WHAC Newsletter 14th June 2024

In this week’s newsletter:


First Up
Dorne Cup
Oceania Champs
NX Champs
AW AGM
Upcoming events
WHAC Board information
Club contacts

 

First Up


Welcome to midwinter and a “foul bin juice morning and dish water skies”, as the Libertines so eloquently put it. It was a sunny day with dry underfoots however for the Dorne Cup last Saturday and WHAC done good, winning 5 team events. The Oceania Champs were held in Fiji, and there is info on the New Zealand Cross-Country and Road Champs for those of you running too fast to read it, and a reminder of the upcoming Athletics Wellington AGM. 
 

Dorne Cup

The highlight of this year’s race was Nathan Tse winning the SM race. Nathan is the first WHAC SM to win since
Jonathan Wyatt in 2000. WHAC won 5 team races, and placed in 8 other grades.
WHAC had 5 individual winners, 6 second places, and 5 thirds.

Here’s a bit of the SM race (c/o Peter and Mandy @ Jonesys Photography): 
Senior Mens 8km Race at Dorne Cup 08/06/2024 (youtube.com)

  
5 Winning WHAC teams: W35 (Natalie Hardaker, Sally McGrandle, Sophie Lee, Suz Collins); WU18/20 (Poppy Healy, Maddison Maclean, Lulu Davies, Scarlett Anderson); M35 (Jamie Duncan, Dan Clendon, Shaun Brannigan, James Waite); M60 (Paul Hewitson, Dave Creamer, Todd Krieble, Kelvin Wong); and M70 (Brian Hayes, Richard Brent, Peter Corbett, Tony Dawbin).
 
2nd placed WHAC teams: Open Women; GU16; BU14; M50.


 
3rd placed WHAC teams: Open Men, BU12; BU16; MU18/20.
 
5 Individual winners: SM Nathan Tse; BU16 Alexander MacBeth; WU18 Poppy Healy; M60 Paul Hewitson; M70 Brian Hayes.


 
2nd place:  SW Kumiko Otani; WU20 Lulu Davies; W50 Bridget Douglas; W60 Vickie Humphries; BU14 Kingsley McGuigan; M65 Steve Plowman.
 
3rd place: WU18 Maddison Maclean; WU20 Scarlett Anderson; W35 Natalie Hardaker;
M50 Seth Campbell; M70 Richard Brent.
  
Link to results https://www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=354675 .

N.B. The teams results from webscorer are set up only to show the Dorne Cup results for the Open Men over 8km.

 

 Oceania Champs, Fiji

Well done to WHAC’s Jag Willers winning a bronze medal in the NZ U18 4 x 400. (Jag is 2nd from the right in the photo). Jag also finished 4th in the U18 Steeplechase and was part of the Mixed U18 B team which also finished 4th.


 
Congratulations to Analin Rudd finishing 2nd in the U18 triple Jump with a jump of 11.98m (PB).
Analin also came fifth in the U18 long jump, jumping 5.37m (PB)



Naomi Waite came 5th in the senior women’s at Oceania championships in Fiji with a creditable 1.75m.  The official results say 1.79m but that’s an error.  
 
Thanks to the club for supporting the team’s travel.  

A summary of medallists can be found here: 2024 Oceania Athletics Championships – Wikipedia
 

New Zealand Champs

Please take a look at the attached info sheet if you wish to be considered for selection for the Wellington team to the NZ XC Champs at Hawkes Bay on the weekend of 3-4 August and/or the National 10km Road Champs in Timaru on 26 October.  Initial selections for the XC champs will be made following the Dorne Cup. The balance of the team will be announced following the Wellington XC Champs on 21 July. Hewi has already booked accommodation, if you wish to co-ordinate.
 

ATHLETICS WELLINGTON CROSS COUNTRY & ROAD: SELECTION POLICY 2024 


Athletics Wellington will select athletes to represent the Centre at the:
A. Athletics NZ Cross Country Championships, at Napier on Saturday 3 August 2024
B. Athletics NZ 10km Road Championships at Timaru on Sunday 26 October 2024
The key objectives are:
1. To send competitive Athletics Wellington teams in all grades to these events, where possible.
2. To enable this, in general individual athletes will be selected foremostly on the basis that they show ability to finish in the predicted top half of the field for their event.
3. When appropriate to enable a top team to finish, some additional athletes may be selected to ensure there is a competitive scoring team.
4. Individuals will be selected on merit even when no team is likely based on clause 2 (above).

Selections will be made in the following grades (these being the grades for which Athletics NZ hold a Team Race at the Championships): Men, Women, Men Under 20, Women Under 20, Masters Men M35+, Masters Men M50+, Masters Men 65+, Masters Women W35+ and Masters Women W50+ and Masters Women 65+. Selections will only be made in the Men Under 18 and Women Under 18 grades for the NZ Cross Country Championships (as there is no Team Race for these grades at the NZ Road Championships).

Expression of Intention: Athletes wishing to be considered for selection must notify the Selectors of the events they wish to be considered for at least two days prior to the relevant selection date, by completing both:
✓ the online Expression of Interest [EOI] to notify your intention to be selected, and
✓ the Athletics Wellington Athlete Team Agreement.
If an athlete subsequently becomes unavailable, the athlete must notify the Selectors immediately. No athlete will be considered for selection if they are not recorded on the ANZ membership database as a current member of an Athletics Wellington club.

Selections will be made for the following events on the following dates:
➢ NZ Cross Country: Initial selections of up to 4 in each grade announced following the Dorne Cup on 8 June 2024 (based on athletes demonstrating the ability to comfortably finish in the top half of their race at the NZ Cross Country based on performances in winter interclub competitions in 2024) • Following the Athletics Wellington Cross Country Championships on 21 July 2024, the balance of the selections will be announced.
• Athletes initially selected after the Dorne Cup are expected to demonstrate fitness by racing in the Wellington Cross Country Championships.
➢ NZ Road: • Following the Athletics Wellington 10km Road Championships on 7 September 2024, the selections will be announced.
• To be selected for the Athletics Wellington team there is an expectation that athletes compete in either the AW 5km or 10km Road Championships. To gain an exemption from this athlete should write to the Out of Stadi Selection Convenor prior to the 7 September event.
If a selected athlete withdraws from the team, the selectors may replace that athlete at any time.

General Athlete Details: On advice of selection in the team, the athlete must let the Athletics Wellington General Manager or Team Manager know their uniform requirements and travel and accommodation plans. Online forms will be set up for these requirements.
Team Uniform and Hoodie: Selected athletes will be able to purchase an Athletics Wellington team singlet and hoodie. These are only available for purchase to those named in Athletics Wellington teams for these events. An online form will be set up for this.
Subsidies: Athletes selected for the NZ Cross Country and NZ Road Championships will receive reimbursement (via their club) of their entry fees. An accommodation subsidy of $50 per Championship will be given to each athlete selected. Payment of subsidies is conditional on completing the race.
Selectors are: Nathan Lewer (Convenor): nathan@awesomebounce.co.nz Julie Richards: juliemaerdy@yahoo.co.uk John Cope: johnandjacquicope@gmail.com Heidi Humphries: heidi_jane_h@yahoo.co.uk TBC
Team Managers are: TBC

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Dear Stakeholders

This is a reminder notice that we are calling for nominations for Athletics Wellington Annual General Meeting

Meeting Date: 9 July – 7.00pm
Venue: Waiora Hub Sports and Community Centre,
17 Bannister Ave Johnsonville 



Notice is given that Athletics Wellington invites nominations for 

  • President
  • Board members
  • Life members 

All nominations for the above positions should be made in writing to the General Manager with accompanying information by  17 June 2024 

President
The President is elected annually but may not hold office for more than 3 consecutive years. The President is not a member of the Board.  Rather, their role is honorary acting as an independent front-person and patron of the organisation.  The President will also be an independent point of contact between stakeholders and the Board (if necessary) and might be called on as an independent “ombudsman” in any conflict or disciplinary matters.
Nominees should have a history, and the respect and goodwill of the whole sport.  

Board Members
There currently is a minimum of one vacancy on the Board.
Nominations for the Board should be accompanied by a C.V. which outlines the skills and experience the nominee can bring to the Board.  

Life Membership
Life Membership Criteria and Nomination Guide is available HERE   

Kind regards

Tony Rogers

General Manager

Athletics Wellington

Email: gm@athleticswellington.org.nz

Mob: +64 274 883 279

Web: www.athleticswellington.org.nz

 


 
Upcoming Events
 

         
Sat/Sun 15/16 June  NZ Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships, QE2/Ascot Park, Christchurch      
Sunday 16 June  Honest 10k, Freyberg      
Sunday 23 June  Wellington Marathon, Half, 10km, Kids Mile (including Wellington Marathon Champs), Sky Stadium      
Saturday 29 June  Press / Palmer Cups, clubrooms      
  School holidays 6-21 July      
Saturday 6 July  North Island Cross Country Championships, Spa Park, Taupo      
Sunday 7 July  Morning club run from clubrooms      
Saturday 13 July  WUU2K The Wellington Urban Ultra, Wellington      
Sunday 14 July Honest 10k, Freyberg      
Sunday 21 July Wellington Cross Country Championships (inter-club), Harcourt Park      
Saturday 27 July  Resnick Cup Road Race      
Sunday 28 July Masters Road Race, Johnsonville, Wellington Masters      
Saturday 3 August NZ Cross Country Championships, Mission Estate Winery, Hawkes Bay      
Sunday 4 August Morning club run from clubrooms      
Sunday 4 August  NZ Cross Country Relay Championships Mission Estate Winery, Hawkes Bay      
Saturday 17 August Needle Road Relay (inter-club), Kilbirnie Wind Needle, Wellington      
Sunday 18 August

Saturday 31 August
Honest 10k, Freyberg

Wellington 5k Road Championships (inter-club) Wainuiomata
     
Sunday 1 September Morning club run from clubrooms      
Saturday 7 September Wellington 10k Road Championships (inter-club), Wainuiomata      
Saturday 14 September Henderson Relay (U14), clubrooms      
Sunday 15 September Hutt Marathon events (Hutt & Wellington Half Marathon Champs), Petone      
Saturday 21 September Old Boys Memorial Road Race, clubrooms      
Sunday 22 September Honest 10k, Freyberg      
  School holidays 27 September-13 October      
Saturday 28 September New Zealand Road Relay Championships, Taupo      
Saturday 5 October

Sunday 6 October
 
Track and field season begins, Newtown Park

Morning club run from clubrooms
 
     
Sunday 20 October Masterton Half Marathon, 14km, 7km, Masterton      
Sunday 20 October  Honest 10k, Freyberg      
Sunday 20 October  New Zealand Mountain Running Championships, Christchurch      
Saturday 26 October New Zealand 10km Road Championships, Timaru      
Saturday 2 November

Sunday 3 November
Saturday 23 November
Club runs / walks followed by Harrier Section Prizegiving, AGM & afternoon tea (bring a plate)
NZ 50k & 100k Champs Hagley Park, Christchurch
NZ Long Course Trail Champs 100k WAI2K, Featherston
     
 

WHAC Board Information

If you have ideas for the club or any questions, please contact a board member or the secretary, Richard Swan (secretary@whac.org.nz). Your board members are: John Barrance, Richard Swan, Frank Evett, Paul Hewitson, Julie Richards, Gordon Clarke, Georgina Wedge, Bertram Manz, Vickie Humphries, Seth Campbell, Todd Krieble, Nathan Tse, Callum Stewart, and Graeme Morrison.


WHAC Newsletter 7th June 2024

In this week’s newsletter:

What’s on?
Season points update
Dorne Cup
Upcoming events
WHAC Board information
Club contacts



What’s on?

Notalot. Dorne Cup obvs, and an update on the AW season points, and er, whatever you fancy for breakfast…

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Athletic Wellington Season Points 2024
 
The following WHAC runners are in the top 5 of their grades for the season so far (Shaw Baton, University Relay, Vosseler):

WU16: Xanthe Wong (2nd)
WU18: Maddison McLean (2nd)
WU20: Lulu Davies / Scarlett Anderson (1st equal), Kate Yu (3rd)
SW: Kumiko Otani (5th)
W50: Bridget Douglas (5th)
W60: Carline Thomas (1st)
MU14: Kingsley McGuigan (3rd), Lucas Kendrick (4th equal)
MU20: Wilson Li (5th)
SM: Nathan Tse (1st)
M35: Jamie Duncan (1st)
M50: Graeme Morrison (2nd)
M60: Dave Creamer (1st), Kelvin Wong (4th)
M65: Tim Murchland (2nd), Steve Plowman (5th equal)
M70: Peter Corbett (2nd), Tony Dawbin (3rd)
 

Remaining point events: 
  • Dorne Cup (8th June)
  • Wellington Cross-Country Champs (21st July)
  • Wellington 5km road champs (or less for U10-U16) (31st August)
  • Wellington 10km road champs (for U20 and all 20+ grades) (7th September).
That makes 7 events for 18+ and 6 events for U18s. 
U18 and younger is best 4 from 6 events.
U20 and older is best 5 from 7 events.
 
      Dorne Cup

This Saturday is the Dorne Cup at Trentham Memorial Park, one of the highlights of the cross-country season, which doubles as the WHAC cross-country championships. So you get two places for the price of one, and can probably double your distance achieved if you are so inclined. Pretend you are twins. Unless you actually are.


 

Event Race Start Time Age Grade Distance
1 12.45pm Masters Women (35+)**
Masters Women (50+)**
Open Women (SW)
Masters Men (60+)**
Masters Men (65+)**
Masters Women (60+)**
Masters Women (65+)**
Masters Men (70+)**
Masters Women (70+)**
6km
2 1.20pm Men Under 20 (MU20)*
Women Under 20 (WU20)*
Men Under 18 (MU18)*
Women Under 18 (WU18)*
4km
3 1.45pm Boys Under 12 (BU12)*
Girls Under 12 (GU12)*
2km
4 2.00pm Boys Under 14 (BU14)*
Girls Under 14 (GU14)*
2km
5 2.15pm Boys Under 16 (BU16)*
Girls Under 16 (GU16)*
3km
6 2.30pm Boys Under 10 (BU10)*
Girls Under 10 (GU10)*
1km
7 2.45pm Open Men (SM)
Masters Men (35+)**
Masters Men (50+)**
8km

* For events marked with * your grade is based on your age at 31 Dec 2024
** For events marked with ** your grade is based on your age at 8 June 2024.
 

