This Winter prepare for cross country with your running and walking club Ginninderra Athletics. Go off track at The Pinnacle, run hills at Mount Rogers or take it easy around the Charnwood Sporting fields. There are distances, courses and surfaces for everybody, regardless of experience, fitness or age.
Ginninderra Athletics first Winter Cross Country run/walk is this Wednesday 2nd May starting from our Home Ground at Charnwood Oval on Lhotsky Street starting at 4:45pm (arrive early to warm up). Take the 1km , 2km or 5km challenge for yourself and bring a friend. There is no cost to participate but you must be a registered member of Ginninderra Athletics first for insurance purposes.
If competitive running is more your liking, join the Tigers and compete at the Run_ACT Junior Cross Country Series which started last Saturday at Lake Burley Griffin. The next race is at Lake Ginninderra. Competing for Ginninderra gives the Tigers the chance to claim the LAACT Cross Country trophy. Run_ACT accepts registered athletes from under 6 and up.
Winter Cross Country – Wednesdays 4:45pm to 5:30pm
The University of Canberra Ginninderra Athletics Club have commenced the 2017 Winter Cross Country Series on Lake Ginninderra each fortnight.
Every Cross Country event isn't measured by the amount of Personal Bests someone gets, it is also gauged by how it can be just as much fun for everyone doing it.
The Tigers' Fun Run course starts and finishes at the idyllic Waterfall on Lake Ginninderra. The route loops itself in a figure eight around John Knight Memorial Park and the UC Bushland near Ressies with good views of the Roos of UC.
There are many undulating sections with grass, bike path, the odd muddy dirt trail and some small water jumps to enjoy along the 1.5km, 2km, 3km, 4km and 5km distance of your choosing. For the older runners doing 3 to 5km the course repeats itself to double up the challenges in the second half of each route.
Winter Cross Country is as close as you can get to Playing at running.
The course with its different elements allows imagination and creativity to take place, and there is no particular rules and no significant physical exertion for fun and self-amusement necessary.
The Tigers feature plenty of experience and some new blood at this year's event. James Lemon will be hoping to go one better in Melbourne and claim his first gold medal at Nationals having finished second last year.
Hannah Cadden, Andrew McFarlane, Layla Rowntree and Rebecca Jarvis also return to give it their all at the Moonee Valley Racecourse venue. They all performed exceptionally well in 2014 with some really strong performances.
Joining the Tiger Cohort for their first Nationals are Jacob Davill, Meg Freeman and Jordan King. All very deserving of their place at the pinnacle competition for cross country athletes in Australia.
Experience the course for yourself by watching the video and perhaps you can give a tip or two to your favourite Tiger!!
Ginninderra wish every athlete the very best and hope the ACT have a great championships with lots of fun, great memories and a few PBs!
Ginninderra wishes all its athletes the very best for the School Sport Athletics Season over the Autumn to Spring period. Athletes can enjoy Cross Country and Track & Field competitions for 12 Years and Under (12Yr&U) as well as 13 Years and Over (13Y&O) competitions.
School Carnivals will be held at Charnwood Oval in preparation and Schools are most welcome to utilise Ginninderra's fantastic community facilities and equipment. Students are welcome to get in touch with the Tigers' Coaches in preparation for their carnivals.
If running or walking lots is more your thing, you can join Ginninderra's Cross Country and RunACT squad.
Keep in touch with the Club by posting your school and fun run performances on MyResults. Let the Tigers online result system keep track of all of your performances no matter where you perform them.
Young Tiger distance sensation James Lemon has claimed a silver medal in his very first National Championships. Competing in the 2014 Australian Cross Country Championships in Albany, Western Australia, James has come home hard to win a well deserving second place in the 10 years 2km race. Fellow Tiger and all round runner Andrew McFarlane has finished 17th in the same race. Giving Ginninderra two top twenty places in the 10 years boys which is a fantastic result for both athletes.
Not to be outdone our girls have also run magnificently all doing their very best and competing with up to 70 others in each of their respective finals.