Race Walking New Zealand



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Race Walking New Zealand promotes and develops Race Walking in New Zealand and schedules RWNZ Championships in conjunction with local Race Walking clubs. It is organised under a nationally elected Management Committee, supported by relevant sub-committees such as -

  • Development
  • Coaching
  • Competition Program 
  • Finance
  • etc.

Your Local Area Representative is available to give support and advice, why not contact them today. Click here to find your Representative.

RWNZ also produces a newsletter - "CONTACT" which is sent to Members on a regular basis. These are archived onto this website 6 months after production. Please go to our Contact Newsletter page. Take your time browsing through the articles.

Upcoming Events

RWNZ, Athletics NZ and International Events        

       "They walk Funny, but" great article/opinion piece by Nigel Yelden 

The Athletics New Zealand Long Distance Walking championships will be held on Saturday 16th November at Ngataringa Bay Naval Base in Devonport Auckland.  The programme of races has not been finalised but the Meeting Manager David Sim expects it to start with the 50 km at 7.30 AM followed by all other races over 10, 15 and 20 km at 9.30 AM.  The 20 km is not a men’s championship race but it will also be a trial for selection for the team to compete in Hobart in February for the Oceania Trophy against an Australian team.  More information will be sent in the near future as soon as the details are confirmed from Athletics New Zealand.  In the mean time I do urge you to make a big effort to take part and compete in this important championship and trial. Remember there are a lot of Non-Championship opportunities and this will be one of the biggest gatherings of race walkers this year. David Sim would be happy to try and answer any questions and you can contact him on DKSim@xtra.co.nz.

  • 1st Jan 2014 - Tauranga Twilight Meeting - see attached for 1500, 2000, 3000 metres walk
  • 28th Feb to 3rd March, NZMA Track and Field Championships, Surrey Park, Invercargill
  • 28th to 30th March - 2014 Track and Field Championships, Newtown Park, Wellington

2013 International Events


2014 International Events

  • 2nd Feb - Oceania Race Walking Trophy, Australia

Walker friendly events

          Latest Updates

17th Nov - Provisional results from the Long Distance Championships held in Auckland on Saturday.

8th Nov - Ivor Ellis turns 90 in February. Have a look at this youtube clip - 89 years young - very inspirational.

4th Nov - Rodney Thorne is the Senior Club champ over 5,000 metres for Auckland Race Walking and Jared Free the Junior Club Champ. See the results page for details.

4th Nov - Very light on entries for the Long Distance Champioships, time to get those entries in! Latest entries as of today.

4th Nov - See results page for latest 3,000 metres from Newtown Park in Wellington

4th Nov - Imagine Quentin at just over 40 kilograms (yep, scary isn't it!) - based on Craig Barrett's estimate of a potential 10 kilo loss over a 50km race if nutrition wasn't taken on board! Very interesting interview with Quentin on the Athletics NZ website.

30th Oct - see results for 5,000 metres track walk at Newtown Park, Wellington

30th Oct - Well done to Mike Parker who won 1 gold and 2 silvers in the World Masters Athletics Championships, also excellent results for Jackie Wilson with 1 bronze and 2 4th placings in her events. See the results page.


29th Oct - The summary of the recent 1 hour RWNZ series challenge is here.

29th Oct - Ensure you get your entries in for the Long Distance Championships. The details are attached here for Championship and non Championship events. Distances to suit all.

10th Oct - Have posted an Obitury for Owen Warner (Written by Mike Parker) who passed away recently.

8th Oct - I have received an addendum to the results for the Wellington 20k Championships in what was obviously a record breaking event. Have a look at the results page for the latest on this event.

3rd Oct - The results from the Wellington 20km Championships have been posted in the Results.

3rd October - Notification of AGM for Saturday 16th Nov after the AGM; details can be read here. Membership form is here and Proxy voting form can be downloaded here.

9th Sept - article in Otago Times on Mike Parker.

9th September - results from RWNZ one hour event in Palmerston North.

2nd September - see Results page for more on the Athletics New Zealand Road Champs.

31st Aug -Mike Morresey of Taranaki won his first national race walking title and went under 50 minutes for the first time in the senior 10km race walk recording 49:30. Kate Newitt of Canterbury on a come back after an absence of a couple of years won the senior women’s 10km race walk in 52:28. (reported by Murray McKinnon, Athletics New Zealand)

Road Walks:
Senior 10,000m: Mike Morresey (Taranaki) 49:30 1, Mike Parker (Akld) 50:52 2.
Junior 5000m: Jonathan Lord (Cant) 22:22 1, Jared Free (Akld) 24:58 2, Jamie Shaw (Nelson) 26:36 3.
Senior 10,000m: Kate Newitt (Cant) 52:28 1, Roseanne Robinson (Otago) 53:38 2.
Masters 10,000m: Julie Edmunds (Otago) 55:27 1, Terri Grimmett (Wgtn) 1:03:39 2, Katie Morrisey-Tahere (Taranaki) 1:11:50 3.
Junior 5000m: Courtney Ruske (Cant) 24:24 1, Sarah-Amy Rhind (Akld) 32:10 2.
Youth 5000m: Kerri Batin (Cant) 33:27 1.

19th Aug - See the results page for the result from the Wellington Road Walk Championships. 

19th Aug - Have a look at Jeff Salvage's photo montage of each of the Race Walks from the World Athletics Championships in Moscow. Jeff has captured the story of the walks with very few words. The quality of the photos is exceptional.

19th Aug - Have extracted the Athletics New Zealand selection policy for next year's World Race Walking Cup from the High performance site.Have a read of it here. Policy is out in plenty of time has realistic standards and also a sensible Selection panel.

19th Aug - see results page for latest results round up.

14th Aug - Well done Quentin, you delivered yet again. 17th place at the World Athletics Championship in another PB - 3:50:27. When you said your goal was a medal in Rio, why would we doubt with the improvements you continue to make. Excellent race tonight with a really deserved winner in Robert Heffernan (4th at Olympics) - great time of 3:37:56. Yet another talented Russian, Mikhail Ryzhov was second and Jared Tallent was 3rd in 3:40:03. Congrats to Chris Eriksson as well - a PB and 16th place just in front of Quentin. There is an interview with Quentin on Athletics NZ website where he is disappointed with his race - he wanted a top 16 finish. Hopefully on reflection Quentin will realise how far he has come and he was oh so close to a sub 3:50 and top 16 placing.

