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Sunday, 16 Oct 2022, 08:00 to 17:00: New Zealand Trail Running Championships, Crater Rim, Christchurch
New Zealand Trail Running Championships
Saturday, 15 Oct 2022, 13:30 to 15:00: Bernie Portenski Memorial open handicap race, St Timothy's Presbyterian Church, 16 Te Pene Ave, Titahi Bay

This is an annual handicap race in Titahi Bay and is an occasion to celebrate the end of the Harrier season and to commemorate Bernie Portenski. While Bernie was a staunch Scottish member, she trained with and supported many members from other clubs. The overall winner on handicap will hold the Bernie Portenski Memorial Trophy for a year.

We assemble at St Timothy's Presbyterian Church, 16 Te Pene Ave, Titahi Bay from about 1:30pm. Post-race we return to the church hall for an afternoon tea and prize-giving.

The race starts at 2:05pm on the beach in front of the surf club at Titahi Bay.

The race distance is 9.1km but with the mixed terrain (road, beach, grass) and the hill in the second half.

Also, please bring a plate to contribute to the afternoon tea.

Further details

Sunday, 9 Oct 2022, 07:00 to 13:00: Wairarapa Country Marathon, Makoura College, Masterton

Marathon, half marathon, 10km, 5km run and walk.

Wellington marathon champs and now also Wellington half marathon champs

Further details

Saturday, 8 Oct 2022, 13:30 to 15:00: Perston Baton Relay (club event), Karori Park

These are the details for 2021. Details for 2022 tba.

Club Relay & Walk

Our last club race of the winter season, before the season climax - the Road Relay Champs. Our handicapper forms relay teams of all ages and abilities including runners and walkers. Teams have to assign walking and running laps, and even get to choose which order they will do them in.

1pm Volunteers requested to help the Club Captain set up the course

1:30pm Register and get settled in your relay teams

As soon as we are ready after that - Race time!

Further details

Saturday, 1 Oct 2022, 08:00 to 17:00: New Zealand Road Relay Championships, Takahe to Akaroa, Christchurch
Updated 30 Jun 2022 at 11:07 am.

The climax of the winter season and the highlight of the year. 

Club accommodation has been booked; book your flights now and talk to your grade captain/manager or coach about teams.  


Further details

Saturday, 24 Sep 2022, 13:45 to 17:00: Club Run & Walk, Clubrooms, Waiora Hub

Meet at 1:45pm for a 2pm start.

Thinking of joining? Come along!

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

Sunday, 18 Sep 2022, 07:00 to 12:00: Hutt Marathon Events, Marine Parade, Petone

Back after being cancelled in 2021! 

A flat and scenic course along both sides of the Hutt River.

With plenty to choose from – including a 5km fun run, 10km, Half Marathon, Marathon and the Cool Kid’s Kilometre – this event offers something for everyone.  Regardless of speed, age and ability.

Further details

Sunday, 18 Sep 2022: New Zealand Half Marathon Champs, Cambridge
New Zealand Half Marathon Champs

Further details

Saturday, 17 Sep 2022, 13:45 to 17:00: Club Run & Walk, Clubrooms, Waiora Hub

Meet at 1:45pm for a 2pm start.

Thinking of joining? Come along!

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

Saturday, 10 Sep 2022, 13:45 to 16:00: Philp Shield (club event), Olympic clubrooms

These are the details for 2021. Details for 2022 tba. 

Club teams road race, various distances up to 5km. Teams are made up of all ages (juniors through to masters), with runners and walkers. Different team members run/walk different distances. The team with the lowest sum of finishing places wins. 

Time: 1:45 (at the clubrooms) for selection of teams.

Course: Alex Moore Park track/neighbouring footpaths.

Please bring a plate for afternoon tea afterwards.

Race rules...

1. Intro/summary:

The Philp Shield is a team event where participants compete in teams for the overall prize - the Philp Shield. Competitors compete in different 'subraces' of varying distances, against competitors from the other teams in that subrace. The overall team score is an aggregate of the scores of the individuals. The event is based on a circuit of about 1.6km, so that 2 laps are 3.3km and 3 laps 5km.

2. Subraces:

The event consists of 'subraces' where a subrace has a distance and category (e.g. run/walk/child run). For example: 1 lap walk, half lap child, 1 lap run, 2 laps run, 3 laps run. The Race Organiser
determines the subraces on the day, depending on who is registered to compete. The event should have at least one 1-lap run subrace, one 2-lap run subrace and a 3-lap run subrace.

3. Registration:

Participants should register their activity (run or walk) when they sign up for the event. The Race Organiser may need to change these, in advance and with the competitor's agreement, to make the teams work.

