Cross Country

Winter – Adults Cross Country

The Clubs winter activities take place on Saturday afternoons and Sunday morning. This is to allow time for the kids to play team sport in the morning, grab some lunch and come with the family to our afternoon events.

The earlier winter months is our cross country time with events taking place on farmland, reserves, and the Redwoods. the latter months are the road section to help get us ready for relay events. The relay events are a great way for all Club members to be part of a team, and are ideal for building Club spirit.

2021 Winter Schedule


Sat 1       Opening Day. Meet 1.45pm at clubrooms, Neil Hunt Park for a 3km or 4km over the summer Trout Fly course.  2.00pm event start. Afternoon tea provided courtesy of the Club. Duty Officer: Matt Parsonage 0210586189 assisted by the winter season sub-committee

Sun 2       The Running/Walking Clinic’s Champagne Breakfast – Skyline Skyrides.  Pre event booking required

Sat 8       Rotorua Marathon, plus Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon & 5.5km Fun Run/Walk, Government Gardens, Rotorua. Incorporates the Club, Athletics Waikato-BOP and New Zealand Master grade marathon championships

Sat 15     A romp out at the Hannahs Bay Reserve. Meet 1.45pm at the reserve at the end of Willow Ave for event briefing with a 2.00pm  start. Duty officer: Matt Parsonage 0210586189

Sun 16    Huntly Half Marathon and associated events

Sat 22    The Novice, Veteran and Costello Cup races for those aged 15 plus which is a sealed handicap event of about 7km on road and cross-country. There will be a shorter distance event for younger grades and those not wishing to tackle the longer distance. Duty Officer: Peter Vyver 07 348 8456 assisted by the winter season sub-committee.

Sun 23     New Zealand 100k championships, Hagley Park, Christchurch. Details on Athletics NZ website

Sat 29     Tauranga Cross-country races, Waipuna Park, Welcome Bay, Tauranga. Races for all grades and abilities in a park like setting. Event details on Athletics Waikato BOP website


Sat 5      Queen’s Birthday – no club event; Club members feel free to organise a pack run/walk from the clubrooms or take part in the Puarenga Park Run – see over page for of Puarenga Park Run details.

Sat 12    The Foster / Smyth / Lamason Cross-country trophy races for those 15 years plus. This is a sealed handicap (mass start) for those taking part in the main event of approx. 10km. A 3km event for younger grades and those not wishing to tackle the longer distance will be held. Trophies at stake are for the 10km event. Venue: Paiaka Trust Farmland at Top Utuhina Road. Event start 2.00pm sharp.

New Zealand Secondary school’s cross-country championships, Hawera

Sun 20     Club cross-country championships, Boord Park, Devon Street West. The first event gets underway 10.00am. Event distances for all grades and abilities including a walk event 

Sat 26     Jackson Park/ Tihi reserve cross country relay.  Meet at 1:40pm at the carpark by Central Kids Jackson Park on Springfield Rd. Start time 2:00pm. Duty Officer: Matt Parsonage

Sun 27    Wellington Marathon


Sat 3       North Island Cross-country championships, Thermal Park, Spa Road, Taupo.  Races for all grades and abilities. Event details on Athletics Waikato BOP website

Sat 10     Minster Cup 10km estimated time run.  A shorter 5km estimated time run and walk for those not wishing to tackle the longer distance.  Also, a shorter distance for younger grades. Meet 1.45pm by the Blue Lake Ski Club clubrooms 2.00pm start.  Duty officers: Matt Parsonage and the Winter season sub-committee               

Sat 17    River Trail Trot, Atiamuri – details to be advised. Duty officer; Adrian Lysaght 027 615 3496

Sat 24     The Athletics Waikato BOP cross-country championships at Boord Park, Rotorua – races for all grades and abilities. Event details on Athletics Waikato BOP website. Only online entry accepted with no late entry

Thru 29   An evening  run in the Redwoods – Registration at the Neil Hunt Park clubrooms prior to 6.00pm.  Event start is 6.15pm. Bring a headlamp or torch.  No entry fee payable. Event followed by BYO takeaways and social time at clubrooms Duty Officer: Winter season sub-committee and social committee


Sat 7       «Ngongotaha Cycleway 3, 5 and 10km time trial. A good opportunity to race on the road as a lead up to the Waikato BOP Road Race. Start time 2.00pm. Duty officers: Winter season sub-committee

Athletics New Zealand Cross-country championships, Dunedin

Sat 14    Lake Okaro fun run/walk. Meet at the Lake Okaro Carpark on Okaro Rd at 2pm for a start time around 2:15pm The run/walk is along the undulating 2.3km trail around the Lake, which you can complete 1,2,3 or 4 times. This is an informal event and is a good chance to have some exercise with the family in a different area of the region.

Sun 22     «Athletics Waikato BOP run and race walk championships, Mystery Creek, Ohaupo – races for all grades and abilities. Event details on Athletics Waikato BOP website

Sat 28     Club road championships at Waingaehe Park, Hannahs Bay. Virtual Event due to Covid-19 restrictions. Details on Facebook and in the guff sheet.


Sat 5       «Athletics New Zealand road championships Mystery Creek, Ohaupo. Event details on Athletics NZ website

Sun 19     Cambridge Half Marathon, Cambridge. Incorporates the Athletics Waikato BOP and New Zealand Half Marathon championships. Details on Athletics Waikato BOP website and Athletics NZ website.

Sat 25     Club day at the Blue Lake 24 Hours Challenge. Meet at 1:45pm at the Blue Lake Water Ski clubrooms and join this challenge. Run as many loops of the Blue Lake as you want, starting at 2pm. Further details to be advised.


Sat 2       Athletics New Zealand Road Relay championships, Christchurch (Takahe to Akaroa)

Sat 9      Forest 10km Open Handicap run or walk, including the Steph McHale Cup for females.  Shorter distance event for younger grades and those not wishing to tackle the longer distance will be held.  More details nearer event.

Sat 16     Puarenga Park Run – see over page for parkrun details

Sun 17      New Zealand trail running championship, Christchurch

Red Stag Forest Relay. See relay page for more information

Sat 30     Winter Season’s prize giving and social function at the Neil Hunt Park clubrooms. Details to be advised

Sun 31     Auckland Marathon and Half Marathon, Auckland


Sun 14     Toi’s Challenge 18km run and associated events, Whakatane


Sat 26     King and Queen of the Mountain, Mt Maunganui which Incorporates Athletics Waikato BOP Mountain   running   championships

For further Events please refer to: Events Page