2024 Course

This year’s course remains the same as previous years. The 2km loop will run past Barton’s Bush and go across and around the Children’s soccer fields, before turning towards the Cricket Nets and then finish along the straight in beside the car park, back up to the start line at the Pavilion.

The 4km loop will now travel through Barton’s bush and weave between the senior and kids’ rugby fields, before travelling through a second bush track which emerges by the axeman’s grounds. Runners will cross the bridge over the stream and do a short dogleg before crossing through the stream by Cricket nets and then follow the straight back to the start line.

The course bush tracks are compacted gravel, while the remainder of the course is on grass. There are a few road crossings. Where we can, these will have carpet laid across the seal.

3km course = 1 x 1km loop plus 1 x 2km loop
6km course = 1 x 2km loop plus 1 x 4km loop
8km course = 2 x 4km loop

1km loop for Dorne Cup
2km loop for Dorne Cup
4km loop for Dorne Cup


 
Upcoming Events
 

         
Sat/Sun 15/16 June  NZ Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships, QE2/Ascot Park, Christchurch      
Sunday 16 June  Honest 10k, Freyberg      
Sunday 23 June  Wellington Marathon, Half, 10km, Kids Mile (including Wellington Marathon Champs), Sky Stadium      
Saturday 29 June  Press / Palmer Cups, clubrooms      
  School holidays 6-21 July      
Saturday 6 July  North Island Cross Country Championships, Spa Park, Taupo      
Sunday 7 July  Morning club run from clubrooms      
Saturday 13 July  WUU2K The Wellington Urban Ultra, Wellington      
Sunday 14 July Honest 10k, Freyberg      
Sunday 21 July Wellington Cross Country Championships (inter-club), Harcourt Park      
Saturday 27 July  Resnick Cup Road Race      
Sunday 28 July Masters Road Race, Johnsonville, Wellington Masters      
Saturday 3 August NZ Cross Country Championships, Mission Estate Winery, Hawkes Bay      
Sunday 4 August Morning club run from clubrooms      
Sunday 4 August  NZ Cross Country Relay Championships Mission Estate Winery, Hawkes Bay      
Saturday 17 August Needle Road Relay (inter-club), Kilbirnie Wind Needle, Wellington      
Sunday 18 August

Saturday 31 August
Honest 10k, Freyberg

Wellington 5k Road Championships (inter-club) Wainuiomata
     
Sunday 1 September Morning club run from clubrooms      
Saturday 7 September Wellington 10k Road Championships (inter-club), Wainuiomata      
Saturday 14 September Henderson Relay (U14), clubrooms      
Sunday 15 September Hutt Marathon events (Hutt & Wellington Half Marathon Champs), Petone      
Saturday 21 September Old Boys Memorial Road Race, clubrooms      
Sunday 22 September Honest 10k, Freyberg      
  School holidays 27 September-13 October      
Saturday 28 September New Zealand Road Relay Championships, Taupo      
Sunday 6 October Morning club run from clubrooms      
Sunday 20 October Masterton Half Marathon, 14km, 7km, Masterton      
Sunday 20 October  Honest 10k, Freyberg      
Sunday 20 October  New Zealand Mountain Running Championships, Christchurch      
Saturday 26 October New Zealand 10km Road Championships, Timaru      
Saturday 2 November

Sunday 3 November
Saturday 23 November
Club runs / walks followed by Harrier Section Prizegiving, AGM & afternoon tea (bring a plate)
NZ 50k & 100k Champs Hagley Park, Christchurch
NZ Long Course Trail Champs 100k WAI2K, Featherston
     
 

WHAC Board Information

If you have ideas for the club or any questions, please contact a board member or the secretary, Richard Swan (secretary@whac.org.nz). Your board members are: John Barrance, Richard Swan, Frank Evett, Paul Hewitson, Julie Richards, Gordon Clarke, Georgina Wedge, Bertram Manz, Vickie Humphries, Seth Campbell, Todd Krieble, Nathan Tse, Callum Stewart, and Graeme Morrison.


WHAC Newsletter 30th May 2024

In this week’s newsletter:

Vosseler results and photos
College Sport Wellington XC Champs
NZ/World Records
ISF World Schools XC Champs
This weekend runs
Dorne Cup
Upcoming events
WHAC Board information
Club contacts



 

Vosseler
 
The 2024 Vosseler Shield on Saturday 25th May on Mount Victoria was the 100th running of the race which was first held in 1923. The underfoot conditions were good. Although there was a shower or two for the first race (Women and M60+), the rest of the afternoon was fine.
 
Wellington Harrier Athletic Club, had a successful day at the races, retaining the top club award over all grades – the Barry Everitt trophy – for the eleventh time in a row. WHAC 1, Trentham 2, Scottish 3.
 
WHAC won 4 teams races: MM70, MM60-69, BU16, and BU14.
WHAC placed 2nd in 6 teams races: for MW50+, MM50, MM35, GU16, GU14, and BU12.
WHAC placed 3rd team for: OM.
 
WHAC MM70 won for the seventh year in a row with Peter Corbett, Tony Dawbin, and Jeff Annan.
WHAC MM60 won with Paul Hewitson, David Creamer, and Kelvin Wong.
WHAC BU16 won with Robert Naulls, Sebastian Campion, and Isaac London.
WHAC BU14 won with Kingsley McGuigan, Lucas Kendrick, and Wilder Campbell.
 
Nathan Tse (WHAC) was first SM. Nathan is the 12th WHAC winner of the SM race.
 
Victoria Humphries  (WHAC) was the first W60. This is Vickie’s 16th victory in the Vosseler Shield, moving her further ahead as the runner who has won the most Vosseler races. Vickie has won SW, MW, W50, and W60 races.
 
Other WHAC winners were Paul Hewitson MM60, and Scarlett Anderson WU20.
Placed 2nd were Peter Corbett MM70, Carline Thomas MW60, Bridget Douglas MW50, Seth Campbell MM50, Maddison Maclean WU18, and Silas Campbell MU18.
Placed 3rd were Tony Dawbin MM70, Steve Plowman MM65, David Creamer M60, Sally McGrandle MW35, Jamie Duncan MM35, Robert Naulls NU16, and Kingsley McGuigan BU14.

A big thank you to the M60+ brigade who turned out in great numbers. WHAC had 15 finishers in the 3 grades M60, M65, and M70. Scottish were next best with 7 runners. Our strong numbers made a large contribution to the WHAC points total, which helped WHAC retain the top club award.
 
Congratulations to our winning teams MM60-69 and MM70. Congratulations to our individual winner and placegetters.
 
A special shout out to Brian Hayes, who arrived too late for our race. So Brian ran 2 laps in the MM50 grade. Awesome.
 
Here’s a summary of the day. Looking forward to seeing you all, plus more, at the Dorne Cup in two weeks on Saturday 8 June.
 
Full results can be found at https://www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=353177

Run well
John


Combining top catering skills with logoed aprons – and an uphill rampage of future champions


Flying the flag and a slight detour around a campervan – and Nathan Tse, who blitzed the field and could
still stand tall, smile and model a fine pair of WHAC socks


Some enthusiastically cheerful competitors and marshals 

Excellent gesticulating from an animated marshal and someone doing quite well in a running race

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One of our greatest runners and previous winner of the Vosseler, Wayne Atkins, came along to support the club – and Brian Hayes, who did 2 laps in a time much faster than the bus that didn’t get him there on time for the 1 lap he was entered for…

A great day and an amazing turnout in the junior races


Where it all happens – proud headquarters of the oldest (and best) harrier club in Aotearoa 

Boys & Girls U10, U12, U14 Course 1.1km                        
                        
Kingsley McGuigan               4:17    3rd       B14       
Lucas Kendrick                     4:28    4th eq.  B14     
Wilder Campbell                   4:38    6th        B14        
Hugo Thirkell                        4:44    8th        B14        
Emily Matthews                    5:05    5th        G14        
Lachlan Ranger                    5:06    14th      B14        
Keaton Joynes                     5:12    4th         B12         
Andre Fourie                        5:16    17th       B14         
Noah Kendrick                     5:16     6th eq.  B12         
Delia Davies                         5:18    9th        G14         
Luca Lind Azevedo               5:23    9th        B12         
Annalize Fourie                    5:28    4th        G12         
Aditya Panigrahy                  5:29    21st      B14         
Madison Luping-Cowan       5:30    6th eq.  G14         
Toby Clendon                       5:33    12th      B12         
Millie McPhee                       5:36    8th eq. G12       
Maisie Morrison                    5:39    18th     G14        
Maya Lehnid                         5:40    19th     G14        
Harrison Holmes-Poulter      5:42    6th        B10        
Bruno Salt                             5:43    24th      B14         
Jagger Wilson                       5:44    13th      B12        
Eliott Holmes-Poulter            6:08    10th      B10         
Amelia Brennan                    6:51    4th       G10         
                        
Boys and Girls Under 16 Course 3km                        
                        
Robert Naulls                      12:10    3rd      B16         
Sebastian Campion            12:13    4th       B16        
Xanthe Wong                      14:22    4th      G16         
Isaac London                      14:58    10th     B16         
Lucy Clendon                      18:25    9th      G16         
Evelyn Porter                      18:27    10th    G16         
 
Well done to everyone who was able to come. Most of our teams were limited by the absence of people with colds and ‘flu and injuries.

Top 3 finishes were earned by Kingsley McGuigan and Robert Naulls who each finished 3rd.
The event was also for 3 person teams. 3 of our teams finished 2 nd, and the Under 14 and 16 Boys won.
Next Saturday: The upcoming events of interest to us are the Dorne Cup (8 June) and the Wellington Primary Sport Interzones on 18 June. Both are on flat and fast courses so we’ll try and find something flat and fast for you (depending on the weather!)
Saturday 8 June: Dorne Cup at Trentham Memorial Park.
Enter from Barton Avenue on your left off Fergusson Drive .Race headquarters are adjacent to the pavilion, near the Trentham Harrier Clubrooms. Usually we have our Club tent on the grass near the start area.
Race Times:         Under 12  1:45 pm 
                              Under 14  2:00 pm
                              Under 16  2:15 pm
                              Under 10  2:30 pm
This is a grass course around the playing fields and the Hutt River stopbanks. The Under 10’s do 1km, the Under 12 and Under 14 do 2 km, and the Under 16 do 3km.
You will race in your own year groups, boys and girls together.
Don’t forget to bring your club uniform and your permanent race bib (which you have all carefully saved from last Saturday!!) The course will be very suitable for spikes. 
 
G. T. (Geoff ) Henry MNZM
 
College Sport Wellington Cross Country Champs 2024
 
Well done to all our Wellington Harrier Athletes that competed at yesterdays CSW cross country champs.
In the photo is U16 Alex Macbeth 1st and Xavier James 3rd both Whac athletes. Hugo Millar from Olympic was 2nd.
Full results can be found through the link below:
https://www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=352802
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New NZ 1500m record…

A sensational performance by Maia Ramsden (WHAC) competing at the USATF Los Angeles Grand Prix taking almost 4 seconds off her pb to set a new national women’s 1500m record of 4:02.58. Maia took more than two seconds off the New Zealand record of 4:04.82 which was set by Nikki Hamblin in 2011

Huge congratulations to Maia!
 

…And a new NZ 800m record
Scoop Culture

On an historic day for New Zealand middle-distance running James Preston erased the 62-year-old national 800m record of Sir Peter Snell in Pfungstadt, Germany, and George Beamish climbed to number two on the all-time New Zealand mile lists – and within 0.01 of the 42-year-old national record of Sir John Walker – at the Eugene Diamond League.

Preston recorded a stunning 1:44.04 in Pfungstadt, Germany to comfortably dip below the Olympic entry standard mark for Paris and advance his career into a new realm.

In an outstanding display of middle-distance running, the 27-year-old Wellington-based athlete claimed a dominant victory from fellow Kiwi Brad Mathas – wiping 0.83 from his previous PB set at the 2024 Jennian Homes New Zealand Track & Field Championships in Wellington in March.

Preston’s mark set at the Merck Running Gala was also comfortably below the Olympic entry standard of 1:44.70.

Sir Peter Snell’s mark had been the longest standing New Zealand athletics record in the books. His 1:44.3 was set on a grass track in Christchurch back in 1962 for what was a then world record mark.

On a memorable day for New Zealand middle-distance running, Mathas clocked 1;45.80 – within 0.05 of his lifetime best to claim second.

An elated Preston said: “I feel an overwhelming sense of satisfaction and relief. I was nervous about trying to run the qualifier because opportunities can be hard to come by, so to be able to run (the Olympic entry standard) takes a weight off my shoulders. It is also really satisfying that my team and I can put together the plan and execute it.

 

“I had a really strong pacemaker organised and the plan was to go through 400m in 50.5 and 600m in 1:16 because that would set me up well to get under the qualifying mark. In terms of how the race played out, it was almost exactly like. We hit 400m in 50.1 and I then just had to keep rolling with whatever I had. The last 50m was tough but I got it done.

“The (Olympic) entry standard is the main thing for me with the record being a bonus. Everything has been geared up in terms of trying to qualify, but to be able to do that makes our plan for the next couple of months a wee bit easier and less stressful around the build up.

“This performance sets me up for the next couple of months. We aren’t as focused on running the standard right now, so hopefully I’ll get in some more competitions and run a wee bit faster.

“In terms of Snell’s record, he did so much for middle-distance running in New Zealand the best way to honour what he did was to try and better it, so to be able to do that is amazing. I’m hoping that someone will come along and break my record one day and better what I’ve done.

At the Eugene Diamond League, George Beamish produced an outstanding run in the Bowerman Mile to place eighth in 3:49.09 – within 0.01 of the national record set by Sir John Walker in Oslo in 1982.

In a world-class race, won by Great Britain’s world 1500m champion Josh Kerr in a world-leading mark of 3:45.34, Beamish stuck his task well and also gained an Olympic entry standard mark for the 1500m.