13th Aug - Go Quentin in the 50KM tomorrow evening starting at 4:30pm NZ time on Sky Sport 4. Forgot to tell work I am leaving early! Great article on the Athletics NZ website - read it here.

13th Aug - Have just finished watching the Women's 20km Race Walk from Moscow - certainly high drama. What a beautiful style from Lashmanova as she took out gold in the World Champs following on from her gold in the Olympics. Close to a botch up though with not knowing where the finish was!

13th Aug - Well done to Peter Wrigley who picked up the very desrving accolade of Wellington Athletics Sporting Official of the year. Peter puts in so much effort for our sport both locally and Internationally. Read more here.

4th Aug - Posted details of RWNZ 1 hour event to be held at Palmerston North on 8th September, also the standards to be achieved.

15th July - Race Walking Auckland held the 6th Harry Kerr event on Sunday with Auckland Race Walking A taking top honours again. See results page for report and all results.                                                    

25th June - Racewalking Auckland (RWA) will be holding their first Festival of Race Walking at Victoria Park in the CBD commencing at 08.30 hrs on Sunday, June 30th with a 10 kms race on RWA's Vic Park circuit. The race is specifically for novices and beginners, anyone who is interested in giving race walking a go is more than welcome to come along. After Sunday's walk coaching and technical advice can be sought and the mornings activities will conclude with coffee at the new Victoria Park cafe the "Green Leaf" on the corner of the Park. Plenty of parking is available right next to the grandstand in Victoria Park. Please come along next Sunday morning, all are welcome.

See http://www.sportsground.co.nz/racewalkingauckland for more details.

23rd June - The Wellington Marathon, half and 10km were held in good conditions on Sunday - especially considering the previous few days. Many thanks to David Lonsdale and his team for getting out there and keeping most walkers honest. Marathon winners were David Jones (Manawatu) and Donna Roderick (Taumaranui). The Men's half was a clean sweep by walkers from Taranaki with Mike Morresey winning from Eric Kemsley. The Women's half was a clean sweep by Wellington with Terri Grimmett taking the honours. The 10km saw an excellent time by Courtney Ruske (52m38) and Dave Wackrow taking the 10km men. Leading results.

17th June - See results page for Wellington Centre 5/10km races.

10th June - Posted Individual lap times for Open Walk; see Results page.

9th June - Another very successful Open Walk incorporating the RWNZ 15km championship was held in New Plymouth on the 8th June. See the results page for all the info.

7th June - Lesley Cantwell passed away at 9:00 this morning. Such a bright prospect for the sport, tragically taken from her Family and Friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with her Family at this time. Any little that you can donate, please do so to help her 3 year old daughter Brooke this account has been setup by Athletics New Zealand - donations can be made through the ASB Bank to account   12-3192-0002433-05. The following is a release from Athletics New Zealand -

Lesley Cantwell, a member of the Athletics New Zealand team at the Oceania Area Athletics Championships in Tahiti has died in a Papeete Hospital.Cantwell (26), from Te Anau won the Oceania women’s 5000 metres race walking title on Tuesday and while she was waiting for the medal ceremony, two hours after the race, she felt unwell and collapsed. She was taken to the hospital where she remained on life support.Cantwell’s family arrived in Papeete on Thursday night and she passed away at 9am this morning (Friday).It is understood that Lesley suffered a subarachnoid haemorrhage, although an autopsy will be conducted to confirm this.

Winning the Oceania title was the biggest result in her career and was a significant step in her goal to represent New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games.The other fifty members in the team all decided to continue at the championships in support of Lesley, and competed wearing arm-bands and her race number written on their arms.Athletics New Zealand CEO Scott Newman said “This is a very sad time for Lesley’s family, friends and the team. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her in the athletics world, but particularly the close-knit race walking community.” 

Cantwell (26), a member of Fiordland Athletic Club was one of New Zealand’s top race walkers, having won numerous honours at New Zealand championships during her career, including two medals at the New Zealand Track and Field Championships in March and four medals at New Zealand Championship events in 2012.She won the New Zealand junior championship 3000 metres race walk title in 2006 and represented New Zealand in a Trans-Tasman test match with Australia in Hobart in 2011.Cantwell’s father Shaun is a well-respected athletics coach and deputy principal at Fiordland College in Te Anau, while her mother Jude won the New Zealand women’s 1500 metres title in 1989.

Athletics New Zealand, the New Zealand team management, Oceania Athletics Association and the Honorary Consul in Papeete have been providing significant support to Lesley’s family both in New Zealand and in Tahiti. Lesley leaves behind a three year old daughter, Brooke. Athletics New Zealand has set up a fund for Brooke and donations can be made through the ASB Bank to account   12-3192-0002433-05.

Recent performances for Lesley Cantwell

1st Oceania Championships  5000m June 2013  25.39.79 (personal best)
2nd NZ 20km Race Walk Championships  1:51:26 (personal best)
3rd NZ 3000m Championships  14:35.40  (personal best)
2nd NZ 3000m Championships 15:17.42
3rd NZ 20km Championships 1:55:56
3rd NZ 10km Road Walk Championships 55:11
2nd NZ 15km Road Walk Championships 1:23:59

5th June - Tonight we should be celebrating Lesley Cantwell's victory in the 5,000 metres in Tahiti, instead we are praying for her and sending hope and miracles to her  and her Family.

We received very concerning news this morning about Lesley Cantwell who is in Tahiti as part of the Athletics New Zealand team at the Oceania Track Championships.  Lesley won the 5,000m metre race and was taken ill while warming down.  During the day we have been hoping for more news about her condition but it is unchanged.  Her family is traveling from Te Anau tomorrow and flying out of Dunedin.  Rozie Robinson who has known Lesley for nearly 20 years will meet the family at Dunedin airport to pass on messages of support from us for Lesley.  Lesley’s family will fly out of Auckland and will be joined and supported by Tony Sargisson.

