Roto Kohatu Year 7/8s – Wednesday 5 July

Hi all

The top 20 Year 7/8s Primaries v. the top 20 CAIMS (Canterbury Association of Intermediate and Middle Schools) runners in each Year Group (7 and 8) will race off at Roto Kohatu reserve on Wednesday 5 July. The top ten from these races will make the PSC CC Team for 2017.

Names of qualifiers are here: Prim v Int 2017

Course Map is here: Roto Kohatu map

Training session over the course: Tuesday 27 June – meet at 4.30pm, finish by 5.15pm. We will go over the 1km course and then do a 2km time trial. Please wear the shoes you want to race in – Paul will have some spike running shoes you can try out and borrow if you wish. Spiked running shoes ARE ABLE to be worn at this event, with spikes in them.

Anyone is welcome to this session – even if you haven’t qualified

Note: Roto Kohatu Reserve is at the end of Sawyers Arms Road (Airport end) Harewood. Also note the traffic can be quite busy (off Johns Rd.).


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Welcome to the 2017 Team!!!!

Hi there!

Congratulations if you have just qualified to be in our team! What an awesome effort, well done!

Can you now please fill in this online application from by FRIDAY 30 JUNE (Year 5/6). Here is the link right here: APPLICATION FORM 2017

For all the information you received today, click here: IRXC2017 PSC CC Team Selection Letter – Year 5-6

Well done again, that is a wonderful achievement.

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Phil Costley Shield and the Dave Dixon Relay Baton fly south to CANTERBURY!!!


Henry Allott (Cashmere Primary School) leads a strong Canterbury charge in the Year 8 Boys’ 3000m. Canterbury A won Gold and Canterbury B won Bronze in the teams’ event with Allott finishing 4th overall

Hi all

Here is the Press Release:

Canterbury win back the Phil Costley Cross Country Shield

The Phil Costley Shield, the symbol of Primary and Intermediate Schools’ Cross Country supremacy, was won back by the Canterbury Regional team at Waikanae Park, on Thursday 22 September. Canterbury also won the Dave Dixon Relay Baton for the first time. Both trophies had been held by Wellington for the last three years.
Over 300 runners from South Canterbury in the south to Waikato/Bay of Plenty in the north competed in the 12th running of the event with teams representing Canterbury, South Canterbury,Tasman, (Marborough and Nelson) and Wellington.
The Primary Sports Canterbury team showed their dominance in the teams’ events winning six of the eight grades while the Wellington team had five individual winners. Canterbury were commanding in the first two Year 5 events, having the first four runners home over the undulating 2000m course which included six uphills per lap. Akiko Omori (St. Andrews College) and Angus Sevier (Somerfield School) set the scene for the Canterbury victory with powerful performances in the first two races. Millie Jenkins (Redwood School) in the Year 6 girls and Maia Wilkinson (South Wellington Intermediate School ) in the Year 7 girls scored impressive wins for Wellington with Wilkinson recording the fastest female time over the 3km for the day. Wellingtons’ Will Anthony (Scots College) retained his title in the Year 8 boys and Rosa Blake (Heaton Intermediate) had a great tussle with her team mates to eventually take out the Year 8 girls’ title.
Omori, a Year 5 who only turned 10 last month, set the fastest female time in the 8 x 1km relay which saw Canterbury finish ahead of Wellington, Tasman and South Canterbury.
The medals were presented by Hamish Carson, a local Kapiti runner who represented New Zealand  in the 1500m at the recent Rio Olympics.The event will shift to Timaru for the first time next year when South Canterbury will host the IRXC2017 on Thursday 28 September.



Canterbury Captain Sam Idiens (Medbury School) crosses the finish line well ahead of Wellington in the 8 x 1km Inter-Reional Relay at Waikanae on Thursday



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Canterbury Win Shield and Relay

Results attached here: irxc-2016-results

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Team News 16.9.16

Hi guys

Just four full days till we race – hard to believe really. Below is a full-on email (a Marathon!!) and there will be one or two more to come. Please read, digest and note all the details!


Great to see 78 out of 82 (best ever  attendance – one injured member, one sick and one on camp) of the team of sprinting , starting hard, finishing hard and time-trialing on Thursday at Halswell. Well done to the Year 5 and 6 boys and Year 5 and 8 girls who had a full turn out tonight – every other team only had one missing. We certainly witnessed some speedy running and well done to all of the 60m winners! (Dom, Ethan, Neve and Beau overall)

  1. Parents/Supporters at IRXC2016– It is certainly great to have parents supporting us in Blenheim but a reminder that our teams need to warm up together and stay with their team supporting other teams after their race. Please don’t take your child off by themselves. Thanks for being there and do dress in Red/Black and get positively vocal!!! A reminder if you want to meet up on Wednesday for dinner/ a drink, please contact Geoff/Ginnie Allott by Sunday evening – or  or text/phone: 0274 577 555
  1. Inter-Regional Relay: After the individual events there is an Inter-Regional 8 x 1km relay where ONErunner per age group will run for our Canterbury team (ie 8 runners in total). This will be selected by Paul/Dave and their managers – we will take into account the time trial last week, your current form, how you are after your race etc. We will tentatively name our team on Wednesday night at our team meeting.


