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Sunday, 2 Jun 2019: NZ Marathon Championships, Christchurch

NZ Marathon Championships

Further details

Saturday, 1 Jun 2019, 13:45 to 16:00: Combined social run / walk with Hutt valley Harriers, Hutt Valley Harriers Clubrooms, Petone Recreation Ground, Udy St

Every year we have a combined run or race with our friends from HVH - this year its their turn to host.

There is a runour that they might even be offering a beer mile race for those inclined to participate - it should be an amusing spectator event if nothing else!

Help out by bringing a plate of food to share afterwards.

Sunday, 26 May 2019, 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, 25 May 2019, 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 (will update once 2019 info is available):

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.

Further details

Saturday, 18 May 2019, 13:45 to 17:00: Club run / walk - from the clubrooms, Olympic Harriers Clubrooms, Alex Moore Park

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!

Saturday, 11 May 2019, 12:00 to 16:00: University Relays (interclub event) & Chocolate Walking Race, QEII Park, Mackay's Crossing
Updated 1 Apr 2019.

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 2019 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.

::[Course map]::

Saturday, 4 May 2019, 13:45 to 17:00: Club run / walk - from the clubrooms, Olympic Harriers Clubrooms, Alex Moore Park

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!

Saturday, 4 May 2019, 08:00 to 12:00: Rotorua Marathon (NZ Marathon Champs), Rotorua

Rotorua Marathon (NZ Marathon Champs)

Further details

Saturday, 27 Apr 2019, 13:00 to 16:00: Shaw Baton Relays (interclub event), Battle Hill Farm Park, Paekakariki Hill Road, Pauatahanui
Updated 4 Apr 2019.

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.


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, 20 Apr 2019, 13:45 to 17:00: Club run / walk - from the clubrooms, Olympic Harriers Clubrooms, Alex Moore Park

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!

Saturday, 13 Apr 2019, 13:00 to 16:30: NZ and Wellington Mountain Running Champs, Wainuiomata
Updated 1 Apr 2019.

Instead of a club run, we are encouraging all members - juniors, seniors and masters - to join in the Wellington Mountain Running Champs.

We won Queen Club of the Mountain title last year, and our kids won us the Prince and Princesses Club of the Mountain Title. Let's see if we can get the men's title back!

This is also a great chance to support Wainui Harriers - another small club with an awesome supportive social feel.

2019 info from Wainui Harriers:

Runners 16 and over can enter the NZ Champs which also gives automatic entry to Wellington Champs if you are a wellington based runner. if you don't wish to enter the NZ Champs but wish to just enter the Wgtn Champs, you can also do this for a lower entry fee.

Runners Under 16 can enter Wellington champs only as there are no NZ champs for U16.

Entries must be made online this year and entries close 1 week before the race. They are made through athletics NZ and require a login. You don't want to leave this to the last minute as remembering passwords and logins can be problematic for many of us. Also you need to pay online so if this is an issue for you, you may need to sort this with a friend paying for you with their card. The close off entry time is Sunday 7 April at midnight, the race is on Saturday 13 April. Many people like to leave entering to the last minute for all sorts of reasons, don't leave it too late, we are sorry we can't make the deadline later and we can't have on the day entries due to NZ Champs requirements and the need to have accurate systems in place for the day.

Course has a new finish area. we finish down on the flat so you run to the bottom of the hill and turn left up the footpath to a flat reserve, so no finish on the steep downhill section. Otherwise the course is the same.

Age Grades have changed for 2019 for all Harriers events. We now have 2 year age grades for those not yer seniors. For this event, U18 and U20 are a combined U20 age grade, then U16, U14, U12 and U10. And age must be taken as how old you will be at the end of this year, so if you will be 16 at the end of the year, you will be in the U20/U18 race, if you are 14 or 15 at the end of the year you will be in the U16 race, etc. Senior and Masters are as usual with masters being age on race day.

If you have already entered, great! We hope you and all our Wellington Clubs support this event with it being a NZ Champs. We have kept prices considerably lower than what is usually paid by people to do a National event. Events are always better when you have lots of people to compete with.

We hope to see you on the 13th April.

Further details

Sunday, 7 Apr 2019: Porirua Grand Traverse, Porirua

Multisport event - kayak, mountain bike and mountain run. Do an individual leg, a duathlon or the full event individually or as a team.

Further details

Saturday, 6 Apr 2019, 12:00 to 15:00: Maiden and Perston club races, and official opening of the harrier season, Grenada North Park


1200: Help set up course

1400: First race (kids)


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.

Further details

Saturday, 30 Mar 2019, 13:45 to 17:00: Club run / walk - from the clubrooms (Don't forget Welly 5000m champs are on at Newtown Park!), Olympic Harriers Clubrooms, Alex Moore Park

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!

We will have a group of runners competing in the Wellington 5000m champs at Newtown Park - this is the last event of the 2018/19 season. Come along and cheer them on after the club run.

Saturday, 30 Mar 2019: Final club meet and Wellington 5000m Wellington champs, Newtown Park

Details tbc

Sunday, 24 Mar 2019, 10:00 to 12:00: Team YIP Johnsonville 5km Walk & Run, Alex Moore Park, Johnsonville

Come take part in this community fun run/walk to raise money for a covered outdoor area at Raroa Intermediate School.

We encourage as many members as we can to enter - this will be a great recruiting opportunity in our area. WEAR YOUR CLUB GEAR!

Further details

Saturday, 23 Mar 2019: Club Meet B, Newtown Park

Details tbc

Saturday, 23 Mar 2019, 13:45 to 16:00: Olympic Introduction Day - Start of the winter season, Clubrooms, Alex Moore Park

This is it! The start of the harriers season for 2019 in Wellington's northern suburbs! New and returning members are invited to come along to welcome in the new year of running.

Our club gets people of all ages off the couch and into the outdoors every week. Whether its a cross country race across farmland, a road run through suburbs you've never explored, laps on the track, or a trail run in the great outdoors, we do it. If running isn't your thing or seems intimidating, we have walkers that take part in all those same activities. Age is no barrier - our oldest members are in their 80s and fighting fit.

Based from our clubrooms at Alex Moore Park, Johnsonville, our Introduction Day will have running and walking packs for all fitness levels. We will also have calendars for the year, an opportunity to meet with coaches, and will talk through the season coming up.

Whatever your motivation, whether it's simply to get fitter and healthier, or to get faster and stronger, we will be able to help you achieve your goals.

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

Further details

Thursday, 21 Mar 2019: Sir Graeme Douglas International Track Meet, Waitakere, Auckland

Sir Graeme Douglas International Track Meet

Further details

Saturday, 16 Mar 2019, 13:45 to 15:00: Summer pack run / walk, Otari - Wilton's Bush
Updated 28 Feb 2019.

Our awesome summer runs take us out to different scenic parts of Wellington every weekend.

This week we are heading to Otari-Wilton's Bush. Meet at the bottom carpark opposite Blackbridge Rd.

Afterwards head over to Ruth's for refreshments: 10 Malda Grove, Khandallah.


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