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Cross Country Refunds

11 July 2011 9:16pm

Refund of Cross Country Entry Fees for Northern Schools unable to compete because of the Ash Cloud travel disruption:

North Island schools affected by their flight cancellations are asked to email John Tylden at oe@nzssaa.org detailing the flight cancelled, the number of their runners who were prevented from attending the championships and providing a contact and address to send the refund cheque to. Where some runners were able to take part please explain why others were unable to attend.

Worlds' Selection Policy and Nomination Form

22 June 2011 8:17pm

We intend to send a selected team of both boys and girls and the required two school teams to Malta in April 2012 for the World Schools’ Cross Country. The selection policy and nomination form are below.

Cross Country Results and Photos

18 June 2011 4:32pm

Results for today’s Cross Country Champs are below.

Photos are available from NESPORT Photography:

June 13 Christchurch Earthquakes and the Chilean Volcanic Ash Cloud

14 June 2011 12:00am

The NZSSAA Executive extends our sympathy and support to everyone in Christchurch who is suffering ongoing disruption to their lives and state of wellbeing and we hope that this latest phase of earthquakes settles quickly so that everyone can get back to a more normal, less tense way of life.

Although the earthquakes have been felt in Ashburton, the venue for our Cross Country Championships on June 18, there has not been any damage there to our knowledge and therefore the Championships will continue as planned. There may be issues for teams staying in Christchurch and managers are advised to check with their accommodation providers to confirm that there is no problem.

The disruption to air travel as a result of the volcanic ash cloud is clearly a problem for North Island competitors who intended flying into Christchurch. Several schools who have been booked on Jetstar have indicated they are putting alternative plans in place in case flights do not resume in time and will travel by vans and ferry instead. We wish to assure everyone that at the disruption to air travel from the ash cloud will not force the cancellation of the event so please continue with your efforts to reach Ashburton.

If you have any concerns or questions please email us at oe@nzssaa.org.nz or from friday onwards txt or phone John Tylden on 0272645030. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and keep you advised via the NZSSAA website of any change in plans.

Important Information for Managers of Teams to the NZSS Cross Country Championships

8 June 2011 9:34am

Replacement Runners/Grade Changes

In order to maintain the ability of a team to achieve a team score runners already entered by the close of entries who are then scratched may be replaced either by eligible runners already entered in another race or by new non entered runners. A form will be provided to managers to record these replacements/grade changes which must then be handed to Race Control. Where replacement runners have already been entered in another grade they run with their own allocated number and timing chip. If the replacement runner has not been previously entered they run using the number and timing chip of the runner they are replacing. There is no extra entry fee required for a replacement runner. The form can also be used for runners who have been entered in a grade incorrectly and who wish to compete in another grade. This process can occur right up to the start of the race if necessary but early notification of the changes makes the production of correct results easier.

NZSSAA team to Australian Cross Country Championships, Stromlo Forest, Canberra August 20

8 June 2011 12:00am

The NZSS Executive has decided to select a team to compete at the Australian Cross Country Championships being held in Canberra on August 20/21. The team will be made up from up to 12 male and 12 female runners selected from the top 12 runners in both Senior races at the NZSS championships being held in Ashburton on June 18. This will be a self-funded team. The cost per athlete is unknown at this stage but costings are being done and will be notified to prospective team members shortly after our championships. We will be attempting to make travel to the event and accommodation options as flexible as possible so that team members and family members who may wish to travel with them can make their own arrangements and take advantage of the best travel deals/use airpoints and stay with family/friends in Canberra. There will also be a travel and accommodation option organised by NZSSAA that team members can join if they prefer.

Runners who are registered with Athletics NZ need to be aware that there is a clash of dates with the NZ Road Race championships being held in Wellington which will mean having to choose which event to take part in. NZSSAA regrets this clash which has come about because of the decision to bring Athletics NZ events forward to avoid accommodation and travel difficulties during the Rugby World Cup. If runners are needed for their club and centre teams or have been planning to compete at the Road Championships then they should consider continuing with those plans. NZSSAA intends offering this opportunity next year and beyond.

NZSSAA is seeking to appoint two manager/coaches to look after the Team. Ideally the managers will be selected from teachers involved with school based cross country running but people other than teachers who also manage and train school teams are welcome to apply. Expressions of interest along with a brief resume with names and contact details of referees can be emailed to Geoff Shaw, Geoffrey.Shaw@tekura.school.nz . The closing date for the expressions of interest will be June 30.

Cross Country Entries

29 May 2011 10:38am

Entries received so far for the Cross Country Champs can be viewed online.

Note that entries are only received when payment has been made.

T-Shirt design and order form

2 May 2011 10:47am

Orders are now being taken for the official 2011 New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Cross Country t-shirts. The t-shirts fabric is dry knit 100% Polyester ‘Dri Gear’, and available in sizes from small to large. The cost is $35 each.

T-shirts will be placed with the school’s race packs and can be picked up at registration. Please note the earlier than normal deadline. The deadline for the t-shirt orders is Monday 23 May. There will be no ‘on the day’ sales. However, further orders will be taken and a postage component added.

Cross Country Newsletter & Maps

26 April 2011 11:02am

The newsletter is available for the upcoming Cross Country Championships. Entries for this competition open on Monday 2 May. Also available are two annotated maps.

Cross Country 2011

25 April 2011 11:02am

The NZSSAA Executive is pleased to confirm that the 2011 NZSS Cross Country Championships will be held at Tinwald Domain, Ashburton on June 18. The Host School will be Ashburton College and the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee is Mr Trevor Cochrane of Ashburton College.


Ashburton and Methven will be the main accommodation locations for the Cross Country. Methven is 25 minutes drive from Ashburton. Those wishing to stay in Methven are advised to get in early, because of its popularity with skiers. Mt Hutt ski field is close by. Rakaia is 25 minutes north of Ashburton and Mt Somers 30 minutes west of Ashburton.

North & South Island Results

3 April 2011 10:22pm

Results for the North and South Island Champs can be viewed below.

Entries for North and South Island Champs

30 March 2011 8:51pm

Entries can be viewed online for both Champs.

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