Canterbury Cross County


The Canterbury Secondary Schools’ Cross Country was held on Tuesday, May 28th at Ascot Golf Park, Christchurch. This saw runners from school years 9 – 13 compete over distances from one to four kilometres. There was definitely fierce competition amongst competitors in fields of around fifty plus runners in each section.

Results for students placed in the top 20 from Rolleston’s Waitaha College:

Para All Grades 2km:

4: Eric Russell 10:15

14: Patrick Williams 15:01

17: Mackenzie Miller 15:55.

The Canterbury Primary Schools’ Cross Country was raced on a beautiful winter’s day at the Halswell Quarry on Wednesday, June 19th. To compete at this event runners had all previously qualified through their schools’ individual cross country events, followed by zone competitions. There was  a minimum of 119 runners in the Year 5/6 races (two kilometre course), with the Year 7/8 races (three kilometre course) having 185 participants per race (1353 runners competed in total).

This created challenges on course with tight bottle necks, narrow tracks and jostling for every step. However the runners took it in their stride and gave it their all with smiles on their faces, it was reported.

Top ten qualifiers are now eligible to go to the South Island Competition to be held in Hanmer.

Results of those who finished in the top twenty in their races:

Rolleston School (RS)

Clearview School (CS)

Year 5 Girls:

5: Lily Sewell (RS) 8:20

Year 5 Boys:

19: Griffin Roycroft (CS) 8:05

Year 6 Girls:

6: Eden Innes (RS) 8:10

Year 6 Boys:

8: Ciaran Harris (CS) 7:38

17: Adam Montford (RS) 7:50

Year 8 Girls:

16: Violet McMeekan(RS)12:28.

Congratulations to all those who made it this far with many achieving personal bests – well done and apologies if anyone has been inadvertently left out of these results.