There are many opportunities to train with Hawks in group sessions. Running at least some of your runs with others provides motivation, the chance for social contact, and gives the benefit of that competitive edge when extra effort is required.
Tuesday nights – Speed work with coach Graham Dudfield
5.15pm April to late September meet at the club-rooms. There is always a great turn out each week for Graham’s speed work sessions – come along and join in. These are suitable for all pace groups and vary in duration and intensity. Typical sessions include 1km reps, hill reps, and interval work. Lots of (hard) fun and very, very popular. Be ready to leave from club rooms at 5.20 p.m. sharp.
Thursdays – 5.30pm throughout the year starting from the club-rooms. This is a club night run of 5-15 km for all pace groups. Finish at the club-rooms and stay for a drink and snacks afterwards. This is a run at your own pace and based on your own needs. During the winter months we head off around the lake, then back down to the club rooms and then along Victoria Street, cross over at Fairfield Bridge to come back along River Road returning to the club rooms. This course provides several options to shorten the run to fit within your training schedule or how you’re feeling on the night. If you haven’t run this before then ask around who could run along with you.
Summer Run Series
Throughout daylight savings there is Eastside 5k on Tuesdays and the Smith and McKenzie 5k on Wednesday nights.
Club Race Events
Saturday afternoons – most weekends during the Road and Cross Country season and typically at 1pm
Our own club races (including handicap races and relays), such as Sing Relay, Sweeney Cup, and the Club Road and Cross Country Champs, do not require any special entry and there are no entry fees. Just turn up at the venue by the time indicated in the newsletter. In some cases, you are asked to bring something to share for afternoon tea.
For interclub events requiring payment (i.e. Tauranga XC and NIXC Taupo) the procedure is:
- Pay entry fee via internet banking to Hamilton City Hawks account 03-1555-0064176-00 Please include your name and the event as reference details
- After payment has been made, email name and grade details to race secretary via the contact us tab.
For interclub event entries funded by the club (i.e. Cambridge XC relay, Matamata relay, Red Stag Rotorua Relay and NZ Road Relay) the procedure is:
- Email name and grade details to race secretary via the contact us tab.
Juniors can also ask their coach to send entry details to the race secretary on their behalf. If payment is required, this should be made as per above.
Deadlines for event entries and payment are advised in the weekly newsletter.
A race book will be kept at the clubrooms with event details and for registration of interest only. Members need to follow the above procedures to ensure they are entered in events.
Athletics NZ Events
These events, which include regional and national Road and Cross Country Champs, are indicated with ANZ in the season’s programme. To compete in these events you must have registered with Athletics NZ. If you have a social membership, you can upgrade to a full registered membership at any time. Entry to these events must be completed by the individual. Closing is usually two weeks before the event.
If you wish to upgrade to a full competitive athlete email the membership secretary to membership secretary via the contact us tab who will process this for you and provide you with the payment details.
National Road Champs
These Athletics NZ events generally require individual entry (the club does not do it for you). Entry can usually be completed online.
National Road Relay Champs
This event usually moves around the country each year on some truly spectacular courses. The last event of the harrier season and the biggest Athletics New Zealand event of the year, usually with more than 150 teams from all around the country competing.