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Athletics Wellington Road Champs at Wainui has updated information following Wednesday evening’s meeting:The Road Champs are postponed. The Wellington Road Running Champs will not proceed on 21 August, due to the high likelihood we won't be at Covid Alert Level 1 or 2 and also due to the owner of our Reservoir Road course closing it until at least Sunday. A decision will be made in a week's time on a new date (after reviewing Covid developments and other logistics), however 18 September is a tentative date. A decision will also be made next week on the Walking Champs currently scheduled for 28 August. ... See MoreSee Less
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Hi members! 👋Notice on Wellington Road Champs, scheduled for Saturday 21 August: Club representatives are meeting on Wednesday evening to discuss the impact of the latest Covid developments (which has Wellington at Alert Level 4 until at least Friday evening) on the road champs, after which further communications will be made. What we do know at this stage is that the champs won't proceed on 21 August if Wellington is at Alert Level 3 or 4 on the 21st (the champs will likely be rescheduled - possibly to 18 Sept - rather than cancelled). Last year the champs were held in Alert Level 2 (with separate bubble races of less than 100), and initial thinking is we would look to do the same again if we are at L2 on the 21st. The champs will proceed as normal at Alert Level 1. We will keep you informed as we hear more and also keep an eye out on the Athletics Wellington page for updates. ... See MoreSee Less
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Congrats to all who ran at the 2nd edition of the Needle Relay! Wasn't easy in that typical Wellington headwind but there were some fast times nonetheless! 💯💯 Special congrats to our Senior Women team who took home the gold! 🥇 ... See MoreSee Less
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WHAC is so proud of Quentin Rew's 16th place at the Olympics today! 💪 What an incredible time in tough conditions at one of the most grueling events! 🤩 We were utterly exhausted just watching - enjoy the time off and put your feet up! ... See MoreSee Less
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Well done to all the WHAC athletes who will be representing the Wellington Region at nationals this weekend! 💯💯Athletics Wellington confirm selected athletes to travel to NZ Cross Country Championship in Dunedin this Saturday.Further Information is available at athleticswellington.org.nz/harriers/ and the timetable is available here athletics.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Race-Timetable.pdf ... See MoreSee Less
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NOTICES

    • The iconic Vosseler Shield race on Mount Victoria; often described as New Zealand’s toughest cross country race – 22nd May 2021.   Info, Course, results, teams, individual, points 

                                                    

      • Harrier Opening Day 10 AprilIf you are in Wellington that day, please make the effort to attend the club on Saturday afternoon. We are organising various running activities on other days throughout the week between Easter and 11 April, a bit like university orientation week. Details will be in upcoming newsletters.
      • Please refer to the Calendar tab for current information regarding WHAC races and events, interclub races, and national championships.

        WELCOME

        Welcome to the home of Wellington Harrier Athletic Club, Wellington’s oldest and most prestigious harrier club.

        Founded in 1903, Wellington Harriers is in its 119th year of competition. Everyone is welcome to join WHAC. We cater for all levels, ages and events for those wanting to improve fitness through to regional and national competition. We host a number of club runs, interclub and social events throughout the year.

        During the winter, training is based from our clubrooms nestled in the heart of Wellington, on Mt Victoria. In the summer months we train and compete at Newtown Park’s all-weather Track and Field facility.

        For up to date news, photos and results check out our facebook page.

        Welcome aboard!

 

Calendar

2021 Winter Calendar

(as at 21st August 2021)

February 21 Round the Bays Wellington
March 7 Hutt valley 5k/10k/Fun Run McEwan Park
20 Unofficial Club runs / walks Clubrooms
21(Sun) Honest 10 Freyberg
27 5000m Champs Newtown
April 2 Easter April 2nd- 5th
3 Club runs/walks Clubrooms
9-Jan NZSSA North Island Champs Hamilton
10 Opening Day Clubrooms
10 Wellington Mountain Running Champs Wainuiomata
11(Sun) Christchurch Marathon (NZ Marathon Champs) Christchurch
School Holidays April 16th-May 3rd
17 Club runs/walks Clubrooms
17 NZ Mountain Running Champs Coronet Peak
18(Sun) Honest 10 Freyberg
24 Donaldson Memorial Relay Clubrooms
May 1 Shaw Baton Relays Battle Hill
8 Rotorua Marathon (NZ Masters Champs) Rotorua
8 University Cross Country Relays Mackays Crossing
15  Club runs /walks Clubrooms
15 Hawkes Bay marathon Hastings
16 Honest 10k Freyberg
22 Vosseler Shield (inter club) Clubrooms
23(Sun) Masters classic Relay Trentham
29 Club runs/walks Clubrooms
June 5 Club runs/walks Clubrooms
12 Dorne Cup (inter-club) Trentham
19 NZSS XC & Relay Champs Hawera
19 Trinity Run Scottish Scottish
Clubrooms
20 Honest 10k Freyberg
26 Club runs/walks Clubrooms
27 Wellington Marathon, half, 10k & 5k  (inc Wellington Half Marathon Champs) Skysport Stadium
July 3 North Island XC champs Taupo
3 Club runs/walks Clubrooms
 School Holidays July 9th-26th
10 Club runs / walks Clubrooms
17 Wellington Urban Ultra Mt Kaukau
18(Sun) Wellington Cross Country Champs(interclub) Harcourt Park
18 Honest 10k Freyberg
24 Resnick Cup Road Race Clubrooms
25 Masters Road Race Johnsonville
31 Press/Palmer cups Clubrooms
August 7 New Zealand Cross Country Champs Otago
14 Needle Relay (interclub) Evans Bay
15 Honest 10k Freyberg
16 AGM (provisional) Clubrooms
21 Wellington Road Running  Champs(interclub) 

