What we do

Saturday Club Events

We start 1.30pm sharp for all local events except where advised. Arrive 20-30 minutes before the start to warmup and check out the course
Afternoon tea is held after each run followed by results, awards and Club notices. All members are urged to bring a plate to share in a roster for teapot and dishes duties.
Pooled Transport: when the event is outside of Feilding, to save on costs, we encourage members to meet 12:45pm outside Liqourland on Kimbolton Rd to pool transport to the venue

The season is more or less divided into two parts. Based on member feedback last season, the Program Committee have extended the popular Cross Country phase by a couple of weeks. Most weeks see a different venue, different challenges but the same friendly bunch of Feilding Moa members to spur each other along.

April-July: Cross Country. Always on whether its sunny, windy or stormy

Cross-country events are the feature of the first half of the season. We are fortunate to have the use of a variety of farm courses around the district. Farms such as Woodruffes and Vautiers have been part of the Moa calendar for over 50 years. We also use Timona Park and other runner friendly locations in and about the Manawatu. In early July some members will head to Taupo for the North Island Cross Country Champs – one of the largest cross country events in NZ. Manawatu Striders host us 10th June at Dransfields farm and we return the favour the following week at Vautiers.

Late July-October: Road racing and Relays

We “hit” the roads from 29th July, beginning with a run/walk at Port St, Feilding. On 5th August we host other clubs from the region to the annual Halcombe Relays. In September, Wanganui Harriers play host to the Marton-Wanganui Relay which we attend. Our season concludes with Club Road champs at Beaconsfield on 23rd September and annual prize-giving to follow.

On 30th September we are planning to send several teams to the NZ Road Relay s in Rotorua. Keep an eye out for news on this throughout the season.

Training Runs

Wednesday Packrun starts 6pm by M&J Shoes, Kimbolton Rd for an evening run. All welcome. Usually an hour or so with various paces to suit all.

Palmerston North Training runs with Rob from April:
Tuesday 5:30pm, Manawaroa St entrance to the Esplanade. Focus on tempo and hills
Tuesday 6:15pm, Striders run from Hockey turf carpark, 40min-1 hour
Thursday 5:30pm, Massey University all weather track. Focus on interval training and fun

MEDICAL CONDITIONS

Please advise the Club Captain if you have a specific medical condition we need to be aware of e.g. asthma, epilepsy…

Club Uniform

$35 – $40.00
Yellow and black singlet with Feilding Harriers and a picture of a Moa on the front and black shorts. Club members must wear the official club uniform within one month of joining when taking part in harrier events, unless an exception has been approved by the Club Captain prior to the event.

Singlets are purchased from the Treasurer/Club Captain on club days for $35 (juniors) and $40 (size 14 and upwards). Also, Juniors (who are always growing!) have an option to “Hire” a singlet for the season at a reduced rate – see Rob Dabb about this option – and then swap this the next season for a larger size.

Grades

Our club races include the following grades (some outside events and Centre Champs may include additional grades such as Masters)

Men 20 and over
Women 20 and over
Junior Men 18-19 years
Colts 14-17 years
Junior women 14-19 years
Boys/Girls 7-13 years
MiniMoa boys and girls 6 years old and under

PLEASE NOTE: beginner children can always run the shorter Minimoa distance until they get used to the 2-3km the 7-13’s usually do

Age for competition is what you are at 31 December 2017. For example if you are currently 13 but will be 14 before the end of this year, you compete as a 14-17 Colts or 14-19 junior women grade from the first race.

Moa Race Rules

1. Do not interfere with the progress of other competitors.
2. For Cross Country races (XC) Go between the markers where there are two markers, otherwise within 5 metres of a single marker
3. On road runs, unless otherwise instructed, keep to the right and within 1m of the road edge

Trophies & Awards

Throughout the season we conduct scratch or handicap races (see FAQ’s below). Handicap races reward participants for week on week improvement and the trophy winner could be anyone in the race on the day – Feilding Moa aims to cater for all levels of fitness, gender and age.

Annual Handicap Points Award
There is an annual award for the person in each grade who has accumulated the most points over the season. The first person in a race receives as many points as there are financial members in the grade at the time of the last handicap race of the season, second home receives one less point and so on with the last finished receiving the least points. Regular attendance will ensure you accumulate maximum points

Eligibility for points

  • be a financial member (paid the sub PRIOR to the race)
  • compete in the correct grade unless approval to compete in another grade is first granted by the management committee
  • participate in at least one previous RACE of the current season before you can be awarded a trophy or points in a handicap event
  • Running out of uniform without dispensation from the Club Captain may result in points being deducted

Eligibility for Club Championship Title

In recognition that Club Champion is a prestigious title, to be eligible to win Championship you must have competed in at least TWO recognised club cross country events prior to the XC Champs and TWO or more road events prior to the Road champs