Weekly News

In this week’s newsletter:

  • First up

  • The Mighty Vosseler

  • Hawke’s Bay Half Marathon Success

  • Race Relay Numbers

  • New Zealand Cross Country Champs

  • Athletics Wellington AGM

  • News For Junior Runners

  • Inter-club Race Entry

  • Long Run Sundays

  • Results

  • Upcoming Events

 

First Up

What a wonderful turnout at the Honest 10k on Sunday to remember Julian Davidson. It was great to see so many walkers and runners from other clubs come out in support, and the weather couldn’t have been nicer. People were very generous in helping raise money for Julian’s widow Jess and their children, Freya and Jack. In all, there were a record 267 starters, and a total of $4,464 raised, with a few more donations to come. Let’s see if we can get it to $5,000! If you do want to donate, get in touch with Bertram Manz at membership@whac.org.nz

This Saturday brings the first big race of the harrier season, the mighty Vosseler Shield. The steep hills through Mt Victoria make it pure torture, but don’t let that put you off. However, if you aren’t running, consider baking instead. The club is seeking baked goods to sell at the clubhouse.

And don’t forget you need to have paid your annual membership to be eligible to compete. You can pay online through the club’s website here

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

 

The Honest 10 Julian Davidson Memorial Run

The Mighty Vosseler

The Vosseler Shield is described as New Zealand’s toughest cross country race, and it’s now in its 96th year. WHAC runs the event and we typically have around 400 runners competing in the various age grade events. For those who haven’t entered (not a paid up full member), this is a great event to watch – the runners will appreciate your support out on the course.

Race HQ is the WHAC clubrooms. The races start by Badminton Hall – about a five minute jog away.

RACE 1: START TIME 12.40pm: SENIOR WOMEN, MASTERS WOMEN 35, MASTERS WOMEN 50, MASTERS WOMEN 60, MASTERS WOMEN 70+ MASTERS MEN 60, MASTERS MEN 70+ JUNIOR MEN MU20, * NON-CHAMPIONSHIP 5k MEN 20-59. 5 km

RACE 2: START TIME: 1.30pm: JUNIOR WOMEN WU20, WOMEN WU18, GIRLS GU16, MEN MU18, BOYS BU16. 3.5 km

RACE 3: START TIME: 2.00pm: BOYS BU14, BOYS BU12. 1.6 km

RACE 4: START TIME: 2.15pm: GIRLS GU14, GIRLS GU12. 1.6 km

RACE 5: START TIME: 2.30pm: SENIOR MEN, MASTERS MEN 35, MASTERS MEN 50, * NON-CHAMPIONSHIP 10k WOMEN 20+. 10 km 

 


This is a photo from the 1977 Police Cross Country Champs, which was held on part of the Vosseler course. Percy Percival says he found sliding down on his back was faster than running. He says he has just passed the Wellington harrier who is running, and that in the earlier days, the Vosseler was ran in a clockwise direction.

Can anybody name the Wellington Harrier who is still standing?

 

Hawke’s Bay Half Marathon Success

From Steve Plowman

Top efforts from Melissa BlackMiranda Spencer and Anna Spencer. The fields were huge. Mel produced a fine 1.24.16 – just 24 seconds shy of her best ever half marathon. She finished a strong 4th in the SW’s race and 6th women overall. Producing big PBs were  Miranda in going under 1.30 for the first time in 1.26.04 (5th SW and 7th overall of the women) while Anna posted a new PB of 1.35.30 for 9th in the W30-39 grade and 21st overall in the women’s field of 1,232 runners. Well done team, you did us and yourselves proud.

 

Relay Race Numbers

A reminder to return relay race numbers from the Shaw Baton and University Relays. Please bring them along to the clubhouse on Saturday.

 

New Zealand Cross Country Champs

Athletics New Zealand has posted details of the New Zealand Cross Country Champs which will take place in Harcourt Park in Upper Hutt on Sunday, August 4. Click for more details here

 

Athletics Wellington AGM

The annual Athletics Wellington AGM will be taking place at 7:30pm on Wednesday 19 June 2019, at Olympic Harriers Clubrooms, Bannister Ave, Johnsonville. Please find more information on the event by clicking here

Also note the guide for nominations for awarding Life Membership of Athletics Wellington here

 

News For Junior Runners 

From Geoff Henry

Saturday May 25th: We have the Vosseler Sheild race. It’s an event which our club has been hosting for 96 years!
Our course is only 1.6 km, but it is hilly (!!) This time the boys and girls will have separate races. The Under 12s and Under 14s will run together, but will get separate results and medals.

To run, you must be registered and run in your club singlet, so please make sure that your subscription has been paid. You can do it online at www.whac.org.nz When you register you will get a personalised “bib” with a recording chip in it. You need to take care of it, because you will be wearing it at all the major events this season! Julie will have them on (or before) race day.

 

Inter-club Race Entry

From John Barrance

Again this year, Athletics Wellington will not use any online entry system for the four inter-club races: the Vosseler Shield, Dorne Cup, Wellington Cross Country Champs and Wellington Road Champs.

The Vosseler Shield on Saturday 25 May is the first of the four inter-club races. It’s our own race, organised and run by WHAC and held on Mt Victoria. Full Vosseler Shield details can be found on the WHAC website.

Only athletes who are financial full competition members in the ANZ ClubNet database are eligible to compete. To compete you must be financial by midnight, Wednesday 22 May.

Race bib pick-up is from the WHAC clubrooms on Vosseler Shield day from 11:30 a.m. You should retain your new personalised race bib for use throughout this winter. The previous year’s bibs/chips will not work this year. If you wear one of them your result will not be recorded.

If you register after 17 May and by 22 May you will receive a temporary bib which must be returned after the Vosseler. Your personalised bib will then be issued for the Dorne Cup.

All Vosseler Shield questions should be sent to Race Director Ian Macfarlane: whacracedirector@gmail.com. All membership and registration questions should be sent to Bertram Manz: membership@whac.org.nz.

 

Long Run Sundays 

Upcoming events and training:

Sunday May 26: 8 a.m. Freyberg Pool

Make your long run fun by running with friends. Two groups will be heading out on Sunday morning. One will be running mainly on road and will run for 90 minutes. The second group is for those wanting to go longer and get some dirt on their shoes (Approx 2 hours-2:30 hours)

 

Results

Hawke’s Bay International Marathon, Sat 16th May

Full results click here

 

Upcoming Events

WHAC running calendar for May and June 2019

 

May

25th   The Vosseler Shield, clubrooms

26th  Masters Classic relay, Trentham

29th CSW Champs Cross Country, Harcourt Park

 

JUNE

1st Club runs and walks from the clubrooms

2nd New Zealand Marathon Champs, Christchurch

8th Dorne Cup (inter-club) Trentham

15th-16th NZ Secondary Schools Cross Country & Relay Champs, Timaru

15th Joint club runs and walks, Olympic & Scottish Wilton bowling

16th Honest 10k at Freyberg

22nd  Press/Palmer cups clubrooms

29th Club runs and walks, clubrooms

30th Wellington Marathon, half, 10k & 5k  (inc Wellington Half Marathon Champs)

 

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, 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

50th BAYS RELAY

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