WHAC Newsletter 30th May 2024

In this week’s newsletter:

Vosseler results and photos
College Sport Wellington XC Champs
NZ/World Records
ISF World Schools XC Champs
This weekend runs
Dorne Cup
Upcoming events
WHAC Board information
Club contacts


The 2024 Vosseler Shield on Saturday 25th May on Mount Victoria was the 100th running of the race which was first held in 1923. The underfoot conditions were good. Although there was a shower or two for the first race (Women and M60+), the rest of the afternoon was fine.
Wellington Harrier Athletic Club, had a successful day at the races, retaining the top club award over all grades – the Barry Everitt trophy – for the eleventh time in a row. WHAC 1, Trentham 2, Scottish 3.
WHAC won 4 teams races: MM70, MM60-69, BU16, and BU14.
WHAC placed 2nd in 6 teams races: for MW50+, MM50, MM35, GU16, GU14, and BU12.
WHAC placed 3rd team for: OM.
WHAC MM70 won for the seventh year in a row with Peter Corbett, Tony Dawbin, and Jeff Annan.
WHAC MM60 won with Paul Hewitson, David Creamer, and Kelvin Wong.
WHAC BU16 won with Robert Naulls, Sebastian Campion, and Isaac London.
WHAC BU14 won with Kingsley McGuigan, Lucas Kendrick, and Wilder Campbell.
Nathan Tse (WHAC) was first SM. Nathan is the 12th WHAC winner of the SM race.
Victoria Humphries  (WHAC) was the first W60. This is Vickie’s 16th victory in the Vosseler Shield, moving her further ahead as the runner who has won the most Vosseler races. Vickie has won SW, MW, W50, and W60 races.
Other WHAC winners were Paul Hewitson MM60, and Scarlett Anderson WU20.
Placed 2nd were Peter Corbett MM70, Carline Thomas MW60, Bridget Douglas MW50, Seth Campbell MM50, Maddison Maclean WU18, and Silas Campbell MU18.
Placed 3rd were Tony Dawbin MM70, Steve Plowman MM65, David Creamer M60, Sally McGrandle MW35, Jamie Duncan MM35, Robert Naulls NU16, and Kingsley McGuigan BU14.

A big thank you to the M60+ brigade who turned out in great numbers. WHAC had 15 finishers in the 3 grades M60, M65, and M70. Scottish were next best with 7 runners. Our strong numbers made a large contribution to the WHAC points total, which helped WHAC retain the top club award.
Congratulations to our winning teams MM60-69 and MM70. Congratulations to our individual winner and placegetters.
A special shout out to Brian Hayes, who arrived too late for our race. So Brian ran 2 laps in the MM50 grade. Awesome.
Here’s a summary of the day. Looking forward to seeing you all, plus more, at the Dorne Cup in two weeks on Saturday 8 June.
Full results can be found at https://www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=353177

Run well

Combining top catering skills with logoed aprons – and an uphill rampage of future champions

Flying the flag and a slight detour around a campervan – and Nathan Tse, who blitzed the field and could
still stand tall, smile and model a fine pair of WHAC socks

Some enthusiastically cheerful competitors and marshals 

Excellent gesticulating from an animated marshal and someone doing quite well in a running race

One of our greatest runners and previous winner of the Vosseler, Wayne Atkins, came along to support the club – and Brian Hayes, who did 2 laps in a time much faster than the bus that didn’t get him there on time for the 1 lap he was entered for…

A great day and an amazing turnout in the junior races

Where it all happens – proud headquarters of the oldest (and best) harrier club in Aotearoa 

