SAMA Competition Formats


Winter Competition

The SAMA winter competition is held each Saturday at various venues in the parklands around Adelaide, from May to September 2019. The competition started on Saturday 4 May 2019. SAMA is also hosting the AMA 20km Walks Championships for the three years 2019-2021.

As done for the previous three Winter seasons, an additional Winter Track & Field competition will be held on Sunday 25 August 2019 at SA Athletics Stadium, just prior to the Oceania Masters Athletics Championships in Mackay. The program timetable for this event is available below.

The SAMA Winter Program is available to download. Maps are available for most of the courses.

Details of the next Winter event are shown below, and the upcoming SAMA winter competitions are also listed in the Calendar.

All are welcome to take part in our weekly walks and runs. Come 20 minutes before your event to register. Bring a mug for tea/coffee afterwards. Only SAMA members are eligible to win prizes on the days indicated in the Program.

The State Age Group Championships for each of the Winter events are held throughout the season. NB. Only registered SAMA members are eligible for placing in State Age Group Championships events. The dates for all Championships are listed in the Winter Program and in the Calendar.

The SAMA Half-Marathon Championships will again be held in conjunction with the 20km Race Walk Championships on Sunday 11 August 2019.

Innovations for 2019

We shall be making more use of the West Terrace venue at Western Districts Clubrooms including for some Championships, and have reduced the number of competitions at Peacock Road accordingly.

There will be two Saturdays (18th May & 10th August) when there will be no separate SAMA competition. Instead, on those weekends members may elect to participate in a parkrun** of their choice, or take part in one of the alternative events shown below:

Runners are encouraged to join a SAMA team for theASA /RUNNING SA CROSS COUNTRY RELAYS at a city location - all races are scratch. SAMA will cover the team entry fee payable to Athletics SA (ASA).
There will be THREE* opportunities during the winter season (Sunday 19th May, Saturday 10th August, and Saturday 31st August) to JOIN A TEAM organised by Clare Stacey - please contact her if you are interested.
Further information is provided in the Winter Program.
*On each occasion you should confirm race times & details on the ASA Winter Hub

Walkers are encouraged to take part in TWO joint competitions with SA RACE WALKERS CLUB at Peacock Road (Saturday 18th May & Saturday 10th August) - all races are scratch - no entry fee payable.
Further information is provided in the Winter Program. See also the Flyer for full details of the Joint Meet.

**As for last year we will also use the parkrun for two Saturdays (a 5km run or walk) for those that don't wish to take part in the alternative events on 18th/19th May and 10th August.
It would be great if members who run/walk at the parkruns could wear their SAMA uniforms to promote our club. We encourage members to enter their local parkrun and send results to John Hore, who will compile overall results.

Remember before taking part in your first parkrun you have to register free of charge with parkrun (at www.parkrun.com.au/register), and obtain a bar code so that your time is recorded. Further details about the parkrun can be found via the Lochiel parkrun website.

Walking events

In the spirit of inclusion SAMA introduced Club Walking into its program to encourage current walkers who struggle with bent knees, previous walkers who no longer compete for fear of disqualification and runners who might like to try walking without the pressure of full Race walking rules.

SAMA will continue to have two types of walking in its competition – Race Walking and Club Walking.

Race Walking will continue under IAAF rules with the “No advantage” concept applied as is done at National and International competition.
In Club Walking the only rule is that there would be no running - which for our purposes will be defined by the requirement to always have one foot on the ground (bent knees will not be an issue). Walkers in this category can still be disqualified if they break the contact rule!

As both types of walking would be in the same race the type of walking must be nominated on entry. A coloured wrist band will be used by Race Walkers as a distinguishing feature.

Both types of walking will have their own Club Championship events but there will only be records for Race Walking (which must fulfill the criteria for setting SAG records) and only Race Walkers would be eligible for the SAMA Walks Award.

Scratch v handicap races

About half the race walks and runs during the season are conducted using predetermined handicaps, with the remainder held as scratch races, which include the State Age Group Championship events. The Winter Program shows the dates for each of the scratch (highlighted in grey) and handicap weeks, and these are also listed in the Calendar.

There will be a single clock start time for all distances of runs and walks, but the start time for a particular event will be determined on the basis of the likely slowest competitor finishing at 3.15pm.

For scratch races (ie. everyone starting at the same time) there will be a precise start time advertised for each particular event, as shown in Winter Program and also listed in the Calendar.

