Winter 2009

Williams sets new Record - Timaru Round the Gorges Relay
Sat 19th Sep 2009
Three teams of Maroon and Gold ventured down to Timaru for the Round the Gorges Relay. The teams were evenly matched, as members used this as an opportunity to race off for positions in the A teams for NRR on the 10th October. The teams were evenly matched. The Black team took line honors and title in the C grade in a time of 4:37:19. In the A grade the Maroon team 4:06:14  finnished within 26s of the Gold team 4:05:48 who were second to New Brighton.  Alex Williams set a new record for lap 2 in a time of 31:14 which broke her existing record from 2008 by 45s!! As usual their was a fantastic afternoon tea after the event.
Sam Wreford won the  Legend marathon in Auckland - a PB 2h23m (and course record) on what can only be described as a very hilly course. Well done Sam!
Commonwealth Mountain Champs
 Keswick England                                                                   Lara Phillips competed at the inaugral Commonwealth Champs over the weekend. on friday Uk time she ran in the uphill only race finishing 12th and part of the bronze medal winning team and then yesterday in her specialty Up/Down discipline finished an outstanding 7th leading the NZ team to a brilliant Silver medal - well done Lara!
Here is a race report from Lara,
 Well the Commonwealth Championships in the Uk have been a fantastic experience.  The Lake District is a beautiful area and the town of Keswick is very charming. All the teams came together on thursday for the opening ceremony and a great group photo by the lake with the mountains in the background.... 
  Although I haven't had much experience with all uphill courses, it went really well.   It was so steep at points that everyone was reduced to a demoralising powerwalk.  It was a long 9km grind up a 930m (3000ft) peak overlooking the Lake District.  It was a beautiful spot, but extremely exposed to the elements.  My hair was even getting so out of control I had trouble seeing where I was going, and given the terrain was jagged rock and scree - i was very grateful not to have fallen this time.  The race was tough, but went really well.  Sarah and I were close together throughout most of the race, and Anna won the race outright, so New Zealand ended up with 3rd place in the teams race, behind England and Scotland.  We destroyed the Aussies by 20 points, which was also a treat!  Overall, I finished 12th and Sarah 14th, behind Anna who blitz the field with a win by 40seconds.  It was a great race and I am very excited to get a bronze medal.  Particularly as running is usually such an individual sport, it was great to work together and get rewarded for our effort.....
 I didn't have high expectations for my next race on Sunday, as I had no idea how well I would recover from my first mountain race on Friday.  I have never done such grueling races so close together, so was slightly concerned and was fearful I would die a painful death in the later stages of the race.   Most of the girls were doubling up, but there were 8 or so who had skipped the race on friday so they could dominate on the Up and Down course on Sunday.  As it turned out, the weather was fantastic and I felt happy, relaxed and pretty fresh.  The race started quickly and I was around 15th or so, behind Melissa and Sarah from New Zealand who were well placed.  The uphill was really intense as we climbed 300m up the face of the mountain.  Once again, we were all reduced to a slow trot or powerwalk, while the crowd taunted us at the top.  It is so tough to push through their jeering calls, but a great motivator and before long we were at the top and booking it down the hill to the start of our next lap up the mountain.  It was pretty brutal, but somehow I survived and the downhill was a real thrill.  I passed a few girls on the final lap and felt great as a kicked it in, finishing 7th overall.  Sarah and Melissa also had solid runs in 12th and 13th and we ended up getting 2nd in the teams race!  

 It was brilliant to get both a bronze and a silver in the awards ceremony, and in some ways it is a great feeling to share it with the team, as we all battled through the hills together.  The boys did great and got 2nd as well in the teams race. After the closing ceremony, they made us a great English buffet and we danced the night away to some brilliant local bands playing some fantastic Irish folk music.   It was a really fantastic night and a great ending to the trip.  Very pleased to come home with a Silver and a Bronze and hopefully one day I will get the opportunity to do this again.  
World Mountain Running Champs
Congratulations to Lara Phillips who was 41st at the World Mountain Running Champs in Italy here is her race report:

Well yesterday was the big day- the World Mountain Running Champs.  It was a tough race, and the competition was fierce.  As this was my first race at this level, I had no idea what to expect or where I would place in the field.    I was hoping to stay close to the other New Zealand girls.

