IRXC2014 Trial Races Results

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Race results from today in Hanmer, click here: IRXC2014 Trial races placings

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Team News 1.9.14 – only 24 days to go!

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Just a few reminder about our last five training sessions – including a couple of transport requests for this Sunday.
Well done to all of you who raced on Saturday. No results out yet, I will pass them on when they appear. It is really important to get some racing in! There were some super performances and some of you had races that didn’t go as well. If it went well, assess why that was so, and repeat it! If it didn’t go well, try to see what went wrong and address in your next race – Was your warm up correct, too long or short, did you start too fast/slow, did you eat too close to the race, did you finish with still plenty of “gas in the tank”? Have a think. reat to see teams out warming up and cooling down together and supporting eachother.
A reminder you need to get to 7 out of 10 of our training sessions – these last ones are very important…
1. Next Training Run: Tuesday 2 September: PSC CC Team Training at Omaka Scout Camp, Harewood 4.30-5.15pm

Meet at Omaka Scout Camp, Greywacke Road (opposite Harewood Crematorium), off Johns Road, Harewood – go down the long gravel road and car parking is at the end. We will have a training session over a flat and fast course including running through the river  x 2– so bring some spare socks!! We will have a two person x 3 laps of 700m relay. You need spikes if you have them.Booklets will be handed out at the end of the session – BIG THANKS TO KONICA MINOLTA for printing these – they look awesome!.  Parents are welcome to use the facilities for a cuppa.

2. Sunday 7 September: IRXC2014 Trial Races at Woodland Walk Reserve, Hanmer Springs 1.00-2.00pm

Woodland Walk can be reached from Torquay Terrace, off Bristol Street off Jollies Pass Road or from the DOC House/Reserve Entrance along Jollies Pass Road – lots of parking there and the toilet block too! A chance to have a real race over the actual course! Come and enjoy Hanmer (after making Dad his breakfast) and have a swim afterwards.  Again, get there from 12.15pm to have a look at the course and go for your warm up. Course map attached.

12.45pm Race Briefing

1.00pm Year 5/6 Girls 2.4km

1.15pm Year 5/6 Boys 2.4km

1.30pm Year 7/8 Girls 3.6km

1.50pm Year 7/8 Boys 3.6km

(Children competing at the AIMS Games in Tauranga on Sunday 7 September can count this as their training session)

3. Wednesday 10 September: Speed training at Southbrook Park, Rangiora, 4.30-5.15pm

We have a “fartlek” speed session with some 30m-200m sprints over flat land at Southbrook Park in Rangiora followed by a mass 3 person rugby field relay. Southbrook Park is accessed off Southbelt in Rangiora which is off Lineside Road from the motorway.
 
4. Saturday 13 September, CHAV/PSC 2 Person Relay at Heathcote Domain, 1.00pm Start

Due to a clash of events with schools orienteering, please note the earlier start time for this event.

If you would like to take part in this relay, please click the link and submit the form by THURSDAY 11 SEPTEMBER ->

CHAV/PSC 2-Person Relay Entry Form

Ask a partner or we will give you one if you can’t find someone.

Anyone can run – you don’t have to be registered or a club member. It is a handicap event – so slower teams start first and faster teams last. The relay is 4km, each runner running 2 x 1km laps.  The first partner runs a lap (1km) and tags the second partner who runs a lap (1km) and tags the first partner who runs again (1km) and tags the second partner who runs their second lap (1km) to finish.  Or in other words, each partner runs two laps with a rest lap in between.

at Heathcote Domain Football Field / Cricket Pitch, car parks on Port Hills Road or Bridle Path Road.
Meet: 12.15pm

. – all course is on grass with some hills, so spikes may be worn.
Race Start: 1.00pm approx

Playground for children!

 
5. Thursday 18 September, Speed session at Halswell Quarry, 4.30pm-5.15pm
Meet at the carpark, where we met last time, off Kennedys Bush Road. Lots of fast stuff again and a 1km time trail and the PSC CC Team 60m champs!
 