The 27-year-old Kiwi and World Indoor 1500m champion has been selected to compete in the 3000m steeplechase at the Paris Olympics but has Olympic entry standard marks in three events – the 1500m, 5000m and 3000m steeplechase.

Tom Walsh, the other Kiwi in action at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, finished fifth in the men’s shot put with a best throw of 21.33m. Joe Kovacs of the US claimed victory in a monster world leading throw of 23.13m.

For an audio interview with James Preston go here – https://we.tl/t-j9XiMEl8VR
 

Chebet breaks world 10,000m record

May 25 (Reuters) – Kenyan Beatrice Chebet shattered the women’s 10,000 metres world record at the Prefontaine Classic on Saturday, as Britain’s Josh Kerr beat arch-rival Jakob Ingebrigtsen in the mile race at the Eugene Diamond League meet. Chebet clocked 28 minutes 54.14 seconds, taking nearly seven seconds off the previous world record set by Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey three years ago to qualify for the event at the Paris Olympics.



“The last lap just motivated me, especially when Gudaf dropped. Then I realized ‘Oh, I am the best, so I can go,'” said Chebet, who had the fans on their feet at Hayward Field in Oregon as she cruised through the finish.
 


ISF World Schools Cross Country – Nairobi, Kenya
 
Congratulations to Poppy Healy, Maria Revelant and Giselle Kenworthy who recently competed at the ISF World Schools Cross Country event which was held in Nairobi Kenya on Sunday 12th May.
The girls spent a week at a training camp in Potchefstroom, South Africa, where they met the Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus and the Springboks captain Siya Kolisi.

               Results can be found through the link below:

Saturday run

There will be a small group of runners and walkers going for some exercise from the clubrooms at 2pm this Saturday. Everyone is welcome to join.

Sunday run

Sunday morning run from clubrooms. 
As usual trail or road, fast, medium or slower. Meet 8:30am. Return clubrooms around 10am for coffee

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Dorne Cup

Hello everyone,

Hutt Valley Harriers club are pleased to be holding the Dorne Cup again this year.

One of the favourite Cross Country events on the calendar.

Looking forward to seeing many clubs participating.

Regards

Paul Strickland

Hutt Valley Harriers Club Captain

 

 
Upcoming Events
 

         
  Charlie’s Birthday weekend 1-3 June      
Sunday 2 June Aurora Handicap Marathon, Upper Hutt      
Sunday 2 June  Morning club run from clubrooms      
Saturday 8 June  Dorne Cup (inter-club). Trentham Memorial Park. Hutt Valley      
Sat/Sun 15/16 June  NZ Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships, QE2/Ascot Park, Christchurch      
Sunday 16 June  Honest 10k, Freyberg      
Sunday 23 June  Wellington Marathon, Half, 10km, Kids Mile (including Wellington Marathon Champs), Sky Stadium      
Saturday 29 June  Press / Palmer Cups, clubrooms      
  School holidays 6-21 July      
Saturday 6 July  North Island Cross Country Championships, Spa Park, Taupo      
Sunday 7 July  Morning club run from clubrooms      
Saturday 13 July  WUU2K The Wellington Urban Ultra, Wellington      
Sunday 14 July Honest 10k, Freyberg      
Sunday 21 July Wellington Cross Country Championships (inter-club), Harcourt Park      
Saturday 27 July  Resnick Cup Road Race      
Sunday 28 July Masters Road Race, Johnsonville, Wellington Masters      
Saturday 3 August NZ Cross Country Championships, Mission Estate Winery, Hawkes Bay      
Sunday 4 August Morning club run from clubrooms      
Sunday 4 August  NZ Cross Country Relay Championships Mission Estate Winery, Hawkes Bay      
Saturday 17 August Needle Road Relay (inter-club), Kilbirnie Wind Needle, Wellington      
Sunday 18 August

Saturday 31 August
Honest 10k, Freyberg

Wellington 5k Road Championships (inter-club) Wainuiomata
     
Sunday 1 September Morning club run from clubrooms      
Saturday 7 September Wellington 10k Road Championships (inter-club), Wainuiomata      
Saturday 14 September Henderson Relay (U14), clubrooms      
Sunday 15 September Hutt Marathon events (Hutt & Wellington Half Marathon Champs), Petone      
Saturday 21 September Old Boys Memorial Road Race, clubrooms      
Sunday 22 September Honest 10k, Freyberg      
  School holidays 27 September-13 October      
Saturday 28 September New Zealand Road Relay Championships, Taupo      
Sunday 6 October Morning club run from clubrooms      
Sunday 20 October Masterton Half Marathon, 14km, 7km, Masterton      
Sunday 20 October  Honest 10k, Freyberg      
Sunday 20 October  New Zealand Mountain Running Championships, Christchurch      
Saturday 26 October New Zealand 10km Road Championships, Timaru      
Saturday 2 November

Sunday 3 November
Saturday 23 November
Club runs / walks followed by Harrier Section Prizegiving, AGM & afternoon tea (bring a plate)
NZ 50k & 100k Champs Hagley Park, Christchurch
NZ Long Course Trail Champs 100k WAI2K, Featherston
     
 

WHAC Board Information

If you have ideas for the club or any questions, please contact a board member or the secretary, Richard Swan (secretary@whac.org.nz). Your board members are: John Barrance, Richard Swan, Frank Evett, Paul Hewitson, Julie Richards, Gordon Clarke, Georgina Wedge, Bertram Manz, Vickie Humphries, Seth Campbell, Todd Krieble, Nathan Tse, Callum Stewart, and Graeme Morrison.


WHAC Newsletter 24th May 2024

In this week’s newsletter:


First up
Masters Classic Relay
Vosseler
Dorne
Energy survey
Membership
WHAC Board information
Club contacts

 

 
First Up
It’s the Vosseler.


Masters Classic Relay

A valorous team represented the club last Sunday at Trentham Memorial Park, winning the 240+ years team event
Second overall and a vision in sepia:


Dave Creamer 16:27(.4!)
Brian Hayes 20:56
Paul Hewitson 16:27(.7!)
Graeme Morrison 15:25





VOSSELER 2024
DATE: Saturday May 25th
TIME: 11.45am – 4pm

Hi everyone,
 
Tomorrow, let’s make it a sea of blue singlets across the green slopes of Matairangi. We celebrated the Centenary of the Vosseler Shield last year. This year is the 100th running of the race.
 
WCC maintenance has resulted in the removal of most of the ruts and other hazards on the tracks and trails. You won’t believe how smooth the surface is. Weather forecasts are good.
 
Uplift your interclub race bib at the clubrooms from 11:30am. Traffic is horrendous through town, so leave home 30 minutes before you think you need to.

John

There will be a barbecue and bake sale at the clubrooms for the Vosseler. We would appreciate a donation of baking for this fundraiser. Don’t forget to bring cash for your purchases as no card payments available. 
 
Cheers Bertram

 

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Dorne Cup

Hello everyone,

Hutt Valley Harriers club are pleased to be holding the Dorne Cup again this year.

One of the favourite Cross Country events on the calendar.

Looking forward to seeing many clubs participating.

Regards

Paul Strickland

Hutt Valley Harriers Club Captain

 

 
 

 


Bertram
 
Membership portal open for the 2024-25 season

With the start of the cross-country season the new membership year is upon us. Due to increases in levies by Athletics New Zealand and Athletics Wellington we had to adjust our prices this year. The new prices for the one year membership are as follows:

Competitive Member
Ages as at 31st December 2024

Age 7-14: $130.00 (inc GST)
Age 15-19: $140.00 (inc GST)
Age 20-22: $165.00 (inc GST)
Age 23+: $195.00 (inc GST)*

*For all Full Time Tertiary Students aged 23yrs and over : $165.00 (inc GST).

Social Member
Age 0-6: $80.00 (inc GST)
Age 15+: $105.00 (inc GST)

Supporters Member
All ages: $45.00 (inc GST)

Note that there is a new 20-22 year olds age group.

For seniors aged 20 and above the membership is a rolling one year membership starting from the day of registration. Please check when you joined last year, you may still have a few months to go. For younger members the membership year finishes on 31 March 2025, irrespective of when you joined.

You can register or renew your membership by following this link:
https://regoform.mygameday.app/#/Wx46MbD1w8Bo95Uj5l/702tb9n6nr599PVRHT
 
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Upcoming Events

         
Saturday 25 May 
  Vosseler Shield (inter-club), Mt Victoria
     
  King’s Birthday weekend 1-3 June      
Sunday 2 June Aurora Handicap Marathon, Upper Hutt      
Sunday 2 June  Morning club run from clubrooms      
Saturday 8 June  Dorne Cup (inter-club). Trentham Memorial Park. Hutt Valley      
Sat/Sun 15/16 June  NZ Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships, QE2/Ascot Park, Christchurch      
Sunday 16 June  Honest 10k, Freyberg      
Sunday 23 June  Wellington Marathon, Half, 10km, Kids Mile (including Wellington Marathon Champs), Sky Stadium      
Saturday 29 June  Press / Palmer Cups, clubrooms      
  School holidays 6-21 July      
Saturday 6 July  North Island Cross Country Championships, Spa Park, Taupo      
Sunday 7 July  Morning club run from clubrooms      
Saturday 13 July  WUU2K The Wellington Urban Ultra, Wellington      
Sunday 14 July Honest 10k, Freyberg      
Sunday 21 July Wellington Cross Country Championships (inter-club), Harcourt Park      
Saturday 27 July  Resnick Cup Road Race      
Sunday 28 July Masters Road Race, Johnsonville, Wellington Masters      
Saturday 3 August NZ Cross Country Championships, Mission Estate Winery, Hawkes Bay      
Sunday 4 August Morning club run from clubrooms      
Sunday 4 August  NZ Cross Country Relay Championships Mission Estate Winery, Hawkes Bay      
Saturday 17 August Needle Road Relay (inter-club), Kilbirnie Wind Needle, Wellington      
Sunday 18 August

Saturday 31 August
Honest 10k, Freyberg

Wellington 5k Road Championships (inter-club) Wainuiomata
     
Sunday 1 September Morning club run from clubrooms      
Saturday 7 September Wellington 10k Road Championships (inter-club), Wainuiomata      
Saturday 14 September Henderson Relay (U14), clubrooms      
Sunday 15 September Hutt Marathon events (Hutt & Wellington Half Marathon Champs), Petone      
Saturday 21 September Old Boys Memorial Road Race, clubrooms      
Sunday 22 September Honest 10k, Freyberg      
  School holidays 27 September-13 October      
Saturday 28 September New Zealand Road Relay Championships, Taupo      
Sunday 6 October Morning club run from clubrooms      
Sunday 20 October Masterton Half Marathon, 14km, 7km, Masterton      
Sunday 20 October  Honest 10k, Freyberg      
Sunday 20 October  New Zealand Mountain Running Championships, Christchurch      
Saturday 26 October New Zealand 10km Road Championships, Timaru      
Saturday 2 November

Sunday 3 November
Saturday 23 November
Club runs / walks followed by Harrier Section Prizegiving, AGM & afternoon tea (bring a plate)
NZ 50k & 100k Champs Hagley Park, Christchurch
NZ Long Course Trail Champs 100k WAI2K, Featherston
     
 

WHAC Board Information

If you have ideas for the club or any questions, please contact a board member or the secretary, Richard Swan (secretary@whac.org.nz). Your board members are: John Barrance, Richard Swan, Frank Evett, Paul Hewitson, Julie Richards, Gordon Clarke, Georgina Wedge, Bertram Manz, Vickie Humphries, Seth Campbell, Todd Krieble, Nathan Tse, Callum Stewart, and Graeme Morrison.


WHAC Newsletter 16th May 2024

In this week’s newsletter:


First up
University Relay
Vosseler
Hughes Memorial
Dorne
Energy survey
Masters Relay
Membership
WHAC Board information
Club contacts


First up

As the last echoes of summer dissipate from memory like the steam from an abandoned mug of milky tea, we find ourselves in the midst of a flurry of cross-country events, and races are popping up Thick and Fast. Like this chap: 

So don your best loafers, eat well, sleep soundly, and be merry, for tomorrow we run with burning lungs through mud puddles. There are many races to be run, including the club’s own Honest 10k at Freyberg on Sunday morning, various relays and the 100th Vosseler Shield in just over a week. And remember to have fun!

 
University Relay

Hi everyone,

Another sunny afternoon greeted the runners at Queen Elizabeth II Park. Our group had one championship 240 team, plus M60 and M70 teams.

The 240 team won the Wellington Mixed XC Championship. Olympic were 2nd, ahead of Scottish and Trentham. Congratulations to Paul, Vickie, Dave, and Carline. Our other two teams contested the large non-championship University Relay. The M60s finished 25th, and the M70s were 38th out of 39 teams.

WHAC won 2 Mixed XC Championship teams races, the Open and the 240s. We finished second with our 170 Blue team. Third with our 170 White team. Two wins and two placings from the 5 championship grades is a much improved performance from the Shaw Baton Relays.

1st Open Blue team: Callum Stewart, Kumiko Otani, Nathan Tse, Andrea Peat.
1st 240 team: Carline Thomas, Dave Creamer, Vickie Humphries, Paul Hewitson

2nd 170 Blue team: Jamie Duncan, Bridget Douglas, Derek McGoldrick, Natalie Hardaker.
3rd 170 White team: Dan Clendon, Alaina Brent, Graeme Morrison, Sally McGrandle.
 
WHAC finished 2nd in the non-championship University Relay with the Mixed Blue team: Christian Davey, Lea Adamson, John Stewart, Deb Fuller.

Full results can be found at https://www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=351465 .
 
Masters Classic Relay

WHAC will have a highly talented team representing the club this Sunday at Trentham Memorial Park. Good luck to Messrs Creamer, Hayes, Hewitson and Morrison. Show them all that a hideous 4-headed 250-year-old beast dressed in blue is the grousest!
 

Upcoming Interclub Races

 You can find full information, including race maps, for the upcoming Interclub races on the WHAC website. Select Venues & Maps and scroll down. Information is there for the first 4 Interclubs for 2024, including Vosseler Shield and Dorne Cup.
 
