Hutt Valley Harriers
Newsletter Issue 2 - April 2016

2016 Registrations Open

Registrations for the 2016 Harrier season are now open.  New and returning members should complete an online registration form by the end of April 2016. Registration fees can be paid online or at one of the Club Run days during April.  Details of the registration fees and club bank account are on our website.

CLUB RUN from HVH Clubrooms on Saturday 9 April.  Please meet at the clubrooms by 1:30pm


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 09:  Club Run (C) at Clubrooms

Sat 16:  Special General Meeting at  the Clubrooms 1:30pm followed by Novices & Presidents Races (H)(C)

Sat 23:  Shaw Baton Relays – Battle Hill Farm Park, Paekakariki (I)

Sat 30:  Club Run (C) at Clubrooms also Wellington Mountain Running Champs at Wainuiomata in the morning

Under 15's going through their paces on 2016 Opening Day
We want your views on Athletics Wellington's change to the age for SW and MW.   The Centre wants SW to be 20 to 39 with MW age starting at 40.  Complete the survey tdoay.


Pack running is harrier running.  You may be a new member or an old member. But for everyone the key to an enjoyable run on club days is a good pack run.

Put yourself in the role of Pack Leader (this may just happen one day – if it hasn’t already). Where would you go?  What pace would you run? What would you do if someone suffered an injury? Hopefully the following suggestions will provide some answers.

A good pack stays together – this means not just for 40 minutes of a 1 hour run.  The idea of a pack run is to run at the pace of your companions, so it may be a little slower than normal.  Don’t worry, this gives you an excuse to chat!  Occasionally a pack will split into more than one group.  If this occurs, the designated pack leader should delegate responsibility to other members to look after the sub-packs.  And if you feel the need to sprint off the front for the last km of a pack run, perhaps you should consider a time trial instead.

Take care at road crossings – the pack leader should ensure road crossings are done in a safe place (preferably at a pedestrian crossing or over-bridge/underpass). In most cases, the best approach is to stop and re-gather the group, and cross as one.

Pace – Choose a pack that you think you will be able to stick with for the duration of the run.  There’s a no point joining a 4min/km pack if your race pace is 4:30min/km.  If in doubt, be conservative and choose a slower pack that you think you normally might.  You can always go with the faster group next week.  There’s nothing worse than being left behind!  A good pack leader leads from the back.  Or to put it another way, the group should run at the pace of its slowest member.

Leader of the pack – your job is to be the good shepherd, and look after your pack.

·         Make sure that they cross roads safely

·         Let them know where you are going

·         Before you set out, how fast will you be going? Will there be hills? Off or on-road?

·         Think about leading from the back. This will ensure that you don’t leave anyone behind.

·         Stop from time to time to re-group.  This will help everyone stay together and enjoy the run.

·         If the pack is splitting into groups of different pace, try to identify some to lead the breakaway group.

·         If an injury occurs, use common sense. Be prepared to stay behind with the injured runner and help them get assistance.

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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