Cross Country, Road & Trail



March 28 –  Sunday Pier to Pier – New Brighton Pier
April 3 EASTER
April 11 ASB Christchurch Marathon
NZ Marathon Championships, and Canterbury Marathon
School Holidays 16th April to 3rd May
April 17  
April 25  –  Sunday Hagley Memorial Relay
May 01
May 08 Lionel Fox Relays
May 08 Rotorua Marathon (NZ Masters Marathon Championships)
May 13  –  Thursday Secondary School Road Championships
May 15
May 22 Rawhiti Cross Country Races incorporating the Jane Paterson
May 29
June 01  –  Tuesday Secondary School Cross Country Championships
June 07   Queens Birthday   Monday A Royal Derby, Ascot Park
June 12 Andrew Reese Memorial Relay @ Rangiora
June 19   
June 19/20 Secondary Schools Cross Country Championships, Hawera
June 26 Holloway Cross Country Races
July 03  
School Holidays 10th July to 26th July
July 10 Kennett Cup
July 17  
July 24 Canterbury Cross-Country Championships – Halswell Quarry
July 31 Lakeside Relays – Lake Roto Kohatu
August 07 NZ Cross Country Championships – Dunedin
August 14
August 21 Canterbury Road Championships
August 28
September 04 Port Hills U18 Races
September 05 –  Sunday NZ Road Championships – Hamilton
September 11  
September 18 Governors Bay to Lyttelton
September 25  
School Holidays 1st October to 18th October
October 02 NZ National Road Relay – Takahe to Akaroa Relay
October 10 –  Sunday End of season function – Nga Puna Wai
October 17 –  Sunday NZ Trail Running Championships – Crater Rim Trail Run, Christchurch
October 23  
October 31  –  Sunday Sumner Boulder Bay Classic
November 07  –  Sunday Selwyn, Canterbury Half Marathon Championships
Jan / Feb 2022 – Tuesday evenings Port Hills 5km, Hagley Park

All dates Saturday unless otherwise noted



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.