Since 2016 this relay has been re-named to remember Peter Watts' contribution to Athletics Canterbury. 2019 marks the first year this event will be held at Ngā Puna Wai and we look forward to seeing this event becoming a significant one on the community running calendar over time.


Peter Watts devoted over 50 years to running and coaching in Canterbury as well as holding the position of chairman of the Canterbury Road Running committee for a long time. He was club captain and held roles on the Canterbury Athletics Masters committee. 


Peter was also a very successful coach, and he gained many results and never held back. He knew how to push runners to reach their personal best, he worked hard, but always had time for his runners. He was a great motivator with a dry sense of humour. Peter had plenty of drive and was renown for using his whistle - a lot!.



TOP PHOTO: Christchurch Technical

Harrier Club,1960, winners of the Lovelock Olympic Trophy (6x1500)

MIDDLE:  Oceania Veterans Track & Field Champs Apia, Western Samoa (older category runners were titled Veterans then as opposed to Masters now)


BASE IMAGE: 2006  Riverside Relay, Pete passing over to Phil Costley


RIGHT: Approx 2006  Oceania Masters Track & Field Champs, Christchurch

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