Weekly News

In this week’s newsletter:

  • First Up

  • Christchurch Marathon

  • North Island Champs

  • Wellington Mountain Champs

  • Great Forest Events

  • Sports Nutrition Education Evening

  • Membership Fees For Upcoming Season

  • Upcoming Races

  • Upcoming Events 


First Up

It seems the season has gotten underway with a bang, with the club opening day last Saturday and lots of other events happening over the same weekend.

There was the Christchurch Marathon, the North Island Secondary School Champs in Hamilton, the Great Forest runs at Waitarere Beach and the Wellington Mountain Running Champs in Wainuiomata. Each of the races included a good representation from WHAC, with plenty of great results as well.

Don’t forget that this Sunday is the April edition of the Honest 10K, with an 8:30 a.m. race start from the Whale Tail sculpture near Freyberg Pool. The following weekend is the Donaldson Memorial relay, a fun club event, followed on May 1 by the first interclub race, the Shaw Baton Relay.

What a difference from a year ago, when we were all in lockdown at this time with no events on the horizon. I guess the lesson is to enjoy it while we can!

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

The scene at the 2021 Christchurch Marathon


Christchurch Marathon

Congratulations to everybody who competed on Sunday in the Christchurch Marathon, which also doubled as the New Zealand Marathon Champs. Nathan Tse had an outstanding run to finish 5th overall in 2:32, while Steve Gawn also had a great run to finish 2nd M50 in 2:56.

There were some fantastic results in the women’s half marathon. Esther George was 4th overall (1:20); Sarah Riceman 6th (1:25); Miranda Spencer 12th (1:29); and Nat Hardaker 22nd (1:34).

In the men’s half, Paul Hewitson proved that age is no barrier to running ridiculously fast, finishing 2nd M50 in 1:19.

Full results here


North Island Champs

Well done to those who competed at the North Island Secondary School Champs in Hamilton. This isn’t a complete list but here are some of the great results by WHAC athletes:

Jag Gunregjav-Willers 2nd in the 800m Junior (2:08) and 4th in the 1500m (4:24)

Maia Wilkinson 6th in the 800m Intermediate (2:22)

Ruby Barton 4th (2:15) and Hannah Evett 5th (2:24) in the 800m Senior

Analin Rudd 6th 100m Junior (13.33); 2nd in the Triple Jump

Seb Skelton 1st (51.4) and Lachlan Stefanidis 6th (53.3) in the 400m Intermediate (they also won gold as part of the 4×400 relay team)

Gabrielle Healy 3rd (43.5) in the 300m Junior and 7th in the 200m (27.35)

Sarah Du Toit 4th in the 2000m Race Walk (12:31)

Daniel Du Toit 1st in the 3000m Race Walk (13:29)

Eliza Squire 3rd in the 1500m Intermediate (4:46)

Luca Evett 9th in the 1500m Intermediate (4:20)

Ruby Barton 7th in the 1500m Senior (4:55) and 4th in the 800m (2:15)

Full results here


Wellington Mountain Champs

There were some great results at the Wellington Mountain Running Champs in Wainuiomata on Saturday. Andrea Peat was second in the Senior Women (64:05); Dave Holland was first in the M60s (49:09); John Beale was 6th n the M35s (62:56); and Jeff Bannister 7th in the M35s (63:02).

Full results here


Great Forest Events

It was the 25th and final Great Forest run last weekend. The well-organized event included several distances run over forest roads and pine-needle covered tracks near Waitarere Beach north of Levin. Unfortunately, the organizers have decided not to continue. The event has been well-supported by WHAC in the past and there was another good turnout on the final day.

Isaac Murphy finished third overall in the Half Marathon in 1:17. Age-group winners in the half included James Waite M45 (1:23); Nick Perry M50 (1:27); Vickie Humphries F55 (1:34); Peter Corbett M65 (1:53). Congratulations also to Brendon Flanagan who completed the full marathon, finishing 7th M40 (5:02).

Full results here


Sports Nutrition Education Evening

From Jean Kozyniak

The second education evening for the year, on sports nutrition, will be held on May 4th at 6.30 p.m. at the WHAC clubrooms. Megan Healy, a registered dietitian with The Performance Pantry will be speaking. This will be a great opportunity to get all your sports nutrition related questions answered so make sure you come along. https://theperformancepantry.co.nz/megan-healy


Membership Fees For Upcoming Season

Subscription                Fee 2021/22
6 and under                           85
7-14 social                             85
15 and over social                 85
7-14 competitive                  110
15-19 competitive                110
Full time Student                 130
20 and over competitive      170
Club supporter                      40

Families registering three or more members are eligible for a 10% refund on their membership fees.

The membership portal is now open for registrations for the 2021/22 season. To renew your membership or register as a new member, please visit the membership portal at https://memberdesq.onesporttechnology.com/3217.


Upcoming Races


Donaldson Memorial 24 April

We are promoting the Donaldson Memorial on 24 April as the day for all ages and groups from the club to come together as one. The Donaldson is a fun short cross country relay, taking 6-9 minutes per lap and mixing all age groups in the same team. There will also be the traditional afternoon tea. Please put this date in your diary and attend if you can.


Shaw Baton Relay 1 May

The first of this harrier season’s interclub races.


Upcoming Events 



17th             Club runs and walks, clubrooms

18th  (Sun)  Honest 10K, Freyberg Pool

24th             Donaldson Memorial Relay, clubrooms



1st                Shaw Baton Relays, Battle Hill

4th                Sports Nutrition Education Evening, clubrooms

8th                Rotorua Marathon (NZ Masters Champs), Rotorua

8th                University Cross Country Relays, Mackays Crossing

15th              Club runs and walks, clubrooms

15th              Hawkes Bay Marathon, Hastings

16th (Sun)    Honest 10K, Freyberg Pool

22nd             Vosseler Shield (interclub), clubrooms

23rd (Sun)    Masters Classic Relay, Trentham

29th              Club runs and walks, 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.