Boys & Girls U10, U12, U14 Course 1.1km                        
Kingsley McGuigan               4:17    3rd       B14       
Lucas Kendrick                     4:28    4th eq.  B14     
Wilder Campbell                   4:38    6th        B14        
Hugo Thirkell                        4:44    8th        B14        
Emily Matthews                    5:05    5th        G14        
Lachlan Ranger                    5:06    14th      B14        
Keaton Joynes                     5:12    4th         B12         
Andre Fourie                        5:16    17th       B14         
Noah Kendrick                     5:16     6th eq.  B12         
Delia Davies                         5:18    9th        G14         
Luca Lind Azevedo               5:23    9th        B12         
Annalize Fourie                    5:28    4th        G12         
Aditya Panigrahy                  5:29    21st      B14         
Madison Luping-Cowan       5:30    6th eq.  G14         
Toby Clendon                       5:33    12th      B12         
Millie McPhee                       5:36    8th eq. G12       
Maisie Morrison                    5:39    18th     G14        
Maya Lehnid                         5:40    19th     G14        
Harrison Holmes-Poulter      5:42    6th        B10        
Bruno Salt                             5:43    24th      B14         
Jagger Wilson                       5:44    13th      B12        
Eliott Holmes-Poulter            6:08    10th      B10         
Amelia Brennan                    6:51    4th       G10         
Boys and Girls Under 16 Course 3km                        
Robert Naulls                      12:10    3rd      B16         
Sebastian Campion            12:13    4th       B16        
Xanthe Wong                      14:22    4th      G16         
Isaac London                      14:58    10th     B16         
Lucy Clendon                      18:25    9th      G16         
Evelyn Porter                      18:27    10th    G16         
Well done to everyone who was able to come. Most of our teams were limited by the absence of people with colds and ‘flu and injuries.

Top 3 finishes were earned by Kingsley McGuigan and Robert Naulls who each finished 3rd.
The event was also for 3 person teams. 3 of our teams finished 2 nd, and the Under 14 and 16 Boys won.
Next Saturday: The upcoming events of interest to us are the Dorne Cup (8 June) and the Wellington Primary Sport Interzones on 18 June. Both are on flat and fast courses so we’ll try and find something flat and fast for you (depending on the weather!)
Saturday 8 June: Dorne Cup at Trentham Memorial Park.
Enter from Barton Avenue on your left off Fergusson Drive .Race headquarters are adjacent to the pavilion, near the Trentham Harrier Clubrooms. Usually we have our Club tent on the grass near the start area.
Race Times:         Under 12  1:45 pm 
                              Under 14  2:00 pm
                              Under 16  2:15 pm
                              Under 10  2:30 pm
This is a grass course around the playing fields and the Hutt River stopbanks. The Under 10’s do 1km, the Under 12 and Under 14 do 2 km, and the Under 16 do 3km.
You will race in your own year groups, boys and girls together.
Don’t forget to bring your club uniform and your permanent race bib (which you have all carefully saved from last Saturday!!) The course will be very suitable for spikes. 
G. T. (Geoff ) Henry MNZM
College Sport Wellington Cross Country Champs 2024
Well done to all our Wellington Harrier Athletes that competed at yesterdays CSW cross country champs.
In the photo is U16 Alex Macbeth 1st and Xavier James 3rd both Whac athletes. Hugo Millar from Olympic was 2nd.
Full results can be found through the link below:
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New NZ 1500m record…

A sensational performance by Maia Ramsden (WHAC) competing at the USATF Los Angeles Grand Prix taking almost 4 seconds off her pb to set a new national women’s 1500m record of 4:02.58. Maia took more than two seconds off the New Zealand record of 4:04.82 which was set by Nikki Hamblin in 2011

Huge congratulations to Maia!

…And a new NZ 800m record
Scoop Culture

On an historic day for New Zealand middle-distance running James Preston erased the 62-year-old national 800m record of Sir Peter Snell in Pfungstadt, Germany, and George Beamish climbed to number two on the all-time New Zealand mile lists – and within 0.01 of the 42-year-old national record of Sir John Walker – at the Eugene Diamond League.

Preston recorded a stunning 1:44.04 in Pfungstadt, Germany to comfortably dip below the Olympic entry standard mark for Paris and advance his career into a new realm.

In an outstanding display of middle-distance running, the 27-year-old Wellington-based athlete claimed a dominant victory from fellow Kiwi Brad Mathas – wiping 0.83 from his previous PB set at the 2024 Jennian Homes New Zealand Track & Field Championships in Wellington in March.

