Weekly News


In this week’s newsletter:

  • First up

  • Joint Club Run

  • Honest 10k 

  • Join The Clubroom Upgrade Committee

  • Winkler Storms Switzerland

  • The Hunter Relay

  • Track And Field Helpers Needed

  • Andy McNeill Memorial Run 2019

  • Upcoming Events


First Up

Only nine days until National Road Relays! If you haven’t already signed up with a team and are interested in running in the relays, you can come to Feilding and join a composite team with other local clubs. If you’re interested, email Paul Hewitson at kiwiquaker@xtra.co.nz

Don’t forget it’s a joint club run with Scottish and Olympic on Saturday, starting from the Scottish clubrooms. Stephen Day at Scottish has sent a note about parking (with a few fighting words about the relays!).

There was a nice RNZ story about Sir John Walker saying farewell to the Auckland Council as he battles Parkinson’s Disease here

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

Tamara Winkler meets U.S. sprint star Justin Gatlin at an after-meet party in Switzerland


Joint Club Run

From Stephen Day

For our shared club run this weekend please note that there are quite a few roadworks around our clubrooms at the moment due to the upgrade to the water tank. So people may need to budget time for parking further away than usual if they are driving. The car park by Te Whaea Dance School is usually a good bet.

I won’t be there myself (school holidays, so off to tropical Invercargill) but I’ll make sure everything is organised and ready before I depart. I’ve told them all to give you plenty of grief about your upcoming defeats at NZRR. Have fun.


Honest 10k

There was a great turnout at this month’s Honest 10 with 81 starters, making it one of the biggest so far. A huge thank you to the parents of the junior women and junior men who helped out as marshalls and to Julie Richards for coordinating everybody. Thanks also to Mark Te Punga and everyone else who came to help out.

Top times: 10k  Nathan Tse 34:26, Ben Twyman 35:27, Bert Prendergast 35:33. Sarah Tatham 41:17. 5km; Miranda Spencer 18:57, Natalie Hardaker 20:05. Tan Wu 19:05, Clint Betteridge 19:52.


Join The Clubroom Upgrade Committee

From Paul Hewitson

At our last board meeting  we have decided to begin a process of upgrading our clubrooms by forming a committee. The focus of the committee is to discus ideas for the best use of space for those of us who frequent the clubrooms the most now, and. more importantly, the future. We will consider heating, insulation, ergonomic use, kitchen and changing room facilities. An overriding consideration will be to establish a budget.

This message is to invite anyone who may have an interest. Please email kiwiquaker@xtra.co.nz
Confirmed participants: Paul Hewitson, Julie Richards, Gordy Clarke, Alex Jones, Bertram Manz.

We strongly encourage junior representation.


Winkler Storms Switzerland

From Steve Plowman

WHAC MW35+ runner Tamara Winkler has been back in Switzerland for three months as she rebuilds her fitness after giving birth to her daughter Isa a year ago. She has raced on three occasions recently in the Bellinzona region, where she has been doing some altitude training – coming away with three impressive victories in the process. Bellinzona has just hosted its annual international track meeting and Tamara was one of the doping control stewards.

There she got to rub shoulders with world-class athletes such as U.S. sprinter Justin Gatlin, who won the 100m in an impressive 9.97, and Kenyan Eunice Sum, a former African, Commonwealth Games and World Champion, who destroyed the women’s 800m field in 2.00.94.

Tamara’s first race back since her gutsy second in the mud-fest at the Wgtn XC Champs saw her 1st home in a 5K in 18.57 – a fine effort on a course which featured a last kilometre of steep hill.

In the last 10 days she’s run two more races – one on the road and one on the track and has won both. The first of these came in the hilly (165m elevation) Corsa delle 7 Chiese (Seven Churches race) over 7k, which she won by three seconds in 27.52 in a sprint finish.  Runners have to pass seven historic churches en route.

Then last weekend Tamara was back on the track for the first time in over two years when she took on a field of SW in the Bellinzona Regional 3,000m Championship. After trailing for the first 2,000m, she elected to go to the front and ran away to win impressively in 10.17 – her fastest 3,000m in nine years!

One of our Nelson-based athletes Angela Leck continued her fine form this season when she recently finished a gutsy second in 2.12 in the challenging Dun Run (26 kms) race behind two-time World Mountain Running Champs bronze medalist and course record holder Paula Canning (2.09.48).

Congratulations also to Miranda Spencer on breaking 19 minutes for the first time in the Honest 5K despite a strong headwind on the homeward journey. Miranda was first overall in 18.57 and it was a WHAC quinella when Natalie Hardaker ran on nicely for 2nd in the women’s field in 20.05 in only her second outing this year as she comes back from a metatarsal fracture.

Sophie Lee was a member of a mixed team that took out first place in that grade and 2nd team overall behind Nelson Boys’ College in the annual Picton-to-Havelock North Relay over the 35 km trip. Sophie ran well on the longest lap.

The Hunter Relay

 From VUW Athletics Club

Victoria University of Wellington Athletics Club and Victoria Recreation are running an on-campus relay (fun run) at the university at 6 p.m. on Friday the 11th of October

We’d like to invite you to pull together a team of four runners to take on the relay! Each leg is a 650m dash down Kelburn Parade, up past the Hunter and Student Union buildings, finishing up in the Tim Beaglehole Courtyard.

Prizes are awarded for fastest laps and best dressed, so get your creative hats on. Register here, or for more information, click here. You can also find our Facebook event here


Track And Field Helpers Needed

From Athletics Wellington

To ensure that our season programme is achievable, we need more helpers on the day of the events. We have launched a promotion to attract helpers. We do no expect helpers to turn up at every event in the season – only what they can manage. By getting a wide range of people helping out at one or two events, this will help to take the pressure off officials and enable successful running of each event. The tasks will be suitable for everyone, at all levels of track and field experience.

Here is a link to the content we have posted on our website. This includes a link to a registration of interest form.


Andy McNeill Memorial Run 2019

Wellington Marathon Clinic is hosting the second fun run in memory of Andy McNeill on Sunday 20th October at George Denton Park, Polhill, Wellington.

For details, click here


Upcoming Events

WHAC running calendar for September and October 2019



28th Joint Club runs/walks Scottish & Olympic, Mt Cook



5th   New Zealand Road Relays, Feilding

12th  Harrier section annual meeting and prizegiving, followed by afternoon tea (bring a plate), clubrooms

13th  Masterton Marathon, Half, 10k, 5k (Inc. Wellington Marathon Champs) Masterton

19th  Bernie Potenski Memorial Handicap, Titahi Bay

20th  Honest 10k, from Freyberg Pool carpark

20th  Andy McNeill Memorial Run, George Denton Park, Polhill



3rd  Masters 10k, Lower Hutt

17th Honest 10k (Summer Series), from Evans Bay

24th Pelorus Half, 10k, Kids Mile, Petone


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.