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Cross Country

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Each year the Cross Country season is held in Semester 1 from January to June. Although the official season commences at the end of Term 1, preseason commences from the beginning of the school year and culminates at the GPS Cross Country Championships in June.
 
Cross Country encourages students to set goals as part of a regular, structured training programme which includes sessions at the school and at the Queensland Sports and Athletics Centre. Individually Churchie runners regularly compete at regional, state and national levels.

As a team, Churchie has a proud history at the GPS Cross Country Championships winning 17 Premierships in total – the most of any GPS School. 

Other highlights of the Cross Country programme are the annual three-day running camp held during the mid semester break and the Churchie Enduro, a six hour race where teams of four runners compete to see who can cover the most distance.

In addition to these events, in 2013, 12 runners travelled to Kenya on a tour which involved participating in a service project, seeing and experiencing the culture and spending five days training in iconic Iten, where the best distance runners in the world originate.

History

Long distance running at East Brisbane was given a boost in 1937 by the introduction of a Pocket Marathon test, a run of seven furlongs around The Pocket that had to be completed in less than five minutes. In this sense long-distance running has been a feature of school life long before it became a formal sport.

The course began at a tree on The Flat near the creek in front of the Club Hut and went around The Pocket. The school’s founder Canon Morris had always favoured long-distance running to sprints. 

The first GPS Cross Country competition was held in June 1971 and Churchie won the GPS Premiership that year. The school maintained its dominance in the sport with eight premierships in the first decade that Cross Country was a GPS activity.

The sport also flourished within the school itself. Cross Country was an ideal inter-house activity and in 1972 a course was defined almost entirely within the School’s grounds (5 km for Open and U17, and 3 km for U16 to U13). This inter-house run, one of the few mass participation sporting events at the time, became, and still is, a feature of the School Calendar.