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Saturday, 1 May 2021, 07:30 to 12:00: Xterra 3 - Starlight Run, Wainuiomata ×
  • Long course (17 to 20+ km)
  • Medium course (10 to 14km)
  • Short course (5 to 7km)

Further details

Saturday, 1 May 2021, 13:00 to 16:00: Shaw Baton Relays (interclub event), Battle Hill Farm Park, Paekakariki Hill Road, Pauatahanui ×
Updated 21 Apr 2021.

The interclub season kicks off with a 4×2km cross country relay. Sign up form for Olympic Harriers members ONLY.

New for 2021: MM60 and MW60 grades and electronic timing.


Battle Hill Farm Park – Pauatahanui, Paekakariki Hill Rd, Porirua, Wellington. (6km north of Pauatahanui General Store).


2km laps - cross-country


Grass, gravel tracks, mostly flat to undulating with one sharp uphill and downhill. Log jumps and a water jump. Course marked with red and white flags. Go through ‘gate’ when two flags are set together or up to 5 metres either side if flags set alone. Failing to follow correct course may result in disqualification.

Race times

PLEASE NOTE: Age is your age as at 31 December 2021, OR in the case of Masters, age on the day of the event.


  • Youth Girls (GU16)
  • Junior Women (WU20)
  • Senior Women (W20-34)
  • Masters Women (W35+)
  • Masters Women (W50+)
  • Masters Women (W60+)
  • Masters Men (W60+)


  • 1km Fun Run (BU10, GU10) – mass start


  • Boys, Girls Mixed (BU14, GU14, BU12, GU12, mixed)

2:50pm (4 Runners per Team)

  • Youth Boys (BU16)
  • Junior Men (MU20)
  • Senior Men (M20-34)
  • Masters Men (M35+)
  • Masters Men (M50+)

Come and try cross country running

The Relays are open to teams from Schools, Colleges and Recreation Runners who are welcome to enter in age/gender grades as above.

Entry protocols – race rules

  1. This year we will be using electronic timing.
  2. Team relay entries must be submitted online by club officials via the online link (this link will be provided in the week before the event). Entries will close 11.59 pm Thursday 29 April. Olympic Harriers members register your interest with this sign up form.
  3. Please use timing batons provided by the race host.
  4. Club teams to wear race letter/numbers as allocated by your club on the front of singlet. Visiting teams please indicate race number to be used on the entry form.
  5. Non-club teams will need to supply letters and/or numbers for respective teams. 
  6. No runner may run more than one lap for any A and/or B team across all grades and races.
  7. Next lap runners must enter the start line from the side access, NOT VIA FINISH CHUTE where runners are finishing.
  8. First Aid available. 
  9. Toilets available, no changing facilities, come prepared.
  11. Results will be posted on our results page.
  12. Winning team members - please remain for prize-giving which will be immediately after each relay race.
  13. Trophies: Shaw Baton Trophies for:
  • Shaw Baton trophies for:
    • Senior Men
    • Senior Women
    • Masters Men 35+
    • Masters Women 35+
    • Masters Men 50+
    • Masters Women 50+
    • Masters Men 60+
    • Masters Women 60+
    • Junior Men U20
    • Junior Women U20
  • Miniature batons for winning team athletes of above races
  • Medals for U10 boys and girls scratch race
  • Medals for winning teams in Boys U16, Girls U16, Boys U14, Girls U14, Boys U12 and Girls U12.


Tracy Berghan
Olympic Harriers Secretary
027 414 4398
Contact us form








Saturday, 8 May 2021, 08:00 to 12:00: Rotorua Marathon, Rotorua ×

New Zealand's premier marathon event

Further details

Saturday, 8 May 2021, 12:00 to 16:00: University Relays (interclub event) & Chocolate Walking Race, QEII Park, Mackay's Crossing ×
Updated 27 Apr 2021.

Sign up form for Olympic Harriers members, relay race ONLY - please sign up by midday Sunday 2 May

The Victoria University Athletic Club invites us to the Victoria University Relay events being held at QE Park on Saturday 8 May. Registered athletes and social members of clubs are eligible to compete in the following events: 

1. The Whittaker’s Chocolate Walk – open to walkers of all ages. Distance of approximately 6 km. Walkers must estimate their time with the winners being the walkers who are closest to their estimated time. Prizes for first female and first male.  

