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Olympic Harriers Centenary 1914–2014

A century of running

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The Olympic Harrier Club celebrates its centenary in 2014. We were formed in 1914 as an off-shoot of the old Brooklyn Harrier Club, and after one hundred years we are stronger than ever with healthy membership levels at all ages and at all levels of competitiveness. We are one of the country’s top clubs, having won the North Island Cross Country top club trophy in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013. We consistently send large teams to compete at national events, we have a strong family focus and a strong connection to the community, with the fun run events that we organise each year.

Olympic Harriers in 1914 Olympic Harriers in 2012
Olympic Harriers in 1914 (left) and in 2012 (right)

Our centennial celebrations

Whether you’re an ex-member, a current member or a friend, help us to celebrate our centenary! We are holding a number of events thoughout 2014, starting with a festival of events during the early part of the year and building up to our main reunion celebrations held over Queen’s Birthday weekend.

Festival of events

We are starting off our celebrations at the beginning of the year with a festival of events – a variety of running events to give our club members and the community a taste of what we do. More details will be available later.

Centenary weekend

Our main celebration is taking place over Queen’s Birthday Weekend – Friday 30 May to Monday 2 June 2014. This weekend will be full of events for current and previous members – relive your Olympic days with the Grand Memorial handicap cross country race, a formal dinner and memorabilia!

Our tentative schedule is:




Weekend costs

Registration is a compulsory fee; a centenary registration pack is included. The Friday night social and Saturday grand dinner are optional. Guest tickets for the social and dinner will be available. The Saturday race and afternooon tea, and the Sunday run and brunch are free for registered attendees.

Payment can be made by cheque or direct credit. You will receive details when you register. (Please register by Tuesday 20 27 May)



We will have a souvenir book of history, stories and photographs from the last one hundred years available to purchase. There will also be centenary-branded mugs, shirts and hooded sweatshirts available. You can order these when you register for the weekend.

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To register, please fill out our online registration form by Tuesday 20th of May.

If you have any questions about the weekend or your registration, or if you want a paper version of the registration form, please contact Denise (email treasurer@olympicharriers.org.nz or phone 027 3290596). If you have website problems, please contact Mike (email webmaster@olympicharriers.org.nz).

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Many thanks to our supporters who made generous donations to our hamper raffle: New World Churton Park, Yealands Wines, New World Newlands.

Want to keep up to date?

If you wish to keep up to date with our plans as they are finalised, please sign up to our centenary mailing list, or fill in our feedback form and ask to be added to our list.

We expect this mailing list will have very low traffic, with just the occasional email to let you know of details as they come to hand, what costs will be, and when registrations open. You can also put our iCal logocentenary events in your electronic calendar (such as Outlook or Google Calendar).

If you have any comments, suggestions or memories you wish to share with us, please fill in our feedback form. You can also join our centenary events on our Facebook page, where you can see who else is attending.

Privacy: your details will not be given to anyone else, and will only be used to communicate to you about our centenary. You can remove your name from our list at any time.

Article published 13 December 2012. Updated 13 May 2014.