The subsequent races have 2023 details. These will be updated for 2024 approximately 3 weeks prior to the event. The 2024 details for the XC Champs and Needle Relay should be unchanged (with their 2024 dates of course). The Road Champs details will have alterations to races, times, and dates to accommodate 2024 changes. The 5km and shorter races are spread across the afternoon on Saturday 31 August . The 10km race for U20, Senior, and Masters grades is at 10:00am on Saturday 7 September.

  
See you at 

VOSSELER 2024
DATE: Saturday May 25th
TIME: 11.45am – 4pm

John

 
This Saturday we will be jogging the Vosseler Course with our juniors U14’s and also doing some training afterwards.
Julie

Also: Paul is planning a run from the clubrooms on Saturday afternoon. So, fun for all.

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Hughes Memorial Cross Country Races
Saturday 1st June 2024
Egmont A & P Showgrounds, Burnside Ave, Hawera
RACES
Walkers – all grades 4000m 1:00pm
Women: U18, U20, Seniors & Masters also Men: Masters 65+ 4000m 1:00pm
Boys and Girls: Under 10 and Under 12 2000m 1:30pm
Girls: Under 14 & Under 16   Boys: Under 14 & Under 16   PARA M & F 3000m 1:45pm
Men Under 18 Please note this is being run at the same time as the U14 & U16. 6000m 1:45pm
Men Seniors & Masters U65 & U20 8000m 2:20pm
 
  •  Walkers – Estimated time competition, prize for closest time. Pre-entry. No watches.
  •  Club uniform must be worn by all competitors.
  •  $12 entry for all grades if entered by 8pm Monday 27th May. Please note: no e-mailed entries will be accepted after this date; you will be required to do a late entry on the day.
  • $20 for all late entries – please have correct amount, no change available.
  • Please deposit entry fees before the day. Account: Hawera Harriers 15 3950 0300174 00
  • No entries accepted after 12:50pm Saturday 1st June.
  • Entry includes afternoon tea.
 PRIZES
Boys & Girls U10 to Snr Men & Women 1st, 2nd and 3rd
Masters Men & Women 1st (5 year age groups)
Men/Women combined Walk 1st and 2nd
 
Team Prizes – 4 runners to count. Awarded for each race except B & G U10/U12 and walk.
  • Spot Prizes drawn from all finishers who did not receive a Merit Prize.
  • Winners must be present to claim spot prizes.
  • Prizes depend on entries per grade. Placings and prizes awarded at the discretion of the race referee and no further correspondence will be entered into.  

For further details contact:
Richard Brewer rcjabrewer@xtra.co.nz
 

  


Dorne Cup

Hello everyone,

Hutt Valley Harriers club are pleased to be holding the Dorne Cup again this year.

One of the favourite Cross Country events on the calendar.

Looking forward to seeing many clubs participating.

Regards

Paul Strickland

Hutt Valley Harriers Club Captain

 

 
 

 


Bertram
 
Membership portal open for the 2024-25 season

With the start of the cross-country season the new membership year is upon us. Due to increases in levies by Athletics New Zealand and Athletics Wellington we had to adjust our prices this year. The new prices for the one year membership are as follows:

Competitive Member
Ages as at 31st December 2024

Age 7-14: $130.00 (inc GST)
Age 15-19: $140.00 (inc GST)
Age 20-22: $165.00 (inc GST)
Age 23+: $195.00 (inc GST)*

*For all Full Time Tertiary Students aged 23yrs and over : $165.00 (inc GST).

Social Member
Age 0-6: $80.00 (inc GST)
Age 15+: $105.00 (inc GST)

Supporters Member
All ages: $45.00 (inc GST)

Note that there is a new 20-22 year olds age group.

For seniors aged 20 and above the membership is a rolling one year membership starting from the day of registration. Please check when you joined last year, you may still have a few months to go. For younger members the membership year finishes on 31 March 2025, irrespective of when you joined.

You can register or renew your membership by following this link:
https://regoform.mygameday.app/#/Wx46MbD1w8Bo95Uj5l/702tb9n6nr599PVRHT
 
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Upcoming Events

         
Sunday 19 May  Honest 10k, Freyberg      
Sunday 19 May  Masters XC Relay, Trentham Memorial Park, Wellington      
Wednesday 22 May                                     College Sport XC Champs, Harcourt Park      
Saturday 25 May 
  Vosseler Shield (inter-club), Mt Victoria
     
  King’s Birthday weekend 1-3 June      
Sunday 2 June Aurora Handicap Marathon, Upper Hutt      
Sunday 2 June  Morning club run from clubrooms      
Saturday 8 June  Dorne Cup (inter-club). Trentham Memorial Park. Hutt Valley      
Sat/Sun 15/16 June  NZ Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships, QE2/Ascot Park, Christchurch      
Sunday 16 June  Honest 10k, Freyberg      
Sunday 23 June  Wellington Marathon, Half, 10km, Kids Mile (including Wellington Marathon Champs), Sky Stadium      
Saturday 29 June  Press / Palmer Cups, clubrooms      
  School holidays 6-21 July      
Saturday 6 July  North Island Cross Country Championships, Spa Park, Taupo      
Sunday 7 July  Morning club run from clubrooms      
Saturday 13 July  WUU2K The Wellington Urban Ultra, Wellington      
Sunday 14 July Honest 10k, Freyberg      
Sunday 21 July Wellington Cross Country Championships (inter-club), Harcourt Park      
Saturday 27 July  Resnick Cup Road Race      
Sunday 28 July Masters Road Race, Johnsonville, Wellington Masters      
Saturday 3 August NZ Cross Country Championships, Mission Estate Winery, Hawkes Bay      
Sunday 4 August Morning club run from clubrooms      
Sunday 4 August  NZ Cross Country Relay Championships Mission Estate Winery, Hawkes Bay      
Saturday 17 August Needle Road Relay (inter-club), Kilbirnie Wind Needle, Wellington      
Sunday 18 August

Saturday 31 August
Honest 10k, Freyberg

Wellington 5k Road Championships (inter-club) Wainuiomata
     
Sunday 1 September Morning club run from clubrooms      
Saturday 7 September Wellington 10k Road Championships (inter-club), Wainuiomata      
Saturday 14 September Henderson Relay (U14), clubrooms      
Sunday 15 September Hutt Marathon events (Hutt & Wellington Half Marathon Champs), Petone      
Saturday 21 September Old Boys Memorial Road Race, clubrooms      
Sunday 22 September Honest 10k, Freyberg      
  School holidays 27 September-13 October      
Saturday 28 September New Zealand Road Relay Championships, Taupo      
Sunday 6 October Morning club run from clubrooms      
Sunday 20 October Masterton Half Marathon, 14km, 7km, Masterton      
Sunday 20 October  Honest 10k, Freyberg      
Sunday 20 October  New Zealand Mountain Running Championships, Christchurch      
Saturday 26 October New Zealand 10km Road Championships, Timaru      
Saturday 2 November

Sunday 3 November
Saturday 23 November
Club runs / walks followed by Harrier Section Prizegiving, AGM & afternoon tea (bring a plate)
NZ 50k & 100k Champs Hagley Park, Christchurch
NZ Long Course Trail Champs 100k WAI2K, Featherston
     
 

WHAC Board Information

If you have ideas for the club or any questions, please contact a board member or the secretary, Richard Swan (secretary@whac.org.nz). Your board members are: John Barrance, Richard Swan, Frank Evett, Paul Hewitson, Julie Richards, Gordon Clarke, Georgina Wedge, Bertram Manz, Vickie Humphries, Seth Campbell, Todd Krieble, Nathan Tse, Callum Stewart, and Graeme Morrison.


WHAC Newsletter 9th May 2024

In this week’s newsletter:


University Relay
Oceania Champs
World Juniors
Vosseler
Dorne
Hughes Memorial
Wainuiomata Hill slog
Saturday afternoons
Masters Relay
Half-price Pumas
Overlong Welsh course
Membership
WHAC Board information
Club contacts


 

  University Relay
 
The new look University Relays take place this Saturday, 11 May, out at Queen Elizabeth Park, Mckays Crossing (just past Paekakariki).  This year there is a championship 2 man – 2 Woman mixed relay and also Total Age teams (2 men and 2 women totaling either 170 or 240 years). All other events are non-championship and these four-person teams can be made up of any ages and any genders.
 

Victoria University Relay
 incorporating the Athletics Wellington Mixed Cross Country Relay Championships
Saturday 11 May 2024
Queen Elizabeth Park, Mackay’s Crossing, Paekakariki

The Victoria University Athletic Club would like to invite your members to the Victoria
University Relay & Wellington Mixed Relay Championship events being held at Queen Elizabeth Park  Paekakariki

 A new event as part of  the UNIVERSITY Relays will be the AW Mixed Relays Championships

There will be 4 grades in Mixed Championship Relays: teams of 4 athletes  

  • Junior – athletes under 20 years at 31 December 2024
  • Open – athletes can be of any age
  • U170 –  athletes have a combined age on the day of at least 170.   
  • U240 – athletes have a combined age on the day of at least 240 years
    Age is taken in years on the day (e.g. 58 yrs 11 months = 58).
    There is no minimum or maximum age for any member of a team

To see Full details for all races see Information Sheet and the  link below to enter your teams for the Victoria University Relay & Wellington Mixed Relay Championships being held 11 May. 
https://forms.gle/2yb72HtQL5KKiJfDA

For bigger clubs (Olympic, Scottish, Trentham, WHAC) should have received a spreadsheet directly from entry and results manager Daryl to enter your teams

Entries close 11.59 pm TONIGHT
 


 

Rotorua Marathon

www.rotoruamarathon.co.nz – published 4 May 2024

The support from a group of friends inspired Michael Voss to an epic four-second men’s marathon victory from Lake City AC club-mate Cullern Thorby in an unforgettable 60th anniversary edition of the Red Stag Rotorua Marathon today.

Voss and Thorby served up a classic head-to-head showdown of thrust and counter thrust and after the latter – running only his second ever marathon – opened up a 30-second lead, it looked like Voss’ bid for a fourth Rotorua Marathon title had floundered.

However, revived by the support he received from his mates, the New Zealand 10,000m and half marathon champion put on the after burners in the final few kilometres to overhaul the 21-year-old Thorby and claim a fourth Red Stag Rotorua Marathon victory in 2:23:48. Voss also added the New Zealand Marathon title to his growing collection of national titles.  

Thorby, who finished third in the 2023 edition of the Rotorua Marathon, set a magnificent PB by more than two-and-a-half minutes to showcase his hugely exciting future. Ben Parker (2:36:34) rounded out the podium positions in third.

Voss, who claimed a sixth successive Rotorua Marathon podium and added to his victories in 2020, 2021 and 2022, said: “This Rotorua Marathon victory is the one I enjoyed the most. I love having a battle, Cullern was so strong, and it makes it so much more rewarding (to win a race of that nature).

“I tried to take Cullern at 30km and I opened up a lead. Then he came back, and we kept taking turns at the front. He then got a little bit of a gap, and I thought he had me. I almost settled for second, but my workmates kept me going and then I gave it everything at the end.”

Voss took the New Zealand title ahead of Thorby with the bronze medal going to Kyle Bridgeman (New Plymouth Harriers) in 2:39:01.

Thorby, who only seriously started running two years ago and who like Voss works as a builder, said: “It was awesome. I was not expecting to stay with Michael, it was great to race him. He is a good guy, it was a great day, perfect conditions. Since I started running and got out of my party stage, running makes me happy and has been a great release.”

Debbie Donald (Athletics Masterson) claimed an emphatic victory in the women’s marathon to retain her national title in a time of 2:46:30. The 37-year-old mum-of-three forged ahead of Lydia O’Donnell before 10km and marched on to top spot just seven weeks after recording a lifetime best of 2:40:39 in the Nagoya Marathon in Japan.

“I only make a last-minute decision to come here,” said Donald. “After Nagoya I competed over the half marathon in Christchurch, where I finished fourth, and although the time was good my legs felt a bit off. I hadn’t done any long runs leading into today and my legs felt a bit zapped by 32km. But I knew the championship was on the line, and I’m pinching myself now.”

After taking the lead she told herself not to look back and was rewarded with the race win.

“I knew Lydia was a gun runner and she has fast legs too. I just had to keep going. It was so beautiful running around Lake Rotorua. To win the New Zealand title again is so surreal. I hope to come back next year and win a third New Zealand title.”

O’Donnell (Night Ninjas), the former national 5000m, 10,000m and half marathon title holder, plugged on gamely to place second and clinch NZ Championship silver in 2:56:39. O’Donnell’s club-mate Kate Macdonald (3:05:15) snared third and the NZ Championship bronze medal.

On a sun-bathed day in Rotorua the 60th anniversary edition of the Red Stag Half Marathon attracted more than 5100 entries but perhaps the most inspirational participant was 100-year-old Colin Thorne, who completed the First Credit Union 5.5km in 1:11:24 alongside his daughter Pauline Dinsdale.

Whangarei-based Colin, who has completed 22 full Rotorua Marathons and is a Parkrun regular, said: “I’m happy to be here, it is a real pleasure to be at the 60th Rotorua Marathon. This race means so much to me I’ve had a wonderful life. I’m humbled to receive the support I have out on the course.”

Dave Heine, the winner of the inaugural Rotorua Marathon in 1965, also completed the First Credit Union 5.5km, running a handy time of 46:23. Auckland-based Heine, 82, who presented Voss with his specially designed 60th anniversary Red Stag Rotorua Marathon medal, said: “I have very fond memories of my time running the Rotorua Marathon and my time with the Rotorua and Harrier club. It always feels good to come back. I was a little bit of accident in history winning that first Rotorua Marathon, but it is nice to come back and be involved.”

Jared Schnell edged a close-fought men’s Combes Johnston BMW Half Marathon in 1:14:39 with Kumiko Otani in 1:24:37 taking out the women’s half marathon. Casey Thorby, brother of marathon runner-up Cullern, claimed a convincing victory in the Go Media 10km in 30:47 with Femmi co-founder Esther Keown clinching the women’s 10km in 37:23. Hayden Shearman, regular Athletics NZ livestream commentator, proved unstoppable in the First Credit Union 5.5km taking victory in 21:01.  Mya Needham (25:08) was the first woman across the finish line.

