Weekly News

In this week’s newsletter:

  • First up

  • Children’s Athletics Programme Ends

  • Krieble Wins Masters 5000m

  • Keira-El Throws For A Record

  • Junior Champs Success

  • Club Funding From Gaming Trusts

  • Results

  • Upcoming Events


First Up

Wow. The world has changed so much in the space of a week. It’s hard to keep up with the dizzying developments as countries across the globe try to deal with the coronavirus outbreak. Just this evening, New Zealand closed its borders, allowing only citizens and residents to return. The health minister has said that indoor events of over 100 people should be cancelled.

We are fortunate so far in New Zealand not to have a local outbreak. The most important thing over the coming weeks and months is to keep our runners, coaches, parents and volunteers safe. We’ll try to keep you up-to-date with what that means for various events and plans. Meanwhile, continuing to run is a great way to stay healthy and take a break from the negative news. Even people in self-isolation can go out for solo runs without posing a risk to others.

Hopefully you all got the email update from WHAC board chair Bertram Manz. It outlines that Athletics Wellington has cancelled the rest of its summer season, that club junior athletics has finished for the summer season, and that parkruns, the Waterfront 5K and many other events have been cancelled. We are cancelling the club’s larger events through the end of April. Those include the club opening day, the junior prizegiving, and the Donaldson Memorial Relay.

We are continuing normal training sessions for now, and keeping a list of participants with their contact details. At some point we may need to close the clubrooms and put training programmes online so people can run solo.

In the absence of races, we’d love to post some of your photos, runs and training tips in the newsletter.

Email Nick Perry: nickgbperry@gmail.com

Keira-El Curtis broke a discus event record at the Wellington Junior Champs


Children’s Athletics Programme Ends

From Julie Richards and the WHAC team

In line with current government policy around social distancing, and to manage the risk from Covid-19 in the best way possible for our coaches, helpers, and community, we have made the decision to wrap up our children’s athletics program for this season. We realize that this will cause some disappointment, however we must act in the best interest of everybody’s health and safety.

We hope you have enjoyed our athletics program and it has been lovely getting to know our new members. Our athletics program will return at the start of October. If you would like to be more involved next season please let me know. We are always on the hunt for more helpers!

Prior to the start of the season, Athletics Wellington will run, Run Jump throw and Get Set Go training workshops for parents who would like to help at our club days. Our harrier/cross-country season is due to start in April and I will keep you updated as to what is happening there.

All the best!


Krieble Wins Masters 5000m

Congratulations to Todd Krieble, who ran the 5000m in a sharp time of 18:19 to win the M60 title at the National Masters Track & Field Champs in Hasting a couple of weeks back. Krieble was also fourth in the 1500m. He was due to run in the Australian Masters Nationals over Easter, although I’m sure the border closures will have thwarted his travel plans.


Keira-El Throws For A Record

At the Wellington Junior Champs, Keira-El Curtis finished second in the 60m and first in the discus. She broke the existing Grade 7 girls record of 18.10m held for 17 years with her second throw of 18.51m. Then she broke the record again with her third throw of 19.09m. Congratulations on her achievement.


Junior Champs Success

Well done to everybody else who competed in the Wellington Junior Champs. Among those to do well were: Gabrielle Healy, who won the Grade 12 girls 200m and 800m; Analin Rudd, who came second in the Grade 12 girls 200m and discus; Nancy Li, who was second in the Grade 12 girls hurdles and third in the Grade 12 girls 800m; Holly James, who came second in the Grade 12 girls steeplechase and high jump, and third in the Grade 12 girls hurdles; Jag Willers, who won the Grade 12 boys steeplechase and came second in both the 1500m and 400m; George Gray, who came second in the Grade 11 boys 1500m; Scarlett Anderson, who won the Grade 13 girls steeplechase and came 3rd in the 800m; and Phoebe Gray, who was second in the Grade 13 girls steeplechase.

Isabella Temple took out the gold medal in the Grade 10 girls high jump; Oliver Harland came first in the Grade 12 Boys 100m and 400m, and third in the long jump.

The WHAC Grade 12 Medley team came first in the medley relay. The team consisted of Gabrielle Healy, Nancy Li,Analin Rudd, Jag Willers and Oliver Harland.

Maria Revelant won the Grade 12 girls steeplechase and came fourth in the Grade 12 high jump. Lachlan Stefanidiscame third in the Grade 14 boys 400m.


Club Funding From Gaming Trusts

Our board is currently reviewing our grants and sponsorship applications and is hoping to seek feedback from our members on applying for grants through charitable or community gaming trusts. These groups get money from pokie machines, which are sometimes associated with harmful gambling. Members may or may not be aware that most years we receive funding for New Zealand Road Relays from these groups. We are seeking feedback from members as to your thoughts on applying for funding through such trusts.

Please email any thoughts or suggestions you have through to our Secretary, Melissa Black – secretary@whac.org.nz



NZMA Track & Field Championships 2020, Hastings, Feb. 28 – March 1

Full results here


Junior Champs

Full results here


Upcoming Events

WHAC running calendar for March and April 2020



14th Unofficial club runs/walks, clubrooms

21st Unofficial club runs/walks, clubrooms

28th Unofficial club runs/walks, clubrooms



11th Club runs/walks, clubrooms

25th Shaw Baton Relays (interclub), Battle Hill

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.