17 May 2018




The Rotorua Marathon was once again a fantastic festival of running and walking with over 5000 taking part in all the distances at the iconic event. Two new champions were crowned. Alice Mason has won the half marathon at Rotorua previously and this year stepped up to win the full marathon, moving into 14th place on the women’s fastest times list. Read on to find out more about the men’s winner.

In this issue of Athletics in Action we talk to Maddison Wesche about her path to this year’s World U20 Championships in Finland and we catch up with javelin thrower Ben Langton Burnell for our “Five minutes with …” segment. We also chat with Blair McWhirter following his maiden NZ championship win at Rotorua Marathon.

The winter season is in full swing just now with lots of big cross country events coming up soon including the NZ Secondary Schools Champs in Taupo, North and South Island Champs and NZ Champs in Wellington, so get amongst it!



Wesche working towards World U20 Champs 

Shot putter Maddi Wesche could be one of New Zealand’s stand out performers at the World U20 Championships in July. Steve Landells chats to the modest Aucklander about her development and future ambitions.
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Rotorua Marathon

The 54th Rotorua Marathon was a huge hit with increased numbers across all distances, perfect running conditions and a new scenic half marathon course. This year it also doubled as the 2018 New Zealand Marathon Championships which meant national titles were fought for from elite through to masters age grades.
Check out Rotorua Marathon Full Results and the New Zealand Marathon Championships Results or the Start and Finish livestreams  
Find out more 


Club Connect 2018

Athletics NZ’s annual club conference – Club Connect will be held in Wellington this year, on Saturday 4 August. This is the day before the New Zealand Cross Country, so there will be lots of club people in town that weekend. The Club Connect programme is designed specifically to assist and support clubs to improve what they do and provide great services to their members. We’d like to see every club represented by at least 1 person at Club Connect this year. Check out the 2018 Club Connect page for more information and to register.


2018 AGM

The Annual General Meeting of Athletics NZ will take place on Saturday 4 August in Wellington following on from Club Connect and the day before the NZ Cross Country Championships. Clubs should arrange to have a representative at the AGM. Registration can be completed in the
Club Connect page
AGM information  


Member Benefits

One of the advantages of belonging to an Athletics NZ affiliated club, and automatically becoming a member of Athletics NZ, is that you and your family can access the Athletics NZ Member Benefits  programme. The programme can save you money on travel, accommodation, rental cars, insurance, sports gear, sports medical products and more, just by being a member of your local athletics club. We feature some of our Member Benefits Partners below.

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Executive Travel offers a personalised service delivered 24/7 utilising state-of-art technology with traveller safety always top of mind. We employ the best in the business with the expertise and knowledge to cover all your travel needs from start to finish and back. Athletics NZ members will receive contracted discounts on applicable published airfares on Air New Zealand when attending events or conferences endorsed by Athletics NZ.


Planning a journey to an event soon or maybe a holiday? Does your group have rental vans sorted for upcoming events in 2018 yet?
Remember that Athletics New Zealand members receive a 15% discount on Hertz Rentals.
Find out more.


Previous issues of AiA

If you are new to Athletics in Action and would like to check out some previous issues, head to Athletics in Action


What's next?

June 2018
16      NZ Sec Schools Cross Country     Taupo

August 2018
4        Club Connect Conference            Wellington
4        Athletics NZ AGM                        Wellington
NZ Cross Country Champs          Wellington

September 2018
2        NZ Road Race Champs               Cambridge
9        NZ Half Marathon Champs           Dunedin

October 2018
6       NZ Road Relay Champs             Christchurch
6       NZ 24 hour Champs                       



About Athletics in Action

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McWhirter's persistence rewarded with title

Recently appointed New Zealand Marathon champion Blair McWhirter was a comparatively late-starter to running. However, as Steve Landells discovered, the Sumner Running Club athlete is more than making up for lost time.
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Five Minutes With Ben Langton Burnell

