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Auckland Race Walker Alana Barber Retires

3 September 2021 • Announcement

Covid 19 Lockdown Auckland

23 August 2021 • Announcement

A Guide to the Paralympics

23 August 2021 • Announcement

ACA Relays – A Covid-19 Exposure Site

10 August 2021 • Events

NZ Cross Country Championships – Dunedin

22 July 2021 • Coaching

Aspire Winter Track & Field Academy

14 July 2021 • General

Track & Field Officials of the Year

14 July 2021 • Coaching

Athletics NZ Coach The Coach Workshops

13 July 2021 • General

McKinnon Shield Presentation

12 July 2021 • Announcement

Athletics NZ weekly round up

15 June 2021 • General

GP 3 Incorporating Auckland Teams Race

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31 May 2021 • Announcement

Samoan Language Week

17 May 2021 • Announcement

Athletics Auckland Grand Prix Race Results

15 March 2021 • Announcement

Colgate Games 2022

5 March 2021 • Announcement

Athletics Auckland Junior Championships 2021

5 March 2021 • Announcement

McKinnon Shield 9 – Competition update

2 March 2021 • Announcement

Nationals update from Athletics New Zealand

28 February 2021 • Announcement

Athletics Auckland Weekly Review – 1st March 2021

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Athletics NZ Track & Field Championships – Postponed

27 February 2021 • Events

World Athletics Continental Tour – Auckland

22 February 2021 • Announcement

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18 February 2021 • Announcement

Auckland Stadiums Alert Level 2 Guidelines

16 February 2021 • Announcement

Auckland Grade 7-14yrs Championships Postponed

12 February 2021 • Announcement

Porritt Classic 2021

2 February 2021 • General

Officials C Track Seminar

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North Island U16 & U18 Interprovincials

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Cross Country & Road

22 July 2020 • General

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2020 Cross Country & Road Season

17 May 2021 • Events

A beginners guide to Cross Country 2021

Athletics Auckland organises a series of inter-club cross country and road racing through the winter each year (May to September) for all age grades, Juniors to Masters. It’s called The Grand Prix Series.

All in all, the series is five cross country events and the road race championships at the end – so six events in total. It’s a chance to get regular racing against some of the top runners from the other clubs in Auckland and it’s a lot of fun. Races are split by age category. Juniors race from 2k for the Under 8s up to 8k or 10k for the seniors. The events are professionally marshalled and run under World Athletics rules.

How the series works

You pick up individual points as you compete and there are overall league tables for your performances across the whole series. There is also a teams event and two of the races double up as Auckland Championships for Cross Country and 10k Road.

The series gives you a chance to race regularly and is great for your fitness and athletic development. Cross country is a hard workout which can be integrated into your overall programme. Many of our club legends (including Peter Snell, Murray Halberg, Jeff Julian, Dave Sirl, Martin Simmons, Kevin Ryan, Rex Maddaford) in the past used cross country to develop strength to set themselves up for road and track later in the year. If you haven’t had much racing experience, it is a great way to learn. You train as a team, run as a team and learn from each other, building up friendships and rivalries through the winter.

The six Grand Prix events

GP Race 1 – Pukekohe A & P Showgrounds (15th May)

Known as a “true cross country event” meaning it’s got hills, longish grass and often a bit of mud. Papakura club always lay on an awesome bake sale 🙂

GP Race 2 – Pakuranga Lloyd Elsmore Park (29th May)

It’s an all rounder’s course with some open fast running on the playing fields and some more technical (muddier), steeper bits as well. Pakuranga has a bar where you can grab hot chips and a drink and share some war stories after the race.

GP Race 3 – The Teams Event, Barry Curtis (12th June)

As well as competing for individual points in the Grand Prix series, you also gain points for your club so you run as a team. It is a bit like the American NCAA races. If you win your category, you get 1 point. If you are 2nd, you get 2 points. The team with the lowest overall score wins. It’s great fun. Every position for every runner counts.

GP Race 4 – Long Bay (26th June)

The Long Bay course is well-drained with a sandy base so it’s dry and fast. It’s also short – usually 4k for the senior grades. This is the course to show off your wheels and your sprint finish. It’s also right on the beach – so why not make a day of it, and go for a walk or an extended cool down jog after?

GP Race 5 – Auckland Cross Country Championships (24th July)

Back at Barry Curtis for Race 5. Barry Curtis can be a bit boggy by the 24th July! As well as competing for Grand Prix points, the Auckland Cross Country titles are at stake so fields are usually stronger for this race. Auckland representative teams for the National Cross Country Championships are selected here so it’s an important race if you want to compete at the National Champs which are in Dunedin this year on the 7th August.

GP Race 6 – Auckland Road Race Championships (21st August)

The Grand Prix Series finishes with the Auckland Road Champs. Venue is TBC at this stage but likely to be Bruce Pulman Park in Takanini. Distances are 2k for Under 8s through to 10k for seniors and masters). Again, the Auckland Road Race titles are up for grabs as well as selection for Auckland representative teams for the NZ Road Champs (5th September at Mystery Creek, Hamilton).

So, rev your engines, sharpen your spikes and get racing this winter!

Thanks to Owairaka Athletics Club for the great guide for all athletes!

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