Sunday 6 September 2020

Harcourt Park, Akatarawa Road, Upper Hutt

The extension of Alert Level 2 to 6 September means the Wellington XC Champs scheduled for that day are now unlikely to go ahead.  However we await an official announcement from Athletics Wellington.

Course description

The course will be based on a 2km lap, which will be similar to the lap used for the 2019 NZ Cross Country Champs. The lap has a mixture of flat and undulating cross country running, and is suitable for spikes. It is likely that the course will be firm underfoot, unless there is heavy rain in the hours prior to the event, in which case parts will get muddy and slippery. Each lap crosses a tarsealed road twice.

Beware: the Park is open to the public, so beware of the potential for spectators, members of the public and dogs to venture onto the course while you are competing.

Corners of the course will be marked with electrical tape. Competitors are to run around the outside of the tape – no cutting corners!

Age grades

Wellington championship grades are: U10, U12, U14, U16, U18, U20, Senior, Masters 35, 50, 60 and 70.

Championship distance for SW, SM, MW35, MM35 and MM50 is 10km.

Championship distance for MW50, MW60, MM60, MW70 and MM70 is 5km.

For all grades except Masters, ages are at 31st December 2020. For Masters’ grades, ages are age on the day.

Entry and eligibility

The event is open to any athlete registered in the Athletes NZ ClubNet database as “Active and Financial” as at 11.59pm on Friday 14 August 2020.

However, only competitive members of an Athletics Wellington club will eligible for championship medals and to count in teams’ races. Social members can compete in a recreation category.

However they must notify Todd Stevens ( and pay an additional $10 entry fee direct to Athletics Wellington by 14 August (deposit into 031-540-0009238-00).

Competitive athletes from other centres are welcome. They are to email their entry to Daryl Bloomfield ( by 14 August and pay their $12 entry fee direct to Athletics Wellington (deposit into 031-540-0009238-00).

Runners competing out of grade

Any competitor who want to compete out of grade must notify Daryl Bloomfield ( by Friday 14 August 2020.

Race uniform and numbers

All competitors must wear their official club uniform and have a race number written on their hand.

Prior to the race, competitors must report to the registration desk (located in the Soundshell) where a race number will be written onto their hand. After crossing the finish line, competitors must stay in the order they finished until their race number is recorded.

Team races

There are team races for each championship grade, except seniors where the team race will be Open (first 6 from each club in the 10km race to count for the Men, who will compete for the White & Mackay Shield, and first 4 from each club in the 10km race to count for the Women).

Counting Individuals for teams: First six from each club to count for Open Men and four for all other grades.


Athletics Wellington championship medals are awarded for the first three registered Wellington athletes in each grade. These medals will be presented at the Soundshell as soon as possible after each race.

Race start times and distances

Race Race start time Distance*

11.00am 5k

  • Masters Men 60
  • Masters Men 70
  • Masters Women 50
  • Masters Women 60
  • Masters Women 70
  • All other adult grades (non-championship)

11.45am 4km

  • Boys Under 16
  • Girls Under 16

12.10pm 6km and 8km

  • Men Under 18 (6km)
  • Women Under 20 (6km)
  • Men Under 20 (8km)

12.50pm 1km

  • Boys Under 10
  • Girls Under 10

1.00pm 2km

  • Boys Under 12
  • Girls Under 12
  • Boys Under 14
  • Girls Under 14

1.20pm 10km

  • Senior Women
  • Senior Men
  • Masters Men 35
  • Masters Men 50
  • Masters Women 35
  • All other adult grades (non-championship)

Course Map

* The 1km loop will be the first half of the 2km lap. The 5km race will do a 1km loop followed by 2 x 2km laps