Here is a message from Rozie.

Hi All, Myself and Nyle who are race walkers are looking at putting together supportive comments to Lesley to send over to her in Tahiti to keep her strong and know we all back home are supporting her and thinking of her, if you can please post comments & message me with them that would be much appreciated, looking at sending it over to her tomorrow.

So please send your messages to Rozie at karobe@xtra.co.nz as soon as possible.  Rozie and her training group are going out to-night wearing bright colours of hope and suggest you could do the same. If you would like to speak to Rozie her phone numbers are 03 487 8089 or 027 8408410

 Here is an extract from the NZ Herald Web site.  There will also be some coverage in tomorrows NZ Herald.  Check the link as it is updated regularly.

New Zealand athlete Lesley Cantwell is in a critical condition in a Tahitian hospital.

Cantwell, from Te Anau, is part of the New Zealand team competing at the Oceania Area Track & Field Championships.

The 26-year-old felt unwell after winning the 5000 metres race walking title in Papeete, Tahiti on Tuesday at 2pm (NZ time) and was taken to hospital, when she remains.

The Oceania championships began yesterday and will finish on Thursday.

Athletics New Zealand CEO Scott Newman said "We are working to support the family and to get them to Tahiti as soon as possible."


  • 3rd June - Find the Judges summary sheet  for Ekiden event.
  • 21st May updated Results page with Ekiden results. Added course map and directions for Open walk in New Plymouth. 
  • 29th April - Well Done Quentin on breaking Craig Barrett's 20km National Record. A copy from the Athletics New Zealand website from today
  • GERMANY  German 20km Road Walking Championship, Naumburg – 28 April 2013

     Quentin Rew clipped four seconds off Craig Barrett’s national 20km road walking record in winning the German championship race in 1h 22m 16s. The 28 year old walked at a consistent pace throughout recording 20m 44s, 20m 41s, 20m 27s and 20m 24s through each of the 5km marks. He finished 21 seconds ahead of German Hagen Pohle. Barrett set his record in Adelaide in 1998.

  • 28th April - see results for Hagley relay - walking is fun as well as competitive. 
  • 22nd April - See Results page for the Frank Aplin One hour track walk from Timaru. 
  • 22nd April - Details and Entry form added for Open Walk and RWNZ 15km Championships. Details PDF Word and Electronic Entry form
  • 11th April - see the Results for the recent North and South Secondary Schools events. 
  • 11th April - Sue Hoskin enjoyed herself in Canberra recently. Well done Sue - she is ranked 4th in the World in several distances for her age group. An inspiration to other older walkers. Here is a snippet written by Sue. 
  • 30th March - Entry form for the Frank Alpin Memorial race. 
  • 30th March - just back from Melbourne, belated results from the Track and Field Champs now on Results page
  • 20th March - Results from the 1 hour event in Wellington from the weekend are on the results page. 
  • The new IAAF Pit Lane Rule, recently passed by the IAAF Walking Commission, will be in operation for the UKA/RWA National  U17 Men and Women 5kms.  Instead of being disqualified after three red cards a walker will have to serve a 45 second time penalty in the
    Pit Lane
    during the race. Walkers who received a third card late in the race will have 45 seconds added to their finishing time  and their position amended accordingly. The rule has been introduced to encourage youngsters to persevere with the discipline if they have early problems with technique. Thanks to Tim Erickson’s in his VRWC Heel and Toe newsletter for this news.
  • 18th March - Congratulations to Matthew Holcroft who was 3rd in the U20 10,000m race walk Australian Junior Championships in Perth on the 12th March. Matthew's time was 47m23.37s. Well done Matthew. 
  • 18th March - Quentin Rew has achieved a B standard qualifying time of 1hr2m56s for the Moscow World Championships over night in Lugano. Alana Barber also took 2 minutes off her PB in finishing her 20K in 1hr55m. Well done to both of you, excellent results. Quentin's time is a massive improvement on his PB of nearly 5 minutes. It is also only 36 seconds away from Craig Barrett's New Zealan record from Adelaide in 1998. Coming after his fantastic achievement of 40m19s in the 10K road race in Coventry 2 weeks ago it shows just how hard Quentin has been working since the Olympics - proud of you Quentin. For full results follow the link -


