Athletics New Zealand is excited to launch a brand-new NZ Cross Country Relay Championships set to take place on Sunday 31 July of NZ Cross Country weekend.
The Club based cross country relay will feature teams of four with two male and two female racing 2km each around a fast, spectator friendly 1km loop at Spa Thermal Park in Taupō.
With grades for under 16, under 18, under 20, senior, masters 35-49, 50-64, 65+ and composite there are plenty of opportunities to field a team in this exciting inaugural event.
This event would best suit members who may already be in Taupo of the National XC Champs and or a group that would like to have a weekend away in Taupō and dabble in a bit of racing. Further information on the event can be found here
We are conscious timeframes are tight this year considering the location, but if you are potentially interested in this event, please submit an Expression of interest. If there is enough interest we can look at entering a Sumner team(s)
Next up in the XC schedule is the Canterbury XC Champs and Halswell Quarry. This is the pinnacle race for the Cross Country season.
This championship race serves to identify the local champions and also acts as selection race for the National Champs. Junior races kick-off at 1.05pm and Senior racing starts at 2.05pm. See here for event information.
Important Note 1: If you would like to be considered for Canterbury Team selection for the NZ XC Champs in Taupo on 30 July, details on the selection process and nomination form can be found here
Important Note 2: Halswell Quarry is getting busier each year and legal parking will be at a premium. It is recommended that you arrive early and allow time to walk to the start. Where practical, carpooling is a good option
Entries via the Club system are now closed. On the day entries will be accepted by Athletics Canterbury up to 45mins before race start. $10 per senior and $5 for under 18’s can be paid in cash on the day.
CLUB ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED – On the day entry is available
The Kennett Cup Steeples is the longest running cross country race in New Zealand and doubles as the South Island Cross Country Championships. This Ascot Golf / QE2 Park course is on slightly undulating ground with one steeple at end of first lap, then two steeples per lap. Click here for further information about the race, course and age group categories.
Club entries are now closed. If you have missed the cut-off you can still enter on the day for a fee of $10 for those 18 years + and $5 for Juniors. Payment can be made in cash or paid directly into the Christchurch Avon bank account. Any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rawhiti is next up in the XC series. This course is a mix of grass and trail out in New Brighton with full and short course options for our Senior runners. Check out the event website here for all the details.
You will be able to pick up your race numbers at the event tomorrow
Looks like a great turn out! Good luck to all our runners tomorrow. Go well out there.
The Lionel Fox Relay is a 4 person team relay on a 2km course that offers a wide variety of terrain that is sheltered from strong winds starting from flat grass to sandy dunes to winding woodland paths, and some beach. Seniors will complete 2 laps each (4km) and it will be a single lap for our under 18 runners. Event information can be found here
Senior Men: Mark Adams, George Hedley, Paul Timothy, Jake Robertson
Masters Women: Jessica Campbell, Louise Martin, Iona Powell, Robyn Perkins
Mixed Masters: Mark Johnston; Bruce Steven; Jan Harrison; Annette Campbell
Under 18 Team 1: Abigail Scott-Douglas, Lucy Wheeler, Jade Majendie, Emily Watt
Under 18 Team 2: Florence McCormack, Abigail Junge, Bridie McCormack, Neve Majendie
Seniors start at 12.35pm; Under 18’s start at 2.35pm.
Please note that no dogs are not allowed at this event.
Sunday 15 May, 7.30am – Entries are open on the Athletics Canterbury Website here
The 2022 New Zealand Senior Marathon Championships combined with the Athletics Canterbury Marathon Championships will take place on a fast, flat course in rural Canterbury.
A half-marathon option is now available for those keen to run a shorter race over this fast course.
Numbers in the event are still limited with priority given to marathon contenders. Half marathon entries will be accepted on a first come first served basis until our race limit is reached. Entry criteria still apply to the marathon event.
All successful entrants will be confirmed by Tuesday 19 April at the latest to enable runners from other parts of New Zealand to make travel and accommodation arrangements. A waitlist in the event of potential withdrawals will also be operated