Cross Country, Road & Trail



Cross-country, Road and Trail running covers all running that occurs outside an athletics stadium. It offers running opportunities for a diverse range of runners.

  • Cross-country is run around loops over mixed terrain including grass, sand, and forest floor. Each loop is usually about 2k with event distances ranging from 4k to 10k for adults and 2k to 3k for those U16.   Some events, such as the Friday Night lights, sees people run as individuals. Others, such as the Daniel Reese and Woodend Relays, have people run in a team.  Faster stronger runners often enjoy the steeple chase jumps in the Kennett Cup,  the hilly Holloway and of course the Canterbury Cross Country Championships.
  • Road racing (and Race Walking) is on hard surfaces with distances ranging from shortish loops to longer scenic events. The Governors Bay to Lyttelton (also doubling as the Canterbury 10k Championships) is run as chasing which means the faster people start later while the Canterbury mile champs will be a mass start with a straight line to the finish. Both will be exciting! The Loburn Road Relay, our flagship event, gives teams an opportunity to explore North Canterbury in a whole new way.
  • Trail runs take you literally off the beaten track.  The Crater Rim events offers multiple options from 10k to 83k which will take you all over the Port Hills and the 10k Boulder Bay is a loop over the beautiful Godley Head.

Winter programme 2024

Club Race Call Information 2024


New Zealand CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS 2024 - Team Information

National Cross Country Championships2024

Venue: The Mission Estate Winery – Napier
Date:  Saturday 3rd August 2024 AND Sunday 4th August 2024 (Club team relay)

Event information is available on the Athletics New Zealand COMPETITION / EVENT page.


  • Athletes must start in the 2024 Canterbury Cross Country Championships unless they have advised a Selector of a valid reason for not participating.
  • An athlete will be selected, if available, if they finish in the 1st or 2nd place positions in the Canterbury Championships in the following grades: Senior Men, Senior Women, Men U20, Women U20, Men U18, Women U18, Masters Men 35-49,  Masters Women 35-49, Masters Men 50+, Masters Women 50+ and Masters Men 65+
  • Other athletes may be included if, in the opinion of the Selectors, they are likely to acquit themselves well at the New Zealand Cross Country Championships.
  • The Selectors may include further team members to ensure that a complete team is available to compete in a grade.

Other information:

  • Air Travel:  Athletes need to make their own air transport arrangements to and from Napier.  Athletes should book the return flight on Sunday after 12pm, to allow for the Sunday morning Club team relays.
  • Accommodation:  The Cross Country & Road Committee has arranged team accommodation for all those who require it at Kennedy Park Resort, 11 Storkey Street, Napier.  Cost is expected to be approximately $120 per person per night. 
  • Mini-van Transport:  The Cross Country & Road Committee will have Van transport available between Kennedy Park and the Event venue. 
  • Self Travel:  The Cross Country & Road Committee understands several Canterbury members may make their own travel arrangements.

NZ ROAD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2024 - Team Information (Yet to be updated)

National Road 10km Road Championships

Venue: Timaru
Saturday, 26th October 2024

ENTRY Information  – Information coming soon

Winter 'Club of the Year'

2023 CLICK  (After Kennett Cup)

2022 CLICK

2021 CLICK

Shoe Clinic 'Athlete of the Week'

2024 Shoe Clinic “Athlete of the Week” awards

2023 Shoe Clinic “Athlete of the Week” awards

Cross Country and Road 'Champions of the Season'

2023 Women (after Kennett Cup)
2023 Men (After Kennett Cup)

2022 Women
2022 Men

2021 Women
2021 Men