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.