It was a quick start and I was sitting around top 25 half way up the first climb, but it was pretty arduous and by the top I was in the 30s.  Unfortunately, I took a dive on the first downhill and lost a few spots and some momentum, but I only had some minor grazing and carried on.   I was a bit shaken up and was a bit more cautious on the decent, but I quickly forgot all about it as the crowd was very loud and the race was quite intense.

I was hoping for top 25 or so, but ended up in 41st place and 2nd New Zealander out of 80 senior women.  I was planning to catch a few on the second lap but the positions didn’t really change very much.   Everyone was really fit, and there was a big bunch of girls around me, leaving little margin for error. 

The crowd was awesome and everyone was ringing cowbells and shouting for New Zealand.  It was quite a rush really, but the uphill was such a grind and the downhill was so fast and scary that it all went by very quickly. 

The uphill was so steep at points that everyone was reduced to a walk, but even more demoralizing when I valiantly tried to keep running, only to get passed by a walker!  Apparently it actually saves your calves a bit if you take long, power walking strides, instead of short running steps where you just feel like you are running in place.  Still I am quite embarrassed!

Nevertheless, I definitely gave it everything.  And it was such an honour and a privilege to wear the New Zealand uniform and represent my (adopted) country.The parade yesterday was awesome.  I got to hold the New Zealand flag which we discovered had Australia and Great Britain written and crossed out on the handle.  Obviously the Italians don’t know there flags very well!  We were a bit offended, but enjoyed carrying the flag along the streets of Chiavenna and representing Nuova Zealandia (Italian for New Zealand) with pride.   It was great to see the other countries waving their flags and chanting their national anthems.  We tried to get the boys to do a haka, but given we are all rather scrawny athletes, they weren’t too keen .  They had a nice little party at the end of the parade and then we all jumped onto our buses back to our hotels.

The evening prizegiving was also a great event and the Italians were really pumped as they won the teams or individual races in most events.  We had a great party after, with a live band playing Michael Jackson, Bon Jovi, the Police, and all those classic 80s and 90s hits.  Quite entertaining with their Italian accents really, and just observing the diversity on the dance floor.   Everyone was breaking it down, from Russia, Uganda, Eritrea, Turkey, Ireland, USA, Australia, New Zealand etc.  It was pretty cool.

Although I am a little disappointed, given it is my first world championship and I have another 10 or 15 years to get experience, I am hoping to get another opportunity in the future to improve.  Overall, I am pretty satisfied with the result and know that at least I gave it everything.   It was a beautiful day and I am very grateful to be here.

NZ Road Champs Dunedin 

Fiona Crombie added her victory in the NZ 10km road champs to the string of national titles for 2009 which include the cross country, 3000m, 3000m steeplechase and 1500m.  Kellie Palmer was third, Alex Williams 9th and Alicia Evans 11th made the winning Canterbury team.
In the mens 10km race Canterbury champion Sam Wreford was second to Kim Hogath (Tasman) Brett Tingay 3rd, Rowan Hooper 4th Andrew Davidson 6th were the Canterbury team that won the gold. Angus Taylor, Matt Ingram and Thijs Hubber were also racing in the SM event.
Daniel Reese won the MM 55 event and Michael Bond the MM65 age group. 
Another successful championship weekend for UC Athletics.

03 September 2009 - NZ Road Champs - Athletics NZ Media Release

Andrew Davidson will be seeking to join an elite list of runners who have won the New Zealand cross country and road crowns in the same season.

