18 July 2020
This championship race serves to identify the local champions, as well as acting as the selection race for the National Champs.
It is the pinnacle race for the Cross Country season.
The race is open to all competitors, but those wishing
to be considered for selection to the Canterbury team to compete at the National Cross Country Championships will need to be an Athletics NZ registered member.
Cross Country champions
Every year we highlight the overall female and male Canterbury Champions of Cross Country in each grade (including seniors) with the pinnacle being the winners of the 10km Men's and Women's Open races. We profile the 2019 Canterbury Champions of Cross Country below. To check out the champions in each age category head to the results page
Canterbury Cross Country Male
Connor has been running with the University club for a long time even though this is his first year running as a senior whilst he completes his Mechanical Engineering studies at University. Connor ran cross country event every year at primary school, but at 11 years wanted to get more serious and decided to get coached by Maria Hassan. He joined the University Athletics club around this time as well. Connor, like Katherine Camp, runs track in the summer and cross country in the winter which seems to be a winning formula. Last year he won the U18 category and was also in the team that came second at the National Road Relay Championships. In 2017, Connor placed second in the Australian National Cross Country Champs. His future plans are to balance studies with training for the World University Games on the track and also the NZ World Cross Country Champs.
"I enjoy running with people, even though this is an individual sport you run with others and it is quite social.
I do a lot of running in the Port Hills, and you need to be good on hills for Halswell. A month before this race I specifically did my training at Halswell to get familiar with the course again.
I made a real effort in the event this year to run wider and stay out of the boggiest parts so I did not lose any momentum. The course this year was one of the wettest I've seen and I've done it every year. "
Canterbury Cross Country Female Champion
Katherine is a former Te Awamutu Athletic Club member from Hamilton who has moved to Christchurch to work with Angie Petty's former coach, Maria Hassan.
From age 10 Kate was winning medals at the Colgate Games and won many Championship titles and broke records at Club and Waikato/BOP level. She also won NZ Titles in Triple Jump and 400m both at Club Nationals and Secondary School level. Katherine earned a Scholarship to Tulsa University and transitioned to the 800m where she made the quarterfinals of the NCAA Champs in June 2013. In 2014 she was selected for the 4x400 relay at the Commonwealth Games and in 2015 ran the 800m at the World University Games.
Katherine is working hard on getting inside the 2:01.20 Commonwealth Games nomination standard time. She was very close at the marquee event at the Sylvia Potts 800m field for senior women in January in 2018 when she won with a time of 2m 5.81s at the Hawkes Bay Regional Sports Park.
"I have been running for about 20 years now and I love the sport more each year! My motivation and inspiration comes from my friends and family who continue to support my athletics and also my coach who puts a lot of time into my planning as well as keeping me goal driven and excited about the sport.
I have never really done a lot of Cross Country but after last seasons success, I put a lot of it down to Maria's (my coach's) training plan to include a few more cross country and road races to increase endurance. It was tough work but the work I put in over the winter showed through my performances on the track over the summer!
I have had many seasons that have been interrupted by injury or other things but the encouragement I got from family, friends and Maria to continue has been a huge motivator to me and I'm glad I have such a fantastic support crew :)."