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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
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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.

Sunday, 10 Mar 2019: NZ Track and Field champs, day 3, Christchurch

NZ Track and Field champs, day 3

Further details

Sunday, 10 Mar 2019, 09:00 to 11:00: Hutt 5/10km Fun Run and Walk (1km option for under 10s), McEwan Park, Petone

Entry Fees:

Individuals: 10km & 5km Run and Walk –  $25

Teams: 5km – $75 (for teams of three)

Under 10 years: 1km Fun Run/Walk – $5

Entry Fees will increase from 1 March.  Enter before 28 February to avoid the price rise

The Hutt Fun Run and Walk is family friendly fun run and walk for people of all ages and abilities along the banks of the Hutt River and the course is suitable for baby strollers.

Organised by Hutt Valley Harriers, the Hutt Fun Run and Walk is a community event brought to you by Cummings Kilgariff & Co Realty with the support of Shoe Clinic  and Hutt City Council.

For those with a competitive edge, have a go at breaking the course record in the 10km run!  If you break the course record and are first over the line there is a cash prize for both men and women!

Further details

Saturday, 9 Mar 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, 9 Mar 2019, 13:45 to 15:00: Summer pack run / walk, Dry Creek Quarry, Belmont Regional Park
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 Dry Creek Quarry, Belmont Regional Park. You can find it here.



Saturday, 9 Mar 2019: NZ Track and Field champs, day 2, Christchurch

NZ Track and Field champs, day 2

Further details

Saturday, 9 Mar 2019: Tararua Mountain Race, Kaitoke to Otaki Forks

The Southern Crossing

This race traverses the Southern Crossing tramping route which is the classic Tararua route from Kaitoke to Otaki Forks, transforming the 3-day hard tramp into a 1-day mountain run of epic proportions.

The 35km event is defined by the weather conditions.  The Tararua Mountain Range is notoriously changeable environment, with high winds and low cloud being common for a 10km section of the race when above the bushline.  Extreme care is required.

Participants start the Southern Crossing in waves, depending on their estimated finish time, those aiming for a fast time start later in the morning.

In distance, the track is 35.4km and the total asccent is 2,250m.  The total descent is 2,475m.

The first part of the race, 16.43km to Alpha Hut, is the hardest, both physically and mentally.  Initially, the climb from Kaitoke is of moderate steepness and, if it hasn't rained too much, is reasonable good underfoot, although it tends to be a bit "clayey".  There is a short flattish section after about 6km which opens out for some great views, but after that you plunge back into the trees where there is deep mud, tree roots, steep ascents and the interminable Marchant Ridge, before you reach Alpha Hut, just at the break of the tree line.

From the check point at Alpha Hut the route is above the bush line and traverses various peaks and knobs to the highest and most exposed point at Mt Hector (1,529m).  After one more climb over Field Peak you reach Kime Hut, a total of 8.2km from Alpha Hut.  From there is a long and steep descent, of 10.8km, to the finish at Otaki Forks.

The descent involves initially a rocky track above the tree line which, once entering the bust at Field Hut, transforms into a mix of tree-roots and mud or slippery clay.  There are some good sections along here and it is all able to be run.

The finish at Otaki Forks, on the grassy flats of the Waiotaruru River, is reached after a short grass covered plateau followed by crossing the river over the foot bridge.

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