WHAC Newsletter Oct. 5

In this week’s newsletter:


First Up

Junior Interclub One
WHAC Hoodies For Sale
Agency 10,000m
Round the Vines
Remutaka Rail Trail Run & Walk
Upcoming Events


First Up

Congratulations to Nathan Tse, who finished sixth overall in the Auckland Half Marathon in a time of 1:07:37. If I’ve got this correct, that was just three seconds outside his PB 1:07:34 that he ran at the same event last year. And more importantly, Nathan edged out the first Scottish runner, Seamus Kane, by 19 seconds. A great run as well by Paul Hewitson, who took gold in the M60s category (and 29th overall) with a 1:20:16.

Speaking of golden oldies, there were a couple of other winning performances by the M60s men over the weekend. Dave Heatley was seventh overall, and first M60, at the Cape Kidnappers Trail Run 34km, which had an elevation gain of 1384 metres, in 3:41:52. And Dave Creamer was fifth overall, and first M60, at the Lower Hutt Parkrun 5K in 19:20.
For future newsletter items or suggestions, please email Nick Perry: nickgbperry@gmail.com


Junior Interclub One

From Julie Richards

Sunday 5th November

Come and join us at this fun event!

If you haven’t registered there’s still time!

Please note that for the 2023/24 season there is a new entry system and fee.

This fee is $20 for the full season of six meets, reducing to

$14 for entry after Christmas (we have only two Junior Interclub in the New Year).

To register in the interclub competition please click on the link below: It is open to athletes aged 7-15 years as of the 31st December 2023. (Note YOU MUST be a financial member of an athletics club to register).

Sign up here

If you are not a member of Wellington Harrier Athletic Club yet then you will need to register through the link below, before you can enter the interclub completion



WHAC Hoodies For Sale

From Bertram Manz

We are planning to place another order for hoodies. Prices are confirmed as quoted below:

Children’s sizes: 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 – $60 each (add an additional $10 if you want your name printed on the back). Please note that the children’s sizes do not have a draw cord (it’s a health and safety thing).

Adults’ sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge, 2XL, 3XL – $64 each (add an additional $10 if you want your name printed at the back). Note that they are a large fit so consider getting a size smaller if you prefer it fitting, or if unsure, try one of the many that are walking around! Also see the sizing chart below. If interested, please email your details to Bertram Manz: membership@whac.org.nz


Agency 10,000m 

From Wellington Scottish

When: Nov. 18

Where: Newtown Park track

The Wellington 10,000m Festival is the most popular set of 10,000m races in New Zealand. For the last five years, this has been a night of PBs for athletes of all speeds — 40 percent of athletes finished with a new best time.

As always, we will host a number of 10,000m races, and all will have packs of many different speeds to drag you to your new PB. Races are open to men and women of all age grades.


5:30 p.m. Mixed Community 10,000m B Race

6:45 p.m. Mixed Community 10,000m A Race

7:30 p.m. Women’s U20 5,000m

8:00 p.m. Elite Men’s 10,000m (NZ Championship) proudly sponsored by Te Ahumairangi Investment Management

8:45 p.m. Elite Women’s 10,000m (NZ Championship) proudly sponsored  by Wellington Scottish

For more information, click here


Round the Vines

From the organisers

Saturday 4th November 2023

Whether you’re a regular participant, or looking to join your first ever run, you’ve come to the right place. Round the Vines is an engaging and fun event, geared towards people of all ages and from all walks of life.  Round the Vines is a 10km or 21km Run / Walk around Martinborough Vineyards. Each of the five drink stations have live music, wine tasting and water and fruit. A majority of participants dress. Prizes are awarded to the best dressed individuals and teams.

More information here


Remutaka Rail Trail Run & Walk

From the organisers

21km – 14km – 7km
Saturday 11 November 2023

This is a fun run & walk on the Remutaka Rail Trail through the Remutaka Ranges. We start at 254m above sea level and cruise up a shallow gradient (<1 in 40) all the way to the turn around near the summit. This is a scenic and historic route that is a jewel in the Wellington region. The steep, bush clad valley, the river below, tunnels, bridges and plenty of sweaty people make for a great morning out. This course can easily be negotiated by any modestly fit person. All distances are predominantly on hard packed gravel track. Water is supplied throughout the course and there will also be a coffee cart near the Kart Club clubroom.

For more information, click 


Upcoming Events


4th               Round the Vines, Martinborough
11th              Remutaka Rail Trail Run & Walk, Upper Hutt
18th             Agency 10,000 Festival, Newtown Park
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, Vickie Humphries, Seth Campbell, Todd Krieble, Nathan Tse, Callum Stewart, and Graeme Morrison.