WHAC Newsletter 7th June 2024

In this week’s newsletter:

What’s on?
Season points update
Dorne Cup
Upcoming events
WHAC Board information
Club contacts

What’s on?

Notalot. Dorne Cup obvs, and an update on the AW season points, and er, whatever you fancy for breakfast…

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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):

WU16: Xanthe Wong (2nd)
WU18: Maddison McLean (2nd)
WU20: Lulu Davies / Scarlett Anderson (1st equal), Kate Yu (3rd)
SW: Kumiko Otani (5th)
W50: Bridget Douglas (5th)
W60: Carline Thomas (1st)
MU14: Kingsley McGuigan (3rd), Lucas Kendrick (4th equal)
MU20: Wilson Li (5th)
SM: Nathan Tse (1st)
M35: Jamie Duncan (1st)
M50: Graeme Morrison (2nd)
M60: Dave Creamer (1st), Kelvin Wong (4th)
M65: Tim Murchland (2nd), Steve Plowman (5th equal)
M70: Peter Corbett (2nd), Tony Dawbin (3rd)

Remaining point events: 
  • Dorne Cup (8th June)
  • 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.
      Dorne Cup

This Saturday is the Dorne Cup at Trentham Memorial Park, one of the highlights of the cross-country season, which doubles as the WHAC cross-country championships. So you get two places for the price of one, and can probably double your distance achieved if you are so inclined. Pretend you are twins. Unless you actually are.


Event Race Start Time Age Grade Distance
1 12.45pm Masters Women (35+)**
Masters Women (50+)**
Open Women (SW)
Masters Men (60+)**
Masters Men (65+)**
Masters Women (60+)**
Masters Women (65+)**
Masters Men (70+)**
Masters Women (70+)**
2 1.20pm Men Under 20 (MU20)*
Women Under 20 (WU20)*
Men Under 18 (MU18)*
Women Under 18 (WU18)*
3 1.45pm Boys Under 12 (BU12)*
Girls Under 12 (GU12)*
4 2.00pm Boys Under 14 (BU14)*
Girls Under 14 (GU14)*
5 2.15pm Boys Under 16 (BU16)*
Girls Under 16 (GU16)*
6 2.30pm Boys Under 10 (BU10)*
Girls Under 10 (GU10)*
7 2.45pm Open Men (SM)
Masters Men (35+)**
Masters Men (50+)**

* For events marked with * your grade is based on your age at 31 Dec 2024
** For events marked with ** your grade is based on your age at 8 June 2024.

2024 Course

This year’s course remains the same as previous years. The 2km loop will run past Barton’s Bush and go across and around the Children’s soccer fields, before turning towards the Cricket Nets and then finish along the straight in beside the car park, back up to the start line at the Pavilion.

The 4km loop will now travel through Barton’s bush and weave between the senior and kids’ rugby fields, before travelling through a second bush track which emerges by the axeman’s grounds. Runners will cross the bridge over the stream and do a short dogleg before crossing through the stream by Cricket nets and then follow the straight back to the start line.

The course bush tracks are compacted gravel, while the remainder of the course is on grass. There are a few road crossings. Where we can, these will have carpet laid across the seal.

3km course = 1 x 1km loop plus 1 x 2km loop
6km course = 1 x 2km loop plus 1 x 4km loop
8km course = 2 x 4km loop

1km loop for Dorne Cup
2km loop for Dorne Cup
4km loop for Dorne Cup

Upcoming Events

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.