Postponed due to covid level 4

Wianuiomata
28 Trinity Run Olympic

Cancelled due to covid level 4

Alex Moore
September 4 Henderson Relay (U14) Clubrooms
5 New Zealand Road Championships Hamilton
11 Old Boys Memorial Race Clubrooms
12 Hutt Marathon, Half, 10k, 5k Petone
18 Trinity run WHAC Cubrooms
19(Sun) New Zealand Half Marathon Champs Cambridge
19 Honest 10k Freyberg
25 Club runs/walks Clubrooms
School holidays  – October 1st -18th
October 2 NZ Road Road Relays Christchurch
9 Club runs/walks Clubrooms
10 Wellington Marathon, half, 10k & 5k  (inc Wellington Half Marathon Champs) Skysport Stadium
16 Bernie Potenski Memorial Handicap Titahi Bay
17 Honest 10k Freyberg
23 Harrier Section annual meeting & Prize giving followed by afternoon tea (bring a plate) Clubrooms
November 7 Masterton Marathon, Half, 10k, 5k (Inc Wellington Marathon Champs) Masterton
21 Honest 10k Freyberg
December 19 Honest 10k Freyberg

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The Vosseler Shield

The Vosseler Shield is arguably one of New Zealand’s toughest interclub races on the winter calender. Held annually on Mt. Victoria, the event features over four hundred athletes from various clubs across the lower North Island. The shield was named after Frederick Vosseler, a prominent Wellington businessman who helped found the Wellington Harrier club in 1903. In 1923 he presented the Vosseler Shield to his old running club for the annual cross-country fixture. In its early days the Vosseler Shield race started from Lyall Bay and went around the hills above Moa Point. It became a Mt Victoria event in the 1950s, when Wellington Harriers relocated to Alexandra Road.

History

Wellington Harrier Athletic Club is one of the oldest harrier and sporting clubs in New Zealand. Founded in 1903, the first pack run set off from the Basin Reserve on the afternoon of Saturday 4 April, with a second and main opening run on the afternoon of Saturday 18 April. In the early years most of the club’s activities revolved around a weekly pack run held each Saturday. The location of the start varied week to week between various church halls and private homes around the district, a practice that still continues today from our clubrooms located on Mt. Victoria in the heart of Wellington.

The first Wellington Harriers Cross Country Championship was held in 1905. The race was held over five miles at the local Island Bay Racecourse with eleven starters. Wellington Harriers first came to prominence at the 1909 NZAAA National Cross Country held in Timaru finishing second in the club race behind Caversham. Since then Wellington Harriers has become widely recognised both Nationally and Locally as being one of New Zealand’s most successful harrier clubs. In 1984, Wellington Harriers Senior Men secured their first off two National Road Relay titles during the decade. A decade which included a host of National medals and New Zealand Representative’s such as the house hold names of Froude, McCallum and Drake.

Caption: A young Dallas McCallum

The 1990’s saw the rise of Wellington Harrier’s as a stable for producing some of New Zealand’s best female athletes. In particluar Barbara Moore (Bronze 1990 CWG 10,000m), Hare, O’Rourke and Humphries leading the charge. On the 22nd March 1997 it was unanimously agreed that Wellington Harriers would merge with the local Wellington Track and Field Club (WTFC) to form Wellington Harrier Athletic Club (WHAC). Since the formation of WHAC the club’s involvement in he track and field scene has continued to grow, to the point where we may now be considered the premier track and field club in the region, among the top T&F clubs in the country. WHAC has also developed a strong Children’s athletic’s programme which usually sees over 100 children at club days.

      

In 2003, WHAC celebrated 100 years of running and is proud to be one of New Zealand’s longest standing Harrier and Athletic Clubs. The club continues to grow with over four hundred members from children through to masters.

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