19 September 2020

Reservoir Road, Wainuiomata

2020 results and photos

Offical results Wellington Road Champs 2020

Rowan Greig’s photos and race write-up

Sharon Wray’s photos:

Before the race

The Athletics Wellington Road Championships on 19 September 2020 will be held while the region is under the Government’s Alert Level 2 restrictions.

The following operating procedures for the Championships have been prepared in accordance with Government rules around open air mass participation events together with guidance from Ministry of Health and Sport NZ publications.

The procedures are set out under 3 sections:

1. Contact tracing

So we have an accurate list of who is at the Championships, should contact tracing subsequently be required, all athletes must enter online with their contact details and sign in when entering the course.

  • All athletes must enter online by Thursday evening.
  • Registration will allow us:
    • to capture contact details should Covid19 contact tracing subsequently be required to provide contact details to the Ministry of Health if required
    • classify athletes into the correct grade for results purposes
    • ensure gathering numbers don’t exceed 100
  • No entries will be taken on the day at the event
  • If you enter, then subsequently decide not to attend, please notify:
  • Entry priority will be given to members of Athletics Wellington clubs. If you are from a club outside of Wellington and wish to race, please contact Daryl daryl@fedude.co.nz
  • All athletes and officials must report to the Registration Desk to confirm their attendance:
    • the Desk will be located at the (only) entrance to the designated course area.
    • The course area starts by the road gate at the end of the carpark. Portaloos will also be located here
    • the Desk will open 45min prior to the start of each race
    • athletes will have a race number written on their hand
    • a Covid19 QR tracer code will be available for scanning
    • hand sanitiser will be available

2. Four separate races

In order to limit gathering numbers to 100, the Championships will be divided up into 4 races:

  • 10.30am 10km (for 40min+ runners)
  • 12.30pm 5km (W50+, M60+, U20, U18, U16)
  • 1.45pm 2.5km (U14, U12, U10)
  • 2.45pm 10km (for sub 40min runners)

Athletes are not to enter the course (beyond the registration desk) more than 30min before the start time of their race. This will avoid co-mingling of different races.

On completion of the race, race numbers will be recorded and then athletes are to exit the course.

Warm ups / warm downs are to be done on the road from the carpark back towards Wainui, ie outside of the designated course area. (But the course can be used for warm ups within 30min of start time).

The carpark is not part of the designated course area, but you are still requested not to mingle in the carpark area with athletes who are in a different race from you.

The split of the 10km race between sub 40min and over 40min pace is only a guide; athletes can choose which race they want to do according to their start time preference.

Results from the two 10km races will be combined into one set of championship results.

Note the championship distances for junior grades are as listed above, and in most cases do differ from the distance if the championships were being held at Level 1.

There will be no prizegiving, but championship medals will be posted out afterwards.

The course is closed to spectators / coaches / supporters. Athletes and officials only please.

3. Personal responsibility

We are fortunate that we are able to race, but it does rely on everyone playing their part and “doing the right thing”, so everyone stays safe and healthy. Therefore please exercise common sense and good personal hygiene:

  • If you, or someone you are in close contact with, have symptoms of cold or flu, are unwell or who are waiting on test results for Covid19 please do not attend the event
  • Regularly wash / sanitise hands
  • Don’t enter the designated course area more than 30min before your start time
  • Practical physical distancing before and after the race
  • Exit the course promptly after your race
  • Don’t mingle in the carpark area with athletes who are in a different race from you
  • Don’t gather on the start line until called to the line by the starter.
  • Stick to the course, ie run in right hand lane (the course will have minimal cones and referees)
  • No shaking hands / hugs / spitting / nose clearing
  • No spectators / coaches / supporters.

For more details

  • Todd Stevens Athletics Wellington XC&R Chair todd.stevens@pwc.com 021781238
  • Daryl Bloomfield Entries / Results daryl@fedude.co.nz
  • Alan Carman Race Director alan.carman@wgc.school.nz


The races are held in the Wainuiomata Recreation Area. Enter from Moores Valley Road and turn into Whitcher Grove which leads to Reservoir Road.

Course description

An out and back road race using a 1.25km stretch of road that is closed to public traffic. There is a hill on one side and a river on the other side. The course is largely sheltered from wind. There is a grassy area for club tents close to the start/finish area. Weather conditions are usually cool at this time of year.


Entry is only open to registered athletes who are marked as financial members. Registered athletes from other centres are welcome at this event. They will need to email Daryl, daryl@fedude.co.nz by Thursday 17 September, 5:00pm.

However, only competitive members of an Athletics Wellington club will eligible for championship medals and to count in teams races.

Social members can compete in a recreation category. However they must notify Todd Stevens (todd.stevens@pwc.com) and pay an additional $10 entry fee direct to Athletics Wellington by 17 September (deposit into 031-540-0009238-00).

Competitive athletes from other centres are welcome. They are to email their entry to Daryl Bloomfield (daryl@fedude.co.nz) by 17 September and pay the $12 entry fee direct to Athletics Wellington (deposit into 031-540-0009238-00).

Championship events for masters and seniors:

10km championship distance: SW, MW35-49, SM, MM35-49, MM50-59.

5km championship distance: MW50-59, MW60-69, MW70+, MM60-69 MM70+

Any senior or master runner who wishes to enter a distance other than their championship distance, or run in a higher grade must email daryl@fedude.co.nz by Thursday 17 September, 5:00pm.

Age grades

For all grades, except masters, ages are at 31 December 2020. For masters grades, ages are age on the day.

  • U20 = 18 or 19 at end of this year.
  • U18 = 16 or 17 at end of this year.
  • U16 = 14 or 15 at end of this year.
  • U14 = 12 or 13 at end of this year.
  • U12 = 10 or 11 at end of this year.
  • U10 = 9 or younger at year end.

Race uniform and numbers

All competitors must wear their official club uniform and have a race number written on their hand.

Prior to the race, competitors must report to the registration desk (located at the Wainuiomata Harriers Tent where a race number will be written onto their hand. After crossing the finish line, competitors must stay in the order they finished until their race number is recorded.

Teams and medals

Open and masters championship grades: 6 to count for open men. 4 to count for all other grades. Masters can count for both their club’s masters and open teams.

Junior grades: 3 to count for all junior age grades, WU20 and WU18 to be combined.

Centre medals will be awarded for the first 3 registered Wellington Centre athletes in each grade.


There is parking either at the course, down by the clubrooms at Richard Prouse Park or at the end of Hine Road. Parking spaces are limited, especially if wet. Car-pooling is encouraged as is the use of the car-park at the end of Hine Road or at Richard Prouse Park if you are arriving late.

Refreshments and toilet facilities

There will be no refreshments available this year. There will be 4 portaloos at the entrance to the site. There are also toilets situated next to the clubrooms at Richard Prouse Park.