Newsletter 1/2015

HVH Newsletter 1/2015
Hi Everyone

OPEN DAY – this Saturday 11 April

This Saturday is Open Day at the Clubrooms on Petone Rec.  Could all returning members please bring a plate of food to share.  The committee are planning to make Open Day fun and casual, and we will be aiming to involve everyone in activities together, (weather depending), and then possibly have time for a shorter pack run for those who are interested.  There will be a creche on the day. The creche is free to anyone wishing to take advantage of this service.  Once again, please encourage friends and family to come along to Open Day to find out more about us, no pressure to join.  I’m sure we will all make the effort to talk to and welcome new people.

A registration form can be downloaded from the website, or you can fill one in at Open Day.  You can also pay your subs on the day, or online.  Go to our website for more details on this.  We will also have club singlets available to purchase.


Next Saturday we meet at the clubrooms at 1.30pm before heading off to Sladden Park for our Novices, Presidents and Annie Huggan Club races.  For those who are new to HVH or are unsure which race they are in, there will be two races, distance of approximately 4km (3 laps of 3.3):

The Annie Huggan race is a scratch race over the same course as the Novice and Presidents races, and is for Junior Women (14 and over) and Women members. The Novice race is a scratch race for any member who has never gained an award in any harrier event.  This race will run at the same time as the Annie Huggan race. The Under 15’s run at the same time as the Annie Huggan and Novice races, and have the option of running 1, 2 or 3 laps. Also, we would like to invite any non-members, parents etc, to have a run in this race.  You may enjoy it and wish to become a member!

The Presidents race is a handicap race over the same course as the Novice race for those not legible to run in the Novice race.

These races also help our Selectors with organising teams for the upcoming relays.

SHAW BATON RELAY – Saturday 25 April

The Shaw Baton Relay, hosted by Olympic Harriers, is in two weeks time, Saturday 25 April.  It is held at Battle Hill Farm Park, Pauatahanui/Paekakariki Hill Road (6km north of Pauatahanui General Store).  This is the first interclub for the season, and the first of three relays.  You will need to let your selector know as soon as possible of your availability.  Selectors are required to give me team numbers by Wednesday 22 April.  The distance is 2km laps, grass and gravel tracks, flat to undulating, and jumps, including a water jump.

Race times are:

1:00pm – Senior Women, Masters Women and Junior Women

1:50pm – Boys and Girls U10 1k fun run

2:00pm – Boys and Girls U14, U12

2:50pm – Senior Men, Masters Men, Open Masters, Junior Men



Events for the next few weeks are as follows:

Sat 11 April       Open Day – 1.30pm (Creche available)
Sat 18 April      Novices and Presidents race (Club race) 1.30pm (Creche available)
Sat 25 April      Shaw Baton Relay, Battle Hill Farm Park, Pauatahanui


Hutt Valley Harriers has a presence on Facebook. This site is intended to complement the official website, and is available for members to share photos, favourite runs, and other information on running and walking. To sign up to this site, you will need to have an existing Facebook site. The link at the HVH facebook site is:!/group.php?gid=139389491609

Alternatively do a search for Groups by typing in Hutt Valley Harriers and ask to join the group.


For those who want to enjoy a relaxed hour long run, you are welcome to join Steve Robertson (Deputy Club Captain) who leads a pack run from the Lower Hutt Shoe Clinic at 6pm every Thursday evening. The pack go out for around an hour. Please meet at the Shoe Clinic, High Street, Lower Hutt by 5.55pm.


The Shoe Clinic

The Shoe Clinic has once again confirmed that it will continue to sponsor HVH for yet another year. For every dollar members spend on product at the Lower Hutt Shoe Clinic, the Shoe Clinic will donate 10% back to HVH at the end of the year. All you have to do is tell Rob and staff that you are a member of HVH and they will record your purchase to ensure it contributes to a donation for the club.

Supporting the Shoe Clinic means you are supporting the club.

The Mad Butcher

The Lower Hutt Mad Butcher has once again agreed to support our club by providing sausages for our club run day barbeques. We appreciate the support the Mad Butcher gives us and ask members to return this support by considering purchasing your meat produce from the Lower Hutt Mad Butcher.


Julia Baron
Club Captain
Hutt Valley Harriers