2. The Boys & Girls Races – scratch races for athletes under 16 years of age, and a fun run for the under 7’s. Athletes 16 years and older run in the junior relay. Prize giving  for the scratch races will be held shortly after the under 7’s fun run, just before the start of the relay. In a change from 2020, this year U14 and U16 events will run together.

***Age is taken as at 31 December 2021*** 

3. The Victoria University Relay – 10 grades with 4 runners per team over an  approx. 3.5 km lap. 

Race times and event details

12:00 PM Chocolate Walk: 6 km walk on the road; 11.30 registration, 12 noon start

1:15 PM B&G U10: 1.2 km: the start is over the sandhills to the south of the main start/finish area

1:30 PM B&G U12: 2 km loop from the start/finish area

1.45 PM B&G U14 & U16: 2 km loop from the start/finish area

2:00 PM B&G U7: 500 metres fun run “out and back” from the start/finish area

2:30 PM University relay.  Ten grades: junior women U20, Junior men U20,  Senior women, Senior men, Masters women 35+, Masters men 35+, Masters women 50+, Masters men 50+, Open 60+. Four runners per team, 3.5 km lap. All grades start together. Open 60+ teams can comprise men and women in the same team. Mixed teams can comprise athletes of mixed ages and genders (results in the grade will be recorded but there will be no prizes awarded) Prizes will be awarded to the winning team in each grade with the prize-giving to start as soon as the final runner completes the event

PLEASE NOTE: age is taken as of 31 December 2021 or, in the case of Masters, age on the day of the event. 

Electronic Timing Batons and Changeover:

  • Team members must run with the baton in their hand
  • Next lap runners must enter the changeover area via the side access chute, NOT VIA THE START/FINISH CHUTE
  • Baton changeover must take place WITHIN the allocated changeover zone


Entries, fees, rules and other information: 

  1. Team relay entries must be submitted online by club officials via the online link (this link will be provided in the week before the event). Entries will close 11.59 pm Thursday 6 May. 
  2. There is no need to pre-enter athletes in the Chocolate Walk or in the Boy’s and Girl’s Races. 
  3. Relay teams who wish to compete in the Senior grade rather than their age grade must declare their intention to do so in writing to the Race Manager prior to the start of the relay
  4. Clubs will be invoiced for entry fees after the event: $4 per walker, $4 for kids in the Boy’s & Girl’s Races, $40 per team in the Junior relay grades, $48 per team in the Senior/Masters/Mixed relay grades. No entry fee for the U10 and U7 events. 
  5. Runners must wear club uniform with the team race bib as allocated by your club on the front of singlet. 
  6. Runners must follow all instructions from marshals and Wellington Centre officials.
  7. The course will be marked with a combination of tape, marker poles, arrows, cones and marshals. Where 2 marker poles are placed as a gate, runners must run between the marker poles. Where 1 marker pole is used, runners must run within 5m on either side of the marker pole. Failure to comply with a marshal’s instruction or not following the correct course may cause disqualification. 
  8. Protests and Appeals: IAAF Competition Rules 146 covers protests and appeals. In the  first instance, any protest must be made to the Race Referee within 30 minutes of the finish of the race.  
  9. If a runner cannot complete their lap, they can be replaced by another member of the  team, but this will incur a 7 minute time penalty. 
  10. The course is not suitable for bare foot running; runners who run in bare feet do at their own risk. 
  11. First aid is available at the Race HQ tent which is adjacent to the start/finish.
  12. There is no water available and no shelter (unless provided by your club tent) so come prepared. 
  13. Please take caution when driving in the paddock and especially watch out for kids. 

Thank you for supporting this event and we look forward to seeing you all on the day. For inquiries please email the event manager: Dave Kettles tea.pots@xtra.co.nz


Sunday, 9 May 2021, 10:00 to 14:30: Athletics Wellington Kids Cross Country, Trentham Memorial Park ×

Athletics Wellington Junior Commitee invites athletes to take part in a low-key but fun cross-country race to be held at Trentham Memorial Park on Sunday 9 May. The races are open to Primary School athletes in years 3 to 8.  All are welcome, including those who are not currently members of an athletics club.

