By Michelle Prinsloo | Posted: Tuesday August 25, 2020

Due to the latest announcement and current status of Covid 19 alert levels in New Zealand, the Junior Invitational Cross-Country event, set to have taken place on the 8th of September, has been cancelled.

Level 2 is currently due to be reviewed on Sunday 6th, with the cross country event being held two days later on the 8th. With the uncertainty that this brings to the event, we have decided not go ahead with it. 

We have looked at systems we could put in place to minimise congestion, such as a staggered approach and having students only come on and offsite for their particular race. However, this is difficult for schools, especially with larger numbers of young children. 

Schools in our area jointly entered more than 200 athletes to participate in this event across a number of different schools and communities. As such, we have made the call to cancel the event, as we feel it is better not to mix children and parents across a large number of schools at this point. 

We will, unfortunately, not be able to reschedule this event for a later date this year. We are sorry it will not be held this year, and we recognise that this will be disappointing for the children involved. We will look to resume this fabulous event next year as usual. 

Warm regards, 

The Amesbury Team