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Landscape image of Ascot  from: Kete Christchurch,

"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




Team competition
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.
Event organiser
Christchurch Avon Athletics Club


Course description

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.




Old Ascot Golf Course
Queen Elizabeth II Park entrance off Ascot Avenue. 
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