6. AWARDS DINNER PRIZES – please bring any prizes along to the next few trainingsessions nf aput them in the box, even a pack of sweets all helps. Thanks
 
7. CONGRATULATIONS to Erin Downie (Y8 Girls) who did some cycle racing in the weekend – Erin competed in the Secondary Schools Cuddon Cycling Tour of Blenheim and won 3 Titles in the U13 Girls Grade – Criterium (Sprint Ace), Queen of the Mountain (Hill Climb), and the 20km Road Race. – must be all of pour team training!!!
 
See you tomorrow!

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Team News 28.8.14

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Only four weeks to go to the IRXC2014! I have missed seeing you this week but the managers and I had a great meeting on Tuesday evening and we are well on our way to getting everything sorted for a super time away. The Team Booklet was getting printed this afternoon and on Tuesday at Omaka you will get a copy and be able to read about all your team mates, see what cabin you are in and more! Saturday is out first lead in race, next Tuesday you will get wet feet as we try some fast 700m reps. and next Sunday it is time to experience the Hanmer course (after making you Dad breakfast in bed first!).
1. PORT HILLS U18 Cross Country Races – Saturday 30 August

Meet at 1.15pm at Hansen Park, Hawford Road, Opawa. Please go to your team sign. As a team (some may be with their clubs), have a walk over the course and warm up together (jog, stretch, stride). It is important to always check out the course well before a race – even if you have run there before – there can always be changes, obstacles, new tracks etc. A good warm up consists of both physical and mental preparation – getting the body and mind read to race. Physically a warm up should have a jog to warm up the body, dynamic stretching to get the muscles ready to perform followed by 3-4 40-50m stride outs (almost sprints – this is when I get my spikes on) just before you start to get the body ready to race. As a warm up progresses you take off a layer each 5 minutes or so (depending on the weather) with the last shirt (your polo) flung off before being called to the line. Mentally it is important to think about your race and also set some goals. With a lap race it is important to try think about how you will run each lap, how you will start and how you will finish.Experiment – this race is called a lead-in race (bit like a pre-season game) and the result is not important – so experiment by trying something new, maybe start real fast or real slow…put a burner in at half way or with one lap to go…aim for negative splits (going faster each lap – get a parent/manager to time you) or try to “sit” on a runner by racing just behind them….try something….
So to recap
1. Meet at 1.15pm
2. Find your team mates/manager at your sign
3. Get your race number/any requirement needed (not sure what this is sorry)
4. Walk/jog the course with your team (think about how you will race)
5. Layer off and jog 5-10 mins.
6. Dynamic stretching/drills – lunges, calf stretches, leg swings, grapevines etc.
7. Layer off – spikes on – stride outs (3-4 x 40-50m)
8. Get to race start early (5-7 mins. before or when called). Keep warm
9. Go  – and experiment!
2.00pm – 10 years and Under 2km (Year 5)
2.15pm – 11/12 years 2km (Year 6)
2.35pm – 13 years + 3km (Years 7/8)
2. Next Training Run: Tuesday 2 September: PSC CC Team Training at Omaka Scout Camp, Harewood 4.30-5.15pm

Meet at Omaka Scout Camp, Greywacke Road (opposite Harewood Crematorium), off Johns Road, Harewood – go down the long gravel road and car parking is at the end. We will have a training session over a flat and fast course including running through the river  x 2– so bring some spare socks!! We will have a two person x 3 laps of 700m relay. You need spikes if you have them. Booklets will be handed out at the end of the session.  Parents are welcome to use the facilities for a cuppa.

3. Sunday 7 September: IRXC2014 Trial Races at Woodland Walk Reserve, Hanmer Springs 1.00-2.00pm

Woodland Walk can be reached from Torquay Terrace, off Bristol Street off Jollies Pass Road or from the DOC House/Reserve Entrance along Jollies Pass Road – lots of parking there and the toilet block too! A chance to have a real race over the actual course! Come and enjoy Hanmer (after making Dad his breakfast) and have a swim afterwards.  Again, get there from 12.15pm to have a look at the course and go for your warm up. Course map attached, click here: IRXC2014 Course Map.

