The Vosseler Shield

The toughest cross country race in Aotearoa

Event date: 20/05/2017 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM Export event

Goodbye balmy autumnal days of April - it's time for some truly testing cross country running.  The Vosseler Shield, on 20 May, is described by some as the hardest cross country race in New Zealand.  So, once you've run this race, the rest of the season will feel easy!

The Vosseler Shield is the first of four interclub races that comprise the Athletics Wellington Championship (followed by the Dorne Cup, the Wellington Cross Country Champs and the Wellington Road Champs).

There are five races that make up the event:

  • 1.30 pm. 2 JUNIOR WOMEN WU20, YOUTH WOMEN WU18, GIRLS GU15, YOUTH MEN MU18, BOYS BU15. 3.7 km  
  • 2.00pm. 3 BOYS BU13, BOYS BU11. 1.6 km
  • 2.15pm.  GIRLS GU13, GIRLS GU11. 1.6 km

COURSE DESCRIPTION A combination of bush track and sealed road on Mount Victoria. Race headquarters are at the WHAC Clubrooms on Alexandra Rd. All races start on the grassed area opposite Badminton Hall on Ruahine St. 

AGE GRADES AND CLUB UNIFORM NOTE: Age at 31st December 2017, except Masters where age at 20th May 2017. As this event is only open to Registered Club Members, the correct club uniform must be worn. IMPORTANT: Any athlete wishing to compete “out of grade” (e.g. junior in senior grade), must advise such at Race HQ 30 minutes before start time. 

TEAM AND INDIVIDUAL AWARDS: Medals will be awarded to FIRST PLACE in each grade (* Except there will be no medals for either non-championship race). Team Competition WINNERS will receive medals, with number to count in each grade as follows: 

  • Senior Men 6 
  • Masters Women MW50/60/70 combined 3 
  • Junior Women WU20/WU18 combined 3 
  • All other grades 3 (* Except there will be no medals for either non-championship race). 

The Barry Everitt Plate will be awarded to the Club scoring the highest number of points over all grades. This will be based on participation, where every competitor will score points, with 100 points to the winner. e.g. Senior Women, 30 finishers, first place scores 100 points, last place scores 71 points. (* Except the two non-championship races will not count towards this Club competition). 

Prize giving will be at the WHAC Clubrooms after completion of the last race. 

Race Director: Chris Hansen, phone: (021) 0264 5108, or email: P.O.Box 6278, Wellington, New Zealand 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION RACE ELIGIBILITY The Vosseler Shield races are an Athletics New Zealand Sanctioned Event. Only Athletics NZ registered athletes who are financial members in the ANZ ClubNet database are eligible to enter and to compete. Athletes must be financial in ClubNet by midnight 17 May 2017 in order to enter and to compete. 

TIMING AND RECORDING SYSTEM – CHANGES FOR 2017 Athletics Wellington provides the timing system. Race bibs will again be used for each of the 4 interclub races. Shoe timing chips will also be used. These are new chips, not the ones previously used. Athletes must uplift their race bib and timing chip from the WHAC clubrooms at least 30 minutes prior to the start of their race. Their race bib must be worn on the front of their club singlet. The timing chip must be fixed securely to their shoe. Online entries are preferred (see below). Entries can also be made at the WHAC clubrooms up to 30 minutes prior to the start of the race. Avoid the long queues by entering online and arriving at the WHAC clubrooms early. Race HQ is open from 11.30am. 

CLOSING TIME FOR ENTRY AND RACE BIB PICK UP Please enter online prior to the race. Athletics Wellington online portal for this purpose is: If you enter online by Friday 12 May you will receive a personalised race bib on the day. Race bib pick up at the WHAC clubrooms on race day 20 May from 11.30am. If you wish to enter other than online, you must do so at the WHAC clubrooms at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the race. Race HQ is open from 11.30am. No postal or emailed entries will be accepted. 

COURSE MARKING The course will be marked with a combination of the following; tape, marker poles, arrows, cones and marshals. Where 2 marker poles are placed as a gate, runners must run between the marker poles. Where 1 marker pole is used, runners must run within 5m either side of the marker pole. When running adjacent to roads, athletes must run within the coned off verge area. Failure to comply with a marshal’s instruction or not following the correct course may result in disqualification. 

PROTESTS AND APPEALS IAAF Competition Rules 146 covers protests and appeals. In the first instance, any protest must be made to the Race Referee, within 30 minutes of the finish of the race. Referee’s decision will be given to the Race Director. Any appeal must be made to the Race Director. 

SAFETY MARSHALS Marshals are clearly identifiable with orange Hi-Viz vests around the course. If you are injured or observe an injury or problem of any kind please report to the nearest marshal. All competitors must obey the directions of marshals. 

COURSE CONDITIONS This is a cross country race and accordingly trails may be loose, steep, slippery, uneven, and have trip hazards. Competitors are responsible for taking reasonable care. 

PUBLIC ROADS The race includes the crossing of public roads. Marshals will be in place for your safety, and will endeavour to stop vehicles in order to provide right of way to runners. However you must remain alert at road crossings, look yourself, and be prepared to stop if directed to do so by a marshal. Where the course runs alongside public roads, competitors must run within the coned off verge area.

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