Xterra Trail Series 2017

MAGS’ Xterra Runnning Squad has won the Teams Championship title for the second year in a row after winning all six races in the competition.

Events were held from May to September in forests and regional parks around Auckland, including Riverhead, Shakespear, Waiuku, Totara Park and the Hunua Ranges.

The Teams Challenge was contested by 25 teams, and by the end of the series the MAGS squad led by more than an hour.

A number of individual students also won overall places in various race distances: Hannah Houghton: 1st U20 6km; Holly Bannister: 2nd U20 6km; Kendra Smith: 3rd U20 6km; James You: 2nd U20 6km; Ben Campbell: 3rd U20 6km; John Stirling: 4th U20 6km; Holly Chaafe: 2nd  U20 12km; Jack Cavanagh: 2nd  U20 12km; Hasan Pathan: 4th  U20  12km

Other team members were Tayla Bamber, Luke Clements, Liam Grozev, Pamela Kearney, Ayleigh Loomes, Danielle Stirling, John Stirling, Liam Thompson, Harry Thurman, Hannah Zwalue.

The second Xterra trail race of the season was held at the Shakespear Regional Park on Sunday, June 18.

The competitors raced over a number of hills, beaches, forest areas and stunning headland terrain. Eleven MAGS students competed over the 6.5km (short) course, while three students run the 10.5 km (mid) course.  Special mention to Valenciane Putilleul, who arrived the day before from France for a five-week exchange with Holly Bannister. Valenciane shook off her jet-lag to run an impressive race to place 8th in the short course.

After the first two events, the MAGS team is still placed first in the Teams Challenge. However, the Kaipara College Team is also looking strong for the series. The next race is at Waiuku Forest Park on the July 9.

Short Course
Hannah Houghton1st female
Holly Bannister2nd female
Mid Course
Holly Chaafe2nd female
Hasan Pathan2nd male
Jack Cavanagh3rd male
Teams Challenge1st overall after two races

After winning the 2016 Auckland Series, the MAGS Xterra Team kicked off their 2017 campaign in style with a win of Race 1 at Riverhead Forest on Sunday, May 28.

Eleven MAGS students competed over the 6.7km (short) course while three students ran the 13.8 km (mid) course. The race was through a very muddy, slippery and tough forest route.

The next race is at Shakespear Regional Park on the June 18.

Short Course
Luke Clements1st male
Hannah Houghton1st female
Holly Bannister2nd female
Mid Course
Holly Chaafe4th female
Jack Cavanagh6th male
Teams Challenge1st overall after Race 1