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In this week’s newsletter:


  • First Up

  • Pop-up Shop

  • Nagel Wins Emotional Race

  • Walsh Looking for 14th Straight Title

  • Harnessing Period Power

  • Honest 10 Turns 100

  • Footprints in the Sand

  • Upcoming Events


First Up

Hi there, we are trying a new platform this week for the newsletter so apologies in advance for any teething problems. It’s called mailchimp, and the hope is that we can get photos and images back into the mix. There are some costs involved if we send out too many emails each month, so we need to keep an eye on that and make sure it’s all going to work out.
The New Zealand Track & Field Champs started today at Newtown Park and will continue over the weekend. This evening’s feature 5000m races were won by Julian Oakley (13:52) and Laura Nagel (16:40). Great to see WHAC’s Nathan Tse finish eighth (14:50) and Liam Chesney 12th (15:17).
You can look at the full results from the champs here
A reminder that because of the champs, this Saturday’s 8:30 a.m. track session will be held at Freyberg Pool rather than Newtown Park.
Hopefully the mailchimp platform will enable us to share an image which didn’t work in last week’s newsletter — a flyer for a pop-up shop selling running T-shirts during the champs.
We should soon have the full calendar of upcoming club races and events for this year. 

For future newsletter items or suggestions, please email Nick Perry:

Pop-up Shop


Nagel Wins Emotional Race

From Athletics New Zealand

Laura Nagel defied an anxious build up to light up the first day of the 2023 Jennian Homes New Zealand Track & Field Championships to retain her senior women’s 5000m title with a majestic performance.

Originally from Napier she has endured a “crappy couple of weeks” watching loved ones evacuated from their homes in the wake of Cyclone Gabrielle which wreaked mass destruction on her home city.
Full story here


Walsh Looking for 14th Straight Title

From Athletics New Zealand

Tom Walsh should notch up his 14th straight New Zealand shot put title at Newtown Park Wellington on Saturday.

He will be competing at the Jennian Homes New Zealand Track & Field Championships, which run from Thursday to Sunday. The championships include the under 16 grade championship for the first time.

Walsh currently has 14 national titles to his credit having won the discus throw in 2013. In the lower grades Walsh won the national U18 shot and discus titles in 2009 and his father, Peter, won the 1965 national junior shot put title.

Walsh will be up against a formidable opponent in Jacko Gill. The former World U20 and U18 champion, who has won the silver in the senior shot on five occasions.
Full story here


Harnessing Period Power

From Newsroom

Two top Kiwi runners are leading the way to help other athletes train to their menstrual cycles, with NZ sports starting to get on board to better understand female health. Kristy Havill writes.
Full story here


Honest 10 Turns 100

From Paul Hewitson

The 100th Honest 10k will be run on March 19th and to help celebrate we are including a team’s competition at a discounted entry fee.  

Register your team of 10 online with a team name and entrants. $5 per registered runner with a maximum of five senior men. The combined time will be calculated with prizes for the winning team. Note this is open only to registered club runners. 

Participants can enter both online or on the day. We will also have some spot prizes  

We will donate 50% of the proceeds to Wellington Free Ambulance  

Remember it’s a fast and accurate course with pacers, photos and refreshments!

Teams can email a spreadsheet of their runners to:

Runners prepaying can use the code “H10 team name”  eg “H10 Scottish” or pay on the day.


Footprints in the Sand

From the Foxton Lions Club

The Foxton Beach Fun Run, Footprints In The Sand on Sunday, 12 March 2023, starting from the Foxton Beach Surf Club, is organised by the Foxton Lions Club.

There is a 20km half marathon, and 10km & 5km fun run/walk events. The 21km & 10km events go along the beach to Himatangi. The 5km events go south along the beach and turn up the estuary. All of the events are out and back courses with marshals along the way.

For more information, click here


Upcoming Events



2-5               New Zealand Track & Field Champs, Newtown Park

19th             Honest 10, Whale Tail sculpture near Freyberg Pool


WHAC Board Information

If you have ideas for the club or any questions, please contact a board member or the secretary, Richard Swan ( 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.