"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 venue for this year’s event was Harcourt Park in Upper
Hutt. While the park has been used as the location of primary schools cross
country events this is the first time that College Sport have used it for a
secondary schools XC.
Advantages offered by this venue include good parking, a scenic
location and a layout that offers the potential for courses of varying layouts.
The XC races this week were conducted over a 2km course that included several
rises, a bit of downhill, a log barrier, some road crossings and plenty of
turns. It was generally good for
he only thing that was probably not quite right was the start
which needs to be wider especially since some of the start fields were quite
Taking photos can be a bit tricky especially on a bright
sunny day when tree-generated shadows are cast by a low winter sun. You have to
pick your spots carefully.
This year there were around 448 finishers across 7 races.
The distances are in line with what can be expected at the National Secondary
Schools XC to be held in Christchurch later this month.
The Wellington event
provides good experience for those intending to represent their schools at the
nationals at allows selectors to pick teams for the relay races which are held
on the Sunday following the main Saturday races.
It should come as no surprise that the athletes who did well are the ones we see racing on most Saturdays.