Canterbury Running | Cross country

Start Woodend Relay race 2018Canterbury Running takes you to more places

A backdrop of changing golden leaves from Autumn and into winter provides a cue for athletic Cantabrians to keep fit and intensify their open-air running with like-minded people. It is time to expand beyond the typical 5 kilometre and marathon run and to get outside. Many are renewing the popularity of trail or cross country by running on challenging terrain and mixing it with a bit of tarmac to make winter running fun. As local Athletic Canterbury runners, we know the road and trail routes well and can help you see your local area with new eyes. You will love the places Canterbury Running takes you. 

The local running community includes men, women, families and children ranging in age from under 7 to over 70. Runs vary in length with children’s races 1 to 3 km, and women’s and men’s races from 5 to 12 km. Some races are for individuals, while others are highly social with teams of three to eight mates running as a relay team. These kind of club events guarantee a few laughs along the way – there is no substitute for knowing you're all in it together. One of our most special events every year is the Takahē to Akaroa relay, located on the doorstep of Christchurch in the iconic Port Hills. This unmatched race hasn’t missed a beat since it started in 1930’s, and like many of our mixed distance races it offers a great experience not only for the runners, but the partners, spectators, and extended family all enjoy getting out into the unique and beautiful Canterbury environment.

Testing techniques in a variety of locations

To get those stabilising muscles working and active, Canterbury Running has chosen courses that offer longtime runners a new workout every time. If you are used to the fast pace and stride required for the flat, this will add another dimension to your running. Every step in trail, mountain or cross-country running offers something different: from the running surface, to the frequency and tightness of curves, the variety of terrain on the trail, and not in the least, the amount of up and downhill. For those who need accuracy and like to push themselves to their personal limits, chip timing is still used throughout races to calculate split times, and ensure all race runners are accounted for.

about our runs

Yes, you can run

We want you to be successful. and work with you to improve your running journey, so joining a club has many benefits:

Finding a run near you - With eight running clubs in the Canterbury region, there are plenty of run options and you will always find a fellow member to go out with to exercise

Location is everything - Gain access to exclusive events and many unique runs that are only offered by Canterbury Running

Run with a team, not on your own - Join in our regular structured team training sessions offered throughout the season with one of our friendly coaches

Running will become part of your weekly routine - Feel more inspired to get out there and train.

Get in shape with advice and guidance. It will help with setting yourself targets and getting you to your personal goals

Less on entry, and less stress- Ease of entering races with your own personal entry identification system. Full members gain race discounts and access to any exclusive benefits

Running with a group takes you further, faster - Meet a whole group of running buddies who get excited when comparing stats, times and the latest gadgets.

Recommendations and technical sports advice from being part of the wider professional network Athletics Canterbury and Athletics NZ network

Run mechanics - Independent analysis of your running technique to improve your run efficiency

Why we love running..

Check out what some of our Canterbury Running community has had to say about club running:

I have found a new passion to do better, push further”

“I frees me from the worry and stress of any of the other bits in my life”

“Faster times with fewer injuries and more enjoyment ”

“It’s the camaraderie that propels you along and helps you achieve more”

“I love how over time, I have become healthy and strong ”

“The changing terrain provides me with new challenges”

Membership value

• Standard Club member: for those runners who like to pick and choose what race to run. Standard club members can participate in all club activities including coaching, training and social training sessions. To participate in a competitive run it is only an extra $10 per race.

• Full (Inter-club) member: suits a more competitive runner that participates in most events and wants to run better and faster and not miss out on the chance to win a Canterbury Championship title.

• Children’s: Details on children and youth (under 20) membership are on the club websites.

Getting started

Training times: Checkout the club training options to find a local club run

Event  programme:  Select the right race for you. See the 2019 programme 

Shoe Clinic Winter "Athlete of the Week"

Congratulations to our Shoe Clinic "Athletes of the Week"


15 and under - Elspeth McGuiness (Port Hills)
16 and over - Olivia Ritchie (University of Canterbury)

Previous winners

Winter Club of the Year


1st    Christrchurch Avon 20pts
2nd   University                18pts
3rd    Port Hills          16pts


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