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Saturday, 17 Apr 2021, 09:00 to 17:00: New Zealand Mountain Running Champs, Coronet Peak, Queenstown
Updated 11 Mar 2021.

In conjunction with the inaugural "Queenstown Alpine Grind". 

Up-and-down course, laps of 4km with 400m of climbing per lap.

Further details

Saturday, 17 Apr 2021, 12:00 to 15:00: Maiden and Perston club races / afternoon tea at our new clubrooms, Grenada North Park
Updated today at 1:59pm.

Sign up

Please sign up if you want to compete or can help set up: Maiden and Perston sign up form


  • 1200: Help set up course
  • 1400: First race (kids)
  • 15:30: afternoon tea at our new clubrooms! Please bring a plate and BYO drinks. 


Our first club races for the season - the Maiden and Perston. There will be four races: two for the younger kids (700m and 1km), the Maiden (2km cross country for those who have never won a race before) and the Perston Memorial (2km cross country - same course as the Maiden, but for those who have won a trophy before). The course will be the same as last year's, at Grenada North Park.

We will need club members to help set up the course beforehand and pack it away afterwards - many hands make light work!

The Maiden and Perston Memorial races are sealed handicap - the club handicapper has predictions of everyone's times, and the handicap winners are those who beat their handicap times by the greatest margins. 

The first trophies of the year are up for grabs too - awarded to both race winners and handicap winners. 

These races will be followed by afternoon tea at the clubrooms. please bring a plate to share.

And one other thing - these races serve as trials for the Shaw Baton interclub relays held at Battle Hill later in April May.

Maiden and Perston sign up form 


Further details

Sunday, 18 Apr 2021, 07:30 to 12:00: Xterra 2 - The Orongorongos, Remutaka Forest Park

  • Long course (17 to 20+ km)
  • Medium course (10 to 14km)
  • Short course (5 to 7km)

Further details

Saturday, 24 Apr 2021, 13:45 to 16:00: Club run/walk, New clubrooms (Bannister Ave)
Updated 9 Apr 2021 at 3:36 pm.

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, 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

The interclub season kicks off with a 4×2km cross country relay.

Olympic hosts this event. We ask that all club members assist with setting up the course and running the event, as their run times permit.

2019 details below - 2021 details to come


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


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


  • 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. Please use the team recording sheet provided by the race host.
  2. 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.
  3. Non-club teams will need to supply letters and/or numbers for respective teams. 
  4. No runner may run more than one lap for any A and/or B team across all grades and races.
  5. Next lap runners must enter the start line from the side access, NOT VIA FINISH CHUTE where runners are finishing.
  6. Hand in team sheet with actual running order and self-taken times, to Race HQ immediately after your last runner finishes. Remember full names please.
  7. First Aid available. 
  8. Toilets available, no changing facilities, come prepared.
  10. Results will be posted on our results page.
  11. Winning team members - please remain for prize-giving which will be immediately after each relay race.
  12. Trophies: Shaw Baton Trophies for:
  • Miniature batons for winning team athletes of these grades:
    • Senior Men
    • Senior Women
    • Masters Men 35+
    • Masters Women 35+
    • Masters Men 50+
    • Masters Women 50+
    • Youth Boys U16
    • Youth Girls U16
    • Junior Men U20
    • Junior Women U20
  • Medals for U10 boys and girls scratch race
  • Medals for winning teams in Boys U14 & Girls U14 – Boys U12 and Girls U12


Jan Sheppard
Olympic Harriers Secretary
027 437 8140
Contact form

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

University Relays:

Inter-club cross country relay race. PLEASE DO NOT BRING DOGS - not even if they stay in the car. This is a condition of our use of the venue. This is because the venue is a farm.

Whittakers Chocolate Walk:

A turkey trot style race over 6km at QE2 Park in Paekakariki run by the University Athletics Club. Competitors estimate their time and race without a watch. The winner is the one who finishes closest to their estimated time.

2018 details below (until 2021 info available):

The format will be the same as last year with the Chocolate Walk at noon, Boys & Girls Races from 1.15 pm and the main relay starting at 2.50 pm (all grades start together).

The event has four races: the walk, the youngsters races (for those under 15), the fun run for those U7, and the relay (for those 15 and over).

