WHAC Newsletter, March 16, 2023



In this week’s newsletter:


First Up

Zoe Hobbs Breaks 11 Seconds

Honest 10 Turns 100

National Road Relays Update

Olivia McTaggart Shatters Pole Vault PB

Upcoming Events


First Up

We’re looking forward to a big event on Sunday, the special 100th edition of the Honest 10K. So far, eight teams of 10 have signed up for the relay. Along with those who show up on the day, there should be lots of runners and walkers, so make sure you get there in plenty of time to find a park if you are driving. 

There will be some spot prizes on offer. Shoe Clinic has kindly donated some water bottles and discount vouchers, Garage Project has donated some beer, and Mediterranean Foods a voucher. 

So if you haven’t already signed up to help out or run, do come along on Sunday, if you can make it, to run, walk, or cheer from the sidelines. Registration begins at 8 a.m. for an 8:30 a.m. sharp start, and so far the weather is looking good.

The club has put together the calendar of events for the year, and It is published in full below so you can look at upcoming competitions and start making plans. Please note that some events are still to be confirmed and others might be subject to change (or to us getting the dates wrong!)

We had another great group of 11 who ran the Makara Loop on Sunday, and we were most thankful once again for the support of Mark Te Punga who handed out drinks and gels along the way. There were a couple more WHAC runners who were in an early group as well, making for an excellent turnout. 

A reminder that it’s the final Thursday Throwdown trail run next week (23rd of March)  at Te Whiti Riser.

For future newsletter items or suggestions, please email Nick Perry: nickgbperry@gmail.com


Zoe Hobbs Breaks 11 Seconds

Sprinter Zoe Hobbs has officially become the first New Zealand woman to run under 11 seconds for the 100 metres.

Hobbs created history at the Sydney Track Classic by running 10.97 to scalp one tenth of a second from her Oceania women’s 100m record with an exhilarating performance.

Just eight days ago, the 25-year-old Taranaki-raised and Auckland-based sprinter lit up the New Zealand Track & Field Championships in Wellington by trimming 0.01 from her Oceania record, running 11.07 in the heats before following up with an illegal wind assisted 10.89 in the final.

Full story from RNZ is here


Honest 10 Turns 100

From Paul Hewitson

The 100th Honest 10k will be run on March 19th and to help celebrate we are including a team’s competition at a discounted entry fee.  

Register your team of 10 online with a team name and entrants. $5 per registered runner with a maximum of five senior men. The combined time will be calculated with prizes for the winning team. Note this is open only to registered club runners. 

Participants can enter both online or on the day. We will also have some spot prizes. 

We will donate 50% of the proceeds to Wellington Free Ambulance  

Remember it’s a fast and accurate course with pacers, photos and refreshments!

Teams can email a spreadsheet of their runners to: Honest10@whac.org.nz

Runners prepaying can use the code “H10 team name”  eg “H10 Scottish” or pay on the day.

For more information, click here


National Road Relays Update

From Ian Thomas, General Manager Athletics Canterbury

Following the 2022 National Road Relay (NRR), Athletics Canterbury commissioned an independent review to look at the causes of the very late venue change and a further independent feasibility study to determine the best option to pursue for the NRR  in 2023.

Both these have been completed and recommendations made in the review are being actioned as part of the work on the 2023 event. On the basis of both the review and the feasibility study it has been agreed that for the immediate future pursuing a course from the Sign of the Takahe to Akaora is not viable. The team had considered a number of  variations along the original route. Instead the team, in working with an independent traffic management planner, have identified a completely new road course for 2023 which will be launched shortly once we have confirmed details with the local Council.


Olivia McTaggart Shatters Pole Vault PB

From Athletics New Zealand

Olivia McTaggart produced the competition of her life today to win the Auckland Championships with a 6cm PB and World Championship entry standard mark of 4.71m at AUT Millennium.

In yet another competition which demonstrated the strength in depth of New Zealand pole vaulting, former Olympic bronze medallist Eliza McCartney picked up silver by matching her season’s best of 4.61m and Imogen Ayris, the Commonwealth bronze medallist, added 1cm to her PB to clear 4.51m and claim third.