For handicap races each person's handicap will be adjusted so that all competitors finish at the same time (approx. 3.15pm). However, there will be an advertised approximate start time for each type of event, which will take into account these modified handicaps (as shown in the table below).

Please note that the following applies to all races:

Next Winter Event

Saturday 20 July - competition will be at Oaklands Rd Oaklands Park on Saturday 20 July. 1.57pm: 8km walk; 2.20pm: 8km run; 2.33pm: 4km walk; 2.53pm: 4km run; 3.00pm: 2km run. Races are Scratch (start times as shown). Prizes to be won!

Upcoming Winter Events

Winter season competitions during July / August 2019 include the following:

Saturday 20 July
- competition will be at Oaklands Rd Oaklands Park on Saturday 20 July. 1.57pm: 8km walk; 2.20pm: 8km run; 2.33pm: 4km walk; 2.53pm: 4km run; 3.00pm: 2km run. Races are Scratch (start times as shown). Prizes to be won!

Saturday 27 July - competition will be at Felixstow Reserve (near Cnr Riverside Drive & Langman Grove). Note change of start location from that in original program. 1.57pm: 8km walk; 2.20pm: 8km run; 2.33pm: 4km walk; 2.53pm: 4km run; 3.00pm: 2km run. Races are Scratch (start times as shown).

Saturday 3 August - competition will be at Bonython Park (opp. Coca Cola) / 2.5km loop.10k walk/run; 5km walk/run; 2.5km run. All Yacht handicap, and approximate start times for each event are shown below.

Saturday 10 August
- no SAMA competition. Instead choose from three alternatives this weekend (see above for more information):

Sunday 11 August
- Special event at Peacock Road (Adelaide Harriers Club Rooms), will include the 20 km SAMA State Championships Walk and the AMA 20km Walk Championships, both starting at 10.00am. See here for more details about the AMA 20km Walk Championships.

The SAMA State Championships Half-Marathon will also be held on Sunday 11 August, starting at 10.15am.

NB. A free breakfast provided by SAMA will be available for all competitors, officials and volunteers (thanks to Shirley Wright for catering).

Saturday 17 August
- competition will be at Western Districts Clubrooms, Ellis Park, West Terrace (road between Sir Donald Bradman Dr & Glover Av), and will include the 10km SAMA State Champs Run at 2.11pm.
All support races are Scratch with the following start times: 1.45pm: 10km walk; 2.26pm: 5km walk; 2.38pm: 5km run; 2.56pm: 2.5km run. Walks/runs both anti-clockwise
Prizes to be won!

Sunday 25 August - Winter T&F Meet Download as a PDF

A Winter Track & Field competition day will be held at SA Athletics Stadium, 12.30pm - 3.30pm.

Entrants may have to pick which events they do (all events are scratch). To allow all events to be covered the number of trials in the field events may be less than 6 - depending on numbers.

Entry will be at a cost of $5 paid to us inside the stadium and check-in is on the day – at least 20 minutes before your first event.

NB. Weight Throw will be held in the outside throwing area (behind the equipment storage sheds on the north side of the track). It is planned that Hammer, Shot, Discus and Javelin will be in the main arena, but depending on circumstances on the day it may be necessary to use the outside throwing area for some of these throws also.

Competition Program for SAMA Winter Track & Field Meet





















1500m Walk






























3000/5000m Walk




























What time to arrive to compete in Saturday competition.

For scratch weeks (including Championships) there will be precise start times advertised for each event. Arrive at least 20 minutes beforehand for check-in etc.

For handicap weeks, approximate start times are as follows:

12km walk


9km walk, 10km walk; 15km run


8km walk;12km run


9km run, 10km run


5km walk, 6km walk; 8km run 2.15pm
4km walk; 5km run, 6km run


3km walk; 2.5km run, 3km run, 4km run


1500m run, 2km run


The race clock is started each week to satisfy the 3.15pm finish for the race with the likely slowest competitor in it, and all handicaps work from that clock – hence the handicap times for the shorter runs may be over an hour.

Upon checking-in, the computer calculates for each individual a handicapped start time, which accounts for their individual handicap for that race (zero for a scratch race) plus the approximate start time for the particular race, determined from the estimated time for the likely slowest competitor.

Each competitor then starts when the race clock shows the handicapped start time allocated to them by the computer.

However, this can be easily calculated as follows. Apart from the scratch races, to find out your individual start time: