Weekly News

In this week’s newsletter:


First Up

Esther and Nat Master the Mount

Earlier Honest 10 This Month

Tessa Hunt Runs 1000m PB

Don Greig’s Night of 5s

Sam Tanner Wins Cooks Classic Mile

Round the Bays Pacers Needed

Wellington Track & Field Champs

Upcoming Events


First Up

A reminder that tomorrow evening, Wellington hosts the Capital Classic at Newtown Track. The first field events start at 4 p.m. with the feature men’s and women’s 3000m champs beginning just after 7 p.m. For more information and a link to the timetable, click here

This coming Waitangi Day, Monday Feb. 6, some of us are planning to do the Makara Loop, which is 34 km including a couple of big hills. Mark Te Punga has kindly offered to provide drinks, encouragement and lifts for up to four people who want to stop at 20km. The plan is to meet in time for an 8 a.m. start at Karori Park carpark. If you are interested, please email me at nickgbperry@gmail.com

Congratulations to Brian Hayes, who set a new New Zealand age group record in the master’s mile at the Cook’s Classic in Whanganui. He broke his own previous mark with a 6:44 in the M75 division.

I haven’t looked at all the results from the Cooks Classic, but it was good to see some other WHAC runners competing in the mile – Saskia Cosgrove-Drayton ran 5:18 for 11th in her race, while Max Karamanolis ran 4:16 (15th), Callum Stewart ran 4:17 (16th) and Mason Waterworth 4:31 (19th). Full results are here

Congratulations also to those who ran in the Jumbo Holdsworth Trail Race. Dan Clendon finished fourth M40 (2:04:44), Dan Lawrey was 11th SM (2:09:24) finishing just ahead of Asher Cook who was 12th SM (2:09:30).

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


Esther and Nat Master the Mount

From Steve Plowman

Esther George and Natalie Hardaker travelled north to Mount Maunganui for the Festival of Running on January 21. Both ran the 10.55 km race around the Mount.

The quarter marathon attracted 266 runners and Esther was 1st woman home (3rd overall) in 39:05, eclipsing the previous race record set by Sophie Wilkinson in 2021 by an astonishing 2 minutes and 5 seconds. Natalie ran a terrific race too, being 1st in the MW35+ division in 43:15, which placed her 4th overall in the women’s field behind her WHAC team-mate.


Earlier Honest 10 This Month

From Mark Te Punga

Don’t forget, owing to the Round the Bays on 19 Feb, this month’s Honest 10 is a week early. Dan Clendon is on the ball and has already put the call out to his M35 group. A minimum of five helpers (preferably six) are needed from the duty grade, and then from the pool of all age grades, we need pacers for 40-45-50-55 and 60 mins. Put your bids in now so you don’t miss out!

If you can help out, please email Mark Te Punga at marktepunga@hotmail.com


Tessa Hunt Runs 1000m PB

In a  result from the U.S., Tessa Hunt finished second in her 1000m race with a new PB.

Riverhawk Invitational, Boston MA, 28 January: Tessa Hunt 1000m 2:49.33 PB (2)


Don Greig’s Night of 5s

From Don Greig Racing Stables

When: Friday, March 10.

Where: Ngā Puna Wai Sports Stadium, Christchurch.

Entry: $12. Aimed at athletes who can run 23 minutes or better for 5k. Entries close March 3.

Welcome to the inaugural Don Greig Racing Stables Club Night of 5km PBs. A night dedicated to you, the athlete. Through quality pacing assistance, we will provide an opportunity for you to excel and achieve a personal best over 5km in a supportive, fun environment.

We really encourage you to give it a go, compete against yourself and share in a night of personal success.

For more information, click here


Sam Tanner Wins Cooks Classic Mile

From Athletics New Zealand

Sam Tanner provided a thrilling climax to the Pak’nSave Cooks Classic in Whanganui on Saturday by regaining the national title over the classic distance in a PB of 3:54.56.

The Commonwealth Games 1500m sixth-place finisher and all-time New Zealand 1500m number two, demonstrated his class to show a clean pair of heels to the opposition over the final lap to trim 0.41 from his lifetime best set on this track when winning the 2021 New Zealand mile title.

For the full story, click here


Round the Bays Pacers Needed

From Tasmin Harvey, Athletics Wellington

We are recruiting pacers for Round the Bays on the 19th February. So far, the recent Athletics Wellington Facebook post has attracted a few people. We have four keen volunteers and we are looking for six more:

– Half marathon (seven pacers required from 1:25 hours through to 2:10 hours)

– The 10km (40, 50 and 60 minutes)

– A lead cyclist for all of the three races

Let me know if you would like any further information. Keen pacers can email me at: community@athleticswellington.org.nz


Wellington Track & Field Champs

There is an updated draft programme out for the Athletics Wellington Senior Track & Field Championship, which takes place on the 18-19 Feb.

For more information, click here


Upcoming Events



3rd                  Capital Classic, Newtown Track

12th (Sun)    Honest 10K, Whale Tail sculpture near Freyberg Pool

18-19th         Wellington Track & Field Champs, Newtown Park

19th                Round the Bays, Waitangi Park


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, Jean Kozyniak, Vickie Humphries, Seth Campbell, Todd Krieble, Ryan McAlister, Nathan Tse and John O’Driscoll.

2022 Hut Marathon, September 18th

If you haven’t already registered get in before the late entry fee kicks in on 6 September.

The marathon is the Wellington centre champs.

There are cash prizes for 1st,2nd and 3rd , male and female  runners and walkers  for the half marathon and 10km of $200 first, $100 second and $50 third. Marathon runners only.

In addition there is a 5km fun run and Cool kids kilometre.

Medal for all finishers!

Register on huttmarathon.co.nz and follow on Facebook Hutt marathon group.

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