"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 and was officially made the South Island Championships by Athletics New Zealand in about 1997.
The Kennett Cup race was established to test stamina and endurance. It is one of the few cross-country events in Canterbury with optional jumps although many do choose to run around the side of the gates



Open women and open men INDIVIDUAL categories have $200 cash for EACH winner.
Team competition
The Kennett Cup Team 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, is it reduced to a 2-person team qualifier. A team title will be awarded to the best finishing team even if only one team qualifies.
Event organiser
Christchurch Avon Athletics Club


Course description

Slightly undulating ground with one steeple at end of first lap, then two steeples per lap.


Laps are made up of the main 2km lap with a 1km cut-off lap to make the odd distance laps such as those on the 3km and 5km courses.




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