The season consists of 6 lead up meets at various venues and culminates in the annual Championships event. Runners from Years 5-12 compete in Age groups/ divisions for the Senior competition (13 Years & Under to Open) and Junior GPS (10 Years & Under to 12 Years & Under) over distances from 2km – 6km.
The first GPS Cross-Country Championships were held in 1971 at the University of Queensland. Limestone Park in Ipswich now plays host to this event and GPS runners have enjoyed the challenges of this course for more than 20 years.
1971 GPS Cross Country competition commenced, inaugural year of competition
Championships venue – University of Queensland
Church of England Grammar School * wins their first Championship
Original Scoring System – 1st -15 pts, 2nd 11pts, 3rd 8 pts, 4th 6 pts, 5th 5 pts, 6th 4 pts, 7th 3 pts, 8th 2 pts, 9th 1 pt.
Events – Under 15 Years/ Open Distance – 5km
1972 Events – Under 14 Years/ Under 15 Years / Open Distance – 3km/ 5km
1973 Events – Under 14 Years/ Under 16 Years / Open Distance – 3km/ 5km
1974 Brisbane Grammar School wins their first Championship
1977 New Scoring System introduced– 1st -10 pts, 2nd 8pts, 3rd 7 pts, 4th 6 pts, 5th 5 pts, 6th 4 pts, 7th 3 pts, 8th 2 pts, 9th 1 pt.
1989 Championships venue moved to Brassall, Ipswich
1990 The Southport School wins their first Championship
1991 Ipswich Grammar School wins their first Championship
1992 Championships venue moved to Nudgee College
1993 Championships venue moved to Limestone Park, Ipswich [venue to present day]
1999 St Joseph’s Nudgee College wins their first Championship
2001 St Joseph’s Gregory Terrace wins their first Championship
2014 Competition extended from Year 8 to commence from Year 5-12
Anglican Church Grammar School is the first school to win the inaugural GPS Championships event for Year 5-7
2015 St Joseph’s Nudgee College is the first school to win the double – Junior GPS and Senior Championships
2018 Brisbane Boys’ College wins their first Senior Championship