2022 Lovelock Relays


Sat May 07 2022 at 01:30 pm


University of Otago Oval, Dunedin | Dunedin, OT

Welcome to the 2022 Lovelock relay event.
The lovelock relay consists of a 4 or 6 person team race (depending on your grade). Each runner completes 1500m (4 laps) of the University Oval.
Children 12 and under race 375m over 1 lap.
Runners are not required to be registered or competitive. This is an inclusive event for all ages.
For Entry forms, Team Change forms please see:
SW, MM, MW, HS Boys and Girls, Social/Mixed Teams: 4 x 1500m
Senior Men’s: 6 x 1500m
12 and under: 4 x 375m (1 lap each)
Provisional Timetable:
Race 1: 1:30 pm – Social/Mixed
Race 2: 2:10 pm – 12 & Under, 10 & under
Race 3: 2:25 pm – Senior Women, Masters Women (35+), High School Girls & Boys
Race 4: 2:55 pm – Masters Men
Race 5: 3:20 pm – Senior Men
Prize Giving:
Prize giving will be held at the Hill City-University club rooms at the conclusion of the event. Trophies are to be presented to the winning teams in the Men’s and Women’s A grades, the winning master’s Men’s team, and the fastest individual man and woman.
Race rules:
Athletics NZ relay rules apply. Changes to a team running order must be on the forms provided and be handed to the computer operators not less than 30 minutes before the start of the race.
Entry forms:
Completed entry forms may be returned via email to: [email protected]
Entry fees:
Senior Women’s, MM, MW, HS Boys and Girls, Social/Mixed Teams……….$40
Senior Men’s Teams (6 person)……...…........……………………………………………….$60
12 and under……………..………………………………………………………………..........….…Free
Closing date for entries: 7pm, Wednesday 28 April
*No late entries.

• Masters Men/Masters Women must be 35+ on the day of the race.
• High School Boys and High School Girls teams may be composed of runners from more than one school.
• 12 and under teams may be mixed teams.
• Masters and High School runners may run in the Men/Women grades, but individual age grades must be included (for individual fastest times).
• Entry fees to be paid on the day unless invoice requested.

We look forward to your participation in the 2022 Lovelock Relays.
Event History:
Dr. Jack Lovelock produced New Zealand’s first athletics gold medal when he powered away to victory in the 1500m at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Lovelock’s time, of 3 minutes 47 seconds .8 was a world record on its day and caused commentator, and friend, Harold Abrahams, to famously loose his BBC poise, breaking every broadcasting rule: "Lovelock leads! Lovelock! Lovelock! Cunningham second, Beccali third. Come on, Jack! A hundred yards to go! Come on, Jack!! My God, he's done it. Jack, come on! … Lovelock wins. Five yards, six yards, he wins. He's won. Hooray!!”
Lovelock Relays was first run the year after in honour of our Jack Lovelock, this year marking the 86th year the event has taken place. Each year the steel pins set in the ground that set out the track are found, and the track measured accordingly. These had been placed by John Mackie, the Professor of Surveying and long-time member of the Otago University Harrier Club. Today they are found electronically by a complex GPS to create an accurate circuit.
The event has seen many a record set and challenged over the years, with the senior men’s record now standing for an impressive 44 years. Will this be the year to see it fall?! One of the highlights of the event was reuniting of the 1971 team in 2011 to compete again for the 40th anniversary of the record.
Otago University 1971 Lovelock Relay team Record: 24min 12.6sec.
Individual times:
Lindsay Dey (4min 06sec), Alastair Stewart (4min 03sec), Stuart Melville (3min 57sec), Bruce Beath (4min 06sec), Trevor Sutherland (3min 58sec), Keith Darling (4min 02sec).

Where is it happening?

University of Otago Oval, Dunedin, New Zealand

Event Location & Nearby Stays:

Hill City - University Athletic Club

Host or Publisher Hill City - University Athletic Club

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