Winter Cross Country and Road Events
The Winter Cross Country and Road Season runs from April to October. There are a wide range of events at national, regional, club and schools levels that cater for participants of all ages and abilities. During the season, we also hold a number of fun ACA Club events, from our winter base at Cornwall Cricket Club, Cornwall Park.
Next Club event is the King of the Mountain on Saturday 31 July - same day as ACA's Annual Prizegiving for both winter and summer seasons.
King of the Mountain - Sat 31 July
The popular "King of the Mountain" race goes from the Cornwall Cricket Club to the top of Maungakiekie / One Tree Hill and back down (Seniors and Masters go a bit further, to the Stardome observatory on the other side). It's a great fun event for runners of all ages and abilities.
There are awards for runners of various ages: the "Prince and Princess" of the Mountain are contested by U18 runners, "Queen and King" by U20 up to 39 year olds, and the "Duchess and Duke" by runners aged 40 and over.
There is no need to register in advance – just turn up on the day by 2pm at Cornwall Cricket Club, off Greenlane West (opposite entrance to ASB Showgrounds).
We always need people to help out as marshals etc, so if you're not running on the day and can assist, please contact Paul Craddock, firstname.lastname@example.org, 022 5099454.
Annual Prizegiving - Sat 31 July
We will be holding our annual Prizegiving on Sat 31 July at Cornwall Cricket Clubrooms. Prizegiving will take place just after the King of the Mountain race finishes, about 4pm.
This year's Prizegiving will celebrate top performances across the Club for the 2020 winter season as well as the 2019/20 and 2020/21 summer seasons. We are looking forward to a good attendance from a wide range of Club members.
Bring a Plate: To help with the catering, can members please bring a plate (savoury or sweet). We will have a sausage sizzle and refreshments will be provided.
Coaches Q&A: To make the event even better (especially for those of us not in line for prizes!), we’re organising a short Q&A panel involving two of ACA’s coaches – KERRY RODGER and PHIL CLODE. It’s a great chance for you to learn more about their stellar careers and their training and coaching philosophies.
Kerry competed with distinction as an elite and masters athlete at national and international levels for more than 25 years, holding NZ titles at 5000m, 1000m and half marathon. He represented New Zealand at the World Athletics Championships, World Cross Country Championships and two Commonwealth Games.
Phil is a Sub 4 minute miler, multiple national champion and international athlete who represented New Zealand in World Championships events ranging from the 5000m to Cross Country over a 32 year athletic career.
ACA Pairs Relays - Sat 14 August
Also held at Cornwall Park, this is an important event for the Club as we host other clubs around Auckland. Athletes run in pairs, with each pair running in opposite directions around a 3km course – when they rendezvous with each other, they turn around and run back the other way before joining up and running to the finish line together.
It’s very popular among younger athletes but we cater for all ages! And of course we want to have strong representation from ACA athletes as well.
As we will be dealing with a large number of competitors, we need a lot more help than usual from Club volunteers – from helping with course setup, acting as marshalls, or baking to sell in our food stall. If you are able to assist on the day please contact Andrew Pirie, email@example.com or to help with the food stall Rachel.firstname.lastname@example.org
Grand Prix Cross Country Series
Each season, Athletics Auckland holds a series of six Grand Prix cross country races around the city. The competitive cross country season began on May 15 and continues until August.
HOW TO ENTER
You must enter each event separately. These entry forms will be online approximately 1-2 weeks prior to the race. Check out Athletics Auckland events page.
Please note you don't need have a transponder beforehand for the GP events - on the day of the race, you should pick up your race number that has a built-in transponder strip.
GRAND PRIX SERIES DATES (REMAINING EVENTS)
Grand Prix 6: August 21 (incorporating the Athletics Auckland Road Championships)
Junior Running Relays
Several Clubs around Auckland hold cross country relay events over the winter months for children aged under 16. The relays comprise teams of four, boys or girls, with each child running 2km. There is also usually a 2km fun run for children who aren't able to join a team. See below for more details.
If you have a child running with ACA who would like to join a team to take part in any of these relays, please get in touch with Rachel Moss, email@example.com or 021 613938.
NZ Road Relay Championships
Every year, the Club sends multiple teams to the New Zealand Road Relay Championships, this year being held near Christchurch on Saturday 2 October 2021.This is one of the highlights of ACA’s winter season. It’s the only time we travel and compete as a Club across all athletes from age 14 and up.
The relays are being held on the famous course along Banks Peninsula, from the Sign of the Takahe near Christchurch all the way to Akaroa. See the Relays Website for all the details.
We are actively seeking community trust grants to cover the bulk of the costs involved in the trip, with the goal to keep the cost to individual members at under $200. As well as competing athletes, we will need at least half a dozen or so parents or supporters to drive team vans – and have a great weekend with everyone else!
If you'd like to join an ACA team or find out more, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Andrew Pirie, 027 5550275.