  1. Singlets sizes– Please urgently try them on and even run in them if you have not already..nothing worse than running in a top too small/big/. Email Jacqui Restieaux you need a size change.


5.Spike sizes– if you are running in spikes at the IRXC2016, 9mm spikes would be usually ideal – they are a general XC size. Always good to have some 12mm spares if possible if very wet and slippery and some 6/7mm ones for a hard course and for track – go to Shoe Clinic to get them. Good trail shoes are also fine – don’t try something new on the day though! At present cloudy and fine weather is forecast next Thursday….but that could change…

  1. Leaving the Team Early on Friday

A number of team members have indicated they are not returning on the plane, as advised to us.Can all those 24 please fill out this form so we know when you are leaving/being picked up and from where. Thanks, click here by Sunday evening: LEAVING EARLY FORM

  1. Friday Recovery Run 

This is on the Friday morning and is optional but it is lots of fun and slow and your team may like to dress in a theme – be prepared! PJs are acceptable!

  1. 8. Plane Travel 

A reminder that you need to be at the airport by 8.30am next Wednesday. Please arrive in plenty of time. Please take any medication (sea legs etc. ) that you need. Attached is a gear list if you can’t find your booklet! You can take a small bag on the plane but

  1. With countdown now IT IS TIME TO EASE OFF, REST, HAVE A FEW FAST SHORT RUNS – but not long fast ones – the 800m on Saturday can be at 70% as you did a km on Thursday. 

PLEASE AVOID CONTACT SPORT AND even watch your play activities – no rough stuff, GET GOOD SLEEPS ( it is likely that next Wednesday night will not be a good sleep – so get good ones on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday…), KEEP HEALTHY and FOCUS….

10. Goal Setting: 
We will do some of this on next Wednesday night….but have a think about it now….
– 1. What place are you aiming to achieve in the IRXC2016 (about 30-40 in your race)
– 2. What place are you hoping to achieve out of the Canterbury entrants? ie Where do you want to get in your team?
– 3. Other goals…eg.keep consistent laps, pass 3 x runners in last lap, beat 5 Wellington runners…..beat so and so…..beat last year’s place…..medal….never give up….finish!!.

11. Ear Plugs -.could be a requirement if you sleep lightly as you may have snoring room mates!!! Good idea to try them out this week.

12. Snacks and Lunch on Wednesday –  a reminder to bring your own lunch and snacks for the trip on Wednesday (healthy ones – there will be lots of unhealthy ones after the race!)…..all other food is supplied. NO LOLLIES/ Junk Food / Fizzy drinks till after the race.

13. Drink Bottle – important to have this on the bus for stops and sips – keeping hydrated is important.

14. What to Wear
Wednesday – on the plane/bus and at Te Papa – YOU MUST WEAR YOUR TEAM POLO, BLACK TRACK PANTS AND TEAM JACKET …

Wednesday – course inspection – as above but with training shirt
Wednesday – after course inspection, dinner and team meeting –  your Polo is optional – ie Mufti
Thursday –  BLACK TRACK PANTS, TRAINING SHIRT, RACE SINGLET AND TEAM JACKET ..Please wear your singlet with Race number (supplied)/ black shorts for the Team Photo – YOU MUST RACE in your Canterbury Singlet (and don’t cover the “CANTERBURY” with your race no.!) – if cold, wear a BLACK (only black!)  Polyprop or Skins underneath. You must wear BLACK running shorts (Canty. ones if you have them). Wear BLACK track pants at the course and your Canty. Jacket. If you get to stand on the Podium – please wear your singlet and track pants (Jacket if cold). Dinner: POLO is optional this year – .so mufti clothes are welcome.

Friday: Morning Run – PJs or whatever your team has planned! Rest of Friday is Team Polo, Team Jacket and Black Track Pants for Parliament, Cable Car and  travel back.

15. Named Polo/Training Shirt/Shorts – please name them as there are lots around – DON’T name the singlet or jacket – they are on loan only. The singlet needs to be given to your manager before you enter the pools on Thursday after the race and your jacket given in at Christchurch Airport after we arrive back.

