Hutt Valley Harriers
Newsletter Issue 3 - April 2016

 Novices, Presidents & Annie Huggan

This Saturday 16 April we have the first of our Club Competitions.  We will meet at the clubrooms first at 1:30pm for the SGM (see below) and a presentation on the Petone Sportsville.

The Novices Race is for all new members and Under 15's.  All competitors start on scratch.  The Under 15's running in this race have the choice of doing one, two or three laps.  Everyone else does three laps of the course.

The President's Race is for Junior Men, Senior Men, and Masters Men who have placed in an event in previous years.  This race is a handicapped race, with runners starting on a pre-determined handicap. All competitors run three laps of the course.  Slower runners start first with the faster runners staring later. Any woman who wishes to run the President's Race under a handicap instead of the Annie Huggan Race should let Club Captain Julia Baron know before the race.

The Annie Huggan Cup is for Junior Women, Senior Women, and Masters Women.  All runners start on scratch and complete three laps of the course.


Members are asked to be at the clubrooms by 1:30 pm for this meeting. The purpose of the SGM is to pass our annual accounts for the 2015 season and to ratify the annual subs for the 2016 season.

Following the SGM we will have a brief presentation on the Petone Sportsville, of which HVH is a member.


On Club Run days, please be at the club rooms at 1:30pm.  Announcements will be at 1:45pm and packs will head out at 2pm
Sat 16 April:  Special General Meeting at  the Clubrooms 1:30pm followed by Novices & Presidents Races (H)(C)
Sat 23 April:  Shaw Baton Relays – Battle Hill Farm Park, Paekakariki (I)
Sat 30 April:  Club Run (C) at Clubrooms also Wellington Mountain Running Champs at Wainuiomata
Sat 07 May:  University Relays – QEII Park, McKays Crossing entrance (I)

Read the April edition of Club Chat
Masters Women Age Grade
The results of our survey on whether or not you agree with the Wellington Centre changing the age for Masters Women to 40 are in:
54.5% of respondents were women, 45.5% were men
18.2% of respondents were in the 35-39 age group, 81.8% in the 40+ age groups
72.7% of respondents were opposed to the change in age for Masters Women
2016 Hutt Valley Harriers Members

First Aid

We have a first aid kit available at the club rooms. We know a number of members have completed first aid courses, and would like to keep a list of those who have a current first aid certificate at the club rooms.  If you are happy to volunteer to assist if required and would like to have your name included in this list please send us an email

On Clubrun days, HVH operates a free child minding service for parents.  We ask that before you leave your child you complete an information sheet providing the minder with details of your child.  Parents may leave their children with the minder from 1:30pm but must collect the as  soon as possible after their run and NO LATER than 3:30pm.  ALL children must be signed in and signed out by a parent.
Shaw Baton Relays, Battle Hill Farm Park,
Paekakariki Hill Road, Pauatahanui
Saturday 23 April 2016
1:00pm 4 runners per team: Senior Women (20-39), W40+ (Masters Women), Junior women/youth girls (W-U15 to W-U20)
1:50pm 1km fun run - scratch race (non relay - mass start) U10 (Boys and girls under 10)
2:00pm 4 runners per team: G-U14 (Girls Under 14) G-U12 (Girls Under 12) B-U14 (Boys Under 14) B-U12 (Boys Under 12) U14 (Mixed Under 14) U12 (Mixed Under 12)
2:50pm 6 runners per team: Senior Men (20-39), M40 (Masters Men 40+), O50 (Open Masters (men and women) 50+), junior men/youth boys (M-U15 to M-U20).

More details on Olympic Harriers website
Wellington Mountain Running Champs / Wainuiomata Classic
Saturday 30 April 2016

HVH is invited to participate in the Centre Mountain Running Champs.  HVH will pay the entry fees for any financial registered competitive runners.  The race schedule is available on the Wainuiomata Harrier website, along with the entry form and information about the days races.


Your Club Executive met on Monday 11 April.  The following is a brief update on topics discussed and decisions made.

Police Vetting: HVH has been accredited as an approved organisation for Police Vetting purposes.  This means that we now have the ability to have Police checks undertaken on designated role holders.  The Executive have identified that our coaches of our Under 15's and Juniors would be positions that we run through the Police Check process.

Dorne Cup / Club Cross Country Champs: This year's Dorne Cup will act as the Hutt Valley Harriers cross country championship.  This change is in response to the Centre Champs being held on Sunday and a number of our members indicating that they would not be racing on Sundays. The Executive have also agreed that this year's Dorne Cup, which is the 90th running of this event, will be run under the same rules as last year.  This means that the age grade for Masters Women will remain at 35, and that there will be NO long and short course option for runners.  This year's Dorne Cup is on Saturday 11 June 2016.

Duty Manager: This year we are introducing a Duty Manager on club run days.  We require members to volunteer to give one of their Saturday's to be the Duty Manager, particularly those members who make use of the Child Minding service.  The Duty Manager is responsible for ensuring that the toilets are stocked with toilet paper (supplied by the club) and has adequate soap and towels, the water cooler has adequate paper cups (supplied by the club) and spills are promptly mopped up.  The Duty Manager also provides support, should it be required, to the Child Minder, particularly if there are large numbers of children staying the clubrooms on club run days.

HVH Constitution Review.  The Executive are in the process of updating our club's constitution.  We would like to hear the views and comments of members on the proposed amended constitution. Review the amended Constitution and email your comment/feedback to the Club President
 by 31 August 2016.  The final proposed Constitution will be put to the AGM of the Club at the end of the current harrier season.  

Centre and Club Road Championships: The Wellington Centre Road Championships double as the HVH Road Championships. With the changes to Master Women age grade at Centre events, HVH will still be treating Masters Women as W35 for the purposes of our club championship.  This means that MW35-39 who wish to compete for the Club Championship will need to complete the long course at the Road Champs.  We will provide clarifying details closer to this event.

Training for Juniors:  We are looking at securing the services of a professional coach for our Under 20 competitive members this year.  Keep an eye out for more deails in future newsletters.

Pre-run and post-run exercises:  HVH will be trialing pre and post run exercises at clubruns this season, with the first of these taking place this weekend before the Novice, Presidents and Annie Huggan races.  These sessions will be lead by club member Chloe Thorne who runs her own personal training business - Training with Chloe.

Purchase your running gear from the Lower Hutt Shoe Clinic and say you are from Hutt Valley Harriers and 10% of the value of your purchase will be donated back to the club.
The Mad Butcher supports our club by providing  sausages for our BBQ. Club members can get their personal meat supplies from the Lower Hutt Mad Butcher at 91 High Street, Lower Hutt.
Pita Pit Petone supports our Under 15's by sponsoring our Runner of the Day cup.  Consider purchasing your next take away meal from Pita Pit.
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