Preston’s mark set at the Merck Running Gala was also comfortably below the Olympic entry standard of 1:44.70.

Sir Peter Snell’s mark had been the longest standing New Zealand athletics record in the books. His 1:44.3 was set on a grass track in Christchurch back in 1962 for what was a then world record mark.

On a memorable day for New Zealand middle-distance running, Mathas clocked 1;45.80 – within 0.05 of his lifetime best to claim second.

An elated Preston said: “I feel an overwhelming sense of satisfaction and relief. I was nervous about trying to run the qualifier because opportunities can be hard to come by, so to be able to run (the Olympic entry standard) takes a weight off my shoulders. It is also really satisfying that my team and I can put together the plan and execute it.


“I had a really strong pacemaker organised and the plan was to go through 400m in 50.5 and 600m in 1:16 because that would set me up well to get under the qualifying mark. In terms of how the race played out, it was almost exactly like. We hit 400m in 50.1 and I then just had to keep rolling with whatever I had. The last 50m was tough but I got it done.

“The (Olympic) entry standard is the main thing for me with the record being a bonus. Everything has been geared up in terms of trying to qualify, but to be able to do that makes our plan for the next couple of months a wee bit easier and less stressful around the build up.

“This performance sets me up for the next couple of months. We aren’t as focused on running the standard right now, so hopefully I’ll get in some more competitions and run a wee bit faster.

“In terms of Snell’s record, he did so much for middle-distance running in New Zealand the best way to honour what he did was to try and better it, so to be able to do that is amazing. I’m hoping that someone will come along and break my record one day and better what I’ve done.

At the Eugene Diamond League, George Beamish produced an outstanding run in the Bowerman Mile to place eighth in 3:49.09 – within 0.01 of the national record set by Sir John Walker in Oslo in 1982.

In a world-class race, won by Great Britain’s world 1500m champion Josh Kerr in a world-leading mark of 3:45.34, Beamish stuck his task well and also gained an Olympic entry standard mark for the 1500m.

The 27-year-old Kiwi and World Indoor 1500m champion has been selected to compete in the 3000m steeplechase at the Paris Olympics but has Olympic entry standard marks in three events – the 1500m, 5000m and 3000m steeplechase.

Tom Walsh, the other Kiwi in action at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, finished fifth in the men’s shot put with a best throw of 21.33m. Joe Kovacs of the US claimed victory in a monster world leading throw of 23.13m.

For an audio interview with James Preston go here – https://we.tl/t-j9XiMEl8VR

Chebet breaks world 10,000m record

May 25 (Reuters) – Kenyan Beatrice Chebet shattered the women’s 10,000 metres world record at the Prefontaine Classic on Saturday, as Britain’s Josh Kerr beat arch-rival Jakob Ingebrigtsen in the mile race at the Eugene Diamond League meet. Chebet clocked 28 minutes 54.14 seconds, taking nearly seven seconds off the previous world record set by Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidey three years ago to qualify for the event at the Paris Olympics.

“The last lap just motivated me, especially when Gudaf dropped. Then I realized ‘Oh, I am the best, so I can go,'” said Chebet, who had the fans on their feet at Hayward Field in Oregon as she cruised through the finish.

ISF World Schools Cross Country – Nairobi, Kenya
Congratulations to Poppy Healy, Maria Revelant and Giselle Kenworthy who recently competed at the ISF World Schools Cross Country event which was held in Nairobi Kenya on Sunday 12th May.
The girls spent a week at a training camp in Potchefstroom, South Africa, where they met the Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus and the Springboks captain Siya Kolisi.

               Results can be found through the link below:

Saturday run

There will be a small group of runners and walkers going for some exercise from the clubrooms at 2pm this Saturday. Everyone is welcome to join.

Sunday run

Sunday morning run from clubrooms. 
As usual trail or road, fast, medium or slower. Meet 8:30am. Return clubrooms around 10am for coffee

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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


Upcoming Events

  Charlie’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.