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Athletics Auckland Cross Country & Road

2023 Cross Country Events

 

Auckland Cross Country Mixed Distance Racing – Click here

Grand Prix 1 – Click here

Grand Prix 2 incorporating the Athletics Auckland Teams Championships – Click here

Grand Prix 3 – incorporating the Athletics Auckland Cross Country Championships Click here

Grand Prix 4 – Click here

Grand Prix 5 incorporating the Athletics Auckland Road Race Championships – Click here

A Beginners Guide to Cross Country 

Athletics Auckland hosts a series of inter-club Cross Country and Road racing events throughout winter (April – September) for all age grades – Juniors to Masters. These events are held across Auckland and before the NZ National Championships.

Many of our legends in the past (including Peter Snell, Murray Halberg, Jeff Julian, Dave Sirl, Martin Simmons, Kevin Ryan, Rex Maddaford) used cross country to develop strength to set themselves up for road and track later in the year.

Consider joining a club and you can train as a team, run as a team and learn from each other, building up friendships and rivalries through the winter.

The first race on our Auckland calendar is the Southland Centennial (ACA) Relays on Saturday 22nd April, to be followed by the Mixed Distance Cross Country run on Saturday 29th April.

There are 5 Grand Prix Races and 6 Junior Relay events on the Auckland calendar this year.

Two further events for the season include a new Road Race Teams event (details to be confirmed), and the Road Relay Championships held at Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday 16th September.

Grand Prix Series

The Grand Prix Series consists of 5 events, of which the first 4 are Cross Country and the final event the Road Championships. Athletes collect points based on their performances across the series.

The Grand Prix series is a chance to race regularly against some of the top runners from other clubs in Auckland and is great for your fitness and athletic development. It is also a lot of fun! If you have not had much racing experience, it is a great way to learn.

Races are split by age category. Juniors race from 2km for the Under 8’s, up to 8km or 10km for the seniors. Events are professionally marshalled and run under World Athletics Rules.

How the series works

Individual points are picked up as you compete and there are overall league tables for your performances across the whole series. There is also a team’s event and two of the races double up as Auckland Championships – Cross Country and Road.

At the end of the season awards are given to the runners with the most combined points scored throughout the season.

GP Series Details and Rules

A Quick Summary of the Grand Prix Events

Grand Prix 1: 20 May 2023 – Pakuranga Athletic Club

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 Athletic Club has food and drinks on offer from their tuck shop and bar after the race.

Grand Prix 2: 10 June 2023 – Barry Curtis Park (incorporating the Athletics Auckland Teams Championships)

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. Every position for every runner counts. It’s great fun! Auckland Teams Race Rules

Grand Prix 3:  24 June 2023 – Pukekohe (incorporating the Athletics Auckland Cross Country Championships)

Auckland Cross Country Champs will again this year be held over the Showgrounds course at Pukekohe. Known as a “true cross country event”, meaning it’s got hills, longish grass and usually a bit of mud! 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 Cross Country Champs, which are on 29th July this year in Taupo.

Grand Prix 4: 22 July 2023 – Long Bay

The Long Bay course is well-drained with a sandy base, so it is dry and fast. It’s also short –  4km 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 your run!

Grand Prix 5: 26 August – Bruce Pulman (incorporating the Athletics Auckland Road Race Championships)

The Grand Prix series finishes with the Auckland Road Championship. The venue for this year’s race is yet to be confirmed. Again, the Auckland Road Race titles are up for grabs as well as selection for Auckland representative teams for the NZ Road Champs, which will be held on 10th September in Palmerston North.

Auckland X-Run Series

For those people who do not belong to a club, but still would like the opportunity to run, you may like to give Cross Country a go through our X-Run Series.

Non-Registered Competitive Run – 7 years and above

If you are 7 years and older and wish to be a little bit more competitive, you may enter age grade races.

Entry fee includes your timing chip, which must be collected from the registration desk at the venue and returned following the completion of the race.

  • Senior Grade: $40 per race (age taken 20 and above as at 31/12/2023)
  • Masters Grade: $40 per race (age taken from 35 years in 5 year groups as at 20/05/2023)
  • U18/U20 Grades: $30 per race (age taken as at 31/12/2023)
  • U8 – U10 – U12 – U14 – U16 Grades: $15 per race (age taken as at 31/12/2023)

Online Entries and Payment are opened 1 – 2 weeks prior to the event and entries closed the Wednesday evening prior to the event.

Open Social Run

We offer a 4km Open Social Run during 3 of the Grand Prix races. This is not part of the Grand Prix races and athletes will not be eligible to earn points. Registered and unregistered athletes can enter these events. These races are particularly good for those who do not want to race competitively.

