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About Olympic Harriers

Olympic Harriers is a running and walking club based at Waiora Hub, the community and sports centre  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 and intermediate school-aged kids. We have also developed a strong junior middle distance and cross country programme for year 5 through to college age. 

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 ten times since 2009 (200920102012201320142015, 2018, 2019, 2021 and 2022). We have regularly won the Wellington Junior Interclub championship for Children's Athletics.

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, primarily 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 including masters, seniors and juniors.

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 or can continue with cross country training.

We have training and coaching sessions during the week. Our full list of activities is:

10k champs

Club cross country crossing





Last updated: 28 Oct 2023