Weekly News

In this week’s newsletter:

  • First Up

  • University Relays

  • Upcoming Races

  • Quentin Rew 2nd In Australia

  • Desert Island Tracks With Letha Whitham

  • Q&A With Will Anthony

  • Vosseler Volunteers Needed

  • Kids Cross Country Race

  • Notice Of Extraordinary General Meeting

  • Membership Fees For Upcoming Season

  • Upcoming Events 

 

First Up

Well done to all those who raced in the Shaw Baton Relay. Conditions were great and there were some excellent results, including the first WHAC win in the M35s division for several years. The club also won the WU20s and the inaugural M60s race (albeit as the only entrant!)

WHAC also picked up quite a few second places – including in the the Senior Men’s, Senior Women’s, WU16s and in the M50s, which ended up being a close battle with Scottish. For full results, click here

Among many great individual results, Andrea Peat was third-fastest SW overall (7:22) and Max Karamanolis was fifth-fastest SM (6:18). Dan Clendon (6:29) and Dan Nixon (6:33) were the two fastest masters men. Ruby Barton was second-fastest WU20 (7:36) with Eliza Squire (7:50) third and Phoebe Squire (7:51) fourth. Paul Hewitson just missed out on being fastest M50 by 0.7 seconds.

This Saturday is the second interclub relay, the University Relays at Mackay’s Crossing, just past Paekakariki. We’re encouraging all age groups to come along.

There was a great turnout for this week’s talk on sports nutrition by Megan Healy, and it seemed each person left with something to think about with their diet during training or on race day. Many thanks to Jean Kozyniak for organising this. For the record, Megan is a nutritionist rather than a dietician.

Don’t forget it’s only a couple of weeks until the mighty Vosseler Shield race. Do let Ian know if you’d like to volunteer.

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

The winning Shaw Baton M35 team. From left: Dan Nixon, Richard Swan, James Waite, and Dan Clendon. Plus a young interloper. 

 

University Relays

Our second interclub competition is on Saturday, 8th May. It’s another fun race and we would love to see all the kids running in their blue club singlet.

Please Note: Absolutely no dogs are permitted on the farm area of QE Park. Not loose, on leads, or in cars.

Time: Noon until 4 p.m. Saturday, 8 May.

Event: University Relays (interclub event) & Chocolate Walking Race, QEII Park, Mackay’s Crossing

The Victoria University Athletic Club invites us to the Victoria University Relay events being held at QE Park on Saturday 8 May. Registered athletes and social members of clubs are eligible to compete in the following events:

1. The Whittaker’s Chocolate Walk – open to walkers of all ages. Distance of approximately 6 km. Walkers must estimate their time with the winners being the walkers who are closest to their estimated time. Prizes for first female and first male.

2. The Boys & Girls Races – scratch races for athletes under 16 years of age, and a fun run for the under 7’s. Athletes 16 years and older run in the junior relay. Prizegiving for the scratch races will be held shortly after the under 7’s fun run, just before the start of the relay. In a change from 2020, this year U14 and U16 events will run together.

***Age is taken as of 31 December 2021***

3. The Victoria University Relay – 10 grades with 4 runners per team over an approx. 3.5 km lap.

Race times and event details

12:00 PM Chocolate Walk:  6 km walk on the road; 11.30 registration, 12-noon start

1:15 PM B&G U10:  1.2 km: the start is over the sandhills to the south of the main start/finish area

1:30 PM B&G U12:  2 km loop from the start/finish area

1.45 PM B&G U14 & U16:  2 km loop from the start/finish area

2:00 PM B&G U7:  500 meters fun run “out and back” from the start/finish area

2:30 PM University relay.  Ten grades: junior women U20, Junior men U20,  Senior women, Senior men, Masters Women 35+, Masters Men 35+, Masters Women 50+, Masters men 50+, Open 60+. Four runners per team, 3.5 km lap. All grades start together. Open 60+ teams can comprise men and women in the same team. Mixed teams can comprise athletes of mixed ages and genders (results in the grade will be recorded but there will be no prizes awarded) Prizes will be awarded to the winning team in each grade with the prize-giving to start as soon as the final runner completes the event

PLEASE NOTE: age is taken as of 31 December 2021 or, in the case of Masters, age on the day of the event.

 

Upcoming Races

From Paul Hewitson

It was wonderful to see so many of you at Battle Hill for this season’s first club relay. Apart from the relays, there are four interclub races each winter: Vosseler Shield, Dorne Cup, Wellington Cross Country Champs and Wellington Road Champs. You must be registered to run in these interclub races.

The Vosseler Shield on Saturday 22 May is the first of the four interclub 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 19 May. However, make sure you are financial by Friday 14 May in order to receive your new personalised race bib. This new race bib has a timing chip on its front.

Race bib pick-up is from the WHAC clubrooms on Vosseler Shield day 22 May from 11:30 a.m. If you registered in April, you can pick your bib up early at 1:45pm on Saturday 15 May. You should retain your new personalised race bib for use throughout this winter. The previous year’s bibs/chips will not work this year. If you wear one of them your result will not be recorded.

If you register between 14 May and 19 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 inquiries should be sent to Race Director Ian Macfarlane: whacracedirector@gmail.com. All membership and registration inquiries should be sent to Bertram Manz: membership@whac.org.nz.