12.45pm Race Briefing

1.00pm Year 5/6 Girls 2.4km

1.15pm Year 5/6 Boys 2.4km

1.30pm Year 7/8 Girls 3.6km

1.50pm Year 7/8 Boys 3.6km

(Children competing at the AIMS Games in Tauranga on Sunday 7 September can count this as their training session)

4. Last notes

That’s all for now – lots more info. coming out in the next few weeks – so watch your inbox. All the best to those playing basketball in the weekend, please take it easy! Remember, if you have any prizes for our Awards Dinner, please bring them along on Saturday or next Tuesday. A reminder for those parents going to the dinner, please pay online by Friday – we will open up for others next week.
See you Saturday or Tuesday.
Cheers
Paul:)

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Team News 21.8.14

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Well done to the 75 out of 84 team members who took on the steps tonight! The Year 6 and 7 girls had all of their team present – way to go girls!!! You all conquered about 900 or so steps. As I said, I think this is one of the hardest training sessions we have done in ten years of the team! I was amazed by how well you all coped with them! Great work everyone. Apologies now if you have sore legs for the next few days! (especially to those racing on Saturday!). Please have a light jog/walk on Friday to recover.
Today marks 5 weeks or 35 days till the IRXC2014! E-X-C-I-T-I-N-G Please read on for lots more info.
1. Training
That was the last hill session, with one month go to go on Monday we move into the speed and racing section of your training. Monday is the only time we do actual speed repetitions. These are where we really start to use that strength you have gained and push it into a longer sprint and have a long recovery before the next effort. Coming up are three races – 30 Aug. at Port Hills, 7 Sept. at Hanmer (or Tauranga for those going to the Aims Games) and then the 2 person relay on 13 September at Heathcote ( reminder- 1.00pm start!).
2. Next Training/session race – PORT HILLS U18  CROSS COUNTRY RACES- Saturday 30 August
A reminder, if you run for a club, please enter through your club. Everyone else, we will enter, apart from those who have told me they cannot make it. A reminder, Year 7/8 runners need to enter the 3km race- not 2km.
Details:
Saturday 30 August
Hansen Park, Hawford Road, Opawa
Ages as at 31/12/14
Meet: 1.15pm for a course walk, warm up and to confirm entry
2.00pm: 10 years and under 2km
2.15pm: 11/12 years 2km
2.35pm: 13 years -17 years 3km (and any Year 7/8s who may be younger)
Wear: Club singlet if in a club, Canterbury singlet if not, or school singlet in not in the Canterbury team.
3. Team Booklet – this will include your cabin mates, gear list, biography information and photos of your team mates, our itinerary and more. This will be given out at Omaka on Tuesday 2 September. Included in the booklet will be information on those getting picked up and those not returning. If there are any changes to the below, please let me know asap.
Bus Pick Ups: 
Brent and Dominic Pulley – Woodend
Brynlea Pain – Waipara
Madeleine Haugh – Red Post, Culverden
Zachary Curtis – Waikari
Not returning on the bus from Hanmer on Friday 26 September: 
Zoe McMeeken
Chanel Muir
Kate Petrie
Ngaio Shaw & Karen Batchelor
Emilio Kennedy
Luke Adam Ziswiler Hayton
Theo Walker
Monica Koster
Rosa Blake
Oscar Fossey
Paige Avery
Ethan Rose
Abby de Visser
Lili Ovendale
Alice Davidson
William Schneideman
4. PSC CC Team Canterbury Awards Dinner Bookings – payment required by 29 August
A reminder to those of you who booked in, payment is required to confirm your seats before we put the rest open to others.
Booking is on a first in, first served basis – once the places have been filled it is closed off.
Payments need to be made by Direct payment to the bank a/c 031783 0153007 05 by 29 August.  Please include in your payment reference – name, number of adults and number of children.
Any places not paid for by the 29 August will be forfeited and made available to those waitlisted.
 
5. Help us…please email Paul if you can help
 – Trailer Towers needed for the Portaloos, 2 x Athletics Canterbury Trailers and a trailer for tents.
Coffee Cart – please let me know if you know of a good one, lots of business for a day!
Awards Dinner Prizes – at our special dinner on Thursday 25th September we honour lots of special runners and team members as well as give out spot prizes. If you can donate a prize or know of a company who could donate a few things, please email or drop your prizes in the box at the next training sessions – chocolate, sweets, small things – all that bad stuff we can have after the race!
 