For full results go here                                   
 



Athletics New Zealand have selected a large team to go to the
Oceania Athletics Championships
to be held in Fiji next June
 

5 WHAC members have been selected:

 Hugo Jones (High Jump)
Analin Rudd (Long Jump)
Imogen Skelton (High Jump)
Naomi Waite (High Jump)
Jag Willers (Steeplechase)
 



Initial NZ team selected for the
2024 World Athletics
World U20 Championships

in Lima, Peru:
 

Women

100m – Addira Collette (Palmerston North AC)

400m/400m hurdles – Madeleine Waddell (Hamilton City Hawks)

800m – Boh Ritchie (Hamilton City Hawks)

3000m steeplechase – Catherine Lund (Ariki Athletic and Harrier Club)

High JumpNaomi Waite (Wellington Harriers)

Discus – Suzie Kennelly (Papatoetoe AC)

Men

1500m – Jamie Mora (Whippets Running Project)

1500m -James McLeay (St Pauls Harrier & AAC)

Triple Jump – Ethan Olivier (Pakuranga AC)

Shot – Blessing Sefo (Waitakere City AC)

Javelin – *Douw Botes (Papakura Athletic and Harrier Club)

10km Race Walk – Jonah Cropp (Sumner Running Club)

*Subject to eligibility to represent New Zealand

https://athletics.org.nz/twelve-named-in-initial-nz-world-athletics-u20-championships-team/
 




VOSSELER 2024
DATE: Saturday May 25th
TIME: 11.45am – 4pm

 

Wear attractive safety regalia!
See the best cross-country/mountain runners in the lower North Island at close quarters!
Tell them which way to go!
Make Georgina really happy!
 


MASSIVE shout out to all those who have put their hands up to marshal this year. The race can’t go ahead without your contribution. 

We are still looking for another
ONE person to have a full complement of marshals for 2024. 


Please let me know your availability ASAP.

Thanks, Georgina

  



Dorne Cup

Hello everyone,

Hutt Valley Harriers club are pleased to be holding the Dorne Cup again this year.

One of the favourite Cross Country events on the calendar.

Looking forward to seeing many clubs participating.

Regards

Paul Strickland

Hutt Valley Harriers Club Captain

 



Hughes Memorial Cross Country Races

Saturday 1st June 2024
Egmont A & P Showgrounds, Burnside Ave, Hawera
RACES

Walkers – all grades 4000m 1:00pm
Women: U18, U20, Seniors & Masters also Men: Masters 65+ 4000m 1:00pm
Boys and Girls: Under 10 and Under 12 2000m 1:30pm
Girls: Under 14 & Under 16   Boys: Under 14 & Under 16   PARA M & F 3000m 1:45pm
Men Under 18 Please note this is being run at the same time as the U14 & U16. 6000m 1:45pm
Men Seniors & Masters U65 & U20 8000m 2:20pm

 

  •  Walkers – Estimated time competition, prize for closest time. Pre-entry. No watches.
  •  Club uniform must be worn by all competitors.
  •  $12 entry for all grades if entered by 8pm Monday 27th May. Please note: no e-mailed entries will be accepted after this date; you will be required to do a late entry on the day.
  • $20 for all late entries – please have correct amount, no change available.
  • Please deposit entry fees before the day. Account: Hawera Harriers 15 3950 0300174 00
  • No entries accepted after 12:50pm Saturday 1st June.
  • Entry includes afternoon tea.

 PRIZES

Boys & Girls U10 to Snr Men & Women 1st, 2nd and 3rd
Masters Men & Women 1st (5 year age groups)
Men/Women combined Walk 1st and 2nd

 
Team Prizes – 4 runners to count. Awarded for each race except B & G U10/U12 and walk.

  • Spot Prizes drawn from all finishers who did not receive a Merit Prize.
  • Winners must be present to claim spot prizes.
  • Prizes depend on entries per grade. Placings and prizes awarded at the discretion of the race referee and no further correspondence will be entered into.  

For further details contact:
Richard Brewer rcjabrewer@xtra.co.nz
 





Saturday afternoon runs


There will be a small group going for runs from the clubrooms at 2 pm on Saturdays when there are no interclub races on. We will also have someone taking walkers. Old and new members are welcome to join.

 


Masters Classic Relay


Entry form: https://tinyurl.com/4mzub2f7


 
 

Newport Marathon apologises for too-long course
BBC Wales


 

Organisers of the Newport Marathon have apologised after discovering this year’s course was almost 300 metres too long.

Run 4 Wales said it had looked into “reports around the accuracy” of the marathon run on Sunday, 28 April.

It added it was “disappointed” to learn the 26.2 mile (42.2km) route had been incorrectly measured.

The Association of UK Course Measurers (AUKCM) has confirmed the course was 0.171 miles (276m) too long.

Organisers said they have agreed with London Marathon Events that runners applying for a Good for Age entry into next year’s race will have their finish times amended.

In a statement they probably said: “Run 4 Wales is disappointed that this has happened at one of its events and understands and apologises unreservedly to those impacted, particularly those aiming for Good for Age qualifying times. We should have called Gabby O’Rourke.”

Organisers said a three-hour finish time would be corrected approximately by 70 seconds, a three-and-a-half hour chip would be changed by 82 seconds while a four-hour finish time would be corrected by 94 seconds.


Bertram
 
Membership portal open for the 2024-25 season

With the start of the cross-country season the new membership year is upon us. Due to increases in levies by Athletics New Zealand and Athletics Wellington we had to adjust our prices this year. The new prices for the one year membership are as follows:

Competitive Member
Ages as at 31st December 2024

Age 7-14: $130.00 (inc GST)
Age 15-19: $140.00 (inc GST)
Age 20-22: $165.00 (inc GST)
Age 23+: $195.00 (inc GST)*

*For all Full Time Tertiary Students aged 23yrs and over : $165.00 (inc GST).

Social Member
Age 0-6: $80.00 (inc GST)
Age 15+: $105.00 (inc GST)

Supporters Member
All ages: $45.00 (inc GST)

Note that there is a new 20-22 year olds age group.

For seniors aged 20 and above the membership is a rolling one year membership starting from the day of registration. Please check when you joined last year, you may still have a few months to go. For younger members the membership year finishes on 31 March 2025, irrespective of when you joined.

You can register or renew your membership by following this link:
https://regoform.mygameday.app/#/Wx46MbD1w8Bo95Uj5l/702tb9n6nr599PVRHT
 
 

 

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Upcoming Events

         
Saturday 11 May  University Cross Country Mixed relays (inter-club), Mackays Crossing      
Sunday 19 May  Honest 10k, Freyberg      
Sunday 19 May  Masters XC Relay, Trentham Memorial Park, Wellington      
Wednesday 22 May                                     College Sport XC Champs, Harcourt Park      
Saturday 25 May 
  Vosseler Shield (inter-club), Mt Victoria
     
  King’s Birthday weekend 1-3 June      
Sunday 2 June Aurora Handicap Marathon, Upper Hutt      
Sunday 2 June  Morning club run from clubrooms      
Saturday 8 June  Dorne Cup (inter-club). Trentham Memorial Park. Hutt Valley      
Sat/Sun 15/16 June  NZ Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships, QE2/Ascot Park, Christchurch      
Sunday 16 June  Honest 10k, Freyberg      
Sunday 23 June  Wellington Marathon, Half, 10km, Kids Mile (including Wellington Marathon Champs), Sky Stadium      
Saturday 29 June  Press / Palmer Cups, clubrooms      
  School holidays 6-21 July      
Saturday 6 July  North Island Cross Country Championships, Spa Park, Taupo      
Sunday 7 July  Morning club run from clubrooms      
Saturday 13 July  WUU2K The Wellington Urban Ultra, Wellington      
Sunday 14 July Honest 10k, Freyberg      
Sunday 21 July Wellington Cross Country Championships (inter-club), Harcourt Park      
Saturday 27 July  Resnick Cup Road Race      
Sunday 28 July Masters Road Race, Johnsonville, Wellington Masters      
Saturday 3 August NZ Cross Country Championships, Mission Estate Winery, Hawkes Bay      
Sunday 4 August Morning club run from clubrooms      
Sunday 4 August  NZ Cross Country Relay Championships Mission Estate Winery, Hawkes Bay      
Saturday 17 August Needle Road Relay (inter-club), Kilbirnie Wind Needle, Wellington      
Sunday 18 August

Saturday 31 August
Honest 10k, Freyberg

Wellington 5k Road Championships (inter-club) Wainuiomata
     
Sunday 1 September Morning club run from clubrooms      
Saturday 7 September Wellington 10k Road Championships (inter-club), Wainuiomata      
Saturday 14 September Henderson Relay (U14), clubrooms      
Sunday 15 September Hutt Marathon events (Hutt & Wellington Half Marathon Champs), Petone      
Saturday 21 September Old Boys Memorial Road Race, clubrooms      
Sunday 22 September Honest 10k, Freyberg      
  School holidays 27 September-13 October      
Saturday 28 September New Zealand Road Relay Championships, Taupo      
Sunday 6 October Morning club run from clubrooms      
Sunday 20 October Masterton Half Marathon, 14km, 7km, Masterton      
Sunday 20 October  Honest 10k, Freyberg      
Sunday 20 October  New Zealand Mountain Running Championships, Christchurch      
Saturday 26 October New Zealand 10km Road Championships, Timaru      
Saturday 2 November

Sunday 3 November
Saturday 23 November
Club runs / walks followed by Harrier Section Prizegiving, AGM & afternoon tea (bring a plate)
NZ 50k & 100k Champs Hagley Park, Christchurch
NZ Long Course Trail Champs 100k WAI2K, Featherston
     
 

WHAC Board Information

If you have ideas for the club or any questions, please contact a board member or the secretary, Richard Swan (secretary@whac.org.nz). Your board members are: John Barrance, Richard Swan, Frank Evett, Paul Hewitson, Julie Richards, Gordon Clarke, Georgina Wedge, Bertram Manz, Vickie Humphries, Seth Campbell, Todd Krieble, Nathan Tse, Callum Stewart, and Graeme Morrison.


WHAC Newsletter 2nd May 2024

In this week’s newsletter:

Shaw Baton Relay
University Relay
Penn Relay
Vosseler
Dorne
Hughes C-C 
Wainuiomata Hill Run
Saturday Runs
Sunday Runs
Masters Classic Relay
Membership
Mountain movie
Dom
Upcoming events
WHAC Board information
Club contacts



Shaw Baton Relay

Hi everyone,

A sunny and calm day greeted the runners at Battle Hill. We had two full teams, thanks to Carline joining the boys to run the opening lap for the Bs.

Our M60 A team finished a creditable second behind Scottish, and ahead of Trentham and Olympic. Congratulations to Dave Creamer, Kelvin Wong, Peter Frawley, and Tim Murchland. Kelvin and Peter had their first race as 60 year olds. Our Bs were 6th out of 8 teams. Congratulations to Dave for running the second fastest M60 lap, one minute adrift of Scottish’s Peter Stevens.

WHAC didn’t win any teams races. We finished second with SM, WU20, W35, U14 Mixed, and M60 teams. Third were the SW, BU14, BU16, MU20, and M50 teams. 
 
Results can be found at Shaw Baton 2024 | Race results | Webscorer
 
Two weeks to the University Relay at QEII Park. See you there.

Run well
John



Despite disappointingly failing to turn the pondwater into wine, Colin still managed to walk on it.

 

  University Relay
The new look University Relays take place on 11 May out at Queen Elizabeth Park, Mckays Crossing (just past Paekakariki).  This year there is a championship 2 man – 2 Woman mixed relay and also Total Age teams (2 men and 2 women totaling either 170 or 240 years). All other events are non-championship and these four-person teams can be made up of any ages and any genders.
 

Victoria University Relay
 incorporating the Athletics Wellington Mixed Cross Country Relay Championships
Saturday 11 May 2024
Queen Elizabeth Park, Mackay’s Crossing, Paekakariki

The Victoria University Athletic Club would like to invite your members to the Victoria
University Relay & Wellington Mixed Relay Championship events being held at Queen Elizabeth Park  Paekakariki

 A new event as part of  the UNIVERSITY Relays will be the AW Mixed Relays Championships

There will be 4 grades in Mixed Championship Relays: teams of 4 athletes  

  • Junior – athletes under 20 years at 31 December 2024
  • Open – athletes can be of any age
  • U170 –  athletes have a combined age on the day of at least 170.   
  • U240 – athletes have a combined age on the day of at least 240 years
    Age is taken in years on the day (e.g. 58 yrs 11 months = 58).
    There is no minimum or maximum age for any member of a team

To see Full details for all races see Information Sheet and the  link below to enter your teams for the Victoria University Relay & Wellington Mixed Relay Championships being held 11 May. 
https://forms.gle/2yb72HtQL5KKiJfDA

For bigger clubs (Olympic, Scottish, Trentham, WHAC) should have received a spreadsheet directly from entry and results manager Daryl to enter your teams

Entries close 11.59 pm 9 May.
 

Penn Relays

Wellington Harrier Maia Ramsden’s Harvard relay team broke the US national distance medley record at Penn Relays on April 26.


Video: https://tinyurl.com/4d7yb7ef




VOSSELER 2024
DATE: Saturday May 25th
TIME: 11.45am – 4pm

 


MASSIVE shout out to all those who have put their hands up to marshal this year. The race can’t go ahead without your contribution. 

We are still looking for another
ONE person to have a full complement of marshals for 2024. 


Please let me know your availability ASAP.

Thanks, Georgina

 

Dorne Cup

Hello everyone,

Hutt Valley Harriers club are pleased to be holding the Dorne Cup again this year.

One of the favourite Cross Country events on the calendar.

Looking forward to seeing many clubs participating.

