Weekly News

In this week’s newsletter:

  • First Up

  • Long Service Awards

  • NZ Road Champs Results

  • Sarah Bonoma On Life’s Chunky Wobblers 

  • Upcoming Junior Events

  • Agency 10K Race

  • Upcoming Events


First Up

Congratulations to Paul Hewitson and Vickie Humphries, who won age-group medals at the NZ Road Champs on Saturday in Auckland. Isaac Murphy also ran a speedy 32:20 in the Senior Men 10K to finish fifth. Overall winners were Matt Baxter in the SM (30:22) and Camille Buscomb in the SW (33:54).

A reminder that Junior Interclub 2 is on this Sunday at Newtown Park, starting at 10 a.m. And don’t forget to let Julie Richards know about any juniors who want to compete in the 2021 Colgate Games.

The Honest 10K is on this Sunday, kicking off at 8:30 a.m. from the Whale Tail near Freyberg Pool. If you want to help out with organising on the day, contact Michael Baughen: michaelbaughen@gmail.com

Also, don’t forget to sign up for the Agency Group 10K on Dec. 5th at Newtown Park. It’s a fun event and free.

For future newsletter items or suggestions, please email Nick Perry: nickgbperry@gmail.com

Vickie Humphries (right) in action at the NZ Road Champs in Auckland. Photo by Michael Dawson


Long Service Awards

Three of our club members — Gabby O’Rourke, Jim Samson and Brendon Flanagan — were nominated by the club and received the Athletics New Zealand Long Service Award this year, which is an amazing achievement. In addition, honorary club member Mike Ritchie was nominated by Athletics Wellington and also received the award. Congratulations to all of them, and thanks for all your hard work over the years. More on the club nominees below:

Brendon Flanagan

Twenty-four years of service. Website developer and administrator 1996-2020, harrier handicapper 2005-2020, Vosseler Shield results 2008-2011, Bays Relay results 2008-2019, club board member 2011-2013. Continues to serve as club photographer and assistant for harrier club races.

Gabrielle O’Rourke

Joined as a child in 1980, 24 years of service since 1996. Leadership of our women’s section from 1996, continuing today to mentor and inspire our women. Out-of-stadia referee and course measurer since 2016.

Jim Samson

Total of 21 years of service, 18 years with WHAC and three years prior to that with Kiwi Children’s Athletics Club. One of the team of coaches and organisers in summer for WHAC Children’s Athletics 2002-2020, board member 2002-2003. One of the team of organisers for WHAC winter harrier programme for children 2002-2020.


NZ Road Champs Results

Congratulations to everybody who travelled to Auckland to compete. Results included: Vickie Humphries, second MW55 5K (20:53); Henry Beliveau, fourth MU18 6K (20:13); Isaac Murphy fifth SM 10K (32:20); Nick Perry sixth MM50 10K (38:52); Paul Hewitson, second MM55 10K (37:06); Todd Krieble, fourth MM60 10K (41:08).


Sarah Bonoma On Life’s Chunky Wobblers

There is a lovely story on club member Sarah Bonoma that ran in Stuff and the Dominion Post. Sarah has been a club member for several years and has been retaining her membership after moving to Nelson. She was part of our winning W35 team at this year’s National Road Relays. Here’s how the story begins:

Sarah and Ben Bonoma met when she was living in London and he was living in New York. The 38-year-olds, originally from Cheltenham, southwest England, and Boston, respectively, moved to New Zealand in 2013​ to be able to live in the same country, and now run Dancing Sands Distillery​ in Tākaka, Golden Bay. They have two daughters, Mia, 5,​ and Zoe, 3.

Full story is here


Upcoming Junior Events

Junior Interclub 2   –   Sunday  15th November 20    Newtown Park
Junior Interclub 3   –   Sunday  29th November 20    Newtown Park
Junior Interclub 4   –   Sunday    6th December 20    Masterton
Junior Interclub 5   –   Sunday  14th February   21    Newton Park
Junior Interclub 6   –   Sunday  28th February   21    Newtown Park

Colgate Games 

North Island:    8th  –  10th January 21  Inglewood, Taranaki
South Island:  15th  –  17th January 21  Nelson
The Colgate Games is a fun athletics competition for all juniors. It is held over three days and there are two competitions — one in the North Island and one in the South Island.

Entries are now open, you must get your entry form to Julie Richards by Nov. 22 at the latest: juliemaerdy@yahoo.co.uk


Agency 10K Race

The Agency Group 10000 Festival, Saturday 5 December, Newtown Park, Wellington

4:45 p.m. – 10,000m B race, with a 50-minute pacer, 45 min pacer and 40-minute pacer.
6:00 p.m. – 10,000m A race, with a 37:30-minute pacer, and 35-minute pacer.
7:00 p.m. – 10,000m The Agency Group race, with 32-minute pacer Evan Cooper, 30-minute pacer Sam Tanner and 29-minute pacer Hayden Wilde.

Races are open to both men and women of all age grades. We expect the races to be mixed, so please indicate which race you want to run based on your goal time/pace. If you have any other time that you would like us to find a pacer for let us know – if there are several who all want the same or similar time we will try to support you with good pacing.

The Agency Group 10000m is the most popular 10000m race in New Zealand. For the last two years, the Agency Group 10000m has been a night of PBs for runners of all speeds – 40 percent of runners finished with a new best time. We even had a world record! This year there will be running packs and pacers of many different speeds to drag you to your new PB. Races are open to men and women of all age grades.

Enter here: https://2020agencygroup10000m.eventdesq.com/


Upcoming Events

WHAC running calendar for November and December 2020



14th             NZ 24 Hour Track Champs, Auckland

15th (Sun)    Honest 10K (Summer Series), Freyberg Pool



5th               Agency 10K, Newtown Park


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: John Barrance, Michael Baughen, Melissa Black, Gordon Clarke, Esther George, Teresa Healy, Paul Hewitson, Vickie Humphries, Jean Kozyniak, Bertram Manz, Julie Richards, Miranda Spencer, Nathan Tse, Jack Waterworth 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