The winter cross country season runs from April to October each year. Athletics Canterbury, via their Cross Country and Road Committee, has a programme of 14 events in a variety of formats (relays, handicaps, individual races) and over a variety of terrain (forest trails, grassed parkland, racetracks, roads, quarries and hills). Once registered you will will receive a “Season Programme” outlining the event times and locations.
You may enter as many of these races as you wish – there is no compulsion to run them all! All athletes are required to pre-enter a race via the club website. Notification of races and an entry form will be posted on the website the week before entries are due. Full members will have their race entry fee paid by the club.
Wearing the Sumner Club uniform and your registration number is compulsory when competing.
Outside the Athletics Canterbury programme there are a number of other events that many of the club runners participate in, including our own Boulder Bay Classic.
In accordance with Athletics New Zealand, grades are determined according to an athlete’s age as at 31 December each year, except for Masters’ grades which are determined by age on the day:
- Yearly Grades for both males and females up to the age of 19 (eg B13=Boys 13, G9=Girls 9)
- Senior Men and Women – age 20 to 34 years
- Masters Men and Women – age over 35 (age as on race day)
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”.
Some of the juniors after a wet, but fun Lionel Fox Relays 2018
Training for the juniors will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4.45-5:30pm 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 Hansen Park each Wednesday evening for a speed work session (from 5.45pm), and some adults and older juniors participate in longer runs each Sunday from the Sign of the Takahe (at 8:00am) and Taylor’s Mistake (at 9:00am).
The team selectors (see below) can also advise when other training runs occur for those individuals interested. Check the Club Training page for more details.
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 – David Fitch, email@example.com
- Juniors – Chris Rowe, 027 485 3154 firstname.lastname@example.org and Ann Wells, 022 376 6180 email@example.com
“Club of the Year” Winter Points Series
The Winter Points Series commenced in 2009 using ten events on the Canterbury winter calendar to determine the Club of the Year. At the end of the 2011 winter season Sumner finished third overall.
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”. eg. At the Hagley 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 after each counting race.