Regards

Paul Strickland

Hutt Valley Harriers Club Captain

 

Hughes Memorial Cross Country Races

Saturday 1st June 2024
Egmont A & P Showgrounds, Burnside Ave, Hawera
RACES

Walkers – all grades 4000m 1:00pm
Women: U18, U20, Seniors & Masters also Men: Masters 65+ 4000m 1:00pm
Boys and Girls: Under 10 and Under 12 2000m 1:30pm
Girls: Under 14 & Under 16   Boys: Under 14 & Under 16   PARA M & F 3000m 1:45pm
Men Under 18 Please note this is being run at the same time as the U14 & U16. 6000m 1:45pm
Men Seniors & Masters U65 & U20 8000m 2:20pm

 

  •  Walkers – Estimated time competition, prize for closest time. Pre-entry. No watches.
  •  Club uniform must be worn by all competitors.
  •  $12 entry for all grades if entered by 8pm Monday 27th May. Please note: no e-mailed entries will be accepted after this date; you will be required to do a late entry on the day.
  • $20 for all late entries – please have correct amount, no change available.
  • Please deposit entry fees before the day. Account: Hawera Harriers 15 3950 0300174 00
  • No entries accepted after 12:50pm Saturday 1st June.
  • Entry includes afternoon tea.

 PRIZES

Boys & Girls U10 to Snr Men & Women 1st, 2nd and 3rd
Masters Men & Women 1st (5 year age groups)
Men/Women combined Walk 1st and 2nd

 
Team Prizes – 4 runners to count. Awarded for each race except B & G U10/U12 and walk.

  • Spot Prizes drawn from all finishers who did not receive a Merit Prize.
  • Winners must be present to claim spot prizes.
  • Prizes depend on entries per grade. Placings and prizes awarded at the discretion of the race referee and no further correspondence will be entered into.  

For further details contact:
Richard Brewer rcjabrewer@xtra.co.nz



Saturday afternoon runs


There will be a small group going for runs from the clubrooms at 2 pm on Saturdays when there are no interclub races on. We will also have someone taking walkers. Old and new members are welcome to join.

  ALL welcome, as you can see…

 

Sunday morning runs

Hi everyone,
 
A reminder that there will be pack runs from the clubrooms at 8:30am this Sunday 5 May. These runs are planned for the first Sunday each month.
 
Come along and enjoy the company of your clubmates. 

Run well
John



Masters Classic Relay


Entry form: https://tinyurl.com/4mzub2f7

 

Bertram
 
Membership portal open for the 2024-25 season

With the start of the cross-country season the new membership year is upon us. Due to increases in levies by Athletics New Zealand and Athletics Wellington we had to adjust our prices this year. The new prices for the one year membership are as follows:

Competitive Member
Ages as at 31st December 2024

Age 7-14: $130.00 (inc GST)
Age 15-19: $140.00 (inc GST)
Age 20-22: $165.00 (inc GST)
Age 23+: $195.00 (inc GST)*

*For all Full Time Tertiary Students aged 23yrs and over : $165.00 (inc GST).

Social Member
Age 0-6: $80.00 (inc GST)
Age 15+: $105.00 (inc GST)

Supporters Member
All ages: $45.00 (inc GST)

Note that there is a new 20-22 year olds age group.

For seniors aged 20 and above the membership is a rolling one year membership starting from the day of registration. Please check when you joined last year, you may still have a few months to go. For younger members the membership year finishes on 31 March 2025, irrespective of when you joined.

You can register or renew your membership by following this link:
https://regoform.mygameday.app/#/Wx46MbD1w8Bo95Uj5l/702tb9n6nr599PVRHT
 

 

 

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The WHAC newsletter is laser focused on harriers and athletics, and rarely features other sports, but the picture below was specifically requested by J. Barrance. Probably.




Upcoming Events

         
Friday 3 May  New Zealand Road Mile Championships, Rotorua      
Saturday 4 May  Rotorua Marathon (NZ Champs Open & Masters), Rotorua      
Saturday 4 May  New Zealand 5km Road Championships, Rotorua      
Sunday 5 May  Morning club run from clubrooms      
Saturday 11 May  University Cross Country Mixed relays (inter-club), Mackays Crossing      
Sunday 19 May  Honest 10k, Freyberg      
Sunday 19 May  Masters XC Relay, Trentham Memorial Park, Wellington      
Wednesday 22 May                                     College Sport XC Champs, Harcourt Park      
Saturday 25 May 
  Vosseler Shield (inter-club), Mt Victoria
     
  King’s Birthday weekend 1-3 June      
Sunday 2 June Aurora Handicap Marathon, Upper Hutt      
Sunday 2 June  Morning club run from clubrooms      
Saturday 8 June  Dorne Cup (inter-club). Trentham Memorial Park. Hutt Valley      
Sat/Sun 15/16 June  NZ Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships, QE2/Ascot Park, Christchurch      
Sunday 16 June  Honest 10k, Freyberg      
Sunday 23 June  Wellington Marathon, Half, 10km, Kids Mile (including Wellington Marathon Champs), Sky Stadium      
Saturday 29 June  Press / Palmer Cups, clubrooms      
  School holidays 6-21 July      
Saturday 6 July  North Island Cross Country Championships, Spa Park, Taupo      
Sunday 7 July  Morning club run from clubrooms      
Saturday 13 July  WUU2K The Wellington Urban Ultra, Wellington      
Sunday 14 July Honest 10k, Freyberg      
Sunday 21 July Wellington Cross Country Championships (inter-club), Harcourt Park      
Saturday 27 July  Resnick Cup Road Race      
Sunday 28 July Masters Road Race, Johnsonville, Wellington Masters      
Saturday 3 August NZ Cross Country Championships, Mission Estate Winery, Hawkes Bay      
Sunday 4 August Morning club run from clubrooms      
Sunday 4 August  NZ Cross Country Relay Championships Mission Estate Winery, Hawkes Bay      
Saturday 17 August Needle Road Relay (inter-club), Kilbirnie Wind Needle, Wellington      
Sunday 18 August

Saturday 31 August
Honest 10k, Freyberg

Wellington 5k Road Championships (inter-club) Wainuiomata
     
Sunday 1 September Morning club run from clubrooms      
Saturday 7 September Wellington 10k Road Championships (inter-club), Wainuiomata      
Saturday 14 September Henderson Relay (U14), clubrooms      
Sunday 15 September Hutt Marathon events (Hutt & Wellington Half Marathon Champs), Petone      
Saturday 21 September Old Boys Memorial Road Race, clubrooms      
Sunday 22 September Honest 10k, Freyberg      
  School holidays 27 September-13 October      
Saturday 28 September New Zealand Road Relay Championships, Taupo      
Sunday 6 October Morning club run from clubrooms      
Sunday 20 October Masterton Half Marathon, 14km, 7km, Masterton      
Sunday 20 October  Honest 10k, Freyberg      
Sunday 20 October  New Zealand Mountain Running Championships, Christchurch      
Saturday 26 October New Zealand 10km Road Championships, Timaru      
Saturday 2 November

Sunday 3 November
Saturday 23 November
Club runs / walks followed by Harrier Section Prizegiving, AGM & afternoon tea (bring a plate)
NZ 50k & 100k Champs Hagley Park, Christchurch
NZ Long Course Trail Champs 100k WAI2K, Featherston
     
 

WHAC Board Information

If you have ideas for the club or any questions, please contact a board member or the secretary, Richard Swan (secretary@whac.org.nz). Your board members are: John Barrance, Richard Swan, Frank Evett, Paul Hewitson, Julie Richards, Gordon Clarke, Georgina Wedge, Bertram Manz, Vickie Humphries, Seth Campbell, Todd Krieble, Nathan Tse, Callum Stewart, and Graeme Morrison.


WHAC Newsletter 24th April 2024

In this week’s newsletter:

First Up

A quiet week in Newsletterland, but we have reports from the Christchurch Marathon and the Aussie champs, and this weekend sees the first interclub race of the harrier season with the equestrianesque Shaw Baton Relays at Battle Hill. If you have anything for the WHAC newsletter, make sure it reaches me at kneel@wcc.govt.nz by 3pm Thursday afternoon. Except this week because it’s Anzac Day


 

Christchurch Marathon
Mark Te Punga with A.N. Other
 
Last Sunday was a blue ribbon day for those Whacletes who headed south for the 2024 Christchurch Marathon, Half-Marathon and 10km (which was actually 10.5km???)
 
Jamie Duncan was the first blue vest across the finish line for second place in the M40s 10km event – only 3 seconds behind first. Jamie said he went through the 10km in 33.20 and 35.33 (net) across the line for 10th overall.
 
Then came one of the most inspirational results I have ever seen – Esther George’s comeback event after her horrendous accident last year when she was hit by a car on a morning run. Her 1.24.36 net time saw her 4th open woman across the line. To see Esther smiling as she did the 10km walk was something I will never forget. 
 
Moving up to the half-marathon, which doubled as the national champs, Nathan Tse lowered his PB to a sizzling 66.37 – and 5th place in a high class field, and only 2 minutes behind Michael Voss’ winning time of 64.28.
 
John Stewart was the next to get a PB in the half, recording 74.00 (net). That was over a minute quicker than his old best time.
 
Then in a run for the ages (not aged), Paul Hewitson set a new national age group record for M60s of an amazing 77.41 (net) or 77.46 (gun). That was over 90 seconds under the old record! Ironically that was one of the few non-PBs by WHAC runners on the day. 

Graeme Morrison came home in a PB of 79.42 (net) for silver in the M50s. Graeme said that was to the second the same time he recorded as a 17 year old! 
 
And yet more silver (and gold) ware followed. Nat Hardaker won silver in the W40s with an impressive 1.27.05 (net). And Charlotte Kerr went one better getting gold in the W50s in 1.27.45 (net). 
 
Harrison Cooper kept the PBs coming with a 1.29.36 (net) – his first time under 90 mins.
 
And wait, there’s more…. In the full marathon Kumiko Otani got bronze in her marathon debut. Her 2.57.59 (net) was also the quickest time in the W20-39 division. Alas there is no photo of her having to be lifted onto the podium after cramp set in on the step up.
 
And completing the list of PBs, Mark Schomaker broke 3 hours for the first time in 2.58.17 (net).
 
A brilliant day for WHAC. Who wants to be part of the 2025 trip south?
 

 
Charlotte Kerr became the national half marathon champion in the MW50-59 age grade when registering a new PB of 1.27.45 and showing great pace judgement throughout. Charlotte ran second in the national road championship in Palmerston North last year behind clubmate Vickie Humphries. 

Nat Hardaker clocked a big new PB of 1.27.05 (cutting over four minutes off her previous best in the process) and like her team-mate and training partner, produced a terrific piece of even-paced running throughout. National was also second in the national road champs last year.
 
The most courageous effort of the day belonged to WHAC’s Esther George, a previous winner of the Reboot Half Marathon in the Garden City, who returned to this year’s event as a 10K walker as she continues her comeback from horrendous injuries sustained when she was run down by a car on a pedestrian crossing in Lower Hutt last year, shortly after competing in the NZRR. Esther made a great fist of her walk debut by finishing 6th women overall in a field of 151 and 4th in her age grade. Her effort on Saturday was a testament to her all-round courage and determination to eventually rehab to run again at some stage in the future.
 
Australian Athletics Championships, Adelaide
 
Well done to WHAC’s Poppy Healy, running in last weekend’s Australian Athletics Champs.
Competing in the Under 18 Grade Poppy finished 5th in the 800m final in 2:10.27 (PB).
Poppy also competed in the 400m just missing out on a spot in the final by 0.2 running a 57.62 PB
She also anchored the 4 x 400 team for 7th place.
 

 

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Faultline Ultra 100-miler – Will Bell

Race photos are in! This one taken at 100km on Skyline Walkway (one of my favourite places) just after having dinner (one of my favourite meals 😂) with my crew (some of my favourite people). I’m all smiles with a full heart, a full tummy, and a full race vest, ready to face the final 60km.
 




VOSSELER 2024

DATE: Saturday May 25th
TIME: 11.45am – 4pm


 & she can assign you a special spot where you get to watch the racing up close & personal, cheer & encourage runners, a full day of magnificent cross country racing & you can contribute to the running of this really special event. Marshals are required from 11.30am – 4pm approx.georgina@andersondesign.co.nzOn SATURDAY MAY 25th WHAC holds our annual Vosseler Shield. We are once again on the lookout for marvellous marshals to help the day run smoothly. If you are able to assist, please email Georgina 


A MASSIVE shout out to all those who have put their hands up to marshal this year. The race can’t go ahead without your contribution. 

We are still looking for another 6 amazing people to have a full complement of marshals for 2024. 


Please let me know your availability ASAP.
 

Thanks, Georgina

 

 


Masters Classic Relay


Entry form: https://tinyurl.com/4mzub2f7

 

Bertram
 
Membership portal open for the 2024-25 season

With the start of the cross-country season the new membership year is upon us. Due to increases in levies by Athletics New Zealand and Athletics Wellington we had to adjust our prices this year. The new prices for the one year membership are as follows:

Competitive Member
Ages as at 31st December 2024

Age 7-14: $130.00 (inc GST)
Age 15-19: $140.00 (inc GST)
Age 20-22: $165.00 (inc GST)
Age 23+: $195.00 (inc GST)*

*For all Full Time Tertiary Students aged 23yrs and over : $165.00 (inc GST).

Social Member
Age 0-6: $80.00 (inc GST)
Age 15+: $105.00 (inc GST)

Supporters Member
All ages: $45.00 (inc GST)

Note that there is a new 20-22 year olds age group.

For seniors aged 20 and above the membership is a rolling one year membership starting from the day of registration. Please check when you joined last year, you may still have a few months to go. For younger members the membership year finishes on 31 March 2025, irrespective of when you joined.