The Canterbury runner, who convincingly won the cross country title in Christchurch last month, will line up with 34 others for the 10km senior men's road championship, to be held in Dunedin on Saturday.


Five athletes have won the double in the same year, Kevin Ryan in 1974, Rex Wilson in 1984, Ken Moloney in 1986, Peter Renner in 1987 and Phil Costley twice in 2002 and 2004.
Davidson did not compete in the Canterbury championships, 
Sam Wreford winning the title in 30m 45s from Brett Tingay 31m 5s. Wreford will be all out to go one better than his second place last year to Dale Warrander, who is not defending his title.


Others who have a stake of claiming the title are Kim Hogarth of Nelson, the New Zealand half marathon champion and third in the cross country, Matt Ingram andRowan Hooper of Canterbury, Matt Lambert and Tony Payne of Otago and Tingay.

Fiona Crombie of Canterbury should add the road title to the senior women's cross country title won last month. Shireen Crumpton is the defending champion and also in with a chance are Rachel Kingsford and Kellie Palmer.

Race Report - Lara Phillips 4th in Susa Mountain Run Italy
New Zealand mountain running champion Lara Phillips is currently in Europe for the final stages of her preparation for the World Mountain Running Champs in Campoldolcino Italy. At the weekend she was fourth in a build up race in Susa. The course was originally 8km but because of an avalanche it was shortened to 6km. The following is a race report from Lara.
 The race as a 720m climb from 1300m altitude up to 2000m.  it was a pretty slow, hard climb, full of tree roots, loose rocks and scree. Apparently there is a pretty fantastic view up the top, but it was a very cloudy day, and by the top of the mountain we were completely surrounded by dense fog.  it was so smothering, it was hard to see the runner in  front of you.   I was feeling pretty good and had a close finish with an Ethiopian girl for 4th place.  The order was determined within the first km, with a Russian girl in front, Melissa Moon from NZ in 2nd, the Ethiopian close behind, and me about 30seconds back.  I was feeling strong and was quite optimistic I would catch her in the end.  Unfortunately, I think the downhill is my greater strength, and I only had 800m at the end to make up the gap.  I booked it down the hill, although it was a bit too technical to really kick it in.  I ended up 5 seconds behind the Ethiopian in 3rd, so I was pleased with my race but rather dissapointed I missed out on podium finish and a pretty groovy trophy of Jonathan Wyatt (the New Zealander who won the race again this year for the 11th time in a row!)  Jonathan dominated as usual, over a strong field from Kenya, Ethiopian, Rwanda and the USA,  All of the Africans were professional athletes and I spoke to one Kenyan who runs a 61 minute half marathon who said this was the toughest race of his life and he never wanted to enter a mountain race again! ...So overall, it was a good day at the office and although I missed out on the podium, I took home 450 Euros (around $950NZ)  for the effort.  Apart from a little dissapointment I am pleased with the race and feel it was a good warm up for next week.  This was much steeper and more technical than the world champs course, so hopefully next week will feel easy!....  I am really grateful for the experience and am already hoping that I will be able to do this again in the future.  It is quite a privilage to travel as an athlete, and I would love to get better and have more opportunities in the future.    But alas, only 6 more days till worlds now.  Can't believe it is soo soon.  Nothing more I can do really, so will just hope to stay healthy till then. 
University Set New Records at Riverside Relay
29/08/2009   In warm spring conditions four UC teams lined up for handicap relay (MM,SW, SM A and SM B).  The 5km course along the banks of the Heathcote River in Bekamham. As it was a handicap race the teams all started at different times. The SM B of team, consisting of Christian Ruegg, Kieran Tibble, Malcolm Hicks, Nick Burrow and Thijs Hubber won their grade on handicap while the A team placed 11th on handicap set a new course record with their net time of 1:17:58Simon Gannaway,Matt Ingram, Gus Taylor, Brett Tingay and Phil Costley made up the A team. Brett had the fastest time of the day completing 5km in 14:56 while Matt Ingram in a time of 15:06 was 3rd overall. Fiona Crombie anchored the SW team, setting a course record of 17:14 on the way to a the victory over North Canterbury. Other members of the SW team included Julieana Findlay, Alex Williams, and  Nicki McFadzien.  Nicki 18:18 and Alex 19:04 completed the UC trifecter for overall times in SW. Julieanna was second in the MW grade with a time of 20 minutes flat. The MM team made up of  were 6th on handicap Andrew Woodward, Peter Stribling, Dan Reese, Craig Motley and Malcolm Cornelius. The Riverside relay has a great atmosphere and is fantastic for spectators and supporters. Well done to everybody who competed and we look forward to more top performances and team spirit as the road relay season progresses.
Canterbury Road Champs
Another fantastic day out for the Club with athletes making a clean sweep of the podium in both the senior mens and womens races.  The new Champs course at Spencer park received mixed reviews but overall it made for great spectating.  The SM, MM and SW were all raced together on the 1.5 (approx) loop course taking 6 and a half laps for the 10km.  Sam Wreford won convincingly by 20s after establishing an early lead over Brett TingayPhil Costley was third followed by Gus Taylor who finished 5th. Fiona Crombie dominated the Womens' race right from the gun winning in 35:51. Kellie Palmerwas tracking her but was unable to close the gap running her own race for second.  Aine Hoban, Alicia Evans, Alex Williams and Rachel Harrison made the straight set for the top six places. With the race being mixed it provided some great competition between the MM and SW.  Daniel Reese was 4th in the MM 50+ race. The Champs even included a Mangleboard nomination for Malcolm Cornelius for finishing a lap early.  