Entry/distances/times site: https://kidsxcmay2021.eventdesq.com

ENTRIES CLOSE on-line entries strictly at 5.00 pm Friday 7 May. Online Entry is $3.00/athlete

On the day entry  is possible but Online entry preferred.  Entry on the day will be $5.00 CASH Only (no EFTPOS)

Entrant Information

  • Registration Desk will open at 9:00am
  • ALL runners MUST report to the Registration Desk prior to your scheduled race start time in order for your Race Identity Number to be written on your arm.
  • Please allow at least 20 minutes as we are expecting large numbers.
  • Please be at the Marshalling Point area 5-10 mins before your scheduled race time so a light warm-up can be done.
  • Race start times will be as close as possible to the scheduled time. The programme will NOT run forward.
  • Please do NOT arrive at the designated Marshalling Point more than 15 minutes BEFORE your scheduled start time as the previous race will still be ”on”.

Further details







Saturday, 15 May 2021, 13:45 to 16:00: Club run/walk, Clubrooms, Bannister Ave ×
Updated 9 Apr 2021.

Club run / walk from the clubrooms with packs for all ages and abilities.

Thinking of joining? Come along!

All ages, all abilities, all motivations. Join us!

Meet at 1:45, ready for a 2pm departure.








Saturday, 22 May 2021, 12:40 to 16:00: Vosseler Shield (interclub event), WHAC clubrooms, Mt Victoria ×
Updated 27 Apr 2021.


Race headquarters are at the WHAC Clubrooms, 164 Alexandra Rd. All races start on the grassed area near the Badminton Hall on Ruahine St

Course description

All races start with a steep uphill from Badminton Hall up to the tracks just below Alexandra Road; the course covers bush tracks and rocky trails with steep uphill / downhill gradients. The entire race is off road with the exception of road crossings on Mt Victoria.  

There are 5 races run over four distances ranging from 1.6km for boys and girls to 10km for senior and masters’ runners.  Road crossings are marshalled and subject to Traffic Management controls.  

Race times 

  • 1.30pm JUNIOR WOMEN WU20, WOMEN WU18, GIRLS GU16, MEN MU18, BOYS BU16. 3.5 km 
  • 2.00pm BOYS BU14, BOYS BU12. 1.6 km 
  • 2.15pm GIRLS GU14, GIRLS GU12. 1.6 km 

Entry information

Athletics New Zealand Sanctioned Event
Only Athletics NZ registered athletes who are financial full competition members in the ANZ ClubNet database are eligible to compete. Athletes must be financial in ClubNet by midnight Wednesday 19 May 2021 in order to compete. 

Race bibs
You must be financial in ANZ ClubNet as stated above to receive a race bib. If you are financial by Friday 14 May, you will receive a personalised race bib. If you are financial after 14 May and up to 20 May, you will receive a temporary race bib, which must be returned after the race. Race bib pick up at the WHAC clubrooms on race day 22 May from 11:30am. No postal or email entries from AW Clubs.  
Other clubs to email entries to the race director by 19 May. Athletes must collect their race bib from their club representative at the WHAC clubrooms at least 30 minutes prior to the start of their race. No current bib and timing chip means you will not be recorded in the results. Race bibs will again be used for each of the 4 interclub races. The bibs will have Athletics Wellington timing chips and must be worn on the front of the athlete’s club singlet. Timing chips must be left securely on the front of the bibs.  
Entry Fees (Athletics Wellington Members)
AW Clubs will be invoiced after the event according to the number of individuals completing the races. 
Entry fees for ANZ Registered Club Members are as follows:

  • Boys and Girls U12, U14 and U16   $25.50
  • All other grades    $30.00

These entry fees include a special traffic management fee of $18.00 per person. 

Age Grades and Club Uniform
Age on 31st December 2021; except Masters’ grades where age on 22nd May 2021. 
As this event is only open to Registered Club Members, the correct club uniform must be worn.  
Any athlete wishing to compete “out of grade” (e.g. junior in senior grade), must advise the Race Director, Ian Macfarlane whacracedirector@gmail.com  and Daryl Bloomfield daryl@fedude.co.nz by 5:00pm Thursday 20 May.  

Team and individual awards

Medals will be awarded to FIRST PLACE in each grade, (*except there will be no medals for non-championship races). 
Team Competition winners will receive medals, with number to count in each grade as follows:

  • Open Men M20-99 10k only: 6
  • Open Women W20-99 5k only: 3
  • Masters Women MW50/60/70 combined: 3
  • Junior Women WU20/WU18 combined: 3
  • All other grades      3 

Masters’ runners are eligible for team competition in both the Open grade and their own Masters’ grade. 

