The Auckland Grammar School Distance Squad is a dedicated team of long-distance runners. They operate at a social level with weekly training runs on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday mornings for all runners, and at a competitive level, travelling the country and beyond to run in cross country and road race events.
The squad runs all year round, competing in cross country from the start of the year and culminating in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Championships (around mid-June), and on the road in summer competing at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships in the road race event in early December.
There is a great camaraderie within the squad, with juniors finding it a good way to integrate into the School and to be part of a group where the seniors and juniors mix well.
It is also an excellent way to supplement fitness training for other sports in a group environment. Many of our members have excelled in other sports off a base of solid training with the Distance Squad. Over the years the Distance Squad has won several individual and team medals at various regional and national events.
For more information, check out the Auckland Grammar School Distance Squad Facebook page.
Terms played: All year round
Game days: Varies throughout the year; boys will be informed
Practice times: Tuesday 7am, Thursday 7am, Sunday 8am. Swimming (Terms 1 and 4), Friday 7am
Costs: Varies depending on where events are being held
Equipment: Own running gear
Other information: The main events include Auckland Cross Country and Road Race, National Cross Country and Road Race, traditional fixture against New Plymouth Boys' High School (John Mildenhall Trophy) This programme runs throughout the year. It does not encroach on other sporting activities.
The Master in charge of Distance Squad is Mr Jordan. Students are able to speak to him in the Physics department during the School day or contact him via email.