New Zealand representatives and New Zealand champions

A number of the club’s members have competed internationally, representing New Zealand, or have won national championships. This page recognises the achievements of those athletes.

Current and recent members | Past members

Current and recent members

Michelle Van Looy





Peter Hanson

Alisha Gilchrist






Butch Borlase

Butch on the Kepler Challenge, 2010





Nicola Hankinson

Barry Prosser

Barry winning his age grade at the 2002 City Of Wellington half marathon

The club’s most outstanding runner of all time. Barry is also known as the “Father of Mountain Running” in New Zealand, having won the mountain races held on Mt Edgecombe, Mt Maunganui and Mt Pomona more times than anyone can remember, including 21 consecutive wins between 1978 and 1987.

Sheryne Coverdale






Jan Fulstow

Susannah Lynch

Susannah at the 2010 NZ Cross Country Champs



Mike Wakelin

Mike at the National Road Relay, 2001


Matt Singleton

Matt at the World Mountain Running Trophy, 2005






Brendon Blacklaws

Matt at the World Mountain Running Trophy, 2005






Dana Hastie

Dana at the NI cross country champs, 2002




Matthew Prosser

Matt at the World Mountain Running Trophy 2002


Lyndon McGaughran

Lyndon running in the Philp Shield club race, 2002





Moana Burt

Moana at the Wellington Cross Country Champs, 2002

Moana joined Olympic Harriers after returning to running in early 2002.




Jane Nalder

Jane at the NI Cross Country champs, 2002

Jane joined Olympic Harriers after moving to Wellington from Nelson in early 2002.

Jane’s pre-Olympic achievements include World Mountain Running Trophy 2001 (Italy) – 16th Junior Women.



Mike Burkinshaw

  • NZ Veterans Champs 2002 – 3000m track walk – 1st M60+, 10km road walk – 1st M60+
  • NZ Veterans Champs 1994 – 3000m track walk – 1st M50+


Hayden Prosser

Hayden at the World Mountain Running Trophy 2002





Brian Watson

Brian at the Grand Memorial club race 2002

  • Oceania Veterans Games 1982 (Suva) – 4th 10,000 M40
  • NZ Road championships 1981 (Mosgiel) – M40 title
  • World Veteran Games 1981 (Christchurch) – 10th 10,000m, 13th 10km cross country, 12th 5000m
  • Veteran World 10km Champs 1981 (Palmerston Nth) – 10th M40




Members from days gone by

Back in the early day, international travel was a lot more difficult than it is now, so being selected to represent New Zealand was a major greater privelege. In the 1920s, travel to Australia was a several day trip by boat!

  • Karyn Mills (now Ballance):
    • World Mountain Running Trophy 1995 (Scotland)
    • World Triathlon Champs 1994
  • Paul Forster: World Mountain Running Trophy 1994 (Germany)
  • Bruce Odams: World Triathlon Champs 1994 (Germany)
  • Sarah Horan: NZ Secondary Schools junior girl (1988)
  • Chris Morey: Takahe to Akaroa Relay 1985 – lap 3 veteran record
  • Peggy Fletcher: National Veteran Track and Field meeting 1984 (Wellington) – 5000m (NZ record), 10,000m (NZ record)
  • Charlie JelleyCharlie achieved the amazing feat of never being out of the top three in his age grade at the NZXC champs for over ten years
    • National Track and Field Championships – 2000m steeplechase M65 title
    • National Road Champs 1986 – M65 title
    • National Veterans Road Race 1983 (New Plymouth) – M60 title
    • National Cross Country Championships 1982 (Christchurch) – M60 title
    • Oceania Veterans Games 1982 (Suva) – 3rd 10,000m M60, 2nd 5000m M60, 2nd 5.3km cross country
    • NZ Cross Country Championships 1981 (Wanganui) – M60 title
    • World Veteran Games 1981 (Christchurch) – 8th 5000m M60, 10th 10km cross country M60
    • 10,000m NZ Veterans Champs title 1978 (Blenheim)
    • NZ Cross Country Champs 1976 (Invercargill) – M55 title
  • Doreen Jelley: Oceania Veterans Games 1982 (Suva) – 1st 10,000 W55, 2nd 3000m W55, 2nd 5.3km cross country
  • Ray Wallis: Veteran World 10km Champs 1981 (Palmerston Nth) – 31st M40
  • Laurie Watson:
    • Veteran World 10km Champs 1981 (Palmerston Nth) – 26th M40
    • Top and back record for ascent of Ayers Rock (1970) – 24min 47sec. (Not representing NZ but worth a mention anyway!)
  • Tom Wilson: Australasian Cross Country Champs 1923 (Australia) – 7th
  • H E Moore: NZ Cross Country Championship title 1921 (Hutt Park). (The only Senior Man to win this title while running for Olympic!)
  • John Thorne: represented NZ in the 100km; year unknown.

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Last updated: 2 Jun 2016