Club Run Hosted By Peter Stribling
15/08/2009 2:30pm 
A grey day and a bit of rain did not put keen runners off coming along to the club run.  Much to Peter's disappointment the rain prevented us from running the steep tracks behind his house, instead we took a ticki tour around Cashmere with local insight as to where the little ally ways and lanes lead to. When the option of splitting into two groups was was put to the vote everyone opted for the longer way home taking the scenic route along the river. When the pack arrived back to headquarters we were met with warmth and a magnificent spread in traditional UC fashion. It was great to see so many new members. 
Evans fastest female Governors Bay to Lyttelton, Williams takes race title.
Athletes could not have asked for a better day for the 10km race from Governors Bay to Lyttelton.  The handicapping made for good competition between the UC members running.  Alicia Evans  made an impression on the field taking the fastest time in the senior womens section, crossing the line in a pb  37:42. A great effort after a strong run the week before in the NZ Cross Country Champs.  Alex Williams 39:03 won the race on handicap and had a second fastest time of the day, followed by Rachel Harrison in a time of 40:13. Aine Hoban  was playing catch up with the biggest handicap 40:24 and Louise Moody 54:59.  Julieana Findlay was second in the masters women in a time of 40:53.  In the Senior Mens race Kieran Tibble was 2nd on handicap time finishing in 41:40 followed by 5th on handicap Christian Ruegg 43:31. 
Davidson and Crombie NZ Champions
Halswell Quarry Sat 1st August
It was a fantastic day out at Halswell Quarry on Saturday, the course had firmed up a great deal since the  Canterbury Champs, which made for fast running and close competition.  The New Zealand Champs were held in conjuction with the Oceania Cross Country Champs which bought top athletes from Australia and the Pacific Islands to Christchurch. Australian Melinda Vernon lead early on, Fiona Crombie then worked into the lead in the third lap to be edged in the last by Vernon who won by fifteen seconds and take the Oceania title.  Crombie was the first New Zealander home in the Senior womens event followed by club mate Kellie Palmer who moved through the field in the final stages of the race for 3rd in Oceania and second in NZ.    
The senior mens race proved to be dramatic with the lead changing many times as the race unfolded.  UC's Andrew Davidson andRowan Hooper were in the front pack, as the going got tough during the middle stages the pack dropped down to five contenders. Hooper made a break in the 4th lap but was matched by Davidson going up the hill,  Davidson put a break on the field in the 5th lap which he held with determination into the 6th with Australian Timothy Rowe following closely. In the last 500m Rowe managed to claw back even with Davidson, as they crossed the creek and turned up the hill to the finish the crowd gathered close to see the tight finish. Rowe just managed to out sprint Davidson to win narrowly.  They both clocked 38min and 13s. This is Davidsons first New Zealand Title after being second four times in distance races. Hooper fought hard to the end to finish in 5th.  Canterbury won gold in the senior mens and womens teams event. Daniel Reese was 2nd in the MM 55-59 race. Many UC athletes competed for Canterbury and put in strong performances for team medals.