6. Thanks
There are always plenty of people to thank (and I will miss out some) but here are some people and organisations…
Thanks to: Mums, dads and family/friends that get you to training…..you are so awesome ….I can’t believe that our runners from Cheviot. Ashburton,  Amberley,  Rakaia, Greta Valley, Loburn, Leeston, Ladbrooks, Lincoln, Prebbleton, Kirwee, Tai Tapu, Cust, Ashley, Glentunnel, Rolleston, Weedons, Sumner and everywhere else all over Christchurch/Canterbury get to training each week….you can have a break next week!
Thanks to: our managers for all they are doing…. running with us and supporting us, organising all the things we will do at Hanmer, special thanks to Karen Thebald for organising the uniforms and lots of other things, to Lee Downie for being our first aid person and also organising heaps of things…
Thanks to KONICA MINOLTA for printing our Team Booklets and Race Programmes
That’s about all for now. Thanks again for being an important part of the hardest Canterbury Rep. team to get in that there is!! Well done tonight, I was really impressed and know that when you get to those steps at Hanmer you will fly up them…and then keep going!
Cheers

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Team News 17.8.14

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Hope you have enjoyed the good run of weather and got out in the sun for some hill training! Today, I did a practice of our session that we will do on Thursday and I am totally had it! Yesterday a number of our team joined with Christchurch Avon (CHAV) for their King/Queen of the Mountain and Hugh Charles (Y8 Boys) was the winner! Read on for a few pieces of information….
1. CHAV King/Queen of the Mountain Results

These are attached, click here: CHAV King and Queen 16.08.2014 – well done to you all! Some very quick times from our runners, the warm up last week must have helped!
2. Training on Thursday – FINISH TIME 5.30pm
Yes, it took me a little longer today to do our session, so finish time for this Thursday will be 5.30pm – parents can do a shop at New World St. Martins or sit in the cafe. We need a few parents to come with us to help with a road crossing (you don’t have to do the steps unless you want to!).
Next Training Run – Step it up! – Thursday 21 August – Hillview Christian School Senior Campus, 125 Wilsons Road 4.30-5.30pm (other side of road from the meeting) – carpark access off Gamblins Road (opposite New World) through the Green gate, 4.30pm-5.30pm. It’s time to get on some steps, so wear your road/trail shoes and we will hit the hills and steps in particular. Get ready to get exhausted and make those thighs burn!
 
3. Change of Race time for 2 Person Relay – Saturday 13 September at Heathcote Domain – NOW 1.00pm start – meet at 12.30pm (not 2.30pm start and meet at 1.45pm). Sorry about this, I don’t like to change times but the Schools’ Orienteering at Hansen Park that same day clashes (2.00-3.30pm starts) and I have just found out this week about it.
 
4. Port Hills U18 Cross Country Races 30 August (already sent to you)
The Port Hills U18 Cross Country Races are on Saturday 30 August at Hansen Park in Opawa. This is a very important lead-in race for all running at the IRXC2014. If you are in a running club, you need to enter with your club and wear your club singlet. If you are not in a club, we will enter you UNLESS YOU EMAIL US by Saturday 23rd August and say you cannot run.
Also, all Year 7/8 runners should run in and be entered in the 3km race at 2.35pm (even if you are Grade 11/12)
Details
Saturday 30 August
Hansen Park, Hawford Road, Opawa
Ages as at 31/12/14
Meet: 1.15pm for a course walk, warm up and to confirm entry
2.00pm: 10 years and under 2km
2.15pm: 11/12 years 2km
2.35pm: 13 years -17 years 3km (and any Year 7/8s who may be younger)
Wear: Club singlet if in a clb, Canterbury singlet if not, or school singlet in not in Canterbury team.
5. Coffee at IRXC2014
If you know of a good mobile coffee cart who want a day of business at Hanmer, please let me know.
See you on Thursday.
Captains, can you please have your polos on for a photo on Thursday.
Please email me if you are unsure of anything.
Thanks

