Weekly News

In this week’s newsletter:

  • First up …

  • Inter-club Race Entry Changes

  • Join WHAC Now

  • Your Club Needs You

  • Changes to Masters Grades

  • Reports and Results

  • Upcoming and Ongoing Events/News


First up …

What a great effort by the WHAC women at this year’s first inter-club race, the Shaw Baton Relay at Battle Hill. WHAC athletes won the senior women, masters women, junior women, youth women, 50-plus women and girls U13 (and the mixed U13) titles. What a result! The men couldn’t repeat the heroics of last year but also performed well across a number of grades. Full results have yet to be posted.

Michael Baughen took a terrific photo of some of the women in action, which is posted below. And it was fantastic to see Paul Sharp come out to support the team as he continues to recover from his surgery.

One further note to the change in age of masters athletes from 40 to 35 for Wellington inter-club events. I checked with Daniel Reese, who is organising this year’s National Road Relay in Christchurch, and for that event they’re keeping the masters age at 40.

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


Photo by Michael Baughen


Inter-club Race Entry Changes

Athletics Wellington will not have an online entry system this year for the four inter-club races – the Vosseler Shield, Dorne Cup, Wellington Cross Country Champs and Wellington Road Champs. This is a change from the online entry system used for the previous two years.
The Vosseler Shield on Saturday 19 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 16 May. However, make sure you are financial by Friday 11 May in order to receive your new personalised race bib. This new race bib has a timing chip on its reverse.
Race bib pick-up is from the WHAC clubrooms on Vosseler Shield day from 11:30am. You should retain your new personalised race bib for use throughout this Winter. The previous year’s bib will not work this year. If you wear it your results will not be recorded.
If you register after 11 May and by 16 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 directed to Race Director Ian Macfarlane: macfarlane422@gmail.com


Join WHAC Now

In order to compete in the 2018 Winter inter-club races, starting with the Vosseler Shield on Saturday 19 May, you must be a financial full competition member of WHAC and Athletics New Zealand. If you have not already done so, it is time to renew (or start, in the case of new members) your membership. The new season is for the year from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019.
Please go directly to our online portal to renew (or start) your membership: https://memberdesq.onesporttechnology.com/3217/org . Payment online by credit card or debit card.
All membership and registration questions should be directed to Bertram Manz: membership@whac.org.nz


Your Club Needs You

From Ian Macfarlane

The first of the big four events of the harrier season, the mighty Vosseler Shield on Mt Victoria, will be held on Saturday 19th May. Our experienced sector marshals have once again volunteered their services to help manage the event on the day. However, as you may know, this is one of the main events of the season that the club runs for Wellington Athletics and we do rely on our members, families and friends to help make the event a success.

Sector Marshals:
Chris Tse – chris.w.tse@gmail.com
Ross Jackson – rossjackson1944@gmail.com
Rich Leverington – richlevnz@hotmail.com

If you are keen to help marshal on the course, can you please let the sector marshals know. Volunteers are also required to help set up the course on the morning of the race. If you are able to assist please let Paul Hewitson know – kiwiquaker@xtra.co.nz
Support your club and enjoy watching one of the toughest cross country runs of the season!


Changes to Masters Grades

From Olympic Harriers

At recent meetings, Athletics Wellington decided to make some changes to the masters grades for 2018:

Masters age will be 35 for all Wellington inter-club events.
There will be some changes to how team results are determined:

1) There will be an Open Team instead of a Senior Team.

2) A club’s Open Team will be determined by the order athletes cross the finish line, regardless of whether they are a senior or a master.

3) A master can count in both the Open and Masters teams races.

4) Athletes will only be eligible for individual medals in the grade their age puts them in (i.e. Seniors, Masters 35, Masters 50 etc.).

5) As per prior years, an athlete may elect to compete in a different grade (eg. a Masters competing in Seniors, a Junior competing in Seniors) by giving notice prior to the race. In this case, a Master electing to compete as a Senior won’t then count for a Masters team and Masters medals but will be eligible for Senior individual medals.

6) The masters age for National Road Relays will remain at 40.


Reports and Results

Late congratulations to Will Bell who was 3rd in the senior men (55:04) at the Wellington Mountain Run Championships in Wainuiomata on April 21.

Full results here


Congratulations to all, and apologies for any errors and/or omissions. Good luck to everyone competing over the next seven days.


Upcoming and Ongoing Events, and other News

WHAC running calendar for May and June 2018



5th NZ Marathon champs

5th Club runs/walks from the clubrooms

9th (Wed) Inter-College XC Relays

12th University Cross Country Relays

19th Vosseler Shield (inter-club)

20th Honest 10 (Winter season from Freyberg)

26th Club runs/walks from the clubrooms

27th Masters Classic Relay

30th Wellington Secondary Schools XC



2nd Club runs/walks from the clubrooms

9th Dorne Cup (inter-club) Trentham

16th Club runs/walks from the clubrooms

17th Honest 10 leaving from Freyberg

16th/17th NZ Secondary Schools XC & Relay Taupo

23rd Press/Palmer Cups from the clubrooms

30th Club runs/walks from the clubrooms


Click here for further information (entry procedure etc.) on all Senior Track & Field Inter-clubs.

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, Vickie Humphries (whacsecretary@gmail.com).  Your Board members are: Peter Rendall, Terry Fraser, Trent Stallard, Andrea Peat, John Barrance, Bertram Manz, Nathan Tse, Paul Hewitson, Julie Richards, Gordon Clarke, Will Bell, Doug Hancock and Vickie Humphries.

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