  • The Whittakers Chocolate Walk: open to walkers of all ages. Starts at 12 noon on the road in front of the field where the relay is held. Distance of approximately 6km. The $2 entry fee per walker will be collected at the start. Late entries will be taken at the start where time allows. 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.
  • The Youngsters' Races - four scratch races for athletes under 15 years of age, and a fun run for the under 7’s. Athletes 15 years and older can run in the junior relay. Prize giving for the four scratch races will be held shortly after the under 7’s fun run, just before the start of the relay. Age is taken as at 31 December 2018.
    1. Boys and girls under 9 start at 1.15pm; approx 1.2km - start is over the sandhills behind the start/finish area
    2. Boys and girls under 11 years start at 1.30pm; approx 2km loop from the start/finish area
    3. Boys and girls under 13 years start at 1.45pm; approx 2km loop from the start/finish area
    4. Boys and girls under 15 years start at 2.00pm; approx 2km loop from the start/finish area
    5. Boys and girls under 7 fun run at 2.15pm; 500m out and back frm the start/finish area 
  • The University Relay - 8 grades; junior men (under 20), junior women (under 20), open men, open women, masters men (35+), masters women (35+), masters men (50+), and masters women (50+). Relay teams comprise 4 persons, approximately 3.7km lap. Starts at 2.50pm with all grades to start together.


  • Age is taken as of 31st December 2018 OR in the case of Masters, age on the day of the event.
  • Dogs (loose, on leads, in cars) are STRICTLY NOT ALLOWED on the property. Please leave your canines at home.

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

New Zealand's premier marathon event

Further details

Saturday, 15 May 2021, 13:45 to 16:00: Club run/walk, Clubrooms, Bannister Ave
Updated 9 Apr 2021 at 3:37 pm.

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

Interclub cross country races. The race starts on grass in front of badminton Hall.

There is usually very limited parking available in the badminton hall carpark. Parking is best on Alexandra Road or Ruahine Street. Do not expect to use the badminton car park or facilities.

2018 Details (2021 info tba):

Course map

2018 details


  • Race 1, 12:40pm, 5km: Senior women, masters women 35, masters women 50, masters women 60, masters women 70+, masters men 60, masters men 70+, junior men MU-20, non-championship 5k men 20-59.
  • Race 2, 1:30pm, 3.7km: Junior women WU-20, youth women WU-18, girls GU-15, youth men MU-18, boys BU-15.
  • Race 3, 2:00pm, 1.6km: Boys B-U13, boys B-U11.
  • Race 4, 2.15pm, 1.6km: Girls G-U13, girls G-U11.
  • Race 5, 2:30pm, 10km: Senior men, masters men 35, masters men 50, non-championship 10k women 20+.


Medals will be awarded to FIRST PLACE in each grade (except there will be no medals for either non-championship race).

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 (except there will be no medals for either non-championship race).

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 (except the two non-championship races will not count towards this Club competition).


A combination of bush track and sealed road on Mount Victoria. Race headquarters are at the WHAC Clubrooms on Alexandra Rd. All races start on the grassed area opposite Badminton Hall on Ruahine St.


Age at 31st December 2018, except Masters grades where age at 19th May 2018. 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 Ian Macfarlane macfarlane422@gmail.com and Daryl Bloomfield daryl@fedude.co.nz by 5:00pm Thursday 17 May.


Prize giving, following each race, will be near the finish line. If bad weather, will be at WHAC Clubrooms.


The Vosseler Shield races are an Athletics New Zealand Sanctioned Event. Only Athletics NZ registered athletes who are financial members in the ANZ ClubNet database are eligible to compete. Athletes must be financial in ClubNet by midnight 16 May 2018 in order to compete. PAY YOUR SUBS NOW!!


Athletics Wellington provides the timing system. Race bibs will again be used for each of the 4 interclub races. The bibs will have timing chips on their reverse. These are new chips, not the ones previously used. Athletes must uplift their race bib from the WHAC clubrooms at least 30 minutes prior to the start of their race. Their race bib must be worn on the front of their club singlet. Their timing chips must be left securely on the reverse of the bibs. No bib or timing chips means you will not be recorded in the results.

Avoid the long queues by arriving at the WHAC clubrooms early. Race HQ is open from 11:30am.


For 2018 there is no online entry prior to the race. You must be financial in ClubNet as stated above to receive a race bib. If you are financial by Friday 11 May you will receive a personalised race bib on the day. If you are financial after 11 May and up to 16 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 19 May from 11:30am


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.

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

Saturday, 5 Jun 2021, 13:45 to 16:00: Club run/walk, Clubrooms, Bannister Ave
Updated 9 Apr 2021 at 3:37 pm.

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.