The Barry Everitt Plate will be awarded to the Club scoring the highest number of points over all grades. This will be based on participation, where every competitor will score points, with 100 points to the winner. E.g., Senior Women, 30 finishers, first place scores 100 points, last place scores 71 points. (The non-championship races will not count towards this Club competition).  

Prize giving

Prize giving, following each race, will be near the WHAC Clubrooms; and if bad weather, will be held inside.

Protests and appeals

In the first instance, any protest must be made to the Race Referee, within 30 minutes of the finish of the race. Referee’s decision will be given to the Race Director; any appeal must be made to the Race Director. 

IAAF Competition Rules 146 covers protests and appeals. 

Health and safety

All races are marshalled; marshals are clearly identifiable with orange Hi-Viz vests around the course. If you are injured or observe an injury or problem of any kind, please report to the nearest marshal. All competitors must obey the directions of marshals. 
Course Marking
The course will be marked with a combination of the following: tape, marker poles, arrows, cones, and marshals. Where 2 marker poles are placed as a gate, runners must run between the marker poles. Where 1 marker pole is used, runners must run within 5m either side of the marker pole. When running adjacent to roads, athletes must run within the coned off verge area. Failure to comply with a marshal’s instruction or not following the correct course may result in disqualification. 
Public Roads
The race includes the crossing of public roads. Marshals will be in place for your safety and will endeavour to stop vehicles in order to provide right of way to runners. However, you must remain alert at road crossings, look yourself, and be prepared to stop if directed to do so by a marshal. Where the course runs alongside public roads, competitors must run within the coned off verge area. 
Course Conditions
This is a cross country race and accordingly trails may be loose, steep, slippery, uneven, and have trip hazards. Competitors are responsible for taking reasonable care. 
Wellington Free Ambulance
Wellington Free Ambulance service will be on site throughout the event; the ambulance and medics will be situated at the clubrooms. Sector Marshals and Race Director have contact details in case of an emergency event on the course.  
Spectators are to register their presence by scanning at the event specific QR code at the Race HQ OR near the start line. Athletes are recorded as members of their club’s team. There are no mandatory public health requirements at alert level 1. Please remain vigilant and continue to practice good hygiene to minimise the risk of community transmission; hand sanitiser will be available at Race HQ; practice social distancing where possible; and please stay away from the event if you are unwell. 
The event will only be run under Alert level 1.  
Race Director
Thank you for supporting this event. We look forward to seeing you all on race day. For inquiries, please contact  Ian Macfarlane (027) 230 8884, or email: whacracedirector@gmail.com     


Sunday, 23 May 2021, 07:30 to 12:00: Xterra 4 - Awesome Akatarawas, Whareroa Farm ×
  • Long course (17 to 20+ km)
  • Medium course (10 to 14km)
  • Short course (5 to 7km)

Further details

Sunday, 23 May 2021, 10:00: Masters Classic Relay, Trentham Memorial Park ×

This is a great 5-lap relay race, traditionally for the more senior members of the club. It's mostly on flat grass at Trentham Memorial Park (saves our somewhat older joints a bit). Categories/prizes for men, women, mixed, teams with aggregate ages of 250 and 300 or more. There is a walkers event too which covers 3 laps of the 4km course as opposed to 5 laps for runners. The event has a ‘pre-vet’ category which allows teams to have a member in the 30-34 yr age group and also an open category for teams with members less than 30 yrs of age. So basically it’s an all comers event.

Further details







Saturday, 29 May 2021, 13:30 to 16:00: Grand Memorial club races and Old Members Day (club event), Boom Rock Road, Ohariu Valley ×

Open handicap cross country races. This event commemorates our first club president, who died while in office, as well as a number of club members who died in the First World War.

Former club members are invited to join us. This year, we will be joined by Hutt Valley Harriers.

2019 details below - 2021 info to come. 

This race will be followed by afternoon tea at the clubrooms - please bring a plate to share.

Race details:

1.30pm: Boys & Girls 9 and Under (1km scratch race), Boys & Girls 13 and Under (2km scratch race)

2.00pm-ish: Walkers;
Senior Women, Masters Women, Junior Women (W-U18 & W-U20), Junior Men (M-U18 & M-U20) (4km open handicap);
Senior Men & Masters Men (8km open handicap)

(Both handicap races – 4km and 8km – will be run concurrently with one finish time.)

Hot showers and afternoon tea at the Clubrooms following the final race – please bring a towel and a plate.

More about the history of the event

Further details