WHAC Newsletter 2nd May 2024

In this week’s newsletter:

Shaw Baton Relay
University Relay
Penn Relay
Hughes C-C 
Wainuiomata Hill Run
Saturday Runs
Sunday Runs
Masters Classic Relay
Mountain movie
Upcoming events
WHAC Board information
Club contacts

Shaw Baton Relay

Hi everyone,

A sunny and calm day greeted the runners at Battle Hill. We had two full teams, thanks to Carline joining the boys to run the opening lap for the Bs.

Our M60 A team finished a creditable second behind Scottish, and ahead of Trentham and Olympic. Congratulations to Dave Creamer, Kelvin Wong, Peter Frawley, and Tim Murchland. Kelvin and Peter had their first race as 60 year olds. Our Bs were 6th out of 8 teams. Congratulations to Dave for running the second fastest M60 lap, one minute adrift of Scottish’s Peter Stevens.

WHAC didn’t win any teams races. We finished second with SM, WU20, W35, U14 Mixed, and M60 teams. Third were the SW, BU14, BU16, MU20, and M50 teams. 
Results can be found at Shaw Baton 2024 | Race results | Webscorer
Two weeks to the University Relay at QEII Park. See you there.

Run well

Despite disappointingly failing to turn the pondwater into wine, Colin still managed to walk on it.


  University Relay
The new look University Relays take place on 11 May out at Queen Elizabeth Park, Mckays Crossing (just past Paekakariki).  This year there is a championship 2 man – 2 Woman mixed relay and also Total Age teams (2 men and 2 women totaling either 170 or 240 years). All other events are non-championship and these four-person teams can be made up of any ages and any genders.

Victoria University Relay
 incorporating the Athletics Wellington Mixed Cross Country Relay Championships
Saturday 11 May 2024
Queen Elizabeth Park, Mackay’s Crossing, Paekakariki

The Victoria University Athletic Club would like to invite your members to the Victoria
University Relay & Wellington Mixed Relay Championship events being held at Queen Elizabeth Park  Paekakariki

 A new event as part of  the UNIVERSITY Relays will be the AW Mixed Relays Championships

There will be 4 grades in Mixed Championship Relays: teams of 4 athletes  

  • Junior – athletes under 20 years at 31 December 2024
  • Open – athletes can be of any age
  • U170 –  athletes have a combined age on the day of at least 170.   
  • U240 – athletes have a combined age on the day of at least 240 years
    Age is taken in years on the day (e.g. 58 yrs 11 months = 58).
    There is no minimum or maximum age for any member of a team

To see Full details for all races see Information Sheet and the  link below to enter your teams for the Victoria University Relay & Wellington Mixed Relay Championships being held 11 May. 

For bigger clubs (Olympic, Scottish, Trentham, WHAC) should have received a spreadsheet directly from entry and results manager Daryl to enter your teams

Entries close 11.59 pm 9 May.

Penn Relays

Wellington Harrier Maia Ramsden’s Harvard relay team broke the US national distance medley record at Penn Relays on April 26.

Video: https://tinyurl.com/4d7yb7ef

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


MASSIVE shout out to all those who have put their hands up to marshal this year. The race can’t go ahead without your contribution. 

We are still looking for another
ONE person to have a full complement of marshals for 2024. 

Please let me know your availability ASAP.

Thanks, Georgina


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


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

Saturday afternoon runs

There will be a small group going for runs from the clubrooms at 2 pm on Saturdays when there are no interclub races on. We will also have someone taking walkers. Old and new members are welcome to join.

  ALL welcome, as you can see…


Sunday morning runs

Hi everyone,
A reminder that there will be pack runs from the clubrooms at 8:30am this Sunday 5 May. These runs are planned for the first Sunday each month.
Come along and enjoy the company of your clubmates. 

Run well

Masters Classic Relay

Entry form: https://tinyurl.com/4mzub2f7


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:



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The WHAC newsletter is laser focused on harriers and athletics, and rarely features other sports, but the picture below was specifically requested by J. Barrance. Probably.

Upcoming Events

Friday 3 May  New Zealand Road Mile Championships, Rotorua      
Saturday 4 May  Rotorua Marathon (NZ Champs Open & Masters), Rotorua      
Saturday 4 May  New Zealand 5km Road Championships, Rotorua      
Sunday 5 May  Morning club run from clubrooms      
Saturday 11 May  University Cross Country Mixed relays (inter-club), Mackays Crossing      
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.