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Full Steam Ahead For Harrier Season

From Paul Hewitson

We are delighted to finally have some clarity about the upcoming harrier season. After a summer of uncertainty and cancellations, it’s encouraging to know that we can once again look forward to participating together and with others. A number of major races have been postponed or cancelled, but all of our club, interclub and national harrier meets are full steam ahead.
Check out the calendar below and target what works for you and your family. Also take a look at the broad range of regular training and meet-up runs throughout the season that can take place thanks to our fantastic volunteers, coaches, and grade captains.

The interclub series points competition is a feature that rewards participation. If you can make all four (Vosseler, Dorne, XC, Road Champs) there’s a guarantee of a higher placing over anyone that misses one of them – even if they win the other three.

The clubrooms are open without vaccine passes from April 4th, with masks to be worn indoors. This year the National Road Relays are in Christchurch but there are also some great club trips planned for Taupo and Kerikeri. I look forward to seeing you on the 23rd, if not before.

We wish all our junior members good luck for the National Secondary School Cross Country Championships this weekend! 💪 You've all put in some amazing mahi over the last few weeks, months and years and we can't wait to see what you can do this weekend. Give it your all and have a blast! 🤩 ... See MoreSee Less
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We are very stoked for Quentin Rew to currently hit 6th in the world rankings - so proud!You always have to take rankings with a pinch of salt, but I am proud to have reached a lifetime best of 6th in the world. ... See MoreSee Less
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The mighty Vosseler Saturday May 28.Just as tough but faster for 2022 ... See MoreSee Less
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NOTICES

 

      • 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

WHAC Winter Calendar 2022 Draft 7

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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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