Results (NZ championships)
M40 Malcolm Cornelius 25th
M55 Dan Reese 2nd, Bob Webster 8th, George Hooper 15th
M16 Jack McDonald 7th, Thomas Holmes 11th (both part of Silver medal winning team)
G12 Libby Vincent 13th
W19 Flora Brocherie 11th, Sarah McSweeney 14th (both part of Gold medal winning team)
B12 William Boyd 12th
M19 Simon Gannaway 10th (part of Bronze medal winning team)
G14 Annie Vincent 4th, Rosa Flanagan 5th, Juliette Poad 12th (shame there wasn't a teams race in this division because we would have cleaned up...)
SW Fiona Crombie 1st, Kellie Palmer 2nd, Alicia Evans 8th, Aine Hoban 15th, Rachel Harrison 18th, Rosa Scott 23rd (all except Aine part of the Gold medal winning team - in fact all members of the SW team were UC athletes and Aine is an Irish citizen so unable to count in the teams race)
B14 Guy Greenslade 11th
SM Andrew Davidson 1st, Rowan Hooper 4th, Brett Tingay 8th, Matthew ingram 13th, Phil Costley 15th, (all part of Gold medal winning team), and Dave King 27th, Ben Bamford 33rd.
UC Dominate Canterbury Cross Country Champs
Maroon and Gold singlets were out in force on Saturday with over 30 UC athletes competing in various age groups at the Canterbury XC Champs. UC claimed the top placings in the senior events with Fiona Crombie leading in the Aine Hoban new member Kellie Palmer followed by Alicia Evans Rachel Harrison and Rosa Scott for a straight set. In the early stages of the Mens 12km race the lead was shared between UCmembers in the front pack, before it was taken by Andrew Davidson and Rowan Hooper and the pack stetched out.  Davidson worked hard through the sloshy uphill stages to establish a lead over Hooper to win by 43 seconds. Visitor Stephan Smith was third with UC'sMatt Ingram counting as the third canterbury athlete, followed by Matt Harris and Brett TingayNicki McFadzien won the W19 6km event where she almost bet all of the M16 competitors as well, Flora Brocherie was third.  Thomas Holmes won the M16 title in his first outing for UC. Nathan Cochrane with the M9 grade, and Rosa Flanagan won the W13 race. President Daniel Reese was third in the MM 50+ grade. Full results of the Championship can be found here.
It is not suprising that the Canterbury Team for the National XC champs is dominated by UC athletes in the senior events, and many of the juniors will be pulling on the red singlet too. A link to the Canterbury team can be found hereThe champs will be held at the Halswell Quarry on the 1st of August.
Canty Winners well placed for nationals- The Press
Yet another great weekend for UC athletics with victories and top placings in Christchurch, Taupo and the Gold Coast.
At the South Island XC at QEII Park UC dominated the dais with 5 individual victories - SM Rowan Hooper, SW Fiona Crombie, M16 Jack McDonald (and he beat all the M19 too), W19 Nicki McFadzien, M9 Nathan Cochrane and 4 team victories - SM with a perfect score and clean sweep of the first 4 places, SW, W13 and W19. Other medallists were Annie Vincent 2nd W13, Rosa Flanagan 3rd W13, Flora Brocherie 3rd W19, Lara Phillips 3rd SW, Brett Tingay 2nd SM, Matt Ingram 3rd SM and President Dan 2nd M50. Well done to all those who competed. It was also fantastic to see the club tent out for the first time this winter and it was certainly needed in the cold conditions. Look for the tent at all future races.