Fun Run or Walk

Children under the age of 7 years can participate in our Fun Run as well as children who do not want to register and run in their age grade race. There is no need to pre-register for these races, simply come along and pay $5 each and choose to run one or two laps of the course (each lap is usually 2km). Parents and adults can run with younger children or just enjoy exercising in the company of others in various parks around the city.

Not sure about running or jogging the 2km/4km? Then why not try walking it? We invite Social Walkers to enjoy this experience as well.  Entry is the same as for the Fun Run.

  • Senior Grade: $40 per race (age taken 20 and above as at 31/12/2023)
  • Masters Grade: $40 per race (age taken from 35 years in 5 year lots as at 28/05/2023)
  • U18/U20 Grades: $30 per race (age taken as at 31/12/2023)
  • U8 – U10 – U12 – U14 – U16 Grades: $15 per race (age taken as at 31/12/2023)

Online Entries and Payment are opened 1 – 2 weeks prior to the event and entries closed the Wednesday evening prior to the event.

Junior Relay Series

The Junior series is held across the season and clubs compete for the Hansen Shield and Turnco Shield and will be noted on the calendar of events as “Junior Series”.

Points are allocated at each event, for each of the Hansen and Turnco Shields. The winners will be the clubs with the highest score over the five events.

If a club does not have enough runners to form full teams, they can form a combined team with another club – noting that this cannot be the fastest runners from clubs to form an elite team. In such instances points will be split across clubs.

Entries are usually submitted by the clubs, so be sure to reach out to your local club to enquire about this.

The Junior series will consist of 6 Relay events:

  • Race 1: South Centennial Relays on Saturday 22nd April at Sacred Heart College
  • Race 2: Oratia Relays on Saturday 13th May at Konini Primary School, Glen Eden
  • Race 3: Glen Eden Children’s Relays on Saturday 27th May at Ceramco Park, Glen Eden
  • Race 4: Auckland Teams Cross Country on Saturday 10th June at Barry Curtis Park, Flat Bush
  • Race 5: Auckland City Athletics Pairs Relays on Saturday 5th August at Cornwall Park, Greenlane West
  • Race 6: Massey Trial Junior Relays on 2nd September at Moire Park, Massey

AAI Junior Cross Country and Road Events and Point System

National Events on the Calendar

  • North Island Cross Country Championships on 1st July in Taupo
  • New Zealand Cross Country Championships on 29th July in Taupo
  • New Zealand Road Championships on 10th September in Palmerston North
  • New Zealand Road Relay Championships on 30th September in Christchurch

Important Information for Race Day

  • Be organised: The best advice to all competitors (not just first-timers), is to arrive at the site early. There is lots to do before a race, and lots of people are trying to do the same thing, so the best way to avoid being rushed is to ensure you have enough time to get organised pre-race.
  • Check In: Athletes must report to the Registration Desk on arrival to check in and receive their number (which has a transponder attached).
  • Reporting Times: All athletes should arrive at least 1 hour prior to their race to give enough time for check in, check out the course layout, complete warm-up preparations, and be ‘race-ready’.
  • Start Times: Start times vary for each event. A course map, programme and venue directions can be found under Events on the Athletics Auckland website https://athleticsauckland.co.nz/competition/events/

Go to the start line 10 minutes prior to the start of your scheduled race.

  • Uniform: Athletes must wear their correct club uniform.
  • What to bring with you to the start line: Your club singlet, running shoes/spikes (if wearing these), your race number with transponder.
  • What not to bring with you to the start line: iPods (you cannot wear an iPod, etc while competing)
  • No pacing: At no time is pacing allowed during a race. If someone runs next to you while you are competing, this is seen as pacing, and may result in you being disqualified.

If you are unsure, ASK: If you are unsure of anything on race day, please ask one of the Athletics Auckland Officials or someone from you club.

Athletics Auckland Cross Country & Road Representative  Teams

Athletics Auckland selects teams for the following Championships

Selection Criteria NZ XCR Championships

Athletics New Zealand Cross Country Championships 

The Athletics Auckland Selectors attend each Centre Meet across the calendar prior to Team Selections.  Special consideration will be given to performances at the Auckland Cross Country Championships.  Athletes are selected for U18, U20, Senior and Masters grades. The 2023 Championships are being held in Taupo.

Athletics New Zealand Road Race Championships

With the limited Road season the Athletics Auckland Road Race Championships are the major selection trial. Athletes are selected for U18, U20, Senior and Masters grades. The 2023 Championships are being held at Palmerston North.