Ben Langton Burnell is currently New Zealand’s javelin number one. Here the 2017 World Championship and 2018 Commonwealth Games athlete answers our Five Minutes With posers.
Read more


International Notes

After two rounds if the IAAF Diamond League (Doha and Shanghai), we’ve had just one Kiwi athlete in action. Dame Valerie Adams competed in Shanghai last weekend picking up 8th place. Coming up soon, we'll see World Shot Put Champion Tom Walsh headlining a stellar men’s shot put field at the Prefontaine Classic next weekend in Eugene. Eliza McCartney will also be competing in upcoming Diamond League meets and Nick Willis could be in action later in the season.

The World Racewalking Team Championships in Taicang, China saw two Kiwis in action with Alana Barber performing outstandingly to improve her NZ 20km record, while Quentin Rew got a top 10 finish in the men’s 50km race.

Vanuatu was the venue for the Melanesian Championships with a number of Kiwis striving for places in the Oceania team for the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires. Dominic Overend took out a very good sprint double, Connor Bell won the discus and Kayla Goodwin extended the NZ U18 & U19 triple jump records with a big PB to win the event. Cody House (long jump), Murdoch McIntyre (steeplechase), Charli Miller (800m  and steeplechase) and Hannah O’Connor (3000m) picked up top three placings.

And finally, Sam McCutcheon and Mel Aitken were in action at the World 85km Trail Championships in Spain.

For more information about these results, check out our latest two Weekly Roundup issues.
Weekly Roundup 14 May  
Weekly Roundup 7 May  
To get the Weekly Roundup emailed to you each Monday, subscribe from the front page of the Athletics NZ website 


New Regulations proposed

Athletics NZ revised its Constitution some years ago and have just have undertaken a secondary project to revise and update the Regulations to better align with the Constitution as well as responding to changing legal and sport requirements.  As a consequence we have now completely revised the Regulations for the consideration of our Membership.
The process for changing Regulations includes a period of 50 days consultation on any proposed changes.  We therefore invite Members to consider the set of
Consultation Draft Regulations  
We welcome feedback and comment on these draft Regulations by no later than 5pm on Wednesday 4 July, 2018.  We will consider the feedback and the Athletics NZ Board will formally agree the final Regulations which will take effect.


Chair Stepping Down

Athletics NZ Chair Annette Purvis will be stepping down from the Athletics NZ Board at the August AGM after an outstanding stint at the helm of the organisation. Annette has been a member of the Board since 2004 and its Chair since 2006.
Read more 


Board Vacancies

Applications are invited for Board Members for Appointed and Elected positions on the Board of Athletics New Zealand. One appointed and two elected positions are to be filled this year. Sounds like you or someone you know? Check out the Appoint Better Boards information. 


High Performance Topics

Recent updates from the HP Department:
World Mountain Running Champs Team    
Team Management vacancies   
Oceania CE Championships   
2018 World U20 Champs team announced   
You can check out all the latest updates from our High Performance team HERE


New Pathway to Podium Programme intake

The 2018 Pathway to Podium (P2P) selections have been finalised. To find out more about the programme at see who is in the squad for check out  Pathway to Podium
This weekend the new edition of P2P kicks off with a camp in Auckland for the 26 athletes and their coaches.


Official Chat

NOC vacancy
Each year there is a vacancy for a position on the Athletics NZ National Officials Committee (NOC).  Applications close 31 May.
NOC position details and application form 


Where to find what you need

We have a lot of information for members and fans, it can sometimes seem a little daunting to locate what you want on our website, so here are some quick links:


Are you up to date?

We want to keep all our members and fans right up to date with all the important news and happenings in the sport. Check out the latest offerings:
   Weekly Roundup (new)
   Club Chat Newsletter
   Athletics NZ website (updated)
   Athletics NZ High Performance (updated)
   Athletics NZ Rankings & Records (updated)






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