In the NIXC champs in Taupo - Andrew 'Ning' Davidson travelled North looking to run a bit faster than last year - he ran over a minute faster and came away with the SM's title. Also competing up north were Sarah McSweeney, Louise Moody and Gus Taylor.
Meanwhile over the ditch Matt Smith and Luke Armstrong ran theGold Coast marathon on Sunday morning. Matt finished 3rd in an outstanding 2h16m - his fastest time since coming to NZ over 2 years ago. Luke finished in 2h31m - another great run from him though I am sure he was hoping to break that elusive 2h30m barrier.
          Sucess at NZ Secondary Schools Cross Country         20th June 2009 - Saxton Field Nelson
UC Junior athletes had great success at the NZSSXC in Nelson. The course was relatively flat and fast.  Nicki McFadzien running for Villa Maria Colllege was second in the senior girls 4km race.  It was anybodies game as a pack of six broke away from the rest of the field, opening a large gap in the first lap.  Nicki was accountable for pushing the pace running strongly it became a case of who could hang in the longest as the rest of the bunch dropped back leaving Nicki and New Plymouth Girls High's Olivia Burne in contention for the gold, Olivia just managed to make a break on Nicki over the final 350m. Flora Brocherie also running for Villa Maria ran an excellent race, making her way through the field for 9th place. In the Year Nine race over 3km Annie Vincent was third  running for Rangi Ruru, schoolmate Rosie Flannagan was 14th, Juliette Poad running for St Margarets was 19th and Emily Boyd running for Rangi Ruru was 41st.  Rangi Ruru picked up silver medals in both the 3 and 6 person teams events.  In the Year 9 boys 3km race Andre Laredo (STAC) was 110th and Sefton Cole (CBHS) was 115th. Junior Boys 4km James Welsh was 37th running for St Thomas, and in the Senior Boys 6kmThomas Holmes from Mt Hutt was 40th and Jack McDonald from Ashburton was 53rd. The New Zealand Secondary Cross Country is one of the most competitive races in the country as everyone turns up to have a shot, the above results are testimony the depth that we have in our junior ranks.
6th June Holloway Cross Country
A great day out in the country, the weather just held out as you can see from the pictures the dark cloud approaching. It was a great wee course with nice scenery and a couple of hills throwen in for good measure.  Aine Hoban won the SW 8km in 29:57, Alicia Evans close behind in 30:36 and Rosa Scott in 4th in a time of 31:18.  Louise Moody made her cross- country debut in 40:21  Simon Gunaway was 2nd in the M19 8km in a time of 26:45, Scott McDonald ran well for 6th in a time of 28:25. In the W19 4km race Flora Brocherie ran strongly for 2nd in 14:34.  In the SM and MM 12km race Ben Bamford was 7th in a time of 43:31, Bob Webster ran well in 46:52, middle of the field there was an inter club competition going on between George Hooper Peter Stribling and Kieran Tibble, experience won out at the end of the day Geoege coming home in 51:31 followed by Peter 31:50 and Kieran 52:03 who was giving the spectators a cheeky grin and a wave.  Olivia and Brittany Findlay competed in the junior races. Olivia was 5th in the Girls 8 and under 2km race 11:25 and Brittany ran 10:18 for 22nd in the girls under 10 race.

