Good news for our junior runners – the Port Hills Under 18 races have been re-scheduled and will take place on Saturday 9th October. This will be your last race for the cross-country season and a great opportunity to measure your progress from the start of the season. Races start at 2:00pm but it is a good idea to check the race website in the days leading up to the race in case there are any late changes. The information about the race can be found here.
With the lifting of level 3 restrictions and the re-organising of the race calendar there are a number of items to attend to in a short space of time.
If you have entered the Canterbury Road Champs but now cannot run please contact Lockie on (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that he can remove you from the entry list. Scroll down the club webpage and check the entry list if you are unsure. The organizers need to know who is running so they can time races to fit the level 2 conditions so please take action by Wednesday 4:00pm if this applies to you.
The Governors Bay to Lyttelton road race is on, under level 2 restrictions. Entries for this need to be in by Friday evening so scroll to the post on the club website and put in your entry if you wish to run this race. The exact arrangements for this race have not been finalised so check the race website next week for details.
The Takahe to Akaroa Road Relay will go ahead under level 2 so we are still taking entries for this event. Again scroll down our website to the appropriate spot to enter this race.
The Cross Country & Road committee have worked really hard to keep as many races as possible on the calendar. There is a huge amount of work going on in the background to meet all level 2 requirements so that the races can be run safely.
Truly we are very lucky to have this group in charge of our sport. If you get the chance over the next few weeks please let them know how much you appreciate their efforts.
The Port Hills Under 18 race may still go ahead on a new date so keep an eye out for entry details.
The athletics season is also not far away and the children’s registration forms will be on the website shortly. Remember, if you registered for the cross country season this year choose the upgrade option as you have already paid your Athletics NZ fees.
The popular Governor’s Bay to Lyttelton Road Race will take place again this year under level 2 conditions. Please check the race website to get the most up to date information. It will be wise to check this again on Friday 17th Sept to confirm your start time and conditions that apply to your wave.
Entries have to be in this week as the handicappers have a huge job grading everyone according to their estimated 10k time combined with what race results this year tell them your form really is :-). Please enter your realistic 10k time in mm:ss format to help calculations eg. 29:15, 45:00, 62:45.
While you are on the website don’t forget to enter the Takahe to Akaroa relay and email Lockie at email@example.com if you can no longer run the Canterbury Road Champs this coming Saturday 11th Sept.
Entry deadline has been extended but is absolutely final. You miss it – don’t ask! :-)
Despite the current lockdown restrictions and the move to level 3 next week, the Takahe to Akaroa organizing committee are confident the race will go ahead. Last year they did an exceptional job in staging the event under level 2 conditions so hopes are high for the race to take place again this year. If all goes well it will remain the National Road Relay Championships which always makes for an exciting race in all grades.
Annette has been working on putting together a Masters Women 50+ team, and Helen and Jarrod are working on compiling the other teams. Sign up below for the October 2nd event.
A quick turnaround for race sign up. Entries for the Lakeside Relay are due next Monday but as the teams have to be organised by the selectors names need to be in by Sunday night. 4 person teams with the Under 16 teams running 1 lap of 2.5km and Adult teams running 2 laps for 5km. The course at Roto Kohatu is a good cross over to the road races with a fast hard packed gravel surface. Check out details of the race here. Adult teams start at 12:30pm and Under 16 at 2:30pm.
After such a great turnout at the Kennett Cup, can we beat those numbers for the Canterbury Cross Country Championships at Halswell Quarry. This is the last of the cross country events before we move to the road based part of the season. The event date is Saturday 24 July (the last weekend of the holidays) with first race start 1:05pm. Check out the event details here.
We usually have a good representation of runners in the Canterbury team, and being so close this year we encourage you to have a look. Canterbury is keen to have full teams across the age groups, so check it out and put your nomination form in if you want to experience the camraderie and excitment of a National Championships. The club financially supports all those representing Canterbury.
The Kennett Cup is considered the South Island Champs and is the first event on the calendar to offer medals. It kicks off at 1:15pm on Saturday 10th July with the U14 & U16 grades. The Ascot Park course contains steeples which allow you a slightly shorter route or you can go flatter and longer around them. More information regarding the event can be found here.
The Holloway is organised by Sumner and has traditionally been one of the harder races on the calendar by being a bit longer and having ‘hills’! It’s a great course at Motukarara and ideal for mud larks if we get a bit of rain. If you intend run in a grade out side your normal age grade please write this in the comments box.
Information about the race, start times and distances, can be found here.
The new location in Rangiora was due for its first outing last year but events led to the inaugural efforts of the North Canterbury club being cancelled, so it will be a new experience for everyone this year on the 12th June.
The 4 x 5 km relay for Masters and Seniors, and 4 x 2 km for Juniors is the familiar format used here though distances are ‘guides’. It looks like these legs might be slightly longer, but a lot faster than the sandy terrain of the Lionel Fox.
Details of the event can be found here. Parking is on Millton Ave – drive through Rangiora on Ashley Rd towards the river and look for signs.
Senior & Masters
Teams need to be sorted before entries are sent through to the organiser so please get your entry in before Queen’s Birthday events or travels interfere or make you forget! Last entries need to be in by
The Rawhiti Cross Country Races incorporating the Jane Paterson Cup caused controversy last year when Sumner weren’t awarded the cup despite having the fastest 6 man team. This year we can confirm that masters as well as senior athletes will count for the open race so it would be good to “defend” the trophy this year. All the information and history of the event can be found here.
This year there is a short course option available for all over 18 runners. This is an Open race of 4.5km which you can choose to do if you don’t fancy the longer distance of your age grade race. Just select this on the form and we will enter you in that.