You can register or renew your membership by following this link:
https://regoform.mygameday.app/#/Wx46MbD1w8Bo95Uj5l/702tb9n6nr599PVRHT
 


 
 



Upcoming Events

         
  School Holidays 12-29 April      
         
  Anzac Day 25 April      
Saturday 27 April Shaw Baton Relays (inter-club), Battle Hill      
Friday 3 May  New Zealand Road Mile Championships, Rotorua      
Saturday 4 May  Rotorua Marathon (NZ Champs Open & Masters), Rotorua      
Saturday 4 May  New Zealand 5km Road Championships, Rotorua      
Sunday 5 May  Morning club run from clubrooms      
Saturday 11 May  University Cross Country Mixed relays (inter-club), Mackays Crossing      
Sunday 19 May  Honest 10k, Freyberg      
Sunday 19 May  Masters XC Relay, Trentham Memorial Park, Wellington      
Wednesday 22 May                                     College Sport XC Champs, Harcourt Park      
Saturday 25 May 
  Vosseler Shield (inter-club), Mt Victoria
     
  King’s Birthday weekend 1-3 June      
Sunday 2 June Aurora Handicap Marathon, Upper Hutt      
Sunday 2 June  Morning club run from clubrooms      
Saturday 8 June  Dorne Cup (inter-club). Trentham Memorial Park. Hutt Valley      
Sat/Sun 15/16 June  NZ Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships, QE2/Ascot Park, Christchurch      
Sunday 16 June  Honest 10k, Freyberg      
Sunday 23 June  Wellington Marathon, Half, 10km, Kids Mile (including Wellington Marathon Champs), Sky Stadium      
Saturday 29 June  Press / Palmer Cups, clubrooms      
  School holidays 6-21 July      
Saturday 6 July  North Island Cross Country Championships, Spa Park, Taupo      
Sunday 7 July  Morning club run from clubrooms      
Saturday 13 July  WUU2K The Wellington Urban Ultra, Wellington      
Sunday 14 July Honest 10k, Freyberg      
Sunday 21 July Wellington Cross Country Championships (inter-club), Harcourt Park      
Saturday 27 July  Resnick Cup Road Race      
Sunday 28 July Masters Road Race, Johnsonville, Wellington Masters      
Saturday 3 August NZ Cross Country Championships, Mission Estate Winery, Hawkes Bay      
Sunday 4 August Morning club run from clubrooms      
Sunday 4 August  NZ Cross Country Relay Championships Mission Estate Winery, Hawkes Bay      
Saturday 17 August Needle Road Relay (inter-club), Kilbirnie Wind Needle, Wellington      
Sunday 18 August

Saturday 31 August
Honest 10k, Freyberg

Wellington 5k Road Championships (inter-club) Wainuiomata
     
Sunday 1 September Morning club run from clubrooms      
Saturday 7 September Wellington 10k Road Championships (inter-club), Wainuiomata      
Saturday 14 September Henderson Relay (U14), clubrooms      
Sunday 15 September Hutt Marathon events (Hutt & Wellington Half Marathon Champs), Petone      
Saturday 21 September Old Boys Memorial Road Race, clubrooms      
Sunday 22 September Honest 10k, Freyberg      
  School holidays 27 September-13 October      
Saturday 28 September New Zealand Road Relay Championships, Taupo      
Sunday 6 October Morning club run from clubrooms      
Sunday 20 October Masterton Half Marathon, 14km, 7km, Masterton      
Sunday 20 October  Honest 10k, Freyberg      
Sunday 20 October  New Zealand Mountain Running Championships, Christchurch      
Saturday 26 October New Zealand 10km Road Championships, Timaru      
Saturday 2 November

Sunday 3 November
Saturday 23 November
Club runs / walks followed by Harrier Section Prizegiving, AGM & afternoon tea (bring a plate)
NZ 50k & 100k Champs Hagley Park, Christchurch
NZ Long Course Trail Champs 100k WAI2K, Featherston
     
 

WHAC Board Information

If you have ideas for the club or any questions, please contact a board member or the secretary, Richard Swan (secretary@whac.org.nz). Your board members are: John Barrance, Richard Swan, Frank Evett, Paul Hewitson, Julie Richards, Gordon Clarke, Georgina Wedge, Bertram Manz, Vickie Humphries, Seth Campbell, Todd Krieble, Nathan Tse, Callum Stewart, and Graeme Morrison.


WHAC Newsletter 18th April 2024

In this week’s newsletter:

Shaw Baton soon
Vosseler soonish
Sail on the Member Ship
Clendons get around
Poppy runs!
Naomi jumps!
Events unfold like a waking bird’s wings
Who is the WHAC Board and how did they become so talented? 
Contactables

 

If you have anything for the WHAC newsletter, make sure it reaches me at kneel@wcc.govt.nz by 3pm Thursday afternoon. Then you can have a cup of tea.

 

 

This newsletter is proudly sponsored by Clendon Architects. We’re a small, Wellington based architecture firm, dedicated to creating enduring and playfully bold designs. We enjoy working on fun projects of any size to help fulfil the needs and dreams of the people we work with. Call us today for an obligation free visit.


VOSSELER 2024
DATE: Saturday May 25th
TIME: 11.45am – 4pm

 

On SATURDAY MAY 25th WHAC holds our annual Vosseler Shield. We are once again on the lookout for marvellous marshals to help the day run smoothly. If you are able to assist, please email Georgina georgina@andersondesign.co.nz & she can assign you a special spot where you get to watch the racing up close & personal, cheer & encourage runners, a full day of magnificent cross country racing & you can contribute to the running of this really special event. Marshals are required from 11.30am – 4pm approx.

A MASSIVE shout out to all those who have put their hands up to marshal this year. The race can’t go ahead without your contribution. 

We are still looking for another 10 amazing people to have a full complement of marshals for 2024. 


Please let me know your availability ASAP.
 

FYI – If anyone has any youth participating in either their SILVER or GOLD (sorry not BRONZE as they are too young) Duke of Edinburgh Awards & they help with marshalling for the full day, I would be happy to list this as a community service piece for them.

Thanks, Georgina

The start of the men’s race at the 1950 Vosseler Shield on Lyall Bay beach. Gordy slightly obscured


Masters Classic Relay


Entry form: https://tinyurl.com/4mzub2f7

 

Bertram
 
Membership portal open for the 2024-25 season

With the start of the cross-country season the new membership year is upon us. Due to increases in levies by Athletics New Zealand and Athletics Wellington we had to adjust our prices this year. The new prices for the one year membership are as follows:

Competitive Member
Ages as at 31st December 2024

Age 7-14: $130.00 (inc GST)
Age 15-19: $140.00 (inc GST)
Age 20-22: $165.00 (inc GST)
Age 23+: $195.00 (inc GST)*

*For all Full Time Tertiary Students aged 23yrs and over : $165.00 (inc GST).

Social Member
Age 0-6: $80.00 (inc GST)
Age 15+: $105.00 (inc GST)

Supporters Member
All ages: $45.00 (inc GST)

Note that there is a new 20-22 year olds age group.

For seniors aged 20 and above the membership is a rolling one year membership starting from the day of registration. Please check when you joined last year, you may still have a few months to go. For younger members the membership year finishes on 31 March 2025, irrespective of when you joined.

You can register or renew your membership by following this link:
https://regoform.mygameday.app/#/Wx46MbD1w8Bo95Uj5l/702tb9n6nr599PVRHT
 
Clendon World Tour 2024
(sponsored by Clendon Architects, allegedly)
 

My family and I are on holiday in Europe, and the first stop was to visit friends and family in London. On a cool spring morning last Saturday, we headed to the massive Richmond Park for our first ever Park Run. It was an amazing turnout, with well over 450 people turning up to run. This is pretty normal apparently. Dot, Sam, Toby and I were all running. Lucy was supporting as she was recovering from a cold. I had my training sneakers on and had the same cold, so wasn’t sure how I would go.
We took off and headed up a gentle rise on mostly asphalt for a kilometre, then headed down a gentle slope for a kilometre before running the rest of the way on gravel paths among the trees. The course was one huge 5k loop, easily accommodated within the enormous park grounds.
I was back in 7th place for the first half, but found my running legs and started to run people down, finishing in third after almost catching the leaders in the last uphill to the finish.
Toby came flying in, first in his age group and Sam wasn’t far behind. Dot enjoyed her run, and spent the last part of it running with and chatting to a 78 year old organiser, who regaled her with the history of the event.
All in all it was a lovely morning out, finished off with a coffee at the park with one of the friendly organisers. I would highly recommend it.
We are in France currently, heading to Geneva next.

 

 
Poppy Healy has been in Adelaide this past week, as part of the New Zealand Secondary Schools Track & Field team, competing at the Australian Athletics Championships. She finished 5th in the final of the Women’s U18 800m in a PB of 2:10.27, after qualifying second in her heat. In the Women’s U18 400m she missed qualification by one spot and a very small margin but also posted a PB of 57.62.
Poppy is also part of the New Zealand Secondary Schools Cross Country team, where she has been selected as one of six individual girls, to race at the 2024 ISF World Schools Cross Country Championships in Kenya on 12 May.

Maria Revelant and Giselle Kenworthy are part of the Wellington Girls College team, who have been selected as the New Zealand Secondary Schools Girls representative team to compete at the event as well. The full team leaves on 30 April to travel via South Africa for an altitude training camp before heading to Kenya for the event.

 
Good luck and go well to these three girls!!


 
 



Upcoming Events
         
  School Holidays 12-29 April      
Sunday 21 April Christchurch Marathon (NZ Half Champs), Christchurch      
Sunday 21 April Honest 10k, Freyberg      
  Anzac Day 25 April      
Saturday 27 April Shaw Baton Relays (inter-club), Battle Hill      
Friday 3 May  New Zealand Road Mile Championships, Rotorua      
Saturday 4 May  Rotorua Marathon (NZ Champs Open & Masters), Rotorua      
Saturday 4 May  New Zealand 5km Road Championships, Rotorua      
Sunday 5 May  Morning club run from clubrooms      
Saturday 11 May  University Cross Country Mixed relays (inter-club), Mackays Crossing      
Sunday 19 May  Honest 10k, Freyberg      
Sunday 19 May  Masters XC Relay, Trentham Memorial Park, Wellington      
Wednesday 22 May                                     College Sport XC Champs, Harcourt Park      
Saturday 25 May 
  Vosseler Shield (inter-club), Mt Victoria
     
  King’s Birthday weekend 1-3 June      
Sunday 2 June Aurora Handicap Marathon, Upper Hutt      
Sunday 2 June  Morning club run from clubrooms      
Saturday 8 June  Dorne Cup (inter-club). Trentham Memorial Park. Hutt Valley      
Sat/Sun 15/16 June  NZ Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships, QE2/Ascot Park, Christchurch      
Sunday 16 June  Honest 10k, Freyberg      
Sunday 23 June  Wellington Marathon, Half, 10km, Kids Mile (including Wellington Marathon Champs), Sky Stadium      
Saturday 29 June  Press / Palmer Cups, clubrooms      
  School holidays 6-21 July      
Saturday 6 July  North Island Cross Country Championships, Spa Park, Taupo      
Sunday 7 July  Morning club run from clubrooms      
Saturday 13 July  WUU2K The Wellington Urban Ultra, Wellington      
Sunday 14 July Honest 10k, Freyberg      
Sunday 21 July Wellington Cross Country Championships (inter-club), Harcourt Park      
Saturday 27 July  Resnick Cup Road Race      
Sunday 28 July Masters Road Race, Johnsonville, Wellington Masters      
Saturday 3 August NZ Cross Country Championships, Mission Estate Winery, Hawkes Bay      
Sunday 4 August Morning club run from clubrooms      
Sunday 4 August  NZ Cross Country Relay Championships Mission Estate Winery, Hawkes Bay      
Saturday 17 August Needle Road Relay (inter-club), Kilbirnie Wind Needle, Wellington      
Sunday 18 August

Saturday 31 August
Honest 10k, Freyberg

Wellington 5k Road Championships (inter-club) Wainuiomata
     
Sunday 1 September Morning club run from clubrooms      
Saturday 7 September Wellington 10k Road Championships (inter-club), Wainuiomata      
Saturday 14 September Henderson Relay (U14), clubrooms      
Sunday 15 September Hutt Marathon events (Hutt & Wellington Half Marathon Champs), Petone      
Saturday 21 September Old Boys Memorial Road Race, clubrooms      
Sunday 22 September Honest 10k, Freyberg      
  School holidays 27 September-13 October      
Saturday 28 September New Zealand Road Relay Championships, Taupo      
Sunday 6 October Morning club run from clubrooms      
Sunday 20 October Masterton Half Marathon, 14km, 7km, Masterton      
Sunday 20 October  Honest 10k, Freyberg      
Sunday 20 October  New Zealand Mountain Running Championships, Christchurch      
Saturday 26 October New Zealand 10km Road Championships, Timaru      
Saturday 2 November

Sunday 3 November
Saturday 23 November
Club runs / walks followed by Harrier Section Prizegiving, AGM & afternoon tea (bring a plate)
NZ 50k & 100k Champs Hagley Park, Christchurch
NZ Long Course Trail Champs 100k WAI2K, Featherston
     
 

WHAC Board Information

If you have ideas for the club or any questions, please contact a board member or the secretary, Richard Swan (secretary@whac.org.nz). Your board members are: John Barrance, Richard Swan, Frank Evett, Paul Hewitson, Julie Richards, Gordon Clarke, Georgina Wedge, Bertram Manz, Vickie Humphries, Seth Campbell, Todd Krieble, Nathan Tse, Callum Stewart, and Graeme Morrison.


WHAC Newsletter 11th April 2024

In this week’s newsletter:

First up
Vosseler Shield marshalling
Harriers opening day
Secondary School Champs
Grand Traverse
Hardest Geezer

Membership
Upcoming events
WHAC Board information
Club contacts



First up

The WHAC harrier season got underway last Saturday with the famous Donaldson Relay, featuring teams ranging in age from 5 to 105. The 51 runners braved a brutal 760m scamper up up up and down down the tracks of Mt Vic, never getting further than a decent hammer throw from the clubrooms, where Gordy was slaving over a hot oven to bring pizza and sausage rolls to the survivors. Andrea Peat’s team (assigned by Andrea Peat 😊) won in a world record time of 16:04, and the fastest individuals were John Stewart, Trevor Roger, Urban Reiterer and Xanthe Wong. It was also great to see Mary Everitt, who made a welcome appearance on the sidelines. A good time was had by all and there was no brawling with the mountain bikers.