    Dudince - Quentin totally focussed on the pace

  • 11th March - Judges Sheet for Masters 3,000 metres and 10K have been added. 
  • 5th March - corrected version of the Masters results have been posted - see results for Masters.
  • 5th March - thought I had done my dash for this week, but Quentin's PB of 40m19s in a 10km road walk in Coventry just had to be posted. If that's what it means to be "sent to Coventry", then I am on my way! See Results page. 
  • 4th March - RWNZ 1 Hour Series announced. See the attached for rules and dates and places of events. 
  • 4th March - see Results page for Masters Championships from Wellington. 
  • 25th Feb - added details of 1 hour track walk in Wellington. 
  • 25th Feb - Came across this letter on the Victorian Race Walking Web site. An excellent last ditch effort to have some form of Race Walk at the Commonwealth Games in 2014. Not sure when this was written or where it has gone, but shows an excellent compromise proposal. Some interesting statistics on event competitor comparisons. 
  • 25th Feb - Matthew Holcroft placed 4th in the Australian and Oceania 10km Championship in Hobart in a time of 48:05. Jared Tallent won the M20K for the 6th year in 1hr22m10s. For a full list of results go to the Australian Athletcs web page. 
  • 12th Feb - I have just been catching up again with Quentin's Blogs, I repeat the link for this site here, very thought provoking stuff on Race Walking in New Zealand. In contrast the Australian Race Walking scene has been the envy of the poor cousin New Zealand. Since the supposed lack of success by the Australians (by their standards) at the Olympics an overhaul has commenced. The AIS has been a huge success for Race Walking in Australia over the years but it looks like coming to a close in it's current form with changes in the high performance programme. I have uploaded the latest heel and toe which gives more details. Also interesting articles on judging - new electronic system for judges being trialled in Italy. Then a real controversial one which is back on the IAAF agenda - electronic devices (using RFID technology) to detect lifting. Thanks Tim, one of your best mags.
  • 27th Jan - A great start to the new track at Newtown Park in Wellington for the Capital Classic with a meeting record and Southland record. See the Results page for more. 
  • 21st Jan - Jonathon Lord takes bronze in the Australian Youth Olympics - see Results
  • 21st Jan - see the results page for 3,000 metres walk from the Sylvia Potts Classic meet. 
  • 20th Jan - see the results of the Racewalking Auckland 15km Championships from Ngataringa Bay raced on 13th Jan. 
  • 14th Jan - see results page for the South Island Colgate Games walk results. 
  • 7th Jan 2013 - see results page for the North Island Colgate Games results. 
  • 9th Dec - See Results page for Secondary Schools Champs. 
  • 8th Nov - 2012 AGM minutes of RWNZ can be read here. The President's report is here. The treasurer's report can be read here. If you want some really exciting reading then you can go see the fully filed Financial reports at www.societies.govt.nz
  • 30th Oct - The Hastings half marathon took place on Sunday under the careful eye of Joff Hulbert who was Scrutineering and Robyn Wolfsbauer the Race Director. This event was extremely well organised and had merits for walkers. Out in force were members from Taranaki Race Walking, Manawatu Striders and Wellington clubs. Graeme Jones took line honours in 1:53:52 just 1 week after his win in the 50km at the long distance champs. Eric Kemsley (TRWC) was second in 1:58:34 and Harry Terwiel (TRWC) 3rd. Vanessa Lowl (TRWC) was 4th and 1st woman in 2:12:05 with Terri Grimmett (Scottish) just 2 minutes back in 2:14:14. The walk was in perfect conditions and raced mainly on the walkways which made for easy marshalling and traffic management.
  • 24th Oct - have added the lap times and Judges summary sheet from the Long Distance walks, see Results
  • 23rd Oct - Have updated the results from the Long Distance Championships with the non championship results. the stand out in these was Tina Bell of Wanganui who did the 10km in a time of just over 62 minutes in her third outing in front of Judges. See results page
  • 22nd Oct - the AGM of RWNZ was held on Saturday. This saw the reinstatement of Mike Parker as President and David Lonsdale as Secretary, Kathryn Fraser joined the committee in capacity of Treasurer. Tony Burrell, Mark Gray and Alan Clarke stood down from the Committee. Tony Sargisson, Terri Grimmett and David Sim have replaced them. I personally want to give my thanks to Tony. He has served this Committee for many years and was good support when I was President. He has done an excellent job with the Contact taking over after the untimely passing of Jack Tregurtha. He turned this into an excellent electronic version. Having worked closely with Tony melding the Contact and Web I know how much time and effort it takes, especially fighting to get timely information and unwieldy formats. Unfortunately Tony has had to withdraw from being Contact editor due to work commitments. He has struggled the last year with spending 2 or 3 days a week in Taupo, Secretary of TRWC and the Contact magazine editor. Thank you Tony for all your time effort and research.
  • 22nd Oct - see Results page for the ANZ Long distance champs result. 
  • 1st Oct - see Results page for the RWNZ 35km Championship. 
  • 4th Sept - "They walk Funny, but..great article/opinion piece by Nigel Yelden on his new respect for Race Walking after watching the Olympics 50K. This article was on Stuff.
  • 2nd Sept - added Road champs race report from David Lonsdale (with photos) and also the Judges Summary sheet
  • 2nd Sept - information for Long Distance champs posted. Non championship form in word and PDF
  • 2nd Sept - Results posted for the ANZ Road Champs from Wellington. 
  • 27th Aug - Looks like an intriguing battle to be fought between Rosie Robinson of Otago and Brooke Cowsill of Auckland in the Senior Women's Road Champs on the Wellington waterfront this coming Saturday. The Senior Women's and Men's 16 look the most interesting races. Mike Parker is the only entry in Men's Senior Road walk - can he become the "oldest" New Zealand Champion? Attached is the list of all 38 competitors - other battles to watch are the Men's 60 and the Women's 60. Eric Kemsley against Peter Zwart and Marlene White against Sue Hoskin. See you all on Saturday.
  • 27th Aug - See Results page for the 1 hour track walk from Manawatu.
  • 21st Aug - Wellington Centre Road and Canterbury Road Champs updated. 
  • 20th Aug - Taranaki and BOP/Waikato Road champs results added. 
  • 19th Aug - Entries are now open for the Race Walking New Zealand 35km championships at Ngataringa Bay, Devonport, Auckland. There are 2 divisions - fully judged to IAAF standards (A grade) and B grade which has no advantage judging only. See the attached for details and entry form.
  • 12th Aug - Let's celebrate Quentin's excellent performance in the men's 50km walk. Nearly 4 minutes off his PB yet again - 12 minutes in 12 months - Rio looks a great place for a holiday in 2016! For kiwi race walkers, Quentin's performance has to be the highlight of the games. There are others of course - the excellent racing in the men's 20km; the ever changing leaders in the 50km and of course the world record in the women's 20km. These events are up there with Mo Farah doubling up for the 5,000 and the 10,000 metres (yes I'm a Pom at times), or Usain Bolt taking 3 golds again, or the 800 metres world record by David Rudisha. Yes I have had a fantastic week, go to the results page to read reports and results for all the walks.
  • 12th Aug - Follow the link for the results of the Manawatu half walked today in Palmerston North. Men's winner Harry Terwiel of New Plymouth, closely followed by Peter Zwart, Palmerston Norh. Women's walk taken out by Lisa McDonald, Fielding and a close second by Catherine Lee of Palmerston North.
  • 30th July -  Sky TV Athletics Schedule
  • 30th July - here is an excellent explanation of the Rules of Race Walking written by Jane Saville for the media prior to the Olympics. 