Sunday, 6 Jun 2021, 06:30 to 14:00: Aurora Harriers Handicap Marathon, Upper Hutt

Also includes 2× half marathon and 4× quarter marathon relays.

The relays are over the full Marathon course, with lap changes at approx. 1⁄4, 1⁄2, & 3⁄4 waypoints.

Start times for all events are based on the handicapper’s estimate of the time you will take to complete your chosen event by 2.00pm. All competitors have a reasonable chance to take line honours.

In addition to the designated merit prizes in the handicap section, merit prizes will be awarded for fastest times in the marathon.

There will be a three person Full Marathon team trophy.

And a good range of spot prizes will be available to all participants who attend the prize-giving. (Some exclusions may apply).

All entrants who complete the course will receive a certificate of achievement.

Further details

Sunday, 13 Jun 2021, 07:30 to 12:00: Xterra 4 - Mad Makara, Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park

  • Long course (17 to 20+ km)
  • Medium course (10 to 14km)
  • Short course (5 to 7km)

Further details

Saturday, 19 Jun 2021, 13:45 to 16:00: Club run/walk, Clubrooms
Updated 9 Apr 2021 at 3:38 pm.

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, 26 Jun 2021, 13:45 to 16:00: Club run/walk, Clubrooms
Updated 9 Apr 2021 at 3:38 pm.

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.

Sunday, 27 Jun 2021, 07:00 to 13:00: Wellington Marathon (includes half, 10k, kids mile) - Wellington Half Marathon Champs, Westpac Stadium

Gazley Volkswagen Marathon
Walkers: 7:00am
Runners: 7:30am

Shoe Clinic Half Marathon
Runners & Walkers: 8:45am

Mizuno 10K
Runners & Walkers: 9:15am

The Hits Kids Magic Mile
Runners & Walkers: 9:30am

Established in 1986, the Gazley Volkswagen Wellington Marathon has been Wellington's favourite footrace for three decades. 

Based at the famous Westpac Stadium, the fast, flat, scenic route around Wellington's spectacular waterfront creates an occasion for all age and ability. You might even win a Volkswagen Polo car or a trip to the New Caledonia Marathon. 

With a Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k and the Kids' Magic Mile, there's something for everyone. More than 5000 runners and walkers can't be wrong. But don't take our word for it. Find out for yourself.


Further details

Saturday, 3 Jul 2021, 09:45 to 15:00: North Island Cross Country Championships (interclub event), Spa Park, Taupo

Annual club mid-winter trip.

Races on Saturday, club dinner Saturday night, Sunday morning group runs. Not to be missed!

Registered & non Registered runners and walkers all welcome. A great family weekend event. The club has applied for grants to keep the costs down.

Register for the race, accommodation and the dinner: https://eventdesq.sportstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&EventDesqID=32829&OrgID=10499


2018 race info (2021 details tba)

9:45am: Girls 10 and under (1km)
9:55am: Boys 10 and under (1km)
10:05am: Girls 12 and under (2km)
10:15am: Boys 12 and under (2km)
10:30am: Girls 14 and under (3km)
10:45am: Boys 14 and under (3km)
11:00am: Masters Men 35-49 (6km - 2 x 3km laps)
11:20am: Masters Women 35+ (5km - 3km lap + 2km lap)
11:45am: Masters Men 50+ (6km - 2 x 3km laps)
12:15pm: Women under 20, women under 18 (4km - 2 x 2km laps)
12:30pm: Men under 20, men under 18 (5km - 3km lap + 2km lap)
12:45pm: Senior Women (5km - 3km lap + 2km lap)
1:20pm: Senior Men (9km - 3 x 3km laps)

Trip details 2018


Olympic has booked some accommodation at the Camellia Court Motel, 50 Tonga St which is not far from Spa Park.  There is a range of units from couples to families and groups of singles.  If you have any queries regarding the accommodation at the Camellia Court please email Brian Rusbridge at brusbrid@xtra.co.nz.


In terms of transport, there is a option of going up in vans organised by the club. Contact Brian.


The club dinner is on Saturday night at Dixie Browns. Please indicate your interest on when registering. This is self-funded, so all family and supporters are welcome to attend.

To go to the NIXC, please register here.

On this registration form as well as collecting information for your entry we also need to know if you wish to take up the following:

  • Team accommodation 
  • Team Travel by van 
  • The Club Dinner
  • If you are wanting to include your supporters in these, we need to know that too

Please note also that if you wish to be considered for selection in the Wellington team you must also complete the EOI form by the 9th June.

Further details