Track and field distance running generally includes events from 800m up to the 10,000m. During the winter months (April - October), many OVA athletes also compete in the local cross country competition.
On the track, the Athletics South program usually rotates between an 800m/3km and 1500m/5km program to enable athletes to regularly compete in the prominent distances and chase down those personal bests.
Cross country begins in early April each year and is also run by Athletics South. You can join OVA as an 'Out of Stadium' competitor, which enables you to run the cross country events, and is a reduced rate compared to the full season.
Cross country has begun for 2017, and you can now register with OVA to compete in either the full season (both track and field and cross country) or just cross country.
The 2017 calendar of events, including the locations of the event, is now available via the button below.VIEW 2017 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
If you're interested in participating in the distance running events of athletics and cross country, then we invite you to join the OVA Southern Saints.JOIN OVA
We can arrange for someone to show you the basics and get you started in both training and competing. Plus, if you'd like further coaching, we can put you on the appropriate pathway to assist you reach your running goals - no matter how big or small.
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Distance running is in OVA's blood, where the current 800m Tasmanian record of one of the club's stalwarts Brendan Hanigan still stands at 1.45.03.
Current club president Nathan Morey is also a prominent distance runner on the local and national stage, and continues to inspire the younger generation of OVA athletes including 800m runners Torin Jones, Callum Stevens, Gus Tomlinson Smith and Rebecca Revill.
"I'm an 800m runner, but the 1500m or 400m every second week provides a great opportunity to fine tune my endurance or speed.