Weekly News

In this week’s newsletter:

  • First Up

  • Road Champs Update

  • Big Breakfast on Saturday

  • Junior Results

  • Old Boys Memorial Results

  • Financial Help Available

  • Upcoming Events


First Up

I’m putting out the newsletter a day early this week to remind people to sign up for the Wellington Road Champs on Saturday. The event is being held under Alert Level 2 and you must sign up before 8 p.m. on Thursday to be eligible to race.

It would pay to sign up as soon as possible, especially if you are planning to run a sub-40 minute 10K because the available slots are going fast. The event has been divided into four separate races, each with a maximum of 100 participants. The sub-40 10K has been the most popular event so far — the last time I looked 79 runners out of 100 had already registered.

To sign up for Road Champs, click here

Please note that the Honest 10K planned for this Sunday has been cancelled but the Big Breakfast at the clubrooms will still go ahead.

The good news is that unless the virus situation changes again, it looks like National Road Relays in Feilding will be going ahead. Please let your section leader know you are interested in running if they haven’t already been in touch with you. More details to come.

The Rotorua Marathon is going ahead on Sept. 26 but athletes from Auckland won’t be able to participate. More on that here

Congratulations to James Waite, who stormed home to win the handicapped Old Boys Memorial Road Race on Saturday.

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

A previous edition of the Wellington Road Champs at Wainuiomata


Road Champs Update

From Athletics Wellington


1: There are revised race start times, including some distance changes for juniors.

2: All athletes must enter online via this link by Thursday night: https://www.webscorer.com/register?pid=1&raceid=221556

3: Everyone needs to play their part to help us ensure four separate events of less than 100 people at Wainuiomata. Please ensure good hygiene practices, social distancing, no mingling with people in races other than your own.

4: In order to limit gathering numbers to 100, the Championships will be divided up into four races: 10.30 a.m. 10km (for 40min+ runners) 12:30 p.m. 5km (W50+, M60+, U20, U18, U16) 1:45 p.m. 2.5km (U14, U12, U10) 2:45 p.m. 10km (for sub 40min runners)


Please note: Athletes are NOT to enter the course (beyond the registration desk) more than 30min before the start time of their race. This will avoid co-mingling of different races. • On completion of the race, race numbers will be recorded and then athletes are to exit the course • Warm ups / warm downs are to be done on the road from the carpark back towards Wainui, ie outside of the designated course area. (But the course can be used for warm ups within 30min of start time). • The carpark is not part of the designated course area, but you are still requested not to mingle in the carpark area with athletes who are in a different race from you • The split of the 10km race between sub 40min and over 40min pace is only a guide; athletes can choose which race they want to do according to their start time preference • Results from the two 10km races will be combined into one set of championship results.• Note the championship distances for junior grades are as listed above, and in most cases do differ from the distance if the championships were being held at Level 1. • There will be no prizegiving, but championship medals will be posted out afterwards • The course is closed to spectators / coaches / supporters. Athletes and officials only please.

For more information, click here


Big Breakfast On Saturday

From Paul Hewitson

Hi all. Due to Level 2 restrictions, we have decided to cancel the Honest 10K on Sunday morning but still host a Big Breakfast after a club run.

Meet at the clubrooms at 8:30 a.m. (8 a.m. if longer run required), breakfast at 10 a.m.

There will be a flat fee of $10 per person at the door. Non club members are welcome.

Please RSVP to Esther George estherrubygeorge@gmail.com so we can monitor numbers and pre order food.


Junior Results

From Geoff Henry

Some results from the past two weekends.

Henderson Relay: How do you make up relay teams with seven athletes? We made up two teams of two and one team of three, and told each team that it had to complete six laps of the 1200m (approx.) course. We provided the Junior Club’s coloured vests to make them more distinctive. Maria and Xavier (Team Yellow) won and Maria had the best lap times. Xavier deserved special mention for doing three laps in virtually identical times!

1st    Team Yellow    (Maria & Xavier)    20:21

2nd    Team Green   (Nancy & Kennedy)    21:24

3rd    Team Pink       (Holly, Mahe &Olive)    22:56

Fastest Lap:  3:18  Maria Revelant

Old Boys Memorial: The Starr family outsmarted the handicapper, and Emily Matthews also raced like a champion. Seven-year-old Layla Starr had done some of the previous timed events accompanied by her Dad. This time she was determined to do it herself. She took off like a sprinter and finished the same way … and at the turn-around Jim says she was still going at that pace so she was a full two minutes ahead of the handicapper’s estimate.

Handicap Results:

1st Layla Starr, 2nd Cameron Starr, 3rd Emily Matthews, 4th Daniella Starr, 5th Xavier James, 6th Lewis Kenworthy, 7th Mahe Reid, 8th Jag Willers, 9th Giselle Kenworthy, 10th Ella Macdonald, 11th Nancy Li, 12th Frankie Savage, 13th Maria Revelant

Fastest Times: 

6:28 Jag Willers, 7:04 Xavier James, 7:18 Cameron Starr, 7:37 Giselle Kenworthy, 7:48 Daniella Starr, 7:50 Maria Revelant, 7:58 Nancy Li, 8:17 Frankie Savage, 8:34 Lewis Kenworthy, 8:46 Mahe Reid, 9:18 Emily Matthews, 10:24 Ella Macdonald,10:42 Layla Starr


Old Boys Memorial Results

Handicap results: James Waite winner, 2nd John Beale, 3rd Nick Perry, 4th Gordon Clarke, 5th Victoria Humphries, 6th Terry Fraser, 7th Miranda Spencer, 8th Peter Corbett, 9th Paul Hewitson, 10th Nathan Tse

Fastest times: Women: Esther George (24:11), Tamara Winkler (24:45), Miranda Spencer (25:25); Men: Nathan Tse (20:47), Dan Clendon (22:36), Paul Hewitson (23:54)


Financial Help Available

WHAC members have access to two trusts which provide financial assistance. The Special Purposes Trust is for all members regardless of age. The Tattersall Foundation Trust targets members aged under 20. These trusts were established by the generosity of two deceased members: Bob Spence Jnr and Graham Tattersall.

Financial assistance is available to members representing WHAC, or Athletics Wellington, or New Zealand. The trustees are aware that members may be suffering financial hardship and the trustees wish to help. Assistance is available to cover part of travel and accommodation costs.

Please contact the convenor of both trusts, Phillip Havill, at tinakori118@gmail.com. Details of your total costs and supporting reasons for assistance should be included with any application. Confidentiality is assured, with only the six trustees having access to your application details.


Upcoming Events

WHAC running calendar for September and October 2020

PLEASE NOTE: Events may be cancelled or postponed due to alert level.



19th             Wellington Road Running Champs (interclub), Wainuiomata

20th (Sun)   Big Breakfast, clubrooms

26th             Joint club run Olympic & Scotttish Harriers, clubrooms

26th              New Zealand Marathon Champs, Rotorua



3rd               NZ Road Relays Feilding

10th             Club runs/walks – Seniors and masters only Clubrooms

11th (Sun)   Masterton Marathon, Half, 10k, 5k (inc WLG Marathon Champs), Masterton

17th             Bernie Portenski Memorial Handicap, Titahi Bay

18th (Sun)   Honest 10K, Freyberg

18th (Sun)   NZ Trail Champs, Christchurch

24th             Club runs/walks – seniors & masters only, clubrooms

31st             Club runs/walks – Seniors and masters only, clubrooms


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