4. Teams:

The Race Organiser determines the subraces that the event includes, and the number of competitors from each team that should do each subrace (e.g. 1 person doing 1 lap walk, 2 people doing 1 lap run, 2 people doing 2 laps run, 1 person doing 3 laps run). The Race Organiser splits participants into teams with the appropriate number in each (e.g. 6 members). Each team will nominate which team members do which subraces, so that each member is doing the activity they signed up for, and the number doing each distance is correct as specified by the organiser.

If the number of competitors doesn't fit evenly into the teams then an additional team member may be added to some teams

5. Scoring:

Each finisher will earn points for their team, equal to their finishing position in the subrace in which they are competing. The team's points is the sum of its members points. If there is an extra member in the team then the placegetter receives a score but that score does not count in the team total. The winning team is the one with the lowest score. In the case of a tie, a count-back is to be
used, based on the lowest best place in the team (and if they were also the same, the lowest second place, etc).--



Sunday, 4 Sep 2022, 08:00 to 17:00: New Zealand Road Race Championships, NZCIS Campus, Upper Hutt
New Zealand Road Race Championships
Sunday, 4 Sep 2022: New Zealand Road Race champs, NZCIS campus, Upper Hutt
New Zealand Road Race champs
Saturday, 3 Sep 2022, 13:45 to 17:00: Club Run & Walk, Clubrooms, Waiora Hub

Meet at 1:45pm for a 2pm start.

Thinking of joining? Come along!

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

Saturday, 27 Aug 2022, 13:45 to 17:00: Club Run & Walk, Clubrooms, Waiora Hub

Meet at 1:45pm for a 2pm start.

Thinking of joining? Come along!

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

Saturday, 20 Aug 2022, 12:30 to 16:00: Wellington Road Running Champs (interclub event) and Olympic Road Running Champs, Reservoir Road (Whitcher Rd, off Moores Valley Rd), Wainuiomata

These are the details for 2021. Details for 2022 tba.

Athletics Wellington Road Championships, incorporating Olympic Harriers Club Road Championships.


The races are held in the Wainuiomata Recreation Area. Enter from Moores Valley Road and turn into Whitcher Grove which leads to Reservoir Road.

Course Description

An out and back road race using a 1.25km stretch of road that is closed to public traffic. There is a hill on one side and a river on the other side. The course is largely sheltered from wind. There is a grassy area for club tents close to the start/finish area. Weather conditions are usually cool at this time of year. Please be advised that members of the public are free to walk through the area, they will be advised to stay on the path beside the road. In addition, emergency vehicles, Wellington Water, and the Ranger may need to drive up the road between races, or in the case of an emergency, during a race. Competitors must make way if this is the case.

Covid-19 - Level One

  • Competitors and spectators are to stay at home if feeling unwell.
  • On arrival, spectators and competitors are encouraged to use the Covid-19 App to sign in.
  • Hygiene practices to be adhered to, washing of hands and use of hand sanitizer.
  • Competitors advised that spitting is not allowed.

Covid-19 - Level Two

Additional information and a revised race schedule will be sent out closer to the event if it looks likely that we will be at Level 2. The races will still go ahead.


The event is open to any athlete registered in the Athletes NZ ClubNet database as “Competitive” and “Active and Financial” as at 11.59pm on Thursday 19 August 2021. Registered athletes from other centres are welcome at this event. They will need to email Daryl, daryl@fedude.co.nz by Thursday 19 August, 5:00pm. If you have already received a bib at the Vosseler, Dorne Cup or Cross Country Champs, you MUST use the same bib. Bibs will be available for collection at the Wainuiomata Harriers Truck for those people who have recently registered. Replacement bibs will be available to collect for those people who forget or have lost their bib. Allow plenty of time. Race Numbers must be worn on the front of club  singlets.

Entry Fees

Athletics Wellington clubs will be invoiced after the event for the competitors who finish: $12.00 for all competitors aged 20+, $7.50 for all competitors under 20. The entry fee for fully registered athletes from other centres will be $15 payable on the day when picking up their pre-registered temporary race bib from the Truck.

Championship Events for Masters and Seniors:

  • 10km Championship distance: SW, MW35-49, SM, MM35-49, MM50-59.
  • 5km Championship distance: MW50-59, MW60-69, MW70+, MM60-69 MM70+

Competitors Running out of Grade

Any Senior or Master runner who wishes to enter a distance other than their championship distance must email daryl@fedude.co.nz by Thursday 19 August, 5:00pm. Please send the following details; Name, Club, Race Bib Number, Grade and Distance you are running, 5km or 10km. If you are a masters runner and wish to run in a “higher” championship grade (eg. a master wishing to enter the senior race, or a W50 wishing to enter the W35 10km race), please also let Daryl know this.