31st May - SBS Marathon, Half Marathon 10km 

Amongst the 5362 starters of one of the biggest races in the South Island there was a large representation of keen University runners. Traditionally known as one of the fastest courses in the country many to national  international runners are drawn to the south. With hail on the start line and a bitter headwinds the conditions were testing.  There were many debuts over various distances and personal bests achieved on the day not to mention podium finishes.

Full Marathon: 3rd Rowan Hooper 2:24:00

Halfmarathon: 3rd Fiona Crombie 1:15:52

                      4th Matt Smith  1:07:00

10km Run:      3rd Malcolm Hicks 

              M20 2nd Jack McDonald 35:38

10km Walk:    1st Phillip Meikle 1:08:32

For full results visit the 

Athletics Canterbury Athlete of the Year Awards 2009
The annual awards dinner was held on the 22nd of May where athletes' acheivements were celebrated and awarded. UC athletes were nominated for a number of awards the winners were.....
  • Distance athlete of the year - Rowan Hooper
  • Cross Country Athlete of the year - Nicki McFadzien
  • Road Runner of the year Phil Costley (formerly of Papanui TocH)
  • Technical Club Trophey - for most meritorious performance in either the 400m, 800m, 1500m or mile for male athletes -Richard Olsen
  • The R.H. Harbison Memorial Cup- The best performance at the National Track and Field Championships by a Senior athlete, as selected by the Canterbury Track and Field selectors -Fiona Crombie
Centre Trophies were awarded to the following athletes based on results from Canterbury T&F Champs 2009
  • Lillian Board Trophy (SW 800m) - Kate Grinlinton
  • Dephoff Sheild (Men Decathlon) - Victor Lucis
  • E.E. and I.E Jamieson Trophy (SM 800m) - Richard Olsen
  • Ashburton Athletic Club Plare (SW 1500m) - Fiona Crombie
Congratulations to everybody on their acheivements, it is great to have such a pool of talent in the club.

New Brighton Road Races Sat 23rd May

Fiona Crombie and Aine Hoban lead the field in the open womens event. Fiona won in a time of 16:51 and Aine clocked 17:39.

Matt Ingram took line honours in the open mens 5km event in a time of 15:01, team mates Malcolm Hicks 15:43, Luke Armstrong15:53 and Thijs Hubber 16:02 secured the placings from 3rd to 5th. 

Daniel Reese was 3rd in the MM50 grade in a time of 18:16, Bob Webster was 2nd in the MM55 grade in a time of 19:21.

Annie Vincent was placed 3rd in the G12 1.6km race, 6:22

Jane Paterson XC, Sat 16th June
New Brighton Club Rooms, Rawhiti Domain, Keyes Road

UC had a sucessful day out showing dominance in the senior womens race taking the first 5 places Fiona Crombie in a won in a time of 20:56.  Rowan Hooper was un stopable in the SM 9km event winning in a time of 28:31.  Flora Brocherie was in top form winning the W17 4km run in 14:33.  Simmon Gunnaway won the M19 6km grade in a time of 19:37.  There was a strong turn out of Junior members competing, Annie Vincent won the G13/14 3km event in 12:49, William Boyd was 3rd in the B11/12 3km race in a time of 13:37.  Nathan Cochrane was 2nd in the B9/10 2km race in a time of 11:33. It was great to have a strong represntation of members from all age groups at this event




UC Athletes nominated for Athletics Canterbury Annual Athlete of the Year Awards

Congratulations to the following athletes for their nominations. 

Distance: Fiona Crombie, Andrew Davidson, Rowan Hooper

Cross Country: Rowan Hooper, Nicki McFadzien

Road: Rowan Hooper, UC SM Road Relay Team

Walks: Phillip Meikle

Coach: Maria Hassan

The winners will be announced on the night. Only three athletes have been nominated for each category, our nominations in the distance events reflects the strength and depth of our club.

The dinner will be held on Friday the 22nd May at the Richmond Working Mens Club at 6.30pm tickets are $25

If you would like to attend the dinner in support of our athletes contact Daniel Reese who is organising tables. For more information on the awards and the dinner click here.

