Weekly News

In this week’s newsletter:

  • First Up

  • Absolutely Positively Christchurch

  • Road Relay Champs Update

  • Weekend Results

  • Emily MacNaughtan Funeral

  • Sport Nutrition Study

  • New Membership Portal

  • Run For The Great Barrier Reef

  • Upcoming Events


First Up

Wow. It certainly came as a shock this week to find out that the iconic Takahe to Akaroa route for New Zealand Road Relays had been cancelled. The Takahe-Akaroa race has been run for more than 80 years and is considered by many to be the classic course for national road relays.

Athletics New Zealand said the cancellation came after the Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency determined the traffic management plan didn’t meet legal requirements. But the late cancellation does raise some questions — like why wasn’t this sorted out one way or the other months ago? I’m sure many of us will be interested to hear more about what went wrong.

On the positive side, the new relay course at Bottle Lake is in a beautiful spot. And there will be some advantage in being able to have all the teams together and cheering for their teammates in the same spot. And as Paul points out below, road relays is more than just about running, it’s about being able to spend a great weekend away in excellent company.

Congratulations to those who ran in events around the country over the weekend, including the Honest 10K, the Hutt Marathon, Rotorua Marathon and Sandy Point Classic. Results below.

A reminder please to return all trophies as soon as possible to the clubrooms or to Phillip Havill’s house, so they can be engraved in time for prizegiving this year.

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

Bottle Lake in Christchurch. Photo from alltraills.com


Absolutely Positively Christchurch

From Paul Hewitson

After the hammer blow cancellation of the iconic Takahe to Akaroa road relay course, it’s time to get back on our feet and look forward to what we do have. Athletics Canterbury have organised an alternative relay in Bottle Lake Forest Park which is much closer to our hotel. There are 8 & 6 lap options on a loop course.

You can click on the course link here

Road relay weekend has always been more than the actual relay. It’s about spending time with the wider WHAC family and supporting each other – just as easy to do this year while emitting less carbon!!

So while it’s disappointing, we have to think positively about our weekend away. The Needle Relay shows that relay running does have a future.

We will have a little more time on Saturday, so for those who are extra keen, let’s think of some additional afternoon runs, for instance in Hagley park, red zone or Rapaki Track — a classic port hills trail climb.


Road Relay Champs Update

From Athletics New Zealand

The 2022 New Zealand Road Relay Championships, scheduled as part of the 82nd edition of the annual Takahe to Akaroa on Saturday 1 October, will regrettably no longer take place on the iconic 76km route. Reacting decisively to a rapidly evolving scenario an alternative venue at Bottle Lake Forest Park in Christchurch has been secured by Athletics Canterbury – the joint partners with Athletics NZ in staging the 2022 edition – which will allow the New Zealand Road Relay Championships to proceed on the original date.

Full story here


Weekend Results

Honest 10K

A good turnout with more than 40 athletes. First in the 5k were Damien Grover (19:20) and Megan Barnes (30:47). First in the 10K were Bridget Douglas (45:13) and Dion Yiu (39:05).


Hutt Marathon

Cool Kids kilometre: Sam Clendon 12th overall, 3rd M11-12 (4:14), Toby Clendon 22nd overall, 5th M0-8 (4:32)

Half Marathon: Dan Clendon 3rd overall, 1st M35 (1:12), Paul Hewitson 5th overall, 1st M50 (1:20), Nick Perry 8th overall, 3rd M50 (1:21)

Marathon: Sam Hansby 3rd overall, 1st SM (2:51)


Rotorua Marathon

Marathon: Gordy Clarke ran his 26th Rotorua Marathon and 64th marathon in total. His 4:20 was 10th in the M60-64 and 3rd in the NZ Masters Champs in his age grade.


Sandy Point Classic

Half Marathon: Willie Gunn 3rd overall (1:28).


Emily MacNaughtan Funeral

From Paul Hewitson

On Wednesday, September 21st, several club members attended the funeral of Emily MacNaughtan who passed away after a mountain biking accident on Mount Victoria.

Emily was a standout athlete who excelled in hockey, triathlon and her favoured event, cycling. She was a member of our senior women’s road relay team in 2020 at Feilding. She was third overall at Ironman NZ in her first attempt 2 years ago.

Emily was 28 years old and although none of us knew her well, it was evident from the family and friends who spoke that she was a truly wonderful person with a passion for life and very much loved.

The 2020 Senior Women’s Road Relay team included Emily MacNaughtan (second from right). The team finished second that year to North Harbour Bays.


Sport Nutrition Study



New Membership Portal

From Bertram Manz

Athletics New Zealand has a new GameDay membership platform. Your login information (e.g., your password) from the old database has not been transferred over to the new one (following best practice for data security). You will need to register as new and create a password and enter some data.

For most, your data will be in the new system, but that is not the case for everyone. If you are in that latter group, sorry but you will have to enter all the required data. Once that is done the new system should retain that data for when you access it in the future. You can access the new membership platform through this link:



Run For The Great Barrier Reef

From run4reef

On Sunday 16th October 2022, a synchronised race event will take place across 22 cities in Australia & New Zealand. Over 100,000 participants will run for a cause, running for our very own wonder of the world – the Great Barrier Reef.

Races will start simultaneously with a global leaderboard where you will not only compete against your local runners, but runners from across the continent. Register for your preferred distance with races at 1km, 5km, 10km, or the race2zero 10km designed for elite runners.

For more information, click here


Upcoming Events



24th            Club runs/walks, clubrooms



School holidays October 1st -16th

1st              NZ Road Road Relays, Christchurch

8th              Club runs/walks, clubrooms

9th (Sun)    Back in Action Waipoua River Run, Masterton

15th            Bernie Potenski Memorial Handicap, Titahi Bay

16th (Sun)  New Zealand Half Marathon Champs, Cambridge

16th (Sun)  Honest 10K, Freyberg

16th (Sun)  NZ Trail Running Champs, Christchurch

23 (Sun)     Harrier Section annual meeting & Prize giving followed by afternoon tea (bring a plate) TBC, clubrooms

30 (Sun)      Auckland Marathon, Half, 10K, Auckland



20th        Honest 10K, Freyberg



18th         Honest 10K, Freyberg



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, Richard Swan, Frank Evett, Paul Hewitson, Julie Richards, Gordon Clarke, Georgina Wedge, Bertram Manz, Jean Kozyniak, Vickie Humphries, Seth Campbell, Todd Krieble, Ryan McAlister, Nathan Tse and John O’Driscoll.