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Renewing your RecCentre Membership for 2021


Exercise Instructor teaching a member deadlift technique.

So, the blur of Christmas/New Year (what day is it?) has passed, and there is some semblance of a routine back in your day.  Some of you might be wondering if you can still use the gym?  Yes, yes you can!

(Most) 2020 UC Student memberships expire March 1st, 2021 

For the majority of students, your 2020 membership is valid up to and including March 1st, 2021.  There are a few exceptions (for example, short term students or postgraduates with bespoke study end dates).    If you’re not sure, you can check online in your RecCentre account.

If you’re not studying at UC in 2021, your access will be cut from March 2nd. If you wish to keep exercising with us, you’ll need to join as a member or pay casually/by concession card. Read on at the end for more info.

Returning to study at UC in 2021? Easy.

As long as you pay your study levy by Feb 28, 2021, you should have uninterrupted access to the gym.  Cross fingers, because well, technology! Our systems talk to each other, and it will scan daily and once your payment is seen, it will roll over your membership to 2021.

If you don’t wish to renew your membership, you’ll need to email us at reccentre@canterbury.ac.nz. Please note that you won’t be entitled to any levy refund, but we will remove your access and your name from our membership database.

Graduated, but still want to come to our gym? 

Excellent, we welcome you with arms open wide! You’ll be eligible for a discounted rate as an alumni. Keep an eye out in your inbox and on our website & Facebook pages in mid-Feb, for a special alumni deal. We can also arrange short-term memberships as a one-off, if you’ll be sticking around for less than 3 months.

Didn’t graduate, but just giving study a break in 2021?

No problem, we get it! Life. You can still exercise with us if you like.  We offer community rates, including off-peak rates to save you ~40%,  so please keep us in mind as you look into your options. As you know, we have a great range of stuff to do, we’re more than just a gym.

Keep moving and we look forward to seeing you all through our turnstiles soon.

Nga mihi
Ta Ratonga Hākinakina | UC Rec & Sport

Run Canterbury – tackling half marathons together since ages ago

Are you looking to compete in your first half marathon in 2021?  Or maybe you just want to set a 5km or 10km goal first? It can be daunting at first, but with the right support, it’ll be a cinch!

Male runners in Dunedin half marathon
Gary Gin looking fresh completing the Dunedin Half Marathon
Hōtaka Omaoma | Run Canterbury – a running club for everyone

Hōtaka Omaoma | Run Canterbury is a small group of keen runners of all abilities, who just want to run! We meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the RecCentre, and sometimes in the hills on the weekends, to go for a run! We have beginner, intermediate and advanced groups who head out for a trot rain or shine (but not hail or snow). There’s an experienced leader of the pack, who’ll guide you round the course, and you can ask all your running questions at the end while you stretch. It’s a friendly, relaxed and supportive group, and you’ll probably make some new friends too.

What’s the goal?

2021 sees us training for the Hanmer Half  or Wanaka Half, both on Saturday 1st May, but you can opt for the other distances if you prefer. You can choose the destination that works best for you, the training will be the same.

Why join Hōtaka Omaoma | Run Canterbury?

Because we’re good at what we do! We’ve got experience (over 25 years operating), a great crew, and an affordable price.

  • 2x lead pack runs per week, plus some bonus ones on weekends
  • Full 12 week training plan for inbetween pack runs
  • Online community support
  • Athlete educations seminars (recovery, nutrition, raceday)
  • More benefits – see our website for full list and more info
  • First meeting and pack run on Tuesday 2nd March, 2021
The investment?
  • UC Students & Staff, UC RecCentre Members (first time with Run Canterbury) $95
  • Community $155
  • Any returning participant $80

Check around, we’re confident you won’t find a better value running group! If you’d like more information, check our website. You can also email gary.gin@canterbury.ac.nz or just take the plunge and register online now.  

Let’s do this!
Ta Ratonga Hākinakina | UC Rec & Sport