Weekly News

In this week’s newsletter:

  • First up …

  • Scottish Night of Miles

  • Wellington Inter-Zone Results

  • Wellington Trails

  • Play Hard, Play Fair

  • Results

  • Upcoming Events


First up …

Congratulations to all those who competed over the weekend, including the high school students who travelled to Dunedin for the national champs, and the club members who headed to Mount Ruapehu to compete in The Goat Adventure Run.

An update to an earlier post: Perry Newburn is no longer claiming to have run the length of New Zealand in a record time after admitting he was driven for parts of the route. That’s started an interesting debate, with many people supporting Perry. More on that here

And speaking of long-distance running and debates, there is an interesting article in The New York Times about ultrarunner Courtney Dauwalter, who is winning many races outright and who the Times says has opened a debate about how men’s innate strength advantages apply to endurance sports. You can read that here

Don’t forget that this coming Saturday is the Scottish Night of Miles. More on that below.

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


Alex Jones runs The Goat. Photo credit: Photos4sale


Scottish Night of Miles

From Wellington Scottish Athletic Club/Lifestyle Sports

4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Basin Reserve. (Entries now closed for seeded events but open on the day for kids and all-comers events).

The Lifestyle Sports Scottish Night of Miles is an annual event organised by Wellington Scottish Running Club. It is a unique event full of Christmas fun and features races over the rarely run distance of one mile. The afternoon consists of a mix of children’s, senior and junior races, fun social events and serious events. Highlights are the mile races. There are several different mile races including elite men’s and women’s races and an all-comers mile that anyone can participate in (including Father Christmas)

Each year we collect donations from athletes and spectators then hand them on to a local Wellington charity. This year’s charity is Bellyful NZ. Bellyful provides meals for families with newborn babies and families with young children who are struggling with illness.


4.00 p.m. – Open Walkers Mile. 4.20 p.m. – Masters 35+ A Mile 4.30 p.m. – Masters 35+ B Mile. 4.40 p.m. – Open Men’s B Mile. 4.45 p.m. – Kids Chocolate Fish Dash. 5.10 p.m. – Open Women’s Competitive Mile. 5.20 p.m. – Open Men’s Elite Mile. 5.35 p.m. – All-Comers Mile races against Santa.

For more info, click here


Wellington Inter-Zone Results

By Geoff Henry

Wellington primary school inter-zones, to determine the top school athletes in the city, were held last Thursday, Nov. 29, after being postponed. Outstanding results were achieved by athletes from the Wellington Harrier children’s group, which trains at Newtown Park on Saturday mornings. Lucy Skogstad (St Francis De Sales) achieved three firsts and a second place, while several others gained multiple placings.

Year 4: Xavier James (2nd 60m, 1st 100m, 1st High Jump), Alec Barker (3rd 60m, 2nd 100m, 2nd Vortex), George Matthews (2nd Quoit Throw), Natasha Gabara (3rd Vortex)

Year 5: George Gray (1st 800m, 1st Vortex, 3rd Quoit Throw)

Year 6: Holly James (2nd 800m,) Jag Gunregjav-Willers (2nd 800m, 2nd Quoit Throw) Alexander Fraser (3rd Long Jump)

Year 7: Lucy Skogstad (1st 100m, 2nd 200m, 1st Long Jump, 1st High Jump), Daniella Zadimas (2nd 100m, 3rd 200m), Gabrielle Healey (3rd 100m, 1st 200m, 1st 1500m), Phoebe Gray (2nd 1500m, 1st Discus, 2nd Vortex), Liam Shearer (3rd 1500m), Hugo Jones (1st High Jump)

Year 8: Ilaria Stefanidis (2nd 100m, 1st 200m), Lachlan Stefanidis (1st 100m, 1st 200m,) Eliza Squire (3rd 200m, 1st 1500m), Amelia Abernethy (3rd 1500m), Phoenix Hague-Smith (1st Vortex)

In addition, the following fourth-place-getters were nominated as reserves for events in addition for those listed above: Lila Feasey, Phoenix Hague-Smith, Mila Koed-Chang, Jag Gunregjav-Willers, Lucy Skogstad, Phoebe Squire, Conor Chesney, Hugo Jones, Lachlan Stefanidis.

The relays turned out to be a benefit for Wadestown School, which won four of the 10 races, with St Benedict’s winning two, and Northland, Brooklyn, Karori Normal, and Queen Margaret’s winning one each. A regional event was scheduled to be held in Otaki on Tuesday 4th December, but has been postponed until Thursday 6th. The Wellington team includes all the winning relay teams and the top three place-getters in all the individual events. There are school camps and other events which might affect attendance so the “reserves” may well be called up.


Wellington Trails

If you are looking for some inspiration or some new trails to run, check out the new website Wellington Regional Trails here


Play Hard, Play Fair

WHAC members might want to have their say on sport integrity issues being considered by the government.

Sport NZ has launched a nationwide public consultation on its review into sport integrity, calling on anyone involved in sport to share their thoughts on a range of integrity issues through an online survey that will be open for the next six weeks. The online survey and a Sport NZ discussion document are available at sportnz.org.nz/integrity. The survey is open until 11 December. Members of the public can complete any or all of six survey modules, each of which should take around 15 minutes. Those modules are:

– Organisational culture, whistleblowing, and the institutional arrangements for sport integrity in New Zealand
– Member protection
– Integrity issues in children’s sport, including at secondary school
– Anti-Doping
– Protecting against corruption
– Protecting against match-fixing

Submitters can skip any question and answer anonymously if they wish.

Sport NZ will analyse survey responses and written submissions before making recommendations on priority areas for further work to its board in early 2019.



New Zealand Secondary Schools Track and Field and Road Championships. Caledonian Ground Dunedin – 30 November 1/2 December 2018.

For full results go here

For a round up and highlights by Athletics New Zealand, go here


The Goat Adventure Run, Saturday Dec 1, Mount Ruapehu

Will Bell 8th (SM), Tim Rabone 9th (SM), Alex Jones 2nd (MM), James Waite 11th (MM)

For full results, go 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 December 2018



8th Scottish Night of Miles, Basin Reserve

9th Junior and Senior Interclub, Newtown

15th Club Meet A and 10k Wellington Champs, Newtown

16th North Island Champs, Hamilton

16th Honest 10k, Wind Needle


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.

Bays Relay 2017


Final results available here.

    Turkey trot results available here.

Any name corrections, email to Brendon brendon.flanagan@xtra.co.nz and Paul kiwiquaker@me.com

Timings will stand per timekeeper recordings as they were ledigable.

2 min penalty was added to teams 2 & 4 final time for infringments.

Become a part of history by entering the 50th edition of the Bays Relay!

The Bays Relay is a fast and exciting road relay dating back to 1968. The relay consists of 5 laps varying between 3.85km and 4.80km, beginning at Island Bay and finishing at Evans Bay.

For the more social runners the relay provides a great opportunity to build connections with fellow team members and race around some of Wellington’s most picturesque bays. For the more competitive runners, the Bays Relay is the perfect chance to have a hit out on the road and practice some race tactics before the New Zealand Road Relay Championships.

Entries for this year’s Bays Relay must be made by August 9th.

For more information about entry and access to entry forms click the following link: Bays Relay Entry Form

For information and forms about the Great Bays Relay Turkey Trot click the following link: Great Bays Relay Turkey Trot

Bays relay map: Map