Record for UC at Hagley Memorial Relays 

A fantastic kick off to the 09 winter season Hagley Memorial Relay, both the senior men and women A teams took out the titles while the both B teams were second.  The senior womens team of Nicki McFadzien, Fiona Crombie, Aine Hoban and Tania Causer ran swiftly home in 58min 8s to break the course record by 16s......for more results click here

New Zealand Mountain Running Champs - Wainuiomata, Wellington 18th April 2009

Lara Phillips claimed the senior womans title beating former world champion Mellisa Moon by 48 seconds. Lara is a new member to our club and is currently doing post grad study at Canterbury University.  

Nicki McFadzien 35th at World Cross Country!!

Congratulations on an outstanding effort. 

National Track and Field Champs - Wellington 27, 28, 29 March 2009

Andrew Davidson, Victor Lusis, Richard Olsen, Angus Taylor, Phillip Meikle, Ashleigh Hall, Kate Grinlinton, Julieana Findlay, Fiona Crombie, Alicia Evans, Rachel Harrison, Tania Causer and Rosa Scott all competed over the weekend.  There were some very exciting races and close finishes, congratulations to those who achieved pb's and to Fiona, Richard, Andrew and Phillip on their medals.

  • Fiona Crombie  was 2nd in the SW 1500m and first New Zealander and 2nd in SW 3000m steeplechase.
  • Richard Olsen who was 2nd in the SM 1500m
  • Andrew Davidson who was 2nd in the SM 5000m
  • Phillip Meikle who won the M16 3000m race walk.


Nicki McFadzien to Represent NZ at World Cross Country.

A big congratulations from UC Athletics to Nicki who was recently selected to represent NZ at the World Cross Country to be held in Amman, Jordan on the 28th  of March .  She will run in the U20 grade which will be a 6km course.  Nicki was selected after her outstanding performance in the 5000m at the Christmas Cracker track meet on 27th of December. We wish her all the best for the race.


Fri 13th March at QEII Stadium.

Nick Willis vs Andrew Baddeley in the MILE.

This will be a top class event with many athletes traveling from overseas.  We have a number of UC athletes confirmed to compete in the meeting.  For more details visit  or to buy tickets contact Rosa

Tickets Adult $12 Child $6


Takahe to Akaroa Race 20th September 

On a nice sunny day in christchurch the mens and womens teams took out their respective grades in the prestigious takahe to akaroa race on saturday. The men also took line honours. The mens team consisted of Kim Hogarth, Sam Wreford, Thijs Hubber, Gus Taylor, Andrew Davidson, Matt Ingram, Sam Murphy, and Richard Olsen. The womens team consisted of Alex Williams, Gloria White, Olivia Spencer, and Kate Grinlinton, Julieana Findlay, Tania Cooper, Catalina Malone, and Rose Pearson. Additionally the mens B team finished a well respected 2nd in the B division. Well done guys!

National XC champs 2nd August Wellington, at Waikanae.

Many UC club members ran for Canterbury regional teams and there were some excellent results. First up President Dan took 5th place in the M50 division with the Canterbury team 2nd. In the W19 grade Nicki McFadzien was a close 2nd and led in the winning Canterbury team. Julia Scoones was 7th in the SW grade. We had 4 runners in the SM grade with Canterbury champion Rowan Hooper repeating his second place from last year in a fantastic run where the lead changed places several times. Also competing were Andrew Davidson in 6th place, Sam Wreford, 12th and Kim Hogarth, 17th. These 4 were all part of the winning Canterbury SM's team defeating Auckland for the first time in 3 years.

Governor's Bay to Lyttleton 10km Race. 2nd August.

Locally, several runners competed in the Governor's Bay to Lyttleton 10km race. Results of note were Annabelle Latz 1st SW 39m55s, Alex Williams 2nd SW 40m19s (PB), Rachel Harrison 4th SW 41m32s, Matt Ingram 2nd SM 31m12s, Luke Armstrong 4th SM 33m27s.