  1. Insect Repellent/Sunscreen

There can be sandflies around in Waikane – wanting to suck your very fit and oxygenated blood – please bring some repellent and also some sunscreen too.

  1. Prizes Thanks – thanks to all who have donated Prizes for our Thursday Dinner – big thanks to ASICS, Shoe Clinic and Whittakers Chocolate for generous prizes.
  1. Thursday Dinner – please make sure you have paid for this if you booked extra places. Please email me if you are not sure if you have paid.
  2. Important!!!!!! – CANTERBURY REPRESENTATIVE: 
    A reminder you are representing Canterbury as soon as you meet at the airport until you leave the bus again on Friday – we expect and know we will getEXCELLENTbehaviour both “on and off the field”. We want the other regions and the people of Wellington and Waikanae to be blown away by how awesome you are at competing, behaving and looking! You have made it into the hardest Canterbury Representative team there is to make it into…be proud and yet humble to represent all of your Province.

Phew….that was a long one….till I write again…..

Stay fit, healthy and happy….GO THE ALL BLACKS!!!


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Team News 8.9.16 – Two weeks to go!!!

Hi guys

Great to see 73 of the team of 82 and many extras out at Rangiora on Tuesday and heaps of speedy running going on too – too speedy for me though, think I am getting old as I slightly tweaked a hamstring in the relay. Pleased we were there on Tuesday and not Wednesday evening!!! Well done to the Year 5 boys and girls who had a 100% turn out- and to both Year 8 teams who were all there except for their AIMS Game reps.! It has been a busy week with the Heathcote Relay, AIMS Games in Tauranga for some, and also some injuries and sickness.

Only two team training sessions to go…our very important final races and relay trial on Sunday and more speedy stuff on next Thursday. Over the next two weeks we will do some short sharp running and some tapering – easing off, and also some goal setting and visualising about your race.

  1. Relay Trial on Sunday explanation

You may have noticed there is a 1km relay trial after the races on Sunday. This is to help the management team select probable runners for the Inter-Regional 8 x 1km relay that happens after all the races at the IRXC2016. The relay is for one team per region, with one runner from each age group. We want the best Canterbury 1km runner from each age group – after they have already raced their heart out for their region in their 2km or 3km race. A tough ask for a tough runner! For the last two years we have taken the first Canterbury runner from each race at the IRXC as our relay runner but this year we are trying a new strategy!

On Sunday, we are asking the first four placed runners from each age group from the races to run a 1km time trial, also any other runner may choose to have a run in the 1km time trial if they want to.  Note – the winner of this time trial may not necessarily be our selected runner – as a number of factors on the day will come into account. We plan to bracket two possible runners! at our trial there will be a 5 seconds gap between each runner – so it is a time trial but also a race of sorts – just like the actual relay will be.

Apologies if you found the above very wordy but some people like to know the exact reasoning behind things!

  1. PSC CC TeamRaces on Sunday 11 September Aidanfield Christian School, 2 Nash Road (off Aidanfield Drive), Halswell.see: ACS venue PLEASE WEAR YOUR CANTERBURY SINGLET   

Please do as you did last week with warm ups etc. as a team.The timetable will be as follows:

1.00pm Gates open at the school

1.30pm Course Walk

1.45pm Race Briefing

1.45pm (Year 5/6 and under Girls warm up)

2.00pm Year 5/6 and under Girls 2km – 2 laps (Year 5/6 and under Boys warm up)

2.15pm Year 5/6 and under Boys 2km – 2 laps(Year 7/8 and over Girls warm up)

2.30pm Year 7/8 and over Girls 3km – 3 laps(Year 7/8 and over Boys warm up)

2.50pm Year 7/8 and over Boys 3km – 3 laps

3.20pm 1km Time Trials for the Inter-Regional Relay selection (this is compulsory for the first four from each age group from the race and for anyone else who wants to have a go)

ENTRY IS OPEN TO ANYONE  – a course map is attached. see here: 11-9-16-races-course-map

  1. LAST TEAM SESSION:  Thursday 15 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 trial and the PSC CC Team 60m champs!

MANAGERS’ MEETING – as the team members are running , can all managers who are able to, please meet to go over some important details of the trip. Thanks

  1. Welcome to Phonse Carroll – new team member!

Unfortunately Connor Stewart, Year 6 Boys, has had his appendix removed and will no longer be able to come to Wellington. At last minute notice, we have asked Phonse Carroll (Elmwood School) to take his place in the Year 6 Boys’ team. Phonse has been to most of our training events and his sister Paris (Year 7 Girls) is in the team. Welcome Phonse and we will miss Connor!