If you are not intending to run, there are a number of volunteers required on race day so please let the race director know if you are available.

 

Quentin Rew 2nd In Australia

Quentin Rew finished second in the Athletics Australia Invitational 20km race walk at Fawkner Park in Melbourne on May 2. Quentin finished in 1:24:37. The race was won by Rhydian Cowley of Victoria in 1:21:49.

 

Desert Island Tracks With Letha Whitham

Letha Whitham of Blaydon Harriers (and formerly of WHAC) tells Simon about the benefits of being in a club, running while pregnant, and shares a piece of music that resonates with her. Click here

 

Q&A With Will Anthony

From Athletics New Zealand

Will Anthony, the 17-year-old Olympic Harrier, is one of New Zealand’s most exciting athletics talents. We found out more about the national U-20 5000m champion as he takes part in our regular Q and A segment. Full story here

 

Vosseler Volunteers Needed

From Ian Macfarlane

We are seeking up to 30 marshals to help oversee the iconic Vosseler Shield race on Mount Victoria. It’s run by WHAC and is often described as New Zealand’s toughest cross country race, not to mention one of its most historic. Volunteering offers an opportunity to support your club and community, watch the races, and pick up a new skill.

The race is held on Saturday, 22nd May. You will meet your sector marshal at the clubrooms at noon and after a race briefing head to your designated area with the rest of your team of volunteers. The final race will be finished by 4 p.m. A traffic management company will also be on site throughout race day.

If you’d like to be part of the fun, please email Ian Macfarlane: macfarlane422@gmail.com

 

Kids Cross Country Race

From Athletics Wellington

Athletics Wellington Junior Committee invites athletes to take part in a low-key but fun cross country race to be held at Trentham Memorial Park on Sunday, 9th of May. The races are open to primary school athletes in years three to eight. All are welcome, including those who are not currently members of an athletics club.

Here is the link to the live entry site: https://kidsxcmay2021.eventdesq.com

Online entries strictly close at 5 p.m. Friday 7 May. Online entry is $3 per athlete. On-the-day entry is possible but online entry is preferred. Entry on the day will be $5 cash only (no EFTPOS.)

 

Notice Of Extraordinary General Meeting

Notice of Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of WHAC to be held at 6.30pm on Monday 17 May at the Clubrooms.

Agenda:

Consideration and vote on the 4 proposed amendments to the WHAC Constitution (see below for details)
No other business shall be discussed at the EGM.

Proposed Amendments:

I move the following amendments to the Constitution of the Wellington Harrier Athletic  Club Inc. Moved: John Barrance; Seconded: Teresa Healy. 

1. Clause 18(F) In the third sentence replace the words “… representing the Club,  Wellington Centre, or Athletics New Zealand” with the words “… representing  WHAC, their school, Athletics Wellington, or Athletics New Zealand.”

2. Clause 18(F) Delete the final sentence which reads “Separate accounts shall be established by the Trust for requirements within and without New Zealand.”

Notes (not part of the amendments):

Amendment 1 Clause 18(F) creates certainty that members participating at school  competitions may be considered for grants. This does not mean there is any expectation  created or requirement for grants to be made under any of the four categories. A  discretionary trust means that trustees decide when to make a grant to a member who is eligible to be considered. 

Amendment 2 removes a sentence which became redundant following amendments to the  Special Purposes Trust Constitution which were made in 2003. 

I move the following amendment to the Special Purposes Trust Constitution of the  Wellington Harrier Athletic Club Inc. Moved: John Barrance; Seconded: Teresa Healy. 

3. Clause 3(b) Replace the words “… representing the Club, Wellington Centre, or  Athletics New Zealand” with the words “… representing WHAC, their school,  Athletics Wellington, or Athletics New Zealand.”

Note (not part of the amendment): 

Amendment 3 Clause 3(b) creates certainty that members participating at school  competitions may be considered for grants. This does not mean there is any expectation  created or requirement for grants to be made under any of the four categories. A  discretionary trust means that trustees decide when to make a grant to a member who is  eligible to be considered. 

I move the following amendment to the Tattersall Foundation Trust Constitution of the  Wellington Harrier Athletic Club Inc. Moved: John Barrance; Seconded: Teresa Healy. 

4. Clause 3(b) Replace the words “… representing WHAC, Athletics Wellington, or  Athletics New Zealand” with the words “… representing WHAC, their school,  Athletics Wellington, or Athletics New Zealand.”

Note (not part of the amendment): 

Amendment 4 Clause 3(b) creates certainty that members participating at school  competitions may be considered for grants. This does not mean there is any expectation  created or requirement for grants to be made under any of the four categories. A  discretionary trust means that trustees decide when to make a grant to a member who is  eligible to be considered.

 

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 Events 

 

MAY

8th                University Cross Country Relays, Mackays Crossing

8th                Rotorua Marathon (NZ Masters Champs), Rotorua

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

 

JUNE

5th               Press Palmer cups, clubrooms

12th             Dorne Cup (interclub), Trentham

19th             NZSS XC & Relay Champs, Hawera

19th             Club runs and walks, clubrooms

20th             Honest 10K, Freyberg Pool

27th             Wellington Marathon, Half, 10k & 5k  (inc, Wellington Half Marathon Champs), Sky Stadium

 

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, 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.