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Team News 13.8.14

Hi guys

1. Tonight:
What an inspiring night of training tonight! We only had three runners away from the team of 84!!! (we are now 84 as unfortunately Zach Galagher Y8 boys has pulled out due to injury) I think that is a record! Well done to everyone! It was a bit muddy but it looked like everyone was giving of their best and making the most of the opportunity to get on the hills. We had a bit of slipping and sliding and falling but well done to those who fell but got up again…especially Zoe (Mud Queen) McMeekan and to Madeleine Haugh who showed real character after looking initially in a bad way. Great to welcome back Year 5 captain Tom Harrison and Team Captain Abby Theobaldfrom injury and sickness. It is all super to see so many extra runners pushing us, lots of parents running and also some superb help from Year 9s Cameron Trumper and Laura Clarke. IRXC2007 Champion Carl Chapman was helping his dad, Phil with the Rim Run. Cameron, Laura and Carl are all entered in the Past Competitors’ race at Hanmer.
 
2. Extra race opportunity – 16 AUGUST – CHAV KING OR QUEEN OF THE MOUNTAIN – HALSWELL QUARRY

This is a fun event over the same course we did on Wednesday. If you would like to compete in this “estimated time trial” please fill out this form by WEDNESDAY 13 August -> CHAV King/Queen Race Entry 

Anyone can run/walk, no need to be registered or in a club.  You still can enter on the day, but entering online helps us a lot and saves time on the day!

Meet 1.45pm on the field by the main Car Park, Halswell Quarry, off Kennedy’s Bush Road.

We will have a walk/jog over the course at 2.00pm. The race will start at 2.30pm approx. and is approx. 1.8km UPHILL and DOWNHILL up the Rim Track. You have to estimate your time. Each runner then starts by themselves, at 5 sec. intervals and tries to match their time estimate – but no watches! About 30sec slower than your 2km flat time is considered pretty close….last year Matt Dryden was fastest in 6m49s and Akeira Worthington fastest girl with 8m04s. Bring your own afternoon tea and picnic rug for afterwards!

3. Next Training Run – Step it up! – Thursday 21 August – Hillview Christian School, 125 Wilsons Road 4.30pm (other side of road from the meeting) – carpark access off Gamblins Road (opposite New World) through the Green gate, 4.30pm-5.15pm. It’s time to get on some steps, so wear your road/trail shoes and we will hit the hills and steps in particular. Get ready to get exhausted and make those thighs burn!

4. IRXC2014 Race Entries

Official early entries have closed but there will still be others but so far it looks like a record number….84 from Canterbury, 83 from Wellington, 63 from Nelson and 16 from Marlborough (79 from Tasman when combined), 34 from South Canterbury, 3 from Bay of Plenty!!, and about 40 independent entries as well as 20 past competitors/open runners (including Phil Costley!) – 343 in total!!! Still tme for those dads and mums and others to enter the Past Competitors and Open race!!! See irxc2014.wordpress.com

5. NZ Cross Country Champs last Saturday

Well done to all of our runners who ran at the NZ Cross Country Champs on Saturday and also to all those past members who did so well.Chanel Muir (Year 7 Boys) is the new U13 NZ Champion and had team mates Oscar Fossey and Laurence Pithie close on his heels taking the silver and bronze ahead of the Auckland Champion. Lucy Kokich (Year 7 Girls) gave three time Inter-Regional Champion Eloise Beattie (Tasman) something to think about as she won the silver in the U13 girls ahead of Rosa Blake (Year 6 girls) and a host of our Canterbury Year 6/7 girls. Liliana Braun (Year 8 Girls) had an outstanding race to lead the U15 girls race until the last 100m when she had to settle for silver but in the process beat some talented Year 9 runners. Ngaio Shaw (Year 6 Girls) had a win in the unofficial 10 year and under 1.5km race ahead of Blake Theobald (Independent Year 6 boy) and Sam Meecham (Year 5 Boys) with Paige Avery (Year 5 Girls) second girl home. Ayrton Shadbolt (Year 8 Boys/Team Captain) had a strong race in the U15 boys to finish 9th and probably the first year 8. For full results, see: NZXC

6. Bus Pick Ups/ Drop Offs

If you need to be picked up on the way (ie at Woodend, Waipara turn off) or dropped off on the way back, please email Paul so we can put it in the booklet. Most of us will leave from the Burnside Rugby Club – Avonhead Road.