Tracey Stewart (Year 8 Girls Manager) will now not be coming. We have space for a Year 8 Girls’ manager or even just a plane ticket to and from Wellington ($216 return) on our team plane! Pleas let me know if either option is something you coukd be interested in.

  1. Thanks for the Prizes

Thanks everyone for the prizes for our dinner! A big thanks to WHITTAKERS CHOCOLATE (yum!!!) and to Asics for their generous donations – please bring any other prizes along on Sunday or next Thursday. No more chocolate or sweets though please – we are already sugared out!


So you know who is in charge (and get more chocolate….)

Shirley-Anne Collins is our team manager from Primary Sports Canterbury. Shirley-Anne has been on the Primary Sports Canterbury Exec. for many years, is a teacher, has been involved with the rep. Netball teams and has been a manager on many of our trips. We are thrilled to have her with us and value her experience. Penny Martin is the Primary Sports Canterbury assistant Sport Director and has been training with us! Penny, like Shirely-Anne, has a sporting background and she also has responsibility for our finances. Jacqui Restieaux is the behind the scenes manager. Jacqui makes sure everything happens and keeps me in line. She was a manger on the trip last year and has her daughter Bridie in the Year 6 Girls” team.  Dave King has joined us as a coach and has many years running and coaching and also has a degree in Sport Coaching. Paul is the Coach/Selector and a bit of everything else. I have been running for over 40 years and coaching for more than 25 years, have been in charge of this team for 12 years and love my three days away with such an elite and focused team of enthusiastic children. All of our cell numbers are in the team booklet and on the attached itinerary.

  1. Allergies

If you have indicated your child has an allergy, please ensure they bring antihistamine with them (especially to the race venue). This medication can be handed to their team manager or Penny/Jacqui.


  1. Itinerary

Attached is our Itinerary – as in the booklet – just so you know where we are and what we are doing! It also has contact numbers fir the management team. see here: psc-cc-team-itinerary-2016

  1. Boolets

Thanks to the Sharpe and Parrett families and their businesses for their generous sponsorship towards our Team Booklet. I have a Will Allott page for everyone for Sunday. Also, apologies to Genevieve Christian (Y5 Girls) for missing out her race results – she got 1st in her school cross country, 3rd at zones and 10th at Halswell. Anyone who hasn’t got their booklet can get it on Sunday.

  1. AWARDS DINNER BOOKINGS – family and fiend welcome!!!!

If you would like to attend our PSC CC Team Awards Dinner please fill out this form – see: DINNER BOOKING BY SUNDAY 11 SEPTEMBER, indicating number of Adults and Children 13 and under attending. The Dinner will be approx. 6.00pm-8.30pm. The meal is a roast meal followed by dessert and coffee/tea. We welcome families but there is no guarantee guests (family groups) will be seated together. Plesae indicate any special dietary needs of guests. The cost is $20.00 per Adult and $15.00 per child under 13. ALL PSC CC TEAM MEMBERS AND MANAGERS ARE AUTOMATICALLY BOOKED IN. Your booking will be confirmed when payment has been made by Internet Banking to: 031783 0153007 03. Please ensure you include your child’s name as a reference so that we know who has paid.Thanks

Bookings so far:

Name /Adults/Children
3 0
Parrett 2
Connolly 2
Greenwood 3 1
Johnston 2 0
Davidson 3
Pearson 2 1
Jones 1 2
Aitken 4 1
hazlett 2 2
Scanlan 2 2
blacklow 1
Thomas 2
Jackways 2
Johnson 1
Knight 1
Blake 2 0
Dunlop 2 2
Gibson 2 0
Sharpe 2
Hughes 2 1
Benson 5
Weir 2 1
Pulley 1 2
Watson 3 1
McMeeken 2
Restieaux 1 1


See you Sunday!



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Aims Games Results 4.9.16


Well done to those who raced in Tauranga today at  the Aims Games, some outstanding results – especially Paris Carroll ! (and also a number of great Wellington results too). A reminder you all have 2 1/2 weeks of speed work to come also… :
Year 7 Girls: 3km out of 162
2nd!!! Paris Carroll (Heaton) 11.32
7th Emma Parke (Kirkwood) 12.02
14th Paige Avery (Heaton) 12.20
Year 7 Boys: 3km out of 155
20th Theo Walker (Cobham) 11.16
22nd Tom Ruwhiu (Heaton) 11.19
Year 8 Girls: 3km out of 174
4th Neve Moulai (Heaton) 11.19
8th Rosa Blake (Heaton) 11.44
Year 8 Boys: 3km out of 160
14th Thomas Clarke  (Cobham) 10.45
Full results, see: AIMS
Well done!

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