Pat competing at the 2009 National Cross Country Championships
In accordance with Athletics New Zealand, grades are determined according to an athlete’s age as at 31 December each year:
- Yearly Grades for both males and females up to the age of 19 (eg B13 – Boys 13, B14 – Boys 13 etc)
- Senior Men and Women – age 20 to 34 years
- Masters Men and Women – age 35 onwards (generally in 10 year age grades, eg M40-49)
Many of our members are families and the juniors are a group who regularly train and compete in cross country races, road races, team relays and athletics.
Our aim is to provide a friendly environment for your children to develop their running potential. We have a philosophy that rests on individual improvement and diversity of experience. While we are keen to encourage those that perform highly, we also have a focus on participation and improvement of individual “personal bests”.
Ed striding out at the 2009 Inter-Regional Cross Country Championships
Training for the juniors will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5pm from Ferrymead Park. Later in the season as daylight hours demand, training will begin at 4.30pm. All ages 7 years and up are welcome.
Weekend runs (usually Sunday) will be held at different venues around the city and will be advertised as they can be fitted into the calendar. Along with this are the three runs which make up the Club’ s JT Series. Excellent runs with different formats which usually has the smartest runner coming out on top!
Parents are encouraged to accompany the groups on their runs. It’s a great way to improve your own fitness and get a good understanding of the aims of our training.
A group of adults also train at Hansens Park each Wednesday evening (from 5.30pm) (speedwork), and some adults and older juniors participate in a 1.5-2 hour long run from the Sign of the Takahe each Sunday (at 8am).
The team selectors (see below) can also advise when other training runs occur for those individuals interested.
The winter season runs from April to October. All registered athletes will receive a programme outlining event times and locations. All athletes are required to pre-enter a race and will need to advise the selectors if they wish to run prior to the entry dates (these are also in the race book). Athletes are required to wear Sumner Club Uniform and their registration number when competing.
Coach and Team Co-ordinators
All the following people are volunteers, and your support of them on training nights and Saturdays is appreciated. If you’re interested in joining our friendly and supportive club, the appropriate co-ordinator would love to hear from you.
- Senior/ Masters Women – Katherine Fitch, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Senior/ Masters Men – Marty Lukes, email@example.com
- Juniors – Chris Rowe 027 485 3154 firstname.lastname@example.org and Ann Wells 022 376 6180 email@example.com
The Winter Points Series is a relatively new initiative (commenced in 2009, however not widely advertised). At the end of the 2011 winter season, Sumner finished third overall.
Ten events of the Canterbury Winter Season are used to determine the Club of the Year. Here’s how it works:
- Clubs are ranked at each event based on the four best age grade placings they achieve. This produces a “Club of the Day”. At the Hagely Relays, our best four placings were 1st (15/16 boys), 1st (15/16 girls), 2nd (Masters Men) and 3rd (Senior Men). This placed us 3rd club behind University and Christchurch Avon (both of whom had four first placings).
- The winning club at each event is awarded 20 points. 2nd club 18 points, 3rd club 16 points, then 14, 12, 10, 8 etc.
- The total of these event points show which club is leading at any stage throughout the season, and the total of all ten events will determine the ‘Club of the Year’.
The current standings will be updated on a weekly basis as a news item, as well as updated here.