7. Trailer Towers Needed

We need a number of trailers towed up to Hanmer for the event – port-a-loos, Athletics Canterbury Trailers (x2), tents for teams – please let Paul know if you can help out.

8. Team Chants for Canterbury

It’s about time to let the other regions know who we are – so get your team togethr and come up with a chant to support us all! Time for a bit of singing on the hills next week!

That’s about all for now. Well done on your training so far. Remember all the hills now will pay off in six weeks and one day!

See you on Saturday or next Thursday

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Team News 6.8.14

Hi everyone

Wow, what a super session last night at Woodend – it looked like everyone was working very hard and taking it to those hills – well done. Please do keep it up! I hope you felt tired afterwards. There is quite a bit of hillwork/strength work coming up on your schedules and this will pay off in 7 weeks time at the end of your IRXC race.

It was great to see 79 out of the team of 85 there with the Year 6 and 7 Boys and the Year 5, 6 and 7 Girls all present! Well done guys and awesome to see all of our Greta Valley, Rakaia, Ashburton and Cheviot athletes there – that is commitment!

1. Next Training Session – 4.30pm Wednesday 13 August at Halswell Quarry. Meet at the field opposite to the start of the PSC CC Course (by the car park off Kennedys Bush Road).  We will do some Hillwork on the PSC CC course, all on grass and then a time trial over the Port Hills’ Hill Run (need off road shoes).  No real playground but heaps of grass (and possibly mud/water) for the little ones. Closest coffee at “The Old Vicarage”, 335 Halswell Road.


2. NZ Cross Country Champs – THIS Saturday 9 August at Halswell Quarry

All the best to those who are running in Grade 11 and above (turn 11 by end of the year) races – this was for REGISTERED CLUB ruuners only.

Grade 10 and Under Race:  If you are turning 10 by the end of the year, or under, you can run in a 1.5km race on Saturday at Halswell and it is FREE to enter. Registered runners must wear their registration number and club uniform and line up at the start 5 minutes before the start.Others (who don’t run for a club) may wear their Canterbury singlet and need to get a race number from the entry tent. The race starts at 3.20pm but you need to enter at least 30 minutes before.

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  1. Extra race opportunity – 16 AUGUST – CHAV KING OR QUEEN OF THE MOUNTAIN – HALSWELL QUARRY

This is a fun event over the same course we will be training on next Wednesday. If you would like to compete in this “estimated time trial” please fill out this form by WEDNESDAY 13 August -> CHAV King/Queen Race Entry

Anyone can run/walk, no need to be registered or in a club.  You still can enter on the day, but entering online helps us a lot and saves time on the day!

Meet 1.45pm on the field by the main Car Park, Halswell Quarry, off Kennedy’s Bush Road.

We will have a walk/jog over the course at 2.00pm. The race will start at 2.30pm approx. and is approx. 1.8km UPHILL and DOWNHILL up the Rim Track. You have to estimate your time. Each runner then starts by themselves, at 5 sec. intervals and tries to match their time estimate – but no watches! About 30sec slower than your 2km flat time is considered pretty close….last year Matt Dryden was fastest in 6m49s and Akeira Worthington fastest girl with 8m04s. Bring your own afternoon tea and picnic rug for afterwards!

  1. Forms – thanks to all who have filled out the forms about the dinner, bio details and cabin mates. If you still need to do anything, please email me or look at old emails.
  1. Entries – close for the IRXC2014 on Sunday 10 August – THIS SUNDAY!!! – if you have any friends or family members or past competitors who want to run, please get them to fill in the form on the race web site – http://www.irxc2014.wordpress.com  YOU ARE ALL ENTERED!!!

Thanks again everyone for being such an awesome part of Canterbury’s toughest Rep. team to make! It looked like many of you were starting to learn names on Tuesday – keep that up. Please also come and say hi to me and I try to learn all of your names. There are also heaps of others joining us at training sessions which is so good – there are over 40 extra independent entries so far into the IRXC2014 – cool!

See you Wednesday and all the best to those running in the NZ Cross Country Champs on Saturday. Even if you aren’t running, come along and see the best Cross Country runners in the country!

Cheers

Paul;)

PS Only 49 days to go to the IRXC2014!!!

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