With winter sports impacted by Covid-19 and physical distancing, one local football-minded family has found an outlet for their energy in a virtual tour of the Canterbury region.
The Tour de Canterbury is well underway with participants across the country getting active in their homes and around their neighbourhoods. The event sponsored by Sport Canterbury and We Are Canterbury is challenging people to get out and run, bike or walk virtually across the Canterbury plains. The first event of its type in Canterbury comes in direct response to level 4 lockdown restrictions.
Canterbury’s own Craig Crawford and his two daughters (17 and 15) signed up for the Tour de Canterbury, determined to build on their pre-season training, and motivated to complete some kms together.
Crawford and his girls are keen footballers and are using the Tour de Canterbury as a means to stay fit while missing their favourite sporting fixtures.
Traditionally during this time of year Craig and his daughters are well underway training and playing competitively several times a week. Craig says that staying active during this time has been ‘critical’ for maintaining physical and emotional wellbeing for both himself and his girls.
“We are hopeful to play this winter, however until a date for Level 2 is announced, the future of our season remains uncertain.”
Crawford uses the Map My Run app to track distances before uploading and comparing results against other participants via myraceresult.com. Tracking their progress in the event, Craig and his girls have already reached Sumner, accumulating 31km each. The event, which runs until 25 June, will see Craig and his girls cover 1100km as they cross the Canterbury region virtually.
The talented graphic designer and Halswell Football Club executive is remaining optimistic during this period of uncertainty and utilising this time to positively impact his sport. “I think it’s a good chance to readjust and introduce a “balance is better” philosophy into our club,” Crawford says.Sign up before Thursday May 14 – Walk, Run or Bike, Do whatever you like!
Tour de Canterbury is a virtual event encouraging people to walk/run and bike to accumulate kms. They submit them on a public leaderboard, which then records results and moves their race bib number across a map of the Canterbury region. Two courses – 250km (navigating the city, Selwyn District and North Canterbury) and 1100km (the equivalent of Twizel to Kaikoura and back).
Put on your red and black, get active together, and challenge your friends and whanau.
Brought to you by the Sport Canterbury Events team, in partnership with We Are Canterbury.