Weekly News

In this week’s newsletter:

  • First Up

  • A New Dorne For WHAC

  • Trinity Club Run

  • Club Discounts

  • Volunteers Needed For XC Champs

  • A Failed Drug Test And An Accused Burrito

  • Polhill Thursdays

  • Hoodies For Sale

  • Request For Business Partners

  • Upcoming Events 


First Up

There were some excellent results in the Dorne Cup on Saturday, including a great win by the Senior Men’s team, their first in quite a few years. The Senior Women also won their division in a hotly contested race, as did the U16 girls and the M60 men. The club also won the Open Men’s division and were tied with Scottish in the Open Women’s race on points, although were placed second on the countback.

It was great that there was such a good turnout by the club, including 33 junior athletes. It was a nice day at Trentham, and a big congratulations to everybody who competed.

We have the first couple of deals lined up for club members to get discounts at local businesses, and hopefully there will be more to come. More details on that below.

Don’t forget that it’s the Trinity joint club run on Saturday, and then the June edition of the Honest 10K on Sunday. Mark Te Punga is still looking for a couple of pacers for the Honest 10K, and a couple of helpers from the M50s and up. If you can help out, email him at marktepunga@hotmail.com

Also on this weekend is the National Secondary Schools Cross Country Champs in Hawera. Best of luck to all the juniors who are competing.

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

The Dorne Cup 2021

A New Dorne For WHAC

The winning teams:

WU16: Gabrielle (Poppy) Healy 2nd, Lola Campbell 4th, Maria Revelant 7th, Lulu Davies 8th

SW: Sarah Drought 2nd, Natasha Rae 3rd, Sarah Riceman 7th, Andrea Peat 8th

SM: Nathan Tse 4th, Isaac Murphy 5th, Max Karamanolis 6th, Ryan McAlister 8th, Theodore Purdy 11th, Magnus Monahan 21st

M60: Todd Krieble 1st, Dave Holland 2nd, Paul May 7th, Paul Forster 9th

Open Men: Nathan Tse (SM)–4th, Isaac Murphy (SM)–5th, Max Karamanolis (SM)–6th, Ryan McAlister (SM)–8th, Daniel Clendon (M35)–9th, Theodore Purdy (SM)–17th.

Individual winners: George Gray MU14 2K (7.16); Eliza Squire WU18 4K (15:19); Todd Krieble M60 6K (24:46); Brian Hayes M70 6K (28:42); Dan Clendon M35 8K (26:51).

For full results, click here

Trinity Club Run

From Wellington Scottish

Each year Olympic, WHAC and Scottish get together for shared pack runs. These friendly gatherings commemorate when the three clubs amalgamated during WW1 to form the Trinity ClubOn June 19, 2 p.m., Scottish will be hosting a Trinity Club run from the Scottish clubrooms. This is a great event to see your friends from other clubs and get to know your rivals!


Club Discounts

Dancing Sands: WHAC members receive 20% off everything on the Dancing Sand’s website. Just enter ‘whac20’ in the coupon field when checking out.

Bodyfix: WHAC members receive $10 off per session. Book your appointment online at https://www.bodyfixphysiotherapy.co.nz/.


Volunteers Needed For XC Champs

From Todd Stevens at Scottish

The Wellington Cross Country Champs on July 18th at Harcourt Park is an Athletics Wellington organised event, and so any help you can provide on the day would be appreciated. People are needed for the usual tasks like course set up and pack down, finish-line assistance, prizegiving and medal ceremonies, and marshalling.

Please let me know if you can help, Todd: toddstevens6@gmail.com


A Failed Drug Test And An Accused Burrito

From The Wall Street Journal

Shelby Houlihan, one of the United States’ top middle-distance runners, caused a stir this week by announcing she had received a four-year doping ban after a failed drug test that she said was caused by tainted pork in a burrito.

Full story here


Polhill Thursdays

If you are looking for some casual evening trail running with other club members, there is a group that meets every Thursday evening at 5:40 p.m. at the Polhill Reserve on Aro St. and runs for about 45 minutes at an easy pace. There is also often a beer involved afterwards. Head lamps are needed at this time of year.


Hoodies For Sale

From Bertram Manz

We are planning to place another order for hoodies. Prices are confirmed as quoted below.

Children’s sizes: 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 – $53 each (add an additional $10 if you want your name printed on the back). Please note that the children’s sizes do not have a draw cord (it’s a health and safety thing).

Adults’ sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge, 2XL, 3XL – $56 each (add an additional $10 if you want your name printed at the back). Note that they are a large fit so consider getting a size smaller if you prefer it fitting, or if unsure try one of the many that are walking around! If interested, please email your details to Bertram Manz: membership@whac.org.nz

Request For Business Partners

From Nathan Tse

This year the club is planning something new by issuing cards to members that they can use at local businesses to get discounts of 10% to 20%. The upside for participating businesses is they will get new customers. Before we seek partnerships with businesses across Wellington, we were hoping that some WHAC members with their own businesses could help get the ball rolling. If you are interested in participating, please email Nathan Tse at marketing@whac.org.nz


Upcoming Events 



19th             NZSS XC & Relay Champs, Hawera

19th             Trinity Run, Scottish clubrooms

20th             Honest 10K, Freyberg Pool

26th             Club runs and walks, clubrooms

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



3rd               North Island XC champs, Taupo

3rd               Club runs and walks, clubrooms

10th             Club runs and walks, clubrooms

17th             Wellington Urban Ultra, Mt Kaukau

18th (Sun)   Wellington Cross Country Champs (interclub), Harcourt Park

18th             Honest 10k, Freyberg Pool

24th             Resnick Cup Road Race, clubrooms

25th             Masters Road Race, Johnsonville

31st             Press Palmer cups, clubrooms


WHAC Board Information

If you have ideas for the club or any questions, please contact a board member or the secretary, Melissa Black (secretary@whac.org.nz). Your board members are: John Barrance, Melissa Black, Gordon Clarke, Esther George, Teresa Healy, Paul Hewitson, Vickie Humphries, Jean Kozyniak, Bertram Manz, Julie Richards, Miranda Spencer, Nathan Tse, Jack Waterworth and Georgina Wedge.




Bays Relay 2017


Final results available here.

    Turkey trot results available here.

Any name corrections, email to Brendon brendon.flanagan@xtra.co.nz and Paul kiwiquaker@me.com

Timings will stand per timekeeper recordings as they were ledigable.

2 min penalty was added to teams 2 & 4 final time for infringments.

Become a part of history by entering the 50th edition of the Bays Relay!

The Bays Relay is a fast and exciting road relay dating back to 1968. The relay consists of 5 laps varying between 3.85km and 4.80km, beginning at Island Bay and finishing at Evans Bay.

For the more social runners the relay provides a great opportunity to build connections with fellow team members and race around some of Wellington’s most picturesque bays. For the more competitive runners, the Bays Relay is the perfect chance to have a hit out on the road and practice some race tactics before the New Zealand Road Relay Championships.

Entries for this year’s Bays Relay must be made by August 9th.

For more information about entry and access to entry forms click the following link: Bays Relay Entry Form

For information and forms about the Great Bays Relay Turkey Trot click the following link: Great Bays Relay Turkey Trot

Bays relay map: Map