Generally a steeplechase is a 3000-metre race that involves jumping over barriers sometimes up to five per lap! But our event is a fun flat run with a only four jumps that you can jump or run around.
"More people go round the gates than run over them, but the jumps make this a true cross-country event."
Circa 1930 the Kennett family of Kennett Jewellers donated the Kennett Challenge Cup officially called the Kennett Challenge Cup. The competition was first won by an Otago Club.so it is fitting that this has become the South Island Cross Country Championship event. It was officially made the South Island Championships by Athletics New Zealand in about 1997 / 98.
The Kennett Cup race was established to test stamina and endurance. It is one of the few original cross-country events in Canterbury with optional jumps although many do choose to run around the side of the gates
The Kennett Cup Team race winner is the first team of four to finish – if no four-person team finishes, then the team that qualifies will be reduced to 3-person team. Only if no 3-person teams finish, then it is reduced to a 2-person team qualifier. A team title will be awarded to the finishing team even if only one team qualifies.
Christchurch Avon Athletics Club
One steeple at end of first lap, then two steeples per lap.
Currently they are 2km laps with a 1km cut-off lap to make the odd distance laps such as the 3km and 5km courses.