Weekly News

In this week’s newsletter:

  • First up …

  • Success At The Colgate Games

  • Memorial For Julian Davidson

  • See Nick Willis Run At Newtown

  • Medal Day 2019

  • Honest 10

  • WHAC Draft Strategic Plan

  • Results

  • Upcoming Events


First up …

This is a last-minute call for volunteers for Friday evening at the Capital Classic in Newtown Park. The club has been asked to put on a canteen and provide a sausage sizzle. As a bonus, you will get to see Nick Willis and Angie Petty run! More details on the event below. And for more information on helping out, please contact Peter Rendall at obnz3583@gmail.com

Please note that a memorial for Julian Davidson will be held next Thursday. More on that below.

Also a note that with age-grade events taking place at different venues over the school holidays, regular club athletics for children have been suspended and will resume at Newtown Park on Saturday 26 January.

And a final newsletter call for people to look at the draft strategic plan (below) and provide feedback.

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


Jamie Kearns and Ari Koed-Chang with their long jump gold and silver medals at the North Island Colgate Games


Success At The Colgate Games

From Geoff Henry and Julie Richards

Fifteen Wellington Harrier juniors aged 10 to 14 years old competed at the 41st North Island Colgate Games, which were held at Porritt Stadium, Hamilton, over three days from the 4th to the 6th of January. In very hot conditions, Wellington Harrier athletes gave a great account of themselves, winning 10 medals (three gold, four silver and three bronze).

The most outstanding performances were from Gabrielle Healy, who won the 400m and 800m finals and was second in the 1500m in the Girls 11 grade. Gabrielle has since won the 400m and finished second in the 800m at the Trans-Tasman Championships in Sydney.

Fourteen-year-olds Jamie Kearns and Ari Koed-Chang were 1st and 2nd in the long jump, leaping more than 20cm further than the 3rd place-getter. Other club medal winners were: Girls 13 Maia Wilkinson 2nd 1500m; Girls 13 Edie Kozyniak 3rd 800m; Girls 12 Amelia Abernathy 3rd 1500m; Boys 10 Oliver Harland 2nd 400m, 3rd 100m.


Memorial For Julian Davidson

From Mark Te Punga

A memorial for club member Julian Davidson will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, 24 January at St. Pats Silverstream.

Julian was a great club member who was just about to return to Wellington after two years in Scotland. We were looking forward to welcoming Julian and his family – Jess and the two young kids, back. He was fresh from a recent 35-minute 10 km, and we were looking to add Julian to our already strong M40s squad. But it was not to be. Please make it on Thursday if you can.

Paul Hewitson is trying to get an idea of the number of people planning to attend the service, so please email him if you plan to go at: kiwiquaker@xtra.co.nz


See Nick Willis Run At Newtown

The Capital Classic track meet is being held at Newtown Park on the evening of Friday 18 January. Nick Willis is running the 800m mens and Angela Petty is running the 800m womens. There is also the NZ 3000m championships.

For more details click here


Medal Day 2019

The Lower Hutt club is hosting this event from 10 a.m. Sunday, 27 January, at the Hutt Recreation Ground. This is a fun interclub event for children aged 5 to 15.

Medals are awarded for the first three placings in all track heats and field events. Kids go home jingling.

All junior athletes are encouraged to participate in this event, particularly those who have considered competing but not yet taken the step up to an interclub. The event is open to members and non-members alike. So if you have family or friends who might want to give athletics a go, bring them along. This year we also have extra events for 5- and 6-year-olds.

Pre-entry is required. Entry is on the day and costs $5 to enter as many events you wish for your age group.  The registration desk will open at 9 am, and the event is usually finished by 1.30pm. The day will be cash-only, so bring your coins.

For full details, including the programme, click here.


Honest 10

Don’t forget the first Honest 10 of 2019 is coming up on Jan. 20. As always, the club is seeking helpers for registrations, at the finish line and on the drinks stations. Please email Mark Te Punga if you can help: marktepunga@hotmail.com


WHAC Draft Strategic Plan

From Melissa Black

In August of this year, Athletics New Zealand visited the club and hosted a club development evening to initiate the start of a three-year development strategy. The main purpose was to establish what areas we think work well within the club and what areas can be improved. About a dozen board members and non-board members attended the first meeting, from which a draft strategic plan was developed.

We are now looking to get input from the wider club community, as well as establishing sub-committees to develop and implement each of the ‘Key Objectives’. If you are interested in being involved in the further development and implementation of this plan, or even just want to have some input into the overall strategy, feel free to email me, or any of the other board members (email addresses listed at the end of this newsletter.) Please note that at this stage, the Strategic Plan document is still in draft form, so we are welcoming any other input or feedback.



Lovelock Classic (Aorangi Stadium, Timaru, 5/1/2019)

Maia Ramsden 2nd Women Open 3000m (10:53); Maia Ramsden 2nd Women Open 1 Mile (5:09). Full results 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 January and February 2019



18th Teamledger Bayleys Capital Classic, Newtown Park

20th Honest 10k, Wind Needle

26th Jumbo Holdsworth and Hooper Loop trail races, near Masterton

26th Children’s club day, Newtown Park

27th Medal Day 2019, Hutt Recreation Ground



10th Honest 10k, Wind Needle

17th Round the Bays, Frank Kitts Park


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.