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Saturday Runners - This Weeks Run





The snow was on the Alps and the sun was rising over the sea - not many places in the world where you can see both from the same spot! It was one of those brisk mornings that reminds us that winter is just around the corner so time to get the gloves and beanies out and layer up!

We had a fantastic crew gather at McCormacks Bay last Saturday, the countdown is on for many of our team who are doing Christchurch, Gold Coast and even Wellington races in the very near future. You are using the group to get those longer runs in so well done, that is what it is all about.

It was lovely seeing Andrea, Libby, Jayne, Paula and Maria back after a time away from the group - we love it when our familiar faces return!

We want to also make sure that you give yourself some well overdue praise for turning up to a session when the wind and rain overnight was pretty strong - you had to leave your warm cosy beds and get up on the dark...but we are sure you were pretty happy after the session so make sure you congratulate yourself. It's only going to get colder from here on so any wee tricks you know work for you to get to the sessions - time to get them out and put them on the back burner ready for when you need them. 


Start Time: 7.30am
Meeting Point: Opposite Zeroes Cafe, 70 Cashmere Road click here
Programme Options: 6km, 7km, 8km, 12km, 13km, 14km
Map of Course: Click here  

Course Description:
All roads are open, please be responsible for your own safety. 

  • Run along pathway towards Princess Margaret Hospital. At Ferniehurst St, turn right then first right into Ashgrove Tce.

  • Follow the river all the way to Barrington St - cross over carefully and continue along the river to Colombo St. Cross over carefully. Follow the river, you are now on Waimea Terrace. 

  • Continue along Waimea Tce until you get to the bridge opp. Bowenvale Ave. Cross over this bridge and then turn right into Centaurus Rd. 

  • Run up Centaurus Road to your first right - Sloan Terrace. Turn right and run along Sloan Terrace. 

  • Follow the river all the way back around to Colombo Street - cross over carefully where indicated by our cones - follow our cones which will lead you to Ernlea Terrace. 

  • Run down Ernlea Terrace to the Ernlea Clark Reserve and run through the reserve (following the pathway beside the river). 

  • For those running 14km, the 7km marker will be just before you get to Barrington Street.

  • Out and Back course - KM markers out: 3km, 3.5km, 4km, 6km, 6.5km, 7km


Many of our Saturday Runners are running at the ASB Christchurch Marathon in 2 weeks time, by this stage you should be in your taper. Here are some tips to help with this often difficult training phase!

“I try to do some form of activity every day to combat the “taper blues,” whether that’s a short easy run, or swimming, or even a walk. As long as I’m active, I can tell myself that it’s okay that I’m not running my normal volume.” - 14 time half-marathoner, Linnea
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  • If you are doing the ASB Christchurch Marathon, Half or 10km in 2 weeks time, after the race the Extra Mile Runners team have arranged a post race catch up, upstairs at the Carlton. For all the details, and to RSVP: Click Here 
  • Please always be aware of your surroundings when you run - keep safe!
  • You STILL ROCK!!


One of those special mornings where you only see if it you are out running before the rest of the city gets up!

One of those special mornings where you only see if it you are out running before the rest of the city gets up!

Have a great week, see you soon!

The team at Extra Mile Runners. 

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