  • 30th July -  Auckland Race Walking Championships, Ngataringa Bay Devonport – 29 July 2012
    Brooke Cowsill produced the fifth all time fastest time by a woman in winning the women’s 10km road walk title in 48m 37s. Mike Parker won the men’s 10km title in 49m 57s. Other titles went to Andrew Jackson M19 5km 31m 30s, Sarah-Amy Rhind W19 5km 32m 36s, Jared Free M16 5km 29m 45s, Emma Dunbar W16 5km 34m 20s and Shirley Barber MW 10km 69m 7s.
  • 16th July - posted results from IAAF World Junior Championships from Barcelona. 
  • 16th July - Updated results page with Harry Kerr relay result. 
  • 4th July - Anybody who has had anything to do with Quentin Rew knows that amongst his many attributes are his Communication skills. He was excellent at the recent coaching day in Taranaki. He also has a great sense of humour; this comes to the fore in his latest blog in describing his altitude training. Anyway have a read of his blog
  • 2nd July - the men's USA 20km Olympic trials were held over the weekend. Always good montage from Jeff Salvage, goto the http://www.racewalk.com/ site for lots of photos as the race unfolds. Pity that once again, top athletes are forced onto a track instead of having a road course to decide who goes to the Olympic Games.
  • 2nd July - Congratulations to Rosie Robinson who was competing in the Oceania Regional Championships in Cairns from 27th  to 29th June. She achieved a 3rd in the 5,000 metres in a PB of 24m 34.24s. Rosie also managed an excellent result in the 10,000 metres finishing in 4th place in a time of 49m43s.
  • 25th June - Entry details and standards to be achieved for the one hour walk in Palmerston North on 26th August. 
  • 25th June - Wellington Marathon results. 
  • 19th June - see Result from IAAF Challenge in Milan. 
  • 17th June - latest result from TRWC program. 
  • 12th June - Coaching Forum with Simon Baker 13th to 15th July. 
  • 11th June - see the Results page for all the action at the Open Walks in New Plymouth. 
  • 21st May - see the Results page for the Race Walking NZ relay Championships. 
  • 1st May - added Harry Kerr information and rules plus entry form
  • 1st May - updated the Wellington Masters report with some photos of the proud ladies. 
  • 30th April - In this heel and toe we have some good footage of Quentin - it takes blood and guts to achieve results as shown in th photograph. Also well done to Rozie on selection to the Athletics New Zealand team for Oceania Champs in June. 
  • 30th April - many of you know David Smyth, the kiwi OZ. There is a great write up from Tim Erickson in this issue of Heel and Toe - David is starting to achieve some good times - well done hopefully see you over this way again soon. 
  • 30th April - read all about the Masterful Masters of Wellington and their great results this Summer. See Results page 
  • 30th April - write up for the Peter Tearle Trophy - see Results
  • 30th April - Open Walk details and entry form have been issued. 
  • 2nd April - Results of North and South Island Secondary Schools. 
  • 28th Mar - Photos from Track and Field Champs and the 50km from Dudince 
  • 28th Mar - read the latest heel and toe from Tim Erikson.
  • 28th Mar - Calling all South Islanders - the Frank Aplin Memorial 1 hour (and 20 minutes for Juniors) is on again this year (cancelled last year), you have until the 1st April to enter, please support this if you can. See entry form.
  • 27th Mar - Have updated the results page with report from Jim Leppik - an Aussie's perspective of our Track and Field Champs. 
  • 26th Mar - latest heel and toe
  • 26th Mar - See the results page for more on Quentin's great result in the 50km and see the results from the ANZ track and field champs from Waitakere (23rd to 25th Mar). 
  • 25th Mar - Quentin Rew has achieved a qualifying time of 3:58:48 for the Olympics in the 50km in Slovakia.
  • 12th Mar - see the results page for Wellington Centre 20 and 10km Champs. 
  • 7th Mar - Latest Heel and toe from Tim Erickson. 
  • 6th March - Created new Page - Oceania Trophy - this is still under construction. 
  • 6th March - Joff Hulbert was a happy man on Sunday. The Mountain to Surf marathon has always been held on a Saturday, this year it was held on the Sunday (did somebody have advance notice of the weather bomb!). Conditions were perfect on Sunday with a snow clad mountain in the background for Company. Joff was first walker home in 4:26:59. In the women's it was a very close battle with Denise Stewart-Jacks going past Robyn Wolfsbauer in the final K. This was a reversal of their positions from the previous year. The results can be found at http://www.mountaintosurf.co.nz/  
  • 6th March - See the results Page for the Masters Track and Field Champs from Auckland. 
  • 29th Feb - the Results now include the points for Oceania Racewalking Trophy.
  • 28th Feb - Results from the 20km Australian Roadwalk Champs inc the Oceania Walking Trophy. Well done to all those who managed to even finish the event, start temperature of 38 degrees! Will report on this once have more info.
  • 23rd Feb - Initial details of Wellington Scottish Walkers Ekiden relay - incorporating the RWNZ Championship.
  • 21st Feb - more on Rozie's Otago Senior Women's 3,000 metres - this from the latest heel and toe -  see the news page.
  • 21st Feb - I have just finished reading Tim Erickson's latest heel and toe and am in awe of some of the performances just achieved in the 5,000 metres in Sydney. Have a look at the amazing talent that is coming through. How about a 13 year old girl breaking 24 minutes for 5,000 metres - read about this and more
  • 21st Feb - Have posted in events the Wellington Centre 20 and 10km Road walks Championships. Only just received this information; if you are a walker and in Wellington then please get along - David Lonsdale promises a new and fast course. Go and prove him right please. See David's notice here.
  • 20th Feb - Rozie Robinson is in fine form leading into her participation in Hobart. She won the Otago Track and Field Champs 3,000 metres in a time of 13m42.30s which looks to have bettered her previous Otago record from 2 weeks ago by 15 seconds. Hopefully everything is in place for this to be ratified. 
  • 15th Feb - Good luck to our teams and individuals racing in Hobart on the 25th Feb. Representing New Zealand in the Oceania Race Walking Trophy are Quentin Rew; Graeme Jones; Scott Nelson and Mike Parker for the men and women's team of Lesley Cantwell; Rosie Robinson and Nyle Sunderland. Matthew Holcroft and Courtney Ruske are racing in the U20 events over 10km. You know this is a serious event when you browse through the names and see Luke Adams; Nathan Deakes; Chris Erickson; Jared Tallent and Claire Tallent to name but a few! See the attached for a full line up of entries in all the events. Give it heaps everybody!
  • 13th Feb - Updated results from Frontrunner half marathon and 10K from the New Plymouth waterfront. See results
  • 13th Feb - I have posted the Judges Summary sheets from Oceania Masters Champs from Tauranga as promised. Makes very inresting reading. See the results page
  • 12th Feb - posted the 3,000 metres results from the Oceania Masters Athletics Champs, see results page. 
  • 9th Feb - results now include men and women for the 5,000 metres Oceania Masters Athletics Champs in Tauranga - see results page.
  • 9th Feb - posted Women's results from the 5,000 metres Oceania Masters Champs from Tauranga. Still waiting the results of the men's event. I mentioned the old chestnut from Monday of what standards are applied for Judging. Well the issue won't go away with different standards presumably applied today with a fair few red cards. It is time to sort this once and for all, surely. As a Judge in New Zealand we are told IAAF rules apply whatever the level of competition and whatever the age of competitor. Overseas we know that a more lenient view is taken for the 60+ age group (one only has to listen to the comments after our walkers experience in Sacremento). My own view is that at Masters events we should be looking at a "no advantage rule" for the 60 plus age group. As a Judge this means that a walker is going through the correct heel/toe process and they always have one foot in contact with the ground. The no advantage to me means that if a person lands slightly bent at the knee, that they retain that same level of bentness until the leg is in the upright position. We are talking a championship and we are holding an Athletic event, therefore all other rules relating to Racewalking should continue to apply. Is it time for RWNZ to take the lead and get the rules standardized? Hopefully we can have a meaningful discussion without confusing the whole issue of A and B grade - that is a whole different can of worms which let's leave to one side for now!
