"Throw away your 10-function chronometer, heart-rate monitor with the computer printout, training log, high-tech underwear, pace charts, and laboratory-rat-tested-air-injected-gel-lined-mo-tion-control-top-of-the-line footwear. Run with your own imagination." - Lorraine Moller
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The National XC
champs this year were held in Auckland’s domain (in the sports
ground part of the park) with the course used as a trial for the
World Masters Games in April 2017. The word on the street is that the
nationals will be back in the same place next year although this will
need to be confirmed.
The course is
excellent for spectators with a grandstand on one side and a couple
of hillocks on the other. Conditions were pretty good considering
that rain was forecast for the afternoon but never arrived. The turf
was a bit sticky in places but nowhere near the mud bath at the
Wellington XC champs. On the other hand the chilly southerly that
popped up after midday may have bothered a few, especially those
runners from the warm Pacific nations.
The U20 and senior
events also doubled as the Oceania XC Champs so the race winners in
these grades become the Oceania champs as well, although only NZ
registered athletes can pick up the NZ title.
reasonable numbers in all races with the exception of the Senior Women
and Senior Men. I think this is an issue which needs to be addressed
by the sport, but I wouldn’t hold your breath. A glance at the
current registration statistics shows that the sport is mostly made
up of children and old people. Rego’s for men and women in the
20-39 age range are incredibly low and I don’t think circulating a
recruitment poster featuring Valerie Adams and other Olympians, as
ANZ have done, will be attractive to this demographic.