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Is a 10km, 21km or 42km race on your bucket list?

There’s no time like the present! If you’ve got a hankering to run your first (of many, or maybe only!) half-marathon or 10km, why not join our established Run Canterbury community? We provide an outstanding support package to get you over the finish line, at a supremely affordable price point – and you don’t have to be a member of the RecCentre! 

Male runners in Dunedin half marathon
Is this your year to run a 10km, 21km or 42km race?
The Goal 
  • In Semester 2, we tailor our training for the Queenstown Marathon.
  • You can choose to enter the 10km, 21km or 42km distance, and we’ll provide a comprehensive 14 week training programme to suit your goal and ability     
The support package
  • Twice weekly pack runs guaranteed, with multiple pace levels, including a new hybrid walk/run for 10km runners
  • Additional weekend long runs on occasion
  • Social network for chats and support
  • Experienced pack leaders to guide you through and help pace
  • 20% discount on your 1/2 marathon entry fee
  • Discounts at Frontrunner Colombo for your new running shoes! 
The investment 
  • Prices start at $80 for previous participants
  • $95 for UC Staff/Students and RecCentre members first-timers (includes a swish running t-shirt that you’ll be proud of) and
  • $155 for community members (so you can drag your running buddy along, even if they’re not covered by the UC discount rate)
  • Similar programmes can cost hundreds of dollars, and we’ve been doing this for 20ish years, so we’ve got it down!
  • Payment plan available, just ask !
When does it start?
  • 17th August! So, you’ve got one month to psych yourself up
  • Check out our Run Canterbury website for more info.

If you ‘ve got any questions, please get in touch. We’re happy to answer any questions and allay any concerns you might have.  Remember, you only ‘get fit’ for something by ‘doing that something’! We all have to start somewhere!  

Ngā mihi 
Te Ratonga Hākinakina | UC Rec&Sport 

Disruptions ahead – new equipment at the RecCentre installing now!

The Rec&Sport team are excited – we’ve got a whole lot of new gym equipment arriving in the next few weeks at the RecCentre, for your exercising pleasure!  

We did our best to get the install for the holidays, but sadly, the shipping process didn’t play ball.  So, the installation process has started, with the bulk of the work being done in Week 1 of Semester Two.  What does this mean for you?

  • Some equipment will be dismantled and ‘out of order’ whilst we ready it for removal/sale or shift to another gym space 
  • New equipment will be put together, but still ‘out of order’ whilst we get it bolted to the floor for safety. 
  • Some equipment will be ‘stored’ in the corridors, as we get it ready (we genuinely don’t have anywhere else to put it!).   

So, if you see an ‘out of order’ sign, please don’t use it yet.  As soon as it is safe to use, those OOS signs will be taken down. 

  • We’re doing our best to keep the gym fully open during this time. As you can imagine, there will be times we’ll have no choice but to close down some areas. So, please follow the direction of staff at all times, for your safety and ours.  

For a full list of the equipment comings and goings, see the news section of our website.

And most of all, thank you for your patience and co-operation during this time – we look forward to playing on the new kit! 

Ngā mihi
Te Ratonga Hākinakina | UC Rec & Sport


Worried about failing? Here’s how to face the fear (3min read)

The mid-semester break is a great opportunity to de-stress and get some rest. If you find yourself spending time worrying that you might have failed your exams though, it may be reassuring to know that you won’t be the only one.

The truth is that fear of failing is a widespread human concern – in the list of common fears that people have, it’s right up there with spiders, clowns and public speaking.

Here’s the thing about failure, though: everyone fails at something, it’s a normal part of the learning process, and even highly successful people experience failure from time to time. In fact, sometimes it is precisely because we fail that our success eventually happens, for failure can teach us things that success never can.

It might sound strange, but whether it’s with a business, relationship, degree, job interview, or driving test, there are ways to approach failure to “fail forward”.

“Making a mistake or failing isn’t the opposite of success—it’s part of it.”

Herb de Vries, Internationally recognised UC Associate Professor & 2015 UC Teaching Medal recipient

Aerospace engineers provide a very interesting example. By their nature, rockets are quite explodey things, and it takes an enormous number of parts and processes working in tandem for them to complete their missions. Because of this, when SpaceX engineers set out to design a rocket that would not only fly up into space, but turn around and come back down again to land, they expected that many of their initial attempts would end in catastrophic failure. They were absolutely right.

What they also expected, though, was to be able to learn from those failures and use them as a basis for improvements to design and manufacturing techniques, thereby leading (eventually) to success. The possibility of failure had to be embraced – and benefited from.

This attitude seems to be not only very healthy, but applicable to a wide variety of life pursuits, including university study. Failure can sometimes trip us up with things we care about, but it can also provide a platform that helps us get even further in the long run – if we choose to use it that way.

So, if a bad grade strikes you, what can you do? Here’s three pieces of advice:

  1. Deal with the feels: take time out to manage whatever you’re feeling, whether it’s disappointment or frustration or annoyance. Failure can suck, so do positive things for yourself to offset that. Spend time with friends and family, get outdoors, watch your favourite Netflix series – whatever.
  2. Evaluate the situation: instead of putting it out of mind, put a detective hat on and assess what might have gone wrong. Did you put in enough study and preparation? Did you misread the exam and so give answers that didn’t address the questions set? Were you running at less than 100% due to circumstances like sickness or a breakup? Did you ask enough questions to your lecturers or tutors?
  3. Make a plan of action: having come up with a list, it’s now practical action that is needed. Going through the factors, what could you control or do differently next time? What extra steps could you take or put in place? You might find it really helpful to talk with support staff for their advice – they can offer objective, honest suggestions to help.

If you would like to read more about the topic, we’ve made a set of webpages covering some of the most important and interesting things.

Either way though, mauria te pono – believe in yourself!



Tim Rowe

Kairuruku Oranga | Wellbeing Coordinator

Wellness Services