  • 7th Feb - Posted new version of 10K Road Oceania Masters Champs from Tauranga - some of the women's results missing from first post. Anybody got a report? Understand judging more lenient by overseas judges? Not necessarily a bad thing in older age groups, but what is an older age group and where does one stand with records? Certainly needs further clarification and standards applied. Also strange I guess that walkers can get 3 or more reds but not be DQd because rule of only 1 judge from each Country counts (see IAAF rules). 
  • 7th Feb - Congratulations to Rosie Robinson who set a new Otago 3,000 metres record of 13m57.72s in Dunedin on the 5th February. 
  • 7th Feb - See results page for the 5,000 metres champs from Taranaki. 
  • 6th Feb - see the results page for the first event from the Oceania Masters Championship in Tauranga. 
  • 30th Jan - Have a look at the News page for news of the USA 50K Olympic trials. 
  • 25th Jan - See the Results page for Capital Classic 3,000 metres. 
  • 15th Jan - Updated race walking results from the South Island Colgate Games, see Results page. 
  • 11th Jan - Updated race walking results from North Island Colgate Games, see results
  • 4th Jan 2012 - Happy New year everybody. Results posted from events in Tauranga from 1st and 3rd Jan. Also added Contact mag - September issue
  • 12th Dec - Follow this link for a video clip from the NZSS Track and Field Champs. This is the finish of the girl's 2,000m race (except they missed Courtney), still 3,000m to come yet. 
  • 12th Dec - Some very impressive results by the Australians in their 50km Olympic trials on Sunday in Melbourne. Six  Australians managed qualifying times. Follow the link to read more. 
  • 12th Dec - see the results page for the New Zealand Secondary Schools Track and Field Champs, walk results. 
  • 1st Nov - Congratulations to Graeme Jones on taking out the 50km title at the Long Distance Championships in Palmerston North. Well done to Rosie who retained her Senior Women's title and also went on to do a PB in the 20km in a sub 1 hour 50 minutes. See the Results page for all the details. 
  • 24th Oct - Invitation to 2 events in Tauranga in the new year - 3,000m walk on the 1st January and 10,000 metres on th 3rd January. See the attached invitation
  • 24th Oct - new home for web pages for RaceWalking Auckland, update your links to -   http://www.sportsground.co.nz/racewalkingauckland  
  • 24th Oct - see Results page for RaceWalking Auckland's 5,000m Championship held on 23rd Oct. 
  • 24th Oct - see the results page for 3 New Zealand Age Group records in the 10,000m, set at the South Island Masters Champs in Nelson.
  • 3rd Oct - entries now open for the walker friendly Napier City PAKnSAVE half marathon on 6th Nov. 
  • 3rd Oct - results for Daily News Half marathon and Sri Chinmoy 12 & 24 hour event added to Results Page
  • 27th Sept - Added 50km Championship results from 1956 onwards - taken from Centurions website and brought up to date - thank you Gary Little for giving me the link. 
  • 26th Sept - Entry forms and details of Long Distance walks now on the Athletics NZ website. 
  • 25th Sept - Dudley Harris 1926 - 2011; RaceWalking Auckland Life Member. 
  • 25th Sept - Latest result from TRWC season. 
  • 19th Sept - Guidelines and Policy statement for Trans Tasman Selection in Hobart 2012. 
  • 19th Sept - Advance Notice for AGM
  • 19th Sept - see results page for latest results from Auckland and Taranaki. 
  • 17th Sept - see results page for RWNZ 35km Championship event. 
  • 11th September - Peter Zwart and Manawatu Striders are putting a lot of effort into the organisation of the Long Distance Champs in Palmerston North on the 30th October. All walkers are catered for whether you want to go for the Championship Races (50km Men, 15km Senior Women, 20km Masters Women or even the 20km Oceania trial race); or the Non Championship events - make your own choice for distance. Please get the date of 30th October in your diary now. Also the RWNZ AGM is on the 29th. Various documents follow - Venue map; Non-Championship entry form; General details for the event. Return soon for more info on the Championship events and also the Oceania trial.
  • 11th September - renewal of your membership to RWNZ is now due. This is only $25 for an individual or $30 for a Family. Your membership helps towards the development of our sport, you can access the membership renewal here. If you are not currently a member and would like to join then you can access the new member form here.
  • 3rd September - Quentin Rew has managed 24th place in the 50km World Championships in Daegu today. This was a race that once again demonstrated current Russian dominance of Race Walking. See Results page for more details. 
  • 31st Aug - see the results page for the 20km Women's IAAF World Champs from Daegu. 
  • 29th Aug - Many of you I am sure subscribe to the Athletics in Action publication. If you don't, you should! Here is a link to the latest with a fantastic article on Quentin Rew - some very good reading. 
  • 29th Aug - Mike Parker is still aspiring to become the Most Ancient of NZ Athletic Champions! Mike was 58 years and 121 days when he won his Road Walk Championship in Wellington on 20th August! Peter Baillie still remains the most ancient having won the 50km title in 2006 at the age of 58 years 194 days - well done Peter.
  • 29th Aug - see the Results page for the IAAF World Champs Men's 20km result. 
  • 29th August - latest result from Auckland and National Road Champs Judges Summary sheet. 
  • 29th August - 5 gold standards achieved in the one hour event - see results page
  • 21st Aug - All the results from the Athletics New Zealand Road Walk Championships raced on the waterfront in Wellington. 
  • 15th August - Don't miss 1 Hour track event at Massey in Palmerston North on 28th August. See how far you can go in 60 minutes - A grade event starts at 11:00 and B grade at 12:20. A time to catch up with your fellow walkers in a more relaxed atmosphere. See the attached flyer
  • 11th August - official results now in for BOP/Waikato Road Champs - see Results Page.
  • 10th August - Road Champs results are now in for Nelson, Canterbury and Otago, with a snippet from BOP/Waikato.
  • 10th August - see the News page for latest circular from David Lonsdale. 
  • 10th August - now official results for Taranaki Road Champs updated. 
  • 7th August - results added for Wellington and Taranaki Road Champs. 
  • 1st August - the latest results updated. 
  • 18th July - very interesting new concept - see news page for the Pit lane! 
  • 17th July - results from Taranaki, Wellington and Auckland can be found on the results page
  • 17th July - Our Golden Girl completes her gold collection in Sacramento today. Yet more amazing results for New Zealand Walkers. See the Results page
  • 13th July - Excellent results for New Zealand Athletes in the World Masters in Sacramento today. Go to results page
  • 9th July - Go to Nyle's blogs for excellent reports on the WMA - experience with her as she wins gold, follow other links from there to read how others view walking. Go to Nyle's blog here
  • 9th July - even more success for New Zealand today in the 5,000 metres walk in Sacramento with another Bronze medal. See the Results Page for more info.
  • 8th July - 1 Gold and 2 Bronzes for New Zealand Athletes at the World Masters on first day of walking in Sacramento, see Results page for more details. Good luck to Mike Parker and Peter Fox tomorrow. 
