WHAC Newsletter 27th June 2024

Dorne Cup Teams Results

The Dorne Cup Tree

Photo: Rowan G.

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, Dorne), with added underbubblers:

WU10: bubbling under: Isobel Bussell
WU14: bubbling under: Maisie Morrison
WU16: Xanthe Wong (2nd), bubbling under: Ava Laing
WU18: Maddison MacLean (2nd), Poppy Healy (5th)
WU20: Lulu Davies (1st), Scarlett Anderson (2nd), Kate Yu (3rd)
SW: Kumiko Otani (3rd), Laura Clayton (5th equal)
W50: Bridget Douglas (4th)
W60: Vickie Humphries (5th), Carline Thomas (6th)
MU14: Kingsley McGuigan (2nd), Lucas Kendrick (3rd), Hugo Thirkell (4th equal), bubbling under: Lachlan Granger
MU16: bubbling under: Isaac London
MU18: bubbling under: Silas Campbell
MU20: Wilson Li (5th)
SM: Nathan Tse (1st), bubbling under: Josh Dunstan-Brown, Magnus Monahan
M35: Jamie Duncan (1st), James Waite (5th), bubbling under: Brent Healy
M50: Graeme Morrison (3rd), bubbling under: Steve Mellsop
M60: Dave Creamer (1st), Kelvin Wong (2nd), bubbling under: Pete Frawley, basically drowning: Neil Price
M65: Tim Murchland (1st), Steve Plowman (4th)
M70: Peter Corbett (1st), Tony Dawbin (2nd)
Full details at https://wwwhttps://www.webscorer.com/seriesresult?seriesid=353556

Remaining point events: 

  • 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.

NZ Secondary School XC Champs

The 50th NZSSAA Champs were held in New Brighton two weeks ago. As we know all too well, running is not an intelligence test, and therefore I feel okay about not understanding the results, but the word on the street is that the following from the club did very well, and there may be others:

Alex Macbeth Junior boys 4km – 2nd 12:56.5, 
Poppy Healy  4km – 10th 14:47.2 (automatic qualification 
Lucy Mabin 3km – 12th 11:44.4

Below are the results around which I could not wrap my tiny brain:

Wellington Marathon, etc, Results
A quick look found 4 of our group in the results.
The M60-69 quinella in the Half Marathon to Paul Hewitson 1:19:04 and Dave Creamer 1:26:26.
Richard Brent won the M70-79 10km in 48:25.
Des Young continued his tradition of competing in this event every year, finishing the 10km in 54:39.
Well done, guys!

2022 Wellington Marathon // Timing Sports results

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Press/Palmer Cup

Hi all,
As you are aware, we have decided to concentrate on our club events over regular club runs this harrier season.

This Saturday is the Press/Palmer, starting opposite our clubrooms. 
Unlike centre races, it’s an opportunity to connect with other club members after the event. 
If we can get 3-4 people from each of our 8 grades including children, we will match or better last year’s attendance.
We will have an afternoon tea and other beverages afterwards .
The event is a sealed handicap cross country run. 
Head up the right hand side of Alexandra road to the top of the Velodrome track, turn hard right back past the Velodrome to the kids’ Vosseler trail.
Juniors and seniors turn right for a second loop. Kids do one lap so will take a left at the trail end back to the start. 
Adults distance is 3.92 k
Kids 2k


(bear not included)


Handicap Fun for Everybody!


121 years ago, in 1903, our Club was formed by a small group of runners.
Mr W.H. Press was one of the Club’s earliest runners and was second in the Club’s first ever cross country championship in 1905, run over 4 laps of the Island Bay Racecourse. There was also a “sealed handicap” with that race, which Mr Press won!
In 1907 the then Club President, Mr C.W. Palmer presented a trophy for a sealed handicap race to be held over 3 miles (Mr Press was third equal in the first of these races).
Both of these pioneer runners are recognised in the trophies we will be running for this Saturday.
The Palmer Cup is a race where we all start together (from “scratch”). We will keep a careful record of your times and will then apply a “sealed handicap” to find the trophy winner. Brendon and I have already worked out the handicaps, but they will be kept secret until after the race.
Likewise, there will be a “sealed handicap” teams’ race, for the Press Cup. You won’t know who is in your team until after the race.
The course is about 2km long, starting and finishing outside the clubrooms, and running on the Hataitai side of Mt Victoria, around the velodrome and up to Alexandra Road, above the tunnel.  The Under 14’s go around it once, and the seniors do 2 laps.
(The 14 year olds can decide whether they are doing 1 lap (on junior handicaps) or 2 laps on senior handicaps, but need to let the handicappers know beforehand).
When you finish, you can sit on the Tattersall Memorial seat, and give cheek (or encouragement) to the seniors as they finish!
The events are good fun and are open to everybody. There are about 70 on our junior handicap list, so we should have something for every financial, or social member, and every friend or associate who has come along this season.

There will be an afternoon tea afterwards, so please “bring a plate”.
The races are a chance to test yourselves and to have a last good run before the big schools event next Tuesday.
For the16 club members selected to run in the primary schools regional next Tuesday, we’d recommend a hard run at this event on Saturday, something gentle on Sunday, and a good day’s rest on Monday!

Geoff Henry

North Island Cross Country

Can anyone interested please contact Paul Hewison.

Mid Winter Masters Run

July 25th clubrooms from 6 pm.
Pizza is at 7pm.

Wellington Masters Committee

Recruiting new and replacement committee members 
Recruiting for the committee continues to be challenging, given the Masters membership is largely made up by local club members since the MoU. 
Could WHAC supply two to three Masters reps for the upcoming twelve-month period?
Of course, reps can stay longer, but I’m hoping to set the floating 12-month rep up permanently to act as a starting point to help ensure we can continue the Wellington Masters Committee.
Our AGM will be held on 12 September, and new committee reps would take up their positions then.
One of the many benefits to clubs supplying reps is the sharing of information, especially events. It would be great to avoid the clash we saw earlier this year with Round the Bays, NZMT&F National Champs in Christchurch, and the Wellington T&F champs all being held on the same weekend.
The AGM will be held on Thursday 12 September at the Johnsonville Clubrooms, starting at 7 pm.
We would love to see Masters attend and consider standing, especially the pre-Master and new-Master age groups.
Thank you in advance.
 Liz Bentley <liz@withkudos.com>


New Zealand XC 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 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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Upcoming Events

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.