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!
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!
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!)
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.
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!
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.
The RecCentre has been open for a couple of weeks now, and in the first week, we’ve seen just over 620 members, across 1355 visits, have a safe and enjoyable experience at the gym. We’ve recorded 1355 visits, some of you have been just once, whilst others have come a bit more frequently. So, how safe is the gym?
Based on what we know, Covid-19 appears to be spread primarily through close personal contact with an infected person, or potentially through touching high contact surfaces. So, gyms don’t necessarily pose a risk greater than any other public space where people gather. Our team have taken extra precautions to keep you safe, and there are few things you can do as well to reduce your risk of becoming sick.
Physical distancing – 2m between exercisers at all times, sadly no high fives or physical assists/spots at this time
Cleaning – our team cleans down high touch points every 90mins, and our members have their own disinfecting kit to clean down equipment before and after use . In addition, our gym is part of the UC fogging schedule
Hand & Face Hygiene – sanitiser stations are everywhere, including on arrival. Bathrooms are available to wash your hands with soap and water for 20secs. Also, try to remember to not touch your face!
Reduced capacity – having less people in the gym and classes, means it’s easier for you to keep your distance
Bookings essential – we can easily comply with track and tracing requirements, and you can avoid FOMO by booking your workout session. We clear the building at the end of every session, so we can do the high touchpoint cleaning and manage our entry & exit points for physical distancing
Stay home – we expect our staff to stay home if they feel unwell. We expect our members to do the same. We have over 100 recorded workouts on our YouTube channel if you feel good enough to exercise, but that little tickle in your throat or allergies says you should stay home.
As we progress through Alert Level 2, the team aims to open up more services and facilities, allowing greater capacity in the gym, longer opening hours and the return of sport. We’ve seen some great etiquette so far, and if this continues we should see this progress nicely.
Noho ora mai – take care and stay well
UC Rec & Sport