WHAC Newsletter 16th May 2024

In this week’s newsletter:

First up
University Relay
Hughes Memorial
Energy survey
Masters Relay
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 

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


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

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
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.
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.


Paul Strickland

Hutt Valley Harriers Club Captain




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:
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.