 

 

 

Photos: Vickie Humphries

 

DONALDSON MEMORIAL RELAY 2024      
Team # Name Elapsed Time Actual time Team Time Team Place
1 Lucas Kendrick 3:56 3:56    
  Neil Price 9:15 5:19    
  Charlie Laking 15:13 5:58    
  James Waite 18:56 3:43 18:56 9
           
2 Mihaka Gunn 7:28 7:28    
  Lachlan Ranger 11:20 3:52    
  Colin Price 15:54 4:34    
  Brian Hayes 20:46 4:52 20:46 11
           
3 Alaina Brent 4:02 4:02    
  Peter Frawley 8:40 4:38    
  Xanthe Wong 12:19 3:39    
  Katie Gunn 17:57 5:38 17:57 5
           
4 Jagger Wilson 4:26 4:26    
  Salamasina Simpson 11:07 6:41    
  Colin Simpson 17:06 5:59    
  Scarlett Anderson 20:56 3:50 20:56 12
           
5 Evelyn Porter 5:11 5:11    
  Isla Morrison 9:56 4:45    
  Freya Roger 14:41 4:45    
  Trevor Roger 18:10 3:29 18:10 6=
           
6 Margaret Simpson 5:16 5:16    
  Beau Aubrey 10:04 4:48    
  Dave Creamer 15:25 5:21    
  Ruaridh Simpson 20:15 4:50 20:15 10
           
7 John O’Driscoll 3:46 3:46    
  Isabell Bussell 8:34 4:48    
  Cara Duignan 13:35 5:01    
  John Beale 17:47 4:12 17:47 4
           
8 Harrison Holmes Poulter 4:27 4:27    
  Steve Melsop 8:43 4:16    
  Andrea Peat 12:27 3:44    
  Urban Reiterer 16:04 3:37 16:04 1
           
9 Bruno Salt 4:12 4:12    
  Richard Swan 8:22 4:10    
  Maisie Morrison 12:48 4:26    
  Keaton Joynes 16:49 4:01 16:49 2
           
10 Andre Fourie 4:18 4:18    
  Eliot Holmes-Poulter 8:30 4:12    
  Scarlett Roger 13:39 5:09    
  Kumiko Otani 17:39 4:00 17:39 3
           
11 Natalie Frost-Evans 6:45 6:45    
  John Stewart 10:05 3:20    
  Noah Kendrick 14:15 4:10    
  Kelvin Wong 18:10 3:55 18:10 6=
           
12 Emily Robbie 4:07 4:07    
  Hawaiki 10:34 6:27    
  Benjamin Holmes-Poulter 14:53 4:19    
  Graeme Morrison 18:33 3:40 18:33 8

 

 

This newsletter is proudly sponsored by Clendon Architects. We’re a small, Wellington based architecture firm, dedicated to creating enduring and playfully bold designs. We enjoy working on fun projects of any size to help fulfil the needs and dreams of the people we work with. Call us today for an obligation free visit.



VOSSELER 2024
DATE: Saturday May 25th
TIME: 11.45am – 4pm
 

On SATURDAY MAY 25th WHAC holds our annual Vosseler Shield. We are once again on the lookout for marvellous marshals to help the day run smoothly. If you are able to assist, please email Georgina georgina@andersondesign.co.nz & she can assign you a special spot where you get to watch the racing up close & personal, cheer & encourage runners, a full day of magnificent cross country racing & you can contribute to the running of this really special event. Marshals are required from 11.30am – 4pm approx. I’ve had 11 people volunteer. BUT WE ARE STILL SHORT BY 15 MARSHALS.

Please let me know your availability ASAP.
 

(Happy marshals not pictured)


FYI – If anyone has any youth participating in either their SILVER or GOLD (sorry not BRONZE as they are too young) Duke of Edinburgh Awards & they help with marshalling for the full day, I would be happy to list this as a community service piece for them.

Thanks, Georgina
 

North Island Secondary Schools Athletics Championship
was held in Palmerston North over the weekend (6th – 7th April).
 
It was a warm sunny weekend, conditions were great! Our WHAC athletes competing for Wellington secondary schools finished their athletics season off in style, with many PBs and placings:
  • Jag Willers – Senior Boys – Steeplechase 1st
  • Toby Brook – Junior Boys – 800m 1st
  • Alex Macbeth – Intermediate Boys – 800m 2nd, 1500m 2nd
  • Poppy Healy – Senior Girls – 800m 2nd , 1500m 1st
  • Analin Rudd – Senior Girls – Triple jump 1st, Long jump 2nd
  • Hugo Jones – Senior Boys – High jump 2nd
  • Naomi Waite – Senior Girls – High jump 1st
  • George Gray – Intermediate Boys – Javelin 2nd
  • Zachary Atkin was part of the Junior Boys’ winning 4 x 100m relay team.
  • The Intermediate Boys 4 x 400m included Alex Macbeth and they finished 2nd
  • The Wellington Senior Boys 4 x 400m team finished first with 3 of the athletes being from WHAC, Jag Willers, Seamus Og Flood, Wilson Li and Joe Martin (Karori). Not a bad effort for a team made up of three distance runners and a hurdler!!
Full results can be found through the link below:

https://matstiming.anet.live/meets/33004

 
Porirua Grand Traverse
Brendon Flanagan
With little hill training for this time of the year, I decided to do the Porirua Grand Traverse again, 7th April, but just the mountain run only this time, given that I hadn’t been doing much kayaking and mountain biking over this summer.
 
It’s a spectacular and demanding route through native bush, open farmland and the wild western coastline, but with the best views around as your reward!
 
The run has a very short road start from the Polytechnic to the start of the Colonial Knob walkway bush track which is all uphill for about 5km before it opens onto the service road which we continue on for another 1k of uphill.
 
Then we jump the fence and head onto the private farm land for about another 1km of hill climbing.
 
Then begins a steep downhill, small uphill again, then another steep downhill, lots of ear popping due to the rapid descents.  All of this crossing a few paddocks on undulating ground and a few rutted farm tracks for about 5km.
 
At this point we are back down at sea level with then a 1km run along a pristine secluded beach, before then heading back uphill for 3km on another, but well maintained grassy farm track, and then the last descent downhill on another very rutted track for about 2km, then back to the finish at the Polytechnic, for a total of about 18km.
 
The weather was picture perfect, and with no wind and clear blue skies, it was unexpectedly super hot, with quite a few participants being mildly dehydrated at the end, one however did collapse and was rushed off to hospital.
 
I wasn’t expecting a fast time, based on lack of hill training, so was pleased to be under the 2h 30m mark as a calculated target (2:28:23 official time), and not far off the median time for the entire field.
 
There were 165 competitors in total for the Mountain Run itself.
 
Overall Fastest Time: 1:30:21 | Median Time: 2:23:12 | Slowest Time: 4:01:15

 
 
 
 
Bertram
 
Membership portal open for the 2024-25 season

With the start of the cross-country season the new membership year is upon us. Due to increases in levies by Athletics New Zealand and Athletics Wellington we had to adjust our prices this year. The new prices for the one year membership are as follows:

Competitive Member
Ages as at 31st December 2024

Age 7-14: $130.00 (inc GST)
Age 15-19: $140.00 (inc GST)
Age 20-22: $165.00 (inc GST)
Age 23+: $195.00 (inc GST)*

*For all Full Time Tertiary Students aged 23yrs and over : $165.00 (inc GST).

Social Member
Age 0-6: $80.00 (inc GST)
Age 15+: $105.00 (inc GST)

Supporters Member
All ages: $45.00 (inc GST)

Note that there is a new 20-22 year olds age group.

For seniors aged 20 and above the membership is a rolling one year membership starting from the day of registration. Please check when you joined last year, you may still have a few months to go. For younger members the membership year finishes on 31 March 2025, irrespective of when you joined.

You can register or renew your membership by following this link:
https://regoform.mygameday.app/#/Wx46MbD1w8Bo95Uj5l/702tb9n6nr599PVRHT

Did you know?

Here are some club related events over the Harrier season 
Check calendar or Hewi kiwiquaker@xtra.co.nz for details 
 
Resnick road run 
Old Boys road run 
Press Palmer
Henderson (juniors)
Needle relay 
The mighty Vosseler 
Prizegiving
M35 to M70+ pizza night TBA
 
Other events where the club can meet and encouraged to post event socialise:
Shaw baton relays 
Uni relays 
Dorne cup
Wellington xc
10k road champs
5k road champs 
Mountain champs
NZ Road Relays
 
Monthly Sunday morning run
Monthly Honest 10k 
Track sessions on Saturday mornings. 
Tuesday night track sessions
Polhill Thursday evenings 5:40 Freyberg Thursdays 6 pm 
Femini group Friday 6 am Chaffers 
 
Incredible value! 
 

‘I’m a little bit tired’: Briton becomes first
person to run the length of Africa

After more than 9,940 miles (16,000km) over 352 days across 16 countries, Russ Cook, aka the “Hardest Geezer”, has completed the mammoth challenge of running the length of Africa.
 

The 27-year-old endurance athlete from Worthing, West Sussex, crossed the finish line in Tunisia on Sunday afternoon, and planned to celebrate with a party – as well as a strawberry daiquiri – having raised more than £600,000 for charity.

His achievement, believed to be the first person to run tip to tip from southern to northern Africa, was the more extraordinary given several setbacks including a robbery at gunpoint in Angola, being held by men with machetes in Republic of the Congo, health scares and visa complications.

On 22 April 2023 he set off from South Africa’s most southerly point, Cape Agulhas. By the time he crossed the line at Tunisia’s most northerly point, Ras Angela, he had run the distance of about 376 marathons.

Cook is not new to challenges: previous ones have included:

  • running from Istanbul to Worthing Pier in two months
  • running a marathon on crutches
  • being buried alive for a week on a coffin, with only air and water – “It’s pretty simple really; I’ve got a metal box, I’m gonna dig a big hole, put the metal box in, and I’m gonna get in it,” Russ said. “They’ll pour the mud over me, and in a week’s time they’ll dig me back up.”
  • completing a marathon in which he stopped every mile for a bottle of Corona. That’s 26 bottles of beer.
.
  • running a marathon along Worthing seafront with a 730kg Suzuki Alto attached to him – he finished the run in 9 hours and 56 minutes, beating the previous world record for a car-pulling marathon in almost half the time.

 

Upcoming Events
 

  Note: Wellington 10k road champs have moved to the first weekend in September, and there is now a Wellington 5k road champs the week
before to get your legs moving

 
     
  School Holidays 12-29 April      
Sunday 21 April Christchurch Marathon (NZ Half Champs), Christchurch      
Sunday 21 April Honest 10k, Freyberg      
  Anzac Day 25 April      
Saturday 27 April Shaw Baton Relays (inter-club), Battle Hill      
Friday 3 May  New Zealand Road Mile Championships, Rotorua      
Saturday 4 May  Rotorua Marathon (NZ Champs Open & Masters), Rotorua      
Saturday 4 May  New Zealand 5km Road Championships, Rotorua      
Sunday 5 May  Morning club run from clubrooms      
Saturday 11 May  University Cross Country Mixed relays (inter-club), Mackays Crossing      
Sunday 19 May  Honest 10k, Freyberg      
Sunday 19 May  Masters XC Relay, Trentham Memorial Park, Wellington      
Wednesday 22 May                                     College Sport XC Champs, Harcourt Park      
Saturday 25 May 
  Vosseler Shield (inter-club), Mt Victoria
     
  King’s Birthday weekend 1-3 June      
Sunday 2 June Aurora Handicap Marathon, Upper Hutt      
Sunday 2 June  Morning club run from clubrooms      
Saturday 8 June  Dorne Cup (inter-club). Trentham Memorial Park. Hutt Valley      
Sat/Sun 15/16 June  NZ Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships, QE2/Ascot Park, Christchurch      
Sunday 16 June  Honest 10k, Freyberg      
Sunday 23 June  Wellington Marathon, Half, 10km, Kids Mile (including Wellington Marathon Champs), Sky Stadium      
Saturday 29 June  Press / Palmer Cups, clubrooms      
  School holidays 6-21 July      
Saturday 6 July  North Island Cross Country Championships, Spa Park, Taupo      
Sunday 7 July  Morning club run from clubrooms      
Saturday 13 July  WUU2K The Wellington Urban Ultra, Wellington      
Sunday 14 July Honest 10k, Freyberg      
Sunday 21 July Wellington Cross Country Championships (inter-club), Harcourt Park      
Saturday 27 July  Resnick Cup Road Race      
Sunday 28 July Masters Road Race, Johnsonville, Wellington Masters      
Saturday 3 August NZ Cross Country Championships, Mission Estate Winery, Hawkes Bay      
Sunday 4 August Morning club run from clubrooms      
Sunday 4 August  NZ Cross Country Relay Championships Mission Estate Winery, Hawkes Bay      
Saturday 17 August Needle Road Relay (inter-club), Kilbirnie Wind Needle, Wellington      
Sunday 18 August

Saturday 31 August
Honest 10k, Freyberg

Wellington 5k Road Championships (inter-club) Wainuiomata
     
Sunday 1 September Morning club run from clubrooms      
Saturday 7 September Wellington 10k Road Championships (inter-club), Wainuiomata      
Saturday 14 September Henderson Relay (U14), clubrooms      
Sunday 15 September Hutt Marathon events (Hutt & Wellington Half Marathon Champs), Petone      
Saturday 21 September Old Boys Memorial Road Race, clubrooms      
Sunday 22 September Honest 10k, Freyberg      
  School holidays 27 September-13 October      
Saturday 28 September New Zealand Road Relay Championships, Taupo      
Sunday 6 October Morning club run from clubrooms      
Sunday 20 October Masterton Half Marathon, 14km, 7km, Masterton      
Sunday 20 October  Honest 10k, Freyberg      
Sunday 20 October  New Zealand Mountain Running Championships, Christchurch      
Saturday 26 October New Zealand 10km Road Championships, Timaru      
Saturday 2 November

Sunday 3 November
Saturday 23 November
Club runs / walks followed by Harrier Section Prizegiving, AGM & afternoon tea (bring a plate)
NZ 50k & 100k Champs Hagley Park, Christchurch
NZ Long Course Trail Champs 100k WAI2K, Featherston
     
 

WHAC Board Information

If you have ideas for the club or any questions, please contact a board member or the secretary, Richard Swan (secretary@whac.org.nz). Your board members are: John Barrance, Richard Swan, Frank Evett, Paul Hewitson, Julie Richards, Gordon Clarke, Georgina Wedge, Bertram Manz, Vickie Humphries, Seth Campbell, Todd Krieble, Nathan Tse, Callum Stewart, and Graeme Morrison.