Cross Country, Road & Trail




Cross-Country, Road and Trail running covers all running that occurs outside the “track” on an athletics field.

Commonly called Cross-Country & Road, this discipline in Canterbury, covers a much wider range of running than the name suggests. Runners, be they fast or steadier, have a range of options from a 5km fun run around Hagley Park through to the challenging 51km of the Crater Rim trail event on the Port Hills.

  • Cross – country runs are racing as either individuals or teams over a few shortish loops (about 2km) and mixed terrain of grass, sand, and forest floor. Examples include:
    • The 5km summer series in Hagley Park
    • The Lionel Fox relay loops over beach & forest at Woodend Beach
  • Road racing is usually on bitumen or hard surfaces and we have a mix of runs ranging from shortish loops to longer scenic road events. Key examples include:
    • Lakeside Relay which loops around Lake Roto Kohatu
    • The stunning 10km run between Governors Bay to Lyttelton
    • The iconic Takahe to Akaroa Road relay and, of course
    • The Canterbury Half / Full Marathons.
  • Trail racing – as the name describes, are runs over trail and are generally longer (10km or over) events out on the hills and in the forests. Athletics Canterbury’s key trail events are:
    • Crater Rim (races from 10 to 51km on the Port Hills) &
    • Boulder Bay – a 10.5km run, out around Godley Head
  • Mountain running describes those runs up and / or down mountains.
  • Race walking is also possible on some of the flatter terrains.

Full programme details can be found here:

Children wanting to run in events can enter via a club or via the community runner entry on the event websites. Clubs are spread right across the region and children & their parents can find out details of a club in our clubs’ section.

Adults have three options. They can

  • Join the club scene and run with other like-minded people in a supportive & encouraging environment. Club details can be found in the clubs’ section.
  • Check out our Can Run programme which has events and coaching ideal for those who are new to running, don’t want to join a club, or want to run in only a select number of races. Can Run details can be found here.
  • Run in any of our events as Community runners by visiting each event website

Regardless of how you join us – welcome. Canterbury is an awesome place to run in and we would love to share our passion for running with you and your family.