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the 10K "Chasing start" Road Race

 

GOVERNORS BAY TO LYTTELTON

Sept 18, 2021

Enter by 10th September to
"Catch them" if you can

  • 10K RUN FOR COMMUNITY RUNNERS
    Sat, 18 Sep
    Governors Bay
    18 Sep, 9:30 am
    Governors Bay, Governors Bay 8971, New Zealand
    Enter by the 10th September and pay just $30 to join us in the 60th running of this stunning 10km run around the bays to Lyttelton. It is one of our favourites. The first runners leave at 9:30am and runners then set off in waves. The aim is to have all finish together.
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  • 10K RUN FOR CLUB RUNNERS
    10K RUN FOR CLUB RUNNERS
    Sat, 18 Sep
    Governors Bay
    18 Sep, 9:30 am
    Governors Bay, Governors Bay 8971, New Zealand
    If you are part of an Athletics Canterbury registered club you get a reduced entry fee - simply enter by through your club by the 10th September to get this. Your start time will be based on your estimated 10km time. First start at 9:30am
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Race History

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The "Go-as-you-please" race from Lyttelton to Governors Bay and back, about thirteen miles

Joseph Henry Manson (1872-1944) and his son Ernest Henry Manson (1895-1915) are shown setting off. The Post and Telegraph office, with its clock tower, in Norwich Quay, Lyttelton is pictured on the right. The British Hotel is shown on the left. Oxford Street can be seen in the background.

The current race was first run on this course on 11th August 1962.

 

This was a change from the previous Handicap race, which was run for many years from Lyttelton, over the Bridle Path to the Opawa Methodist Church, Opawa. Entrants used to catch the train from Christchurch to Lyttelton and leave their gear bags on the train which were then transported back to the finishing area in Opawa.

 

The race sheet had the following preamble “Owing to the differing opinions expressed on the nature of the course covered by the Bridle Path Race , and difficulties being encountered  with the Tunnel Road, we are replacing this event with a road race from Governors Bay to Lyttelton. Such a race was last run prior to World War I and the record for the fastest time is held , we understand, held by an uncle of Bill Richards of the Technical Club".

In the 2020 race were two starters from the original 1962 event. Well done to  Peter Coughlan ( then Technical; now New Brighton Olympic ) & John Gordon (then Marist and now Port Hills).

 

Sponsors

This race is proudly sponsored by Aromaunga Baxter Flowers

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