Wellington Scottish Athletics Club

Running and Walking in Wellington, New Zealand

The Agency Group 10000m Festival

NZ’s biggest 10,000m event

13 November, Newtown Park

Walk starts at 2:45pm, Runs start at 4:45pm



The Agency Group 10000m is the most popular set of 10000m races in New Zealand. For the last three years the Agency Group 10000m has been a night of PBs for athletes of all speeds – 40 percent of athletes finished with a new best time. We even had a world record! This year there will be packs of many different speeds to drag you to your new PB. Races are open to men and women of all age grades.

This year the running races will also be the National Championship, the Wellington Championship, and the NZ Masters Championship. We’ll be back with race packs to help athletes of all speeds to new personal bests. Join us in the capital.


If Wellington is at Alert Level 2 the Agency Group 10000m Festival can and will occur. Everyone attending will need to:

  • Stay home if you are unwell or if you have been asked to isolate.
  • Clean your hands or sanitise.
  • Scan in using the NZ COVID Tracer App.
  • Avoid congregating or gathering at entrances or in small shared spaces such as the bathroom. 

Athletes do not need to wear a face covering when competing, but we encourage them to wear one while not competing. 

Spectators will need to:

  • maintain a 1 member gap from people outside your bubble.
  • wear a face covering

Athletes or spectators from other regions at Alert Level 2 or Alert Level 1 can attend the event. People from regions in Alert Level 3 or 4 will not be able to attend.


  • 2.45 pm – 10,000m Walk
  • 4.45 pm – 10,000m B race
  • 6.00 pm – 10,000m A race
  • 7.00 pm – 10,000m The Agency Group race

Races are open to both men and women of all age grades. We expect the races to be mixed so please indicate which race you want to run based on your goal time/pace.

Get the latest news about who is running at the Festival and what is happening on our Facebook event page.

Race records

  • Senior men, Oli Chignell, 2020, 28:48.03
  • Senior women, Lisa Cross, 2018, 34:23.51
  • Junior men, Sam Tanner, 2018, 31:26.86
  • Junior women, not contested
  • M35, Nick Horspool, 2018, 29:50.71
  • W35, Lisa Cross, 2018, 34:23.51
  • M50, Grant McLean, 2020, 34:13.90
  • W50, Sally Gibbs, 2019, 36:46.96
  • M60, Todd Krieble, 2019, 39:53.87
  • W60, Michele Allison, 2020, 44:41.87


2020 results and coverage

2019 results and coverage




2018 results and coverage


Instructions for runners


We will divide the runners into three races:

  • B Race at 4.45pm for runners wanting to run up to 40 mins
  • A Race at 6.00pm for runners want to run between 32.30 and 39 mins
  • The Agency Group Invitational at 7.00pm for runners wanting to run faster than 32 mins.

We will publish the start lists for each race on the Wellington Scottish website after entries close on Wednesday.


Please arrive an hour before your race and report to registration to collect your race number. Registration will be in the function room under the stand. If you are a Wellington local please bring someone with you who can be a lap scorer and get them to register at the same time. (See below for details.)

The meet is by pre-entry only. There will be no entries on the day.

If you belong to an affiliated club you need to compete in your club uniform.

Athletes must wear your allocated race number during the race.

Race packs 

We will have race packs to help runners reach your target times. We don’t have pacers this year because it is a national championship but we do have runners who have identified in advance a time they intend to race.

  • 60.00 mins – Brett Hawthorne
  • 50.00 mins – Emily Solsberg
  • 45.00 mins
  • 40.00 mins
  • 37.30 mins
  • 35.00 mins
  • 32.00 mins – Nick Horspool and Evan Cooper
  • 30.00 mins – Oli Chignell
  • Other race packs may be available upon request.

If you want to run with a race pack please introduce yourself to the pack leader before you start so you know what they look like and so they know to look out for you. 

Lap counters 

If you are a Wellington local please bring a friend to help with lap counting and/or count laps for another runner in a different race from your own. It is an easy job – it just involves recording the time at the end of each lap when your runner goes past. Most people are able to count for two or three runners at once. When you arrive at registration, please:

  1. register a lap counter for yourself and hopefully other athletes; or
  2. register yourself as a lap counter for another race; or
  3. request a lap counter for your race

Lap counters should report to the start-finish line 20 mins before the start of the race for a briefing.

Lap counters can pre-register, along with the name of any athlete/s they want to count. 

Health and Safety

  • Safety rules and guidelines for Newtown Park, including a Code of Conduct are published here.
  • All athletes must adhere to safety briefings and follow the instructions of the officials.
  • Only athletes and officials are permitted in the competition arena.  However, lap counters will enter the arena to undertake their task.
  • Warm-ups: for general warm-ups, please use the area outside the stadium or the top field, rather than the competition arena.  However, in wet conditions, officials may approve warm-ups on the track.
  • Shoes: if you are wearing spikes the maximum spike length allowed is 6mm on the track. Only cone, pyramid or xmas tree spikes are allowed, no needle spikes. You can wear a road shoe on the track but if you are wanting an official IAAF time it needs to have a stack height of less than 25mm.

Starting procedure

  • The starting rules to be applied will generally be based on the IAAF Competition Rules.  
  • Each race will have a barrel start: two-thirds of starters will start on the normal waterfall start line and run in the inside lanes. The remaining third of runners will start on a separate waterfall line and run in lanes five to eight for the first bend before joining the rest of the runners on the inside lane for the backstretch of the first lap. This bend will be marked with cones for the first lap.
  • Any matters relating to the start will be at the discretion of the Starter, Track Referee or delegated official. It will be their responsibility to ensure all competitors receive a fair start.

Being lapped 

If you are running in the A or B race we ask that you stay in lane 1 if you are lapped by a faster runner than yourself. If you are running in the last race of the evening, the Agency Group Invitational, we ask that you move out into lane 2, to allow the faster runners past.


Thanks to our name sponsor, The Agency Group, for making this event possible. Thanks also to others who have helped including the Wellington Scottish Athletics Club. Many thanks to the Athletics Wellington race officials and volunteers who have dedicated many hours to helping out on the night.