SAMA Competition Formats


Winter Competition

The SAMA winter competition is held each Saturday at various venues in the parklands around Adelaide, from April to September 2017. The first competition this year will be on Saturday 22 April 2017. SAMA is also hosting the AMA 20km Walks Championships for the three years 2016-2018.

In the lead-up to the 2017 AMA Track & Field Championships in Darwin, SAMA held an additional track & field competition day on Saturday 27 May 2017 at SA Athletics Stadium.

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

Details of the next Winter event including any last minute changes 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.
This year for the first time a separate SAMA Half-Marathon Championships will not be held, and instead for 2017, the Athlete's Foot Greenbelt Half Marathon to be held on Sunday 30 April 2017 will be regarded as the SAMA Championships (please refer to the SARRC events website for further details about the Greenbelt event, including how to enter).

Other innovations for 2017 are that we will try a couple of Sunday morning events, and we will also use the Lochiel parkrun for two Saturdays (a 5km run or walk). It would be great if members who run/walk at the parkruns could wear their SAMA uniforms to promote our club.
While the Lochiel parkrun is shown on our program and we encourage members to attend that venue (wearing the SAMA uniform if possible), we also encourage members who cannot make that venue to enter their local parkrun and send results to John Hore and we 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.

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.

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). From 17 June 2017, SAMA will publish a listing of all those who have competed during the winter season to show their precise start time, which will be available by the Thursday morning preceding each handicapped race date.

Please note that the following applies to all races:

Next Winter Event

Sunday 27 August - competition will be at Bonython Park (opp. Coca Cola). All races are scratch -15km, 12km, 6km & 3km walks; 15km, 12km, 6km, 3km & 1km runs. 3km loop.

NB. Sunday - early start times from 8.00am as follows:


(on the big clock)

Time of Day

15km Walk



12km Walk



15km Run



12km Run



6km Walk



6km Run



3km Walk 1:45:00 9:45

3km Run









Upcoming Winter Events

SAMA competitions during the remainder of the 2017 Winter Season are as follows:

Sunday 27 August - competition will be at Bonython Park (opp. Coca Cola). All races are scratch -15km, 12km, 6km & 3km walks; 15km, 12km, 6km, 3km & 1km runs. 3km loop.
NB. Sunday - early start times from 8.00am
as shown above

Saturday 2 September - competition will be at Le Fevre Terrace ( N.Adelaide). 8km walk; 10km run; 4km walk; 5km run; 2.5km run; 1km run / clockwise course. All Yacht handicap, and approximate start times for each event are shown below. Note that the run distances may be changed due to Medindie Rd. closure - to be advised.

Saturday 9 September - competition will be at Burbridge Road, West Beach (Apex Park - opposite Davis St.). 1.45pm: 4km walk; 1.50pm: 4km run; 2.05pm: 1km run.  All Turkey H/cap. Prizes to be won!
- Followed by the Winter Presentations in the Scout Hall (please bring a plate to share)

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, SAMA will publish a listing of all those who have competed during the winter season. This will be found by clicking on the upcoming date in the Results page on the web site, and will be available by the Thursday morning preceding each handicapped race date.

For each person, the list will show their individual start times for the various distances that they may be interested in doing that week. Remember this start time is designed to have everyone finish at 3.15pm.

Times shown on the listing are your estimated performance time, your start time on the SAMA clock and your actual start time shown as time of day. This will enable you to turn up for your race at least 20 minutes before your start time, but avoid unnecessary hanging around by arriving too early.

For those who are not included on the list (ie. have not taken part in the current winter season) the following approximate start times will apply on handicap weeks.

1500m run, 2km run


2.5km run, 3km run, 3km walk


4km run, 4km walk


5km run, 5km walk, 6km run, 6km walk, 8km run


10km run, 12km run, 8km walk


10km walk


12km walk


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:


Summer Competition 

Summer Program Timetables 2017-2018

Please refer to the Summer Program.

Modified competitions

Please note that there will several occasions this summer when modified programs are scheduled, as shown in the Summer Program.


To be advised