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.

Lionel Fox Relay – race day 07 May 2022

Proposed Teams

Our XC season continues with a second relay race

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

Proposed Teams

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.

Good luck and go well!

Hagley Memorial Relay – 30 April 2022

Please enter by Friday 22 April

It is time to kick-off with the first XC Relay race of the season!

The Hagley Memorial Relay is a 4 person team relay with each runner completing a 4km lap on mainly flat grassy parkland at North Hagley Park. Event information can be found here.

Proposed Teams

Masters Women 1: Robyn Perkins, Louise Martin, Lisa Smailes, Jessica Campbell

Master Women 2: Annette Campbell, Jan Harrison, Iona Powell, Mary-Clare Delahunty

Masters Men: David Fitch; Tom Sharpe; Bruce Stevens, Marty Lukes

Girls Under 16: Jade Majendie; Emily Watt; Millie Junge; Abi Scott-Douglas

Mixed under 14 (boys race): Angus Sharp; Neve Majendie; Abigail Junge, TBC

UPDATE: REBOOT – Canterbury Marathon Champs are on and a half-marathon option is now available

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.

Race information can be found here

Entries close at 8pm on Tuesday 19 April

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

Junior XC

2022 xc season is nearly here so dust off your shoes & get ready juniors.

Term 1 Training: Thurs 7th April & Tues 12th April

Term 2 & 3 Training: every Tuesday & Thursday

Time:  4.45pm – 5.30pm

Where: Ferrymead Football Fields, Ferrymead Park Drive (meet in the carpark)

Registrations open early April (TBC)

Everyone welcome!

Lakes Reserve Cross Country Races – updated

Sunday 10 April 2022
Two distances – 2k or 4k
Mass start @ 10am


Athletics Canterbury are opening the winter season with a tasty little cross country event at Lake Roto Kōhatu. Everyone aged 7 years and older can take part. You choose your distance of either 2K or 4K. Please note there is a small yet positive change now Covid restrictions have been relaxed and the organisers will now do a mass start at 10am.

It’s a great opportunity to blow off cobwebs and shake the dust off those XC shoes. Will it be the 1 lap or the double?

Event details can be found here

Registrations are now closed. The following people have been registered. Good luck and go well!

Finlay Sharpe

Kate Sharpe

Angus Sharpe

Danny Carmine

Florence McCormick

Bridie McCormick

Sam Toira

Emily Watt

Abi Scott-Douglas

Jarrod Cook

Jackson Lamb

Macrae Smith

Hannah Grimwood

Kevin Grimwood

Jin Flanagan

Show your Bias

In order to get the season underway in the right way, the Sumner Running Club committee has organised a pre-season warm-up activity to improve your flexibility, concentration, and ability to take a gap. And of course, show your bias.

On Tuesday 5th April you’ll get to try out an hour of lawn bowls before our brief annual AGM. We’ll put on the bowls and some tuition at 6:00pm at the Redcliffs Bowling Club, 9 James St, Redcliffs. The bar will be open so you will be able to keep hydrated while doing those reps on the green and we will provide some nibbles to keep your nutrition levels right.

At 7:30pm we will hold our Annual General Meeting. This is an important requirement for all registered clubs and where we set fees for the season, elect new officers, review the previous year in performance and financial terms, and discuss any concerns club members may have. It is always good for club members to know how their club is going, and it lets the committee know members are engaged and their needs are being met. I seriously urge you to put aside a couple of hours that night to have a bowl and support your club by attending the AGM.

You can support your club even more by contacting one of the current committee members if you are interested in helping out on the committee. While there are some set roles you might feel are your thing there is also a need for those happy to try their hand at whatever comes up. It is always good to have fresh ideas come on to the committee and more hands share the work.

When: Tuesday 5th April

Where: Redcliffs Bowling Club

Time: 6:00 – 8:30pm

Sign up below so we can cater for the bowls and food. You don’t have to do the bowls but we would still like you to indicate if you are coming to the AGM so please sign up as well.

Interclub Relays!

Athletics Canterbury are running a special ‘Relays’ meet on Saturday 18th December. There are 3 different relay events and you can choose to run in as many as you like. Given most of our senior members are cross country runners this is a great chance to experience track running in a fun environment.

  • The Race options are:
    • 4 x 100m
    • 4 x 400m
    • Medley (2 x 200m, 400m, 800m in any order!)

The club is keen to enter teams so if you sign up below you’ll be running with other members of the club. The proposed programme for the day is here. You can even stick round for a steeplechase. Sumner will cover entry fees for the day. Entries due by 1:00pm Thursday 16 December.

Saturday 18th December

9:30am – 1:00pm

Nga Puna Wai

Christmas Handicap

Remember this from 2020? Well Dave Fitch had such a ball disqualifying everyone last year he wants to do it again. A 5k handicap race based on your predicted time. If you are more than 3.25% quicker than you say, don’t expect to be on the podium. That’s the qualifying limit to have a counting time. (For those who need some easier maths, it’s about 2 seconds per minute).

When: Tuesday 21st December

Time: first starts 5:40pm

Where: Hagley Park (same course as the 5k series)

This event is open to all club members, whanau, and friends. Afterwards we will be heading to Volstead on Riccarton Rd for some refreshments – just a short walk from the park.

Entries need to be in by 7:30pm Monday 20th December.

Prize-giving Dinner

Time to reflect on the achievements of the year both on and off the race course. It has been another great year of results as individuals and as teams culminating in victory for our Masters Men and Masters Women 50+ in the Takahe to Akaroa Road Relay.

Sumner finished runner up in the Club of the Year competition in 2021, which indicates how well our runners did given it isn’t a focus for the club but a bi-product of members wanting to get out there and run. El Presidente Dave Fitch will give us a rundown on those results, probably without the accompaniment of a heavy metal band this year – mind you Carmine might turn up with a guitar…Come along for a relaxed catch-up with your fellow club members. Members get a $10 subsidy on their meal. Partners welcome.

Click on this menu link to choose your meal then sign up using the button below.