Cross Country

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.

2019 Event

Wednesday 29 May 2019
Limestone Park, Ipswich

Program of Events

2019 GPS Cross Country Champs – Program of Events

 

 

Timeline

Key events

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

Competitor Quote

“I can remember that first hill at Lime Stone Park, Ipswich, like it was yesterday. Limestone Park was OUR stadium. That tunnel of war cries up the steep hill. Cross Country was that raw sport where you’d go to do what kids do best… have the freedom to run.
Personally, the lifelong interschool friendships and healthy rivalries are what I cherish most from my GPS Cross Country days, but as a competitor, it was the GPS history, pride and supporters that gave me the foundations to take those experiences onto following my dreams at racing at multiple Olympic Games.”
Courtney Atkinson, The Southport School 1996, International Triathlete and two-times Olympian

The Jack Ross Trophy

View the rich history of GPS Cross Country Champions in the Trophy Room.

Official Program

The GPS Centenary Cross Country Championships Official Program contains competitor start lists, history of GPS Cross Country team and individual results, archive images and inspiring quotes from GPS cross country competitors past and present.

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