Full story here


Upcoming Events



18th              New Zealand Mountain Running Champs, Mt Maunganui

19th (Sun)  100th Honest 10K and Relay, Whale Tail sculpture near Freyberg Pool

26th             New Zealand Short Course Trail Running Champs, Dunedin



1st                 Club runs/walks, clubrooms

Easter April 7-10  

School Holidays April 7th-23rd  

15th              Club runs/walks, clubrooms

16th (Sun)   Honest 10K, Whale Tail sculpture near Freyberg Pool

16th (Sun)   Christchurch Marathon, Christchurch

22nd             Opening Day/Donaldson Memorial Relay, clubrooms

29th              Shaw Baton Relays, Battle Hill



6th                University Cross Country Relays, Mackays Crossing

6th                Rotorua Marathon (NZ Masters Champs) &Road Champs 5K,  Rotorua

14th (Sun)  Palmerston North Full, Half, 10 & 5K, Palmerston North

20th            Hawke’s Bay Marathon, Hastings

20th            Club runs/walks, clubrooms

21st (Sun)  Masters Classic Relay TBC, Trentham

21st (Sun)  Honest 10K, Whale Tail sculpture near Freyberg Pool

27th             Vosseler Shield (interclub), clubrooms



3rd              Press/Palmer cups, clubrooms  

4th (Sun)  Aurora Handicap Marathon, Upper Hutt

10th            Dorne Cup (interclub), Trentham

17th            Club runs/walks, clubrooms

17-18th      NZSS XC & Relay Champs, Palmerston North

18th (Sun) Honest 10K, Whale Tail sculpture near Freyberg Pool

24th           Club runs/walks, clubrooms

25th           Wellington Marathon, Half, 10K & 5K  (inc, NZ & Wellington Half Marathon Champs), Sky Stadium



1st                 North Island XC champs, Taupo

1st                Club runs/walks, clubrooms

  School Holidays July 1st-16th  

8th               Club runs/walks, clubrooms

15th             Wellington Urban Ultra, Mt Kaukau

15th             Club runs/walks, clubrooms

16th (Sun)  Wellington Cross Country Champs (interclub), Harcourt Park  

16th (Sun)  Honest 10K, Whale Tail sculpture near Freyberg Pool

22nd            Resnick Cup Road Race, clubrooms

23rd (Sun) Masters Road Race TBC, Johnsonville

29th             Club runs/walks, clubrooms

29th             New Zealand Cross Country Champs, Taupo



5th               Club runs/walks, clubrooms

12th              Club runs/walks, clubrooms

13th (Sun)  Honest 10K, Whale Tail sculpture near Freyberg Pool

19th              Wellington Road Running  Champs (interclub), Wainuiomata  

21st               AGM (Provisional), clubrooms

26th             Needle Relay (interclub), Evans Bay



2nd               Henderson Relay (U14), clubrooms

10th (Sun)  New Zealand Road Championships, Palmerston North

16th              Old Boys Memorial Race, clubrooms

17th (Sun)  Honest 10K, Whale Tail sculpture near Freyberg Pool

17th (Sun)  Hutt Marathon Events (Wellington Marathon Champs), Petone

School holidays – September 23- October 8th  

23rd            Club runs/walks, clubrooms

30th            New Zealand Road Relays, Christchurch



7th                 Prizegiving followed by afternoon tea TBC, clubrooms

14th               Bernie Potenski Memorial Handicap TBC, Titahi Bay

15th (Sun)   Honest 10K, Whale Tail sculpture near Freyberg Pool



19th (Sun)  Honest 10K, Whale Tail sculpture near Freyberg Pool



17th (Sun)  Honest 10K, Whale Tail sculpture near Freyberg Pool


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, Jean Kozyniak, Vickie Humphries, Seth Campbell, Todd Krieble, Ryan McAlister, Nathan Tse and John O’Driscoll.