Age Grades

For all grades, except Masters, ages are at 31st December 2021. For Masters’ grades, ages are age on the day.

  • U20 = 18 or 19 at end of this year.
  • U18 = 16 or 17 at end of this year.
  • U16 = 14 or 15 at end of this year.
  • U14 = 12 or 13 at end of this year.
  • U12 = 10 or 11 at end of this year.
  • U10 = 9 or younger at year end.

Teams and Medals

Open and Masters championship grades: 6 to count for Open Men. 4 to count for all other grades. Masters can count for both their club’s Masters and Open teams. Junior Grades: 3 to count for all junior age grades, WU20 and WU18 to be combined. 

Centre medals will be awarded for the first 3 registered Wellington Centre athletes in each grade. Season medals will be distributed to clubs at a later date. Medals will be given out as soon as provisional results become available. Note final results might not be available on the day of the event.

Club Tents

There is space for club tents at the start finish area. We ask that if your club is bringing a tent, that it be brought onto the course by 12:00pm.


There is parking either at the course, down by the clubrooms at Richard Prouse Park or at the end of Hine Road. Parking spaces are limited, especially if wet. Car-pooling is encouraged as is the use of the car-park at the end of Hine Road or at Richard Prouse Park if you are arriving late.


Refreshments will be for sale at the tent area by the start/finish line. Please bring cash.

Toilet facilities

There will be 4 portaloos at the entrance to the site. There are also toilets situated next to the clubrooms at Richard Prouse Park.

Race times and distances:

  • Race 1: 12:30pm: Junior Men U20 (7.5km - 3 loops of 2.5km); MM60-69 and 70+, MW50-59, 60-69 and 70+, WU20, WU18, MU18, men 20-59 non-championship, women 20-49 non-championship (5km - 2 loops of 2.5km)
  • Race 2: 1:10pm : Girls U10, Boys U10 (1km - 1 loop of 1km)
  • Race 3: 1:20pm: Girls U12, Boys U12 (2km - 2 loops of 1km)
  • Race 4: 1:40pm: Girls U16, Boys U16 (3.5km - 1 loop of 1km and 1 loop of 2.5km)
  • Race 5: 2:10pm: Girls U14, Boys U14 (2.5km - 1 loop of 2.5km)
  • Race 6: 2:30pm: SM, SW, MM35-49 , MW35-39, MM50-59, W50+ non-champ, M60+ non-champ (10km - 4 laps of 2.5km)
Saturday, 20 Aug 2022: New Zealand Mountain Running Champs, Deer Park Heights, Queenstown

Uphill course

Further details

Saturday, 13 Aug 2022: Needle Road Relay (Wellington Relay Champs) 5 laps / 21km, Evans Bay Marina carpark (Zephyrometer)

Details below are for 2021. Details for 2022 tba.

The Needle Relay replaces the Bays Relay, and takes place around a central hub: the Wind Needle (Zephyrometer), situated on the corner of Cobham Drive and Evans Bay Parade.

The races 

There are three distinct events, open to both registered and social members of clubs: the Walkers' Turkey Trot; the Children’s Needle Relay, and the Needle Relay. Each event starts on the footpath by the wind needle and runners and walkers remain on the footpath at ALL times and no headphones or earphones worn while competing

10:30 am: Walkers' Turkey Trot (5km walk for all ages). Walk north on the footpath besides Evans Bay Parade for 2.5km, turning around at the city end of Weka Bay. Walkers estimate their time with the winners being those closest to the estimated time. No watches or phones allowed! Enter on the day

12:00pm: Children’s Needle Relay (10-13 years of age). 4 runners per team, each running the same 1.6km lap. Teams are made up of any mix of boys and girls. 1.6km lap: Run south to east on the footpath along Cobham Drive for 0.8km, turning at the positioned marshal.

1:00pm: Needle Relay (Junior Women U20 Junior Men U20 Senior Women Senior Men Masters Women 35+ Masters Men 35+ Masters Women 50+ Masters Men 50+ Masters Men 60+ Composite/Mixed - can be mixed ages, gender, and clubs). Five runners per team, running a mix of 5km and 3km laps that total 21km. The 10 age grades run together, making for a compact and competitive day of racing.

Laps 1, 3, and 5 (5km): Run north on the footpath beside Evans Bay Parade for 2.5km, turning around at the city end of Weka Bay. Runners stay on the footpath and run around the outside of Cog Park, NOT on the limestone path through the park.

Laps 2 and 4 (3km): Run east on the footpath beside Cobham Drive for 1.5km. The turnaround is about 200m past the main airport roundabout.

  • Age grades as at 31 December 2021, except Masters where age is as at 14th August 2021.
  • All competitors, apart from those in the Children’s Relay, must be at least 14 years of age.
  • Prizegiving will be held after each event, with medals awarded to the first team in each grade.


  • Each relay team is allocated a specific baton which must be collected from the tent at Race HQ from one hour before the race start (the baton number will be independent from the bib number).
  • Batons are fitted with timing chips and must only be used by the team it has been assigned to.
  • Batons must be returned at the end of the relay in the bins provided near the start/finish area. Athletics Wellington will charge clubs for unreturned batons.


The relay is organised by the Wellington Harrier Athletic Club Inc. and is held under Athletics New Zealand rules. All competitors compete at their own risk. Team captains must attend a race briefing at the start/finish area 15 minutes before the start of the race, and are responsible for ensuring all team members understand the race rules and procedures.

(a) RACE HQ:
On the grass by the Wind Needle There is limited parking available in the marina carpark by the Wind Needle. Participants and spectators are encouraged to carpool and to park in and around Kilbirnie. Toilets are available but there is no water or shelter (there is limited space for club tents on the grass area) so come prepared. First aid will be provided by Wellington Free Ambulance, stationed in the marina car park.

Competitors must run on the footpath at ALL times, staying left as much as possible. Footpaths are open to the public so competitors must be courteous to other users. Do not step onto the road under any circumstances, including if passing another runner or members of the public. Competitors and spectators must follow all instructions from the Race Referee, Race Marshals, Police Officers and Council Officers at all times. Marshals will be posted at any points along the course where cars enter and exit, and runners must stop if directed by marshals to do so.

Runners must wear club uniform, with the allocated race bib worn clearly on the front of their singlet.

All team members must run with their team’s allocated baton in their hand for the duration of their lap, before passing to the next runner within the allocated changeover zone. Next lap runners must enter the changeover area via the designated waiting pen, and only enter the changeover area once they see their incoming runner. There are two pens for the 21km relay: the city side is for runners on laps 2 and 4 and the airport side is for runners on laps 3 and 5.

If a runner cannot complete their lap, they can be replaced by another member of the team. Any replacement must be notified to officials at Race HQ. Any notified replacements will result in a 7 minute penalty, while unnotified replacements will result in team disqualification.

(f) OTHER RULES No runner may run more than one lap for any A &/or B team across all grades and races. There is to be no pacing of runners as defined in Athletics NZ Road Relay regulations, and no headphones or earphones worn while competing.

IAAF Competition Rules 146 covers protests and appeals. Any protest must be made to the Race Referee within 30 minutes of the finish of the race. Any appeal must be made to the Race Director.

(h) PENALTIES (added to the runner’s time and the team’s overall time)

  • (i) Running on the road 2 minutes
  • (ii) Second infringement of running on the road for a team (including by Disqualification the same runner)
  • (iii) Pacing 2 minutes
  • (iv) Wearing headphones or earphones 2 minutes
  • (v) Changing baton outside change zone (added to incoming runner’s time) 1 minute
  • (vi) Notified replacement 7 minutes
  • (vii) Unnotified replacement Disqualification


  • Children’s 6.4km relay: 1.6km lap, for both boys and girls, and team total. A boy or a girl is only eligible for a lap record if the runner’s gender is specified on the team information sheet.
  • 21km relay: 3km lap, 5km lap and team total for each of the 10 grades. A runner competing for a team in another grade (for example, a W35 competing in SW team) is only eligible for the age-grade lap record if the runner’s age grade is specified on the team information sheet.

(j) COVID-19
Spectators may register their presence at the event by scanning Wellington Harrier’s event specific QR code at the Race HQ. 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. If alert levels change, we will adopt that level’s requirements. 

Saturday, 6 Aug 2022, 13:45 to 17:00: Club Run & Walk, Clubrooms, Waiora Hub

Meet at 1:45pm for a 2pm start.

Thinking of joining? Come along!

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

Saturday, 30 Jul 2022, 13:45 to 17:00: Club Run & Walk, Clubrooms, Waiora Hub

Meet at 1:45pm for a 2pm start.

Thinking of joining? Come along!

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

Saturday, 30 Jul 2022, 08:00 to 17:00: New Zealand Cross Country Championships, Spa Park, Taupo
Updated 30 Jun 2022 at 11:04 am.

Other details (incl. course map) to come.