Tag Archives: Health

Run Aoraki Mt Cook Marathon with Run Canterbury

Is completing a half or full marathon on your bucket list? What about a scenic 5 or 10km?  Do you need a little support to get you there? Run Canterbury is kicking off again in Semester 2, targeting the gorgeous views of Aoraki Mt Cook Marathon in October – listed by Runner’s World as one of the most beautiful road marathons in the world!

Male runners in Dunedin half marathon
Dunedin Half Marathon
Experience and Knowledge

Run Canterbury has been operated by UC Rec&Sport for well over 25 years.  We have experienced runners leading our pack runs, which are sorted into beginner, intermediate and advanced paced groups.  If you under or overestimate your pace, you can switch between the groups to suit.  Our training programmes have been designed by experienced runners, strength & conditioning coaches and sport scientists.  You are in safe hands!

Motivation

Sure, you can run by yourself.  Sure, you can download a training programme.  The difference with joining a running group is having the intention to run and actually running!  Pack runs leave the RecCentre twice a week, and there’s an online community to find running buddies for your other runs during the week – plus, we’ll be able to provide individual advice should you hit barriers (like injuries for example). Having a group to connect with each week keeps you accountable, on track, and more motivated to complete your other runs (or you’ll start to struggle to keep up!)

Investment

Check out everything that’s included on our website, and you’ll find 12 weeks of support for just $95 – an absolute bargain.  If you have friends or family who aren’t UC staff or students but would like to join in, they can for just $155.  Pack runs commence  Tuesday 14 July, and online registrations are available.

If you have any questions, please contact gary.gin@canterbury.ac.nz 

Run and be well!
UC Rec & Sport

Social and Drop-in Sport – what’s the deal?

Playing sport is a great way to stay active, stay connected and work on our health and wellbeing.  Try our social sport leagues or drop-in sport options.

volleyball game
Students playing volleyball at UC RecCentre

Social Sport

During term time (actually, the first five weeks beginning Monday 20 July), UC Rec&Sport are offering seven leagues, across six different sporting codes, for you to get involved. It costs just $130 per team, per term to play, meaning if you get a group of 10 of you together, that’s just $13 each for 5 weeks of play. There’s no ref duty, no uniforms – just turn up an play for 30 mins. We supply everything.      Try the usual suspects – netball, futsal, basketball, volleyball and ultimate, or our new sport this term, handball.  Check out the social sports page for days/times.  Registrations close Friday 17 July.

Drop-in Sport

Every day we have a scheduled ‘drop-in’ sport session, in volleyball, badminton and futsal. These sessions are free for students (just make sure you join, remember it’s already paid for in your student levy).  Check out the schedule online, and if you’re game, just turn up.  The game starts when you’ve got enough players, and you self-referee. These are open to staff, students, members and non-members alike (although, non-members are charged $2).

Equipment Hire & Court Hire

Fancy just playing with a friend, when you feel like it? Our court hire is free before 4pm everyday, provided you just turn up at the counter and see if it’s available  – a bit like shooting hoops. If it’s not already booked for something, you can jump in there.  If you prefer to book ahead to lock in your time, or are playing after 4pm, then court hire fees apply.

If you have any questions, please just chat to one of our customer experience team or you can email gary.gin@canterbury.ac.nz 

Play sport and be well!
UC Rec&Sport Team

RecCentre app based booking system continues as a trial

The RecCentre has seen some great uptake over our first few weeks in Alert Level 2.  The booking system was necessary to manage capacity and spacing, and we’ve had much feedback from our members requesting that we keep the booking system!

Customer service staff assisting member

Combating overcrowding & improving accountability

It turns out that many of you loved the accountability and structure it provided for your day, even those who struggle with routine.  The knowledge that there was going to be adequate space for you in the class or in the gym to train was also a positive.  We know it can get overcrowded, especially at peak times and with our popular instructors! But you also told us that a little more flexibility was needed.  This was true for both group fitness classes and the fitness centre.

Booking system trial will continue – as a trial

We will continue with the booking system for classes and peak times in the Fitness Centre, on a trial basis, until no later than Monday 13 July.

We’ll keep tweaking it, based on our observations and your feedback until we arrive at something that meets all of our needs.  If it’s successful, we will implement as a permanent feature, as we’re confident it will improve your experience with us.

What are the main changes?

  • Bookings are essential  for the Fitness Centre (main weights room), during peak times only (Monday- Friday 6am – 10am & 4pm – 8pm )
  • You don’t need to book if you want to come outside those times, or if you don’t want to use the Fitness Centre (eg hoops, boxing)
  • Bookings are essential for all Group Fitness classes
  • You can cancel right up to 15mins before your time/class starts, so if something comes up, just delete your booking in the app
  • If you decide to spontaneously go exercise, just check your app and see if there is space in the class or session.  If there is, book in and head over.  If there isn’t, you’ve just saved yourself a trip (and time) so you can replan.

Please head over to our COVID-19 Updates page for all the details on how things have changed.  You still use your Rec&Sport app to make your bookings.  Get in touch if you’ve got some thoughts or leave a comment below.

Noho ora mai – Take care and stay well.
UC Rec & Sport Team