road Champs

  • Honest 10

  • Friday Lunch Runs

  • Neon Night Walk and Run

  • Order Your Hoodie Now

  • Reports and Results

  • Upcoming Events


First up …

Congratulations to the Senior Women, Junior Men and M60 teams who all won their races at this year’s Bays Relay.

And talking of relays, it’s that time of year to start planning for National Road Relays, which is on Oct. 6. Don’t forget to book your plane tickets for Christchurch. The cost this year, excluding plane tickets, is $180. That covers van hire, fuel, entry fees, accommodation for two nights, and one evening dinner. The cost is discounted by grants and funds collected from events like the Honest 10.

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


The winning SW Bays Relay team. From left to right: Esther George, Sarah Drought, Kelsey Forman, Melissa Black and Maiya Christini.


Come Along To The AGM

From Vickie Humphries

What? Club AGM

When? 7 p.m. Monday Aug. 20.

Where? WHAC clubrooms

Please come along to the annual general meeting next Monday night. It would be great to see a good representation of club members across the different ages and stages. Come along with your support and your suggestions. Attending does not commit you to anything, rather it shows your commitment to a good club being even better going forward.
The Annual Report is available now here


Join The Club Board

From Doug Hancock

A number of long-term board members will be standing down at the club’s AGM. We therefore have vacancies in the position of treasurer, club secretary and in the non-board role of grants officer.

The club relies on volunteers and without these key roles filled, the club will struggle to function or will have to try to contract out services at enormous expense, resulting in hefty rises in membership fees. We therefore are desperate for new volunteers to assist on the board in any of these roles. You will be well supported. Please consider helping the club this year.

If you have any questions, please get in contact with the club Chairperson Doug Hancock (doug.hancock22@gmail.com, 027-322-4206).


Wellington Road Champs

A reminder the Wellington Road Champs are being held on Saturday Aug. 18 at the Wainuiomata Recreation Area. In the words of Mark Te Punga: “It would be great to see a big blue wave on the start line of every event at the road champs”. For more details go here

Don’t forget to bring your personalised race bib for this event. If you have not yet picked up your race bib, you can obtain one as follows:

If you registered before 7th July, contact your WHAC section leader (details found at the foot of this newsletter) to make arrangements to obtain your personalised bib from her/him.

If you registered after that date, on Saturday you can obtain a temporary bib (which must be returned after the race) from the Wainuiomata club tent near the start/finish line on Reservoir Road (Wainui are the organising club for AW road champs).


Honest 10

This month’s edition of the Honest 10 is on Sunday, Aug. 19, for those who have any energy left after the Road Champs. Meet outside Freyberg Pool in Oriental Bay. Registrations from 8:20 a.m. and the race starts at 9 a.m.


Friday Lunch Runs

For those who work or play in the city and are looking for a social Friday lunch run, there are a couple of options:

12:30 p.m. Frunchtime. Meets at Fergs Kayaks on the waterfront. Organised by the Wellington Running Meetup Group. A run around the trails of Mt. Vic, about 6-7 k.m. Pace is moderate and accomodates different ability levels.

12:30 p.m. A group of runners, most of them from Scottish but with a couple from WHAC, meet at the Kupe Statue to do the Maidavale loop, which is about 7 k.m. Pace is about 4:15 – 4:30 per km.


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


Order Your Hoodie Now

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 Road Relay Nationals and summer 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!!!

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


Reports and Results

Bays Relay:

A really great result from our winning SW team. Super effort from Melissa Black, Esther George, Maiya Christini, Sarah Drought, and Kelsey Forman. Our JM and M60 teams also won their grade.

Some information regarding new records set by WHAC members:

New relay records: M60 team (Geoff Smith, Brian Hayes, Duncan Matthews, Des Young, Mike Winsborough), M60 lap 4 Des Young, M60 lap 5 Mike Winsborough.

New club record: SM lap 3 Nathan Tse. Previous record set back in 1996 by Wayne Atkins.

Full results here

Results for Turkey Trot 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 August and September 2018



18th  Wellington Secondary Schools Road Races Trentham

18th  Wellington Road Running  Champs Wainuiomata

18th  Wellington Road Walking Champs Trentham

19th  Honest 10k Freyberg

20th   AGM Clubrooms

25th   Club runs and walks from the clubrooms



1st   Club runs and walks from the clubrooms

2nd  New Zealand Road Championships, Cambridge

8th   Old Boys MemorialRoad Race, from the clubrooms

15th  Henderson Relay (U14) and club runs ad walks from the clubrooms

16th  Honest 10k, starting at Freyberg Pool

22nd  Wellington Scottish hosting club runs and walks from the Scottish clubrooms

29th  Club runs abd walks from the clubrooms

29th  School holidays Sept 29 – October16


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, Vickie Humphries (whacsecretary@gmail.com).  Your Board members are: Peter Rendall, Terry Fraser, Trent Stallard, Andrea Peat, John Barrance, Bertram Manz, Nathan Tse, Paul Hewitson, Julie Richards, Gordon Clarke, Will Bell, Doug Hancock, Vickie Humphries, Kristy Macdonald and Melissa Black.