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About Olympic Harriers

Olympic Harriers is a running and walking club based in Johnsonville, in the northern suburbs of Wellington. We cater for all levels of the sport, from social running and walking through to competitive harriers (cross country and road) and athletics (track and field). With our strong emphasis on families, we cater for all ages from the five year old juniors through to seniors and masters. In summer we have one of Wellington’s strongest children’s athletics groups for primary to intermediate school-aged kids.

Some people in the sport are competitive, and compete at the regional, national or international level. Children may want to improve their running, jumping and throwing skills; others may want to get fit for other sports. For the adults, it’s often about getting fit and having someone to walk or run with, to improve 5km fun run times or half marathon times. Others want support in achieving a full marathon, or improve their running for multisport.

Colgate 2012

We have a strong tradition of cross-country, having won the top club award at the North Island Cross Country Champs nine times in the last 13 years (200920102012201320142015, 2018, 2019 and 2021). We have won the Wellington Junior Interclub championship (for Children's Athletics) for the last four years: 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/5.

Olympic Harriers is a non-profit incorporated society affliated with Athletics New Zealand. We are run by volunteers who are members of the club, or who are parents of members.

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What we do

Our main season is the cross country and road (harriers) season, which runs over winter from April to October on Saturday afternoons. During this time we follow our own syllabus that consists of club runs, club races and inter-club races (see the calendar). We have activities for all ages, from seniors and masters and juniors down to five years old.

During the track and field (athletics) season (October to March) we participate in the Athletics Wellington syllabus, or if that’s not your thing we have summer club runs each week. Children aged from 5 to 14 can participate in our children’s athletics programme.

We also have club runs and participate in athletics over summer, and have training and coaching sessions during the week. Our full list of activities are:

10k champs

Club cross country crossing





Last updated: 28 Nov 2021