Christchurch-based athletics club offering cross-country and track and field.

Training

Training

We have training groups for athletes of all abilities

This is NOT compulsory but it makes racing more enjoyable if you do. There are a number of opportunities to train together with other club members.

Our winter juniors can take advantage of five training sessions each week. Training runs start during the first week of Term 2 and run until the end of the third term. There are no training runs in the holidays, unless arranged.

School Year 4 group meet on Monday 4.45-5.30pm. Our youngest runners learn race skills and gain fitness through fun and games.

Hosted by Graeme Clarke and Sarah Johnson (sjohnson_gclarke@hotmail.com).

School Year 5-8 group hosted by Richard Brunton and Andrea Stocks on Monday 4.45-5.30pm from the Clubrooms. This is for those children who want a more serious run of 30 mins and may include structured fartlek running, pyramid running and steady state running along with relays.

School Year 9+ group with Craig on Monday. For secondary school aged runners who want more serious training of 45-60min. Details of run advertised in weekly email.

Senior training is held throughout the year.

  • Tuesday night at 6pm from the clubrooms. This session is devoted to drills that are designed to help runners perform more efficiently, increase speed and reduce injury occurrence.

Also included in this session will be some efforts of running at a higher speed than normal training.

  • Thursday evening at 5:30pm from Girl’s High School in Matai Street/ Deans Avenue. This is an easy run of around 45 minutes. Depending on numbers and abilities this may split into groups.
  • Saturdays are devoted to competitive events or club runs. Christchurch Avon members do support ParkRun (http://www.parkrun.co.nz/hagley/)
  • Sunday for most runners is ‘long run’ day. During the winter we meet at the Sign of the Takahe at 8:30am and run in the Port Hills. This run is generally around 90 minutes. Again distances will be adjusted to suit the group or groups of runners. Do not be intimidated. We will have someone to run with you. Summer time this run may alternate between the Port Hills or Bottle Lake Forest.

The Summer Junior section holds a club night every Wednesday evening from 5-7pm. All athletes attend and learn the skills required for all track and field events. Parents and caregivers must perform a number of parent help duties each season.

Children who register for Saturday interclub can participate in extra coaching on a Monday evening.

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