  • 27th June - Quentin Rew and Graeme Jones in dead heat for the 15km RWNZ championship in New Plymouth. Alana Barber takes gold in the Women's 15km championship. For all the results and info on a very successful weekend go to the results page. 
  • 20th June - Congratulations to Quentin Rew - he has been selected for the 50km World Champs - read more ... 
  • 20th June - Entry to the Taranaki Open walk this weekend just became an even more valuable commodity with the confirmed selection of Quentin for the World champs later this year. Now for your entry and meal money, you not only get to race Quentin, but you get to hear him talk on Saturday evening. Get those entries in now - details are here, entry forms are here
  • 7th June - 1 hour track walk announced for Massey track in Palmerston North - see events.
  • 7th June - Racewalking Auckland retain Harry Kerr trophy. See results page.
  • 7th June - Taranaki Open walk details and entry form posted - see events info above. 
  • 24th May - see the results of the Wellington Scottish Ekiden Relays (incorporating the RWNZ Relay Championships) on the Results page. Note - I have serious problems with my Computer at the moment, report will follow ASAP.
  • 10th May - latest result from Wellington - see results page. 
  • 9th May - latest results from Taranaki and Auckland - see results page. 
  • 3rd May - see the splits from Taicang on the results page. 
  • 28th April - Well done to Quentin Rew who has taken 18 minutes off his 50km PB finishing 14th at the IAAF Race Walking Challenge in Taicang, full story in Results
  • 25th April - Some great photos of the NZ Track and Field Championships in Dunedin - thank you Alan McDonald, Macspeedfoto. 
  • 19th April - results of 20,000 metres Auckland Centre Championships. 
  • 19th April - Commonwealth Youth Games announced - see News
  • 19th April - see latest news circular from David Lonsdale. 
  • 13th April - added lots of photos from 2010 combined Road and LD Championships, thank you M. Holcroft. 
  • 5th April - added the 1 hour track walk result from Newtown Park, 19th March see results page
  • 5th April - North and South Island Secondary Schools Track and Field Championship results added.
  • 29th March - results from the National track and field championships in Dunedin.
  • 29th March - Final Grand Prix Table 
  • 14th March - added photos of the Capital Classic. 
  • 14th March - further details posted on 1 hour track walk this Saturday (19th March) in Wellington. 
  • 14th March - Matthew Holcroft - 2PBs in 48 hours at the Australian Junior Championships at Olympic Park in Sydney - read more ... 
  • 14th March - Normal entries for the Track and Field Championships in Dunedin have closed, see the attached list of walkers in the 3,000, 10,000 and 20,000 metres championships. Further entries can be made for an additional $50 up to midnight Tuesday 15th March. See the attached link for complete list of entries in all disciplines on the Athletics NZ website. 
  • 14th March - Check out the Grand Prix table, final adjustments made before the Track and Field Championships. 
  • 7th March - Wellington Centre Championship - 20km result
  • 7th March - All member circular No.1 2011. 
  • 29th January - Capital Classic result posted in round 5 of the Grand Prix Series. 
  • 26th January - latest Grand Prix result from the Cooks Classic 
  • 23rd January - 2 new interesting links, USA High School Race walking and World Masters times, go to links page
  • 23rd January - latest Grand Prix result from Sylvia Potts. 
  • 17th January - latest Grand Prix results added. 
  • 16th January - well done to Jonathon Lord, exceptional performance at the Colgate Games in Dunedin today, 16th January. Andrew Jackson (Auckland) won the North Island 2000 metres (B14) and also entered the South Island Colgate Games; normally you would expect that 5:35 per K would take 1st place, but not when Jonathon scorched home at around 4:45 per K to win in a time of 9:37.19. An extract of all the walks results can be viewed here.
  • 10th January - North Island Colgate Games Walks results - 8th and 9th January 2011. There are some stand out performances by the Murrihys from Taumaranui (soon to be Wellington) and the Morattis of Inglewood in the girls results. The best male result is from Andrew Jackson (Race Walking Auckland). I have extracted the walks results which are just a click away
  • 10th January - new page added for Grand Prix series  - Click here.
  • 10th January - Two new events by Scottish Walkers for their Summer series have been announced, these are a 20km road race at Trentham on 27th February and a one hour track walk on the 19th March. All welcome both A and B grades. See calendar above for more details.
  • 10th January - first announcement for the Ekiden relay championships confirming the date of 22nd May. Also details a couple of changes which relate to place of residency of club members and also allowing for 5 walkers instead of 6 if club is scratching to have 6 walkers. See the note from David Lonsdale here.
  • 20th December - Daniel Lord and Rosie Robinson are the Otago 10km Road Walk Champions for 2010. Daniel did the 10km in 52m17s and Rosie did 52m23s. This was raced over the course to be used for Track and Field Champs at the end of March in Dunedin. For further results follow the link
  • 20th December -  New Grand Prix Race Walking series for RWNZ members. Prize money up for grabs for the 1st 3 men and women overall in the Series. This is your chance to race against your fellow Race walkers in a Series of 8 events that extends from Auckland to Dunedin. For all the details, click here.
  • 12th December - Courtney Ruske was first Female home in the NZ Secondary Schools Championships 2000 metre walk today in a very smart time of 9m52.69s. Second was Lucinda Shaw and third was Maggie Bradley. Matthew Holcroft is the 3000 metre Secondary Schools Champion winning by over 2 minutes from Jonathon Lord and a further minute back to Ben Meikle. Matthew's winning time was 13m18.43s. Full results of walks can be found here.
  • 6th December - Extract of Race Walking results from South Island Masters Track and Field Champs - 3rd to 5th December 2010 - Invercargill. For the results of all events, follow this link.
  • 29th Nov - Racewalking Auckland 10,000metre track championships 2010 Yvette Williams track Pakuranga 28 November 2010. - Racing for the first time on Pakuranga’s new all weather surface at Lloyd Ellsmore Park, Racewalking Auckland members perservered  for 25 laps, with Mike Parker leading all the way to win by an almost 4 minute margin. In second place was David Sim, with the elder of the two Jackson brothers, Paul, finishing in third. The women’s championship was taken out by Shirley Barber. A tight tactical contest between Shirley and Andrew Jackson, saw Shirley lead to the 8km before Andrew pulled away over the final 5 laps. Full results here. Individual lap times can be accessed here.
  • 25th Nov - Results from Race Walking Auckland's Creamer-Wilson One mile - Auckland Domain 21st Nov 2010.
  • 23rd Nov - Extract of the Race Walking results from the North Island Masters Track and Field Championships from Inglewood - held on the 19th to 21st Nov. Many thanks to the walkers who made the effort to come from Wellington, Manawatu and Waikato. 16 walkers in the 3,000 metres and 11 in the 10K road walk (2 Wellington and 9 Taranaki). In the 3,000 metres there were 4DQs and 1 DNF. The 10K had 2 Dqs and 1 DNF. Judging was very consistent, but with strict IAAF rules there will always prove to be lots of DQs in the 60 plus age group, many are no longer able to lock. A question, if you are a Judge and a walker trips when walking past you, do you red card them? Love to know your opinions - within rule 230 it is definitely a red card, would you put in a red card (you can't do a baton, they are not in danger of infringing, they have infringed). E-mail me.
  • 22nd Nov - Please ensure you fill in the survey on the attached circular and get your preferred options on distances for Championships known to David Lonsdale. Don't delay - we need to know by 3rd December. 
  • 22nd Nov -  

