Canterbury Road Champs



The road season is kicking off with the Canterbury Road Champs hosted by Athletics Canterbury. The race has headed back to Landfill Road for 2022. The laps will either be 1km,  2km or, in the case of the men’s race 2.5km. The course is fully certified.  It is a flat road course, so an ideal speed course.

This Championship event offers registered athletic club runners and affiliated clubs in the region the opportunity to be selected to represent Canterbury in National Road Championships. While the race is open to all competitors, those wishing to be considered for selection must be an Athletics NZ registered member.

Click here for event information

Click here for Canterbury Selection information

Click here for information on the National Road Champs

And last but not least, for those considering a trip to Nationals, you can find information on our club travel policy here

For those who would like to enter but have missed the Club entries, you can enter on the day. Entries are taken up to 45 minutes before race start for a cash fee of $10 for Adults and $5 for Juniors

Lakeside Relay Teams

Saturday 06 August – Lake Roto Kohatu

Set in a beautiful lake environment, this is a great course over a range of terrains. While predominately tar seal & gravel roads there are grassy tracks in places.

​The course has a few undulations, but overall  considered to be very fast and runnable for all runners. Road shoes are recommended.

This year a new grade is being introduced which the organisers are very excited about. Developed to allow Whanau to run together, teams in this grade must have at least 1 adult and 1 child (U16). The rest is flexible.

Race information can be found here

Team options Adults (16+), under 16 and Whanau team.

Entries will close at 9am on Monday, 01 August.


MW: Annette, Jin, Helen, Robyn

MM: Danny, TBC, TBC, Marty

Under 16: Nicola/Emily/Abigail J/Millie (reserve Hari)

Please remember that teams and running order can be adjusted before race start on the day. For the MM and MW this needs to be done by 12pm and by 2.00pm for the under 16 Team

Please note due to the recent wet weather, there is flooding and large pot holes on the access road to the course. Therefore it is recommend that runners park in Lakeside Place or Outlook Place (off Greywacke Road) and walk to the course through the reserve at the end of Lakes Way.

Andrew Reese Memorial Relay 2022


Time for the next XC Team Relays. Seniors, Masters and Under 18

Hosted by North Canterbury Athletic Club out in Rangiora we get to indulge in a course that is a mixture of XC, grass, stop bank single road, and windy Mountain bike tracks. This course is gently undulating. No sand and spikes not recommended.

1 lap for the under 18’s (2km) and 2 for us more advanced in our years (5.5km).

See here for more information on the event

Please register here by 12.00pm Saturday, 16 July so we can organise teams.

National Club XC Relay Champs – Sunday, 31 July 2022, Taupō

Calling for Expressions of Interest

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)

Canterbury XC Champs – 09 July 2022


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.

Good luck to all our runners!

Kennett Cup / South Island Cross Country Championships – 25 June 22

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

XC – The Holloway is here!

Saturday, 11 June 2022 – Entries now closed

This event is hosted by our club at the Motukarara race course and one of the great XC courses to run (not that we are in anyway bias…)

The course has a fast flat start and finish and weaves its way around the contours of the hills that surround the racecourse. Each lap is approximately 2km.

Click here to find out more about the course and event

We look forward to seeing you next weekend

XC – Royal Derby @ Ascot

Saturday, 04 June. Entries are now Closed

Sumner runners, our next race in the XC calendar is the Royal Derby.

Join in the fun at this right Royal Event! You can dress up in your “royal attire” or turn up in regular running kit.

There are two race options 2.5km or 5km and the event is open to all runners 7 years +

The course is mostly grassy flat areas with undulations of up to 2m. The organiser’s will add in some small “horse” jumps for good measure as no respectable Derby would be without them.

Check-out the website here for more details

Thank you for your entries. The 5km race starts at 1.45 and the 2.5km race is at 2.20pm. Go well!

Florence McCormick

Bridie McCormick

Emily Watt

Kate Morrison

Robyn Perkins

Louise Martin

Marty Lukes

Jacob Roberts

Helen Bealey

Siobhan Palmer

Neve Majendie

Jackson Lamb

Mac Smith

Mary-Clare Delahunty

Tome Sharpe

Kate Sharpe

Finlay Sharpe

Angus Sharpe

Abi Scott-Douglas

Rawhiti XC – 21 May 2022

Have a great day out there

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.