The latest Canterbury University Press (CUP) publication, When Running Made History takes the reader through the evolution of running over 60 years – from minority sport to booming world movement – all from the first-hand perspective of world-class runner, journalist and Emeritus Professor, Roger Robinson.
His eye-witness account offers new insights into running and its significance beyond sport, with modern mass gatherings promoting goodwill and inclusivity, affirming communal values in a book New Zealand Olympic medallist Nick Willis describes as “a front-row seat to running’s most inspiring and historic moments, with New Zealand in a major role”.
This is a social history as much as a history of sport and Roger Robinson’s compelling, witty, beautifully written narrative will appeal to a wide readership.
‘Roger’s account of the global rise of women’s running is the best I’ve ever seen. I’m honoured that my win in the New York Marathon and Lorraine Moller’s in the Avon Marathon are central to his story.’
Allison Roe MBE, winner and record-breaker, Boston and New York City Marathons
Runners and spectators alike will relate to the theme of running as a form of celebration, commemoration or catharsis. Its publication is timely as Christchurch prepares to host the sixth annual Run to Remember on 24 February.
To be in to win a copy of When Running Made History, answer the following question:
- Where was Roger Robinson and what was he doing on the day the Twin Towers fell? Find a hint here>
Please email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12 noon Wednesday 20 February. The winner will be drawn at random and announced in Insider’s Guide | Tūpono on Sunday 24 February.
Want to meet people? Get involved?
One of the best ways to do that is to join a UCSA club or society.
Our clubs really know how to put on a show, so be sure to come along to Clubs Day and check out what they’re peddling!
Clubs are the real social scene here at UC, and the summer Clubs Day is a bustle of energy you won’t want to miss out on.
Here’s a sneak preview of your choices>
Clubs Day is a chance for you to figure out what clubs you want to be a part of and for clubs to recruit new members, creating connections and engagement within the student culture.
Most are free and if not, they’re usually cheap as chips (if English is your second language, this is one way Kiwis refer to a bargain)!
- When: Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 February from 10am
- Where: Ilam, Central Campus
For more, check out the UCSA website>
Walking into a giant lecture theatre in a huge building can feel absolutely awesome, as you take your seat with more than 200 people.
This might be the first time you experience the difference between a highly structured, teacher-driven school system and the self-directed learning system at uni where it’s up to you.
The team at Student Success have put together the following tips to help get you off to a great start.
Tip 1: Attend all lectures and tutorials
Show up to your lectures and tutorials, and submit all your assignments – no matter how much it contributes to your overall grade.
If you need advice to manage your time the Academic Skills Centre offer time management workshops at are amazing (and free).
Tip 2: Plan and get organised early
Uni is busy right from the start, so it’s important you arrive ready to learn.
Grab a campus map and go for a walk to find out where your lectures and tutorials will be held and once you’ve got your course information you could start making a schedule.
- Put a wall planner up and mark out when your assignments are due.
- The Academic Skills Centre runs a range of free courses that will help you get your head around uni – check them out and book into courses early.
Tip 3: Ask for help if you feel you need it
Need help with something else?
Feeling homesick, lonely, experiencing culture shock, or unsure about changing your course? Student Care is an awesome place to start. They can listen, chat with you and help you think through solutions.
If you’d like to talk to someone about settling in to life at UC or getting help with course work – or if you just need someone to talk to – help is at hand. All you have to do is ask.