    Desk top publishing skills

    When the late Jack Tregurtha wrote his booklet Race Walking in New Zealand he produced a very interesting resource and valuable aid to walkers and officials.  The Committee would like to revise it and publish it in loose leaf format in a ring binder, with a copy for every member.We have done some work on up-dating the text and will be looking for new photos.  Our biggest problem is that we need someone with desk top publishing skills to work with us on this project.  Can you help or do you have a friend who might help? If we can not get help from our membership putting the job out to a professional could put the whole project out of our price range.  So I hope someone can get in touch with David Lonsdale to offer some help. Phone 04 9778990

  • 22nd Nov - Children as young as 10 (finally you all say) are able to walk at the Colgate Games in Hastings and/or Dunedin in January (Thanks to Sandra Moratti and the Taranaki Centre). Please try to get as many children as possible competing at these games. See Colgate Games.
  • 22nd Nov - Congratulations Geoff Annear and Peter Wrigley who have both been confirmed  as IAAF Race Walking Judges on the IAAF Panel 2010 to 2014. Geoff Annear will be officiating at the Daegu World T&F Champs; Peter will be officiating at the Olympic Games in London. Most of you are aware of Peter and have met him regularly on the Walking circuit. Many of you (in the North Island at least) will not be aware of Geoff. He has a long history as an Official in Athletics and Race Walking. He lives in the Canterbury region. Geoff's appointment really strengthens the Race Walking judging panel in New Zealand.
  • 22nd Nov - Minutes from 2010 AGM
  • 19th Nov - Simon Baker talks Race Walking efficiency. This is a very interesting extract from the Victorian Racewalking "heel and Toe" newletter. 
  • 19th Nov - Vision exposed - extracted from Contact Magazine. There is much more to seeing than meets the eye. 
  • 19th Nov - IAAF Guide to Race Walk Judging and setup of events. 

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Norm Read 2011, D. Moratti, M. White, S. Coombes, D. Wackrow, courtesy Taranaki Daily News.

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