We have an exciting line up of training and social runs and race events lined up for the season. These runs and events cater for runners of all ages and abilities and are a great way to get to know your fellow club members while enjoying a run together. Check Leith Facebook for latest news on harrier events. Leith Harriers winter season extends from April to October and then the track and field season starts.
See our calendar for latest updates and our join page for more information about our club. All are welcome and we would love to see new members at our regular club runs, training runs, social runs and Athletics Otago events. See the Leith Archives for previous years' reports.
Check the calendar for full list of events
Venue: Athletics Otago rooms, Level 1, 50 Logan Park Drive, Dunedin.
On Saturday, Susan Craig ran the Southern Lakes Half Marathon finishing in the MW 50-59 grade in 2hr 2min.
Steve Tripp did the club proud competing in this event.
This exciting mainly off-road event organised by our Leith Harrier club
and which traverses the three peaks on
Dunedin's skyline, Flagstaff, Swampy Summit, and Mount Cargill, an
approximate distance of 26 kilometres, took place on Sunday 7 April this
year. For results and a full report on the race please visit
Three Peaks Mountain
Leith Harriers report for Three Peaks Mountain Race - Sun 7 April 2019
The Three Peaks Mountain Race which took place on Sunday was a tremendous success with 180 keen runners tackling Dunedin's three peaks, Flagstaff, Swampy Summit and Mt Cargill. The weather was ideal for running, cool and sunny with light winds. Hamish Elliott won the race in 2hrs 6mins 21.9secs and Leith's Sharon Lequeux won the women's title in 2hrs 44mins 10secs as well as Queen of the Mountain title. Caversham's Jonah Smith won the King of the Mountain title. Other Leith members to feature were Andrew Lonie 14th in 2hrs 33mins 54.1secs, John Bayne 23rd in 2hrs 41min 6.9secs, Andrew Wilson 60th in 3hrs 1mins 39.8secs, Dave McLean 4hrs 10mins 59.1secs. Thanks to our sponsors and all those who assisted in the running and organization of this event.
Here is a lovely report by Sophie Smith about her experiences in her run at the New Zealand Moutain Running Champs, held this year on a really tough course in Wainuiomata, Wellington.
For full results >> Results
So Mountain Running...what a sport! If you combined the steepness of Baldwin street with the descent of an advanced mid-winter ski slope along with a traitorous terrain of just about everything you can imagine then you would come up with something close to what is would expected from a mountain running race. This year the event fully delivered on all aspects of this. The 2019 NZ Mountain Running Champs were held in Wainuiomata, Wellington. Being quite a way from Dunedin I had to splash out on some flights for the weekend, and upon landing at the Wellington airport on the Friday night surrounded by huge gusts of wind and a weather forecast for rain till late morning the next day, I already knew the race would be challenging. But who does not love a good challenge? Regardless of the rain all athletes from around NZ turned up to the start line with their game faces on. Looking around I recognized quite a few new faces along with many of the athletes I had travelled with overseas to previous World Mountain Running races. As the start gun fired there was no letting us ease into it. We went straight up the mountain. Gravel turned into rocks that very soon turned into mud, and then mud, rocks and nettle. We climbed for the first 2.6km and then set about the loop at the top of the course. There was a terrific downhill section soon after the loop started, which took us down a grassy mudslide to a pylon and back up. If you loved downhill and going fast this section was your dream, if you felt the opposite about downhill then this was a nightmare. The rest of the loop consisted of severely steep uphill climbs on and around rock faces, my favourite part, and then a shallow downhill to the start of the loop. If you were doing the 11.5km course here is where you started the loop again. After the second loop my legs felt like jelly and I was quite glad to see the water station marking the descent to the finish line. However, upon examining the final stretch before the start of the race, I was well aware of a hidden danger in the last 100m, the sharp turn from the final downhill towards the finish line. With great care I took this corner as wide as I could, making sure not to do an almighty crash so close to the end. Others however were not so lucky. The finishing shoot was quite glorious with the finishers reward of a chocolate fish and banana. I finished seventh in the NZ Mountain Running race and ninth overall in the Senior Women's grade as we were very fortunate to have two of the Australian Mountain Running athletes come over for the race. I was lucky enough to have support from the Leith Harriers to help me get to Wellington and compete in the Mountain Running Race for the fourth year in a row. They have been such an amazing club to be a part of and are always so supportive of their members.
The club mile took place on Saturday in mild and wet conditions on the grass field opposite the Chingford Park clubrooms. Senior Man Hamish McKinlay won narrowly by just over two seconds from Masters Mens runner Neale McLanachan in 5 minutes 10.2 seconds. Harjinder Chander (SM) was third in 5 minutes 20 seconds. The evergreen Mens 60+ runner Chris Sole finished fifth in 6 minutes 32.6 seconds while Masters Women 50-59 runner Christine Montgomery was sixth in 6 minutes 41.7 seconds. Masters Woman 35-49 runner Siobhan McKinlay finished seventh. We also welcomed back our Canadian import Gaya Gnanalingam who also enjoyed a return to harrier running in Dunedin. See full results below or go to results for all race results:
Placing Name Grade Time
1 Hamish McKinlay SM 5:10
2 Neale McLanachan MM35-49 5:12
3 Harjinder Chander SM 5:20
4 Andrew Lonie MM35-49 5:22
5 Chris Sole MM60+ 6:32
6 Christine Montgomery MW50+ 6:41
7 Siobhan McKinlay MW35-49 6:46
8 Gaya Gnanalingam SW 7:15
Leith's Senior Men's No.1 team of Hamish McKinley, Nathan Hill, Olivier Despatius, Julius Stauffenberg, Liam Chesney and Janus Stauffenberg, who achieved fastest time of 4:03, ran exceptionally well to finish a narrow second in 26:29 to a very strong Hill City University SM1 team which finished 6 seconds ahead in 26:23. Leith were leading the race by the end of the second and third changes but Hill City Uni SM1 managed to take the lead by end of fourth change and keep it till the end despite a fastest time effort of 4:03 from last change runner Janus Stauffenberg. In the earlier races: Leith's Master Men's No.1 team of Danny Baillie, Andrew Lonie, John Bayne and Neale McLanachan was impressive in winning its grade. Baillie had set a blistering pace of 4:42 (fastest grade time) for the first 1500m and the team increased its lead with each change runner to achieve a comfortable win in 19:32. The Leith MM2 team finished fourth, with the Leith MM3 team also running well. The Leith Senior Women's team of Siobhan McKinlay, Rachel Ohlsen, Gaya Gnanalingham and Suzie White finished third and the Leith High School Girls team of Rebecca Dalphin, Vivienne Dalphin, Caitlyn O'Donnell and Rebecca Hill put in a tremendous team effort to win its race. The Leith children also enjoyed some fine running in the children's one-lapper race. See President Chris Sole's report below:
See the ODT article by Wayne Parsons on this race where there is a great
report on Leith's tussle with Hill City University in the Senior Men's
>> Hill City University claims fourth double in a Row - ODT Monday 6 May 2019
Thank you for
your participation on Saturday: either running, time-keeping, lap
counting, encouraging, just turning up and being there, helping find
people who wish to take part. Thank your friends who may have long past
Club Connections but were there. Small things done well, produce
extra-ordinary results. Teams perform greater than each part often because
people believe and care for one another. You are the backbone, the muscle,
the spark, the light. What wonderful Leith participation, performance,
pleasure. Each person gifted the remaining team members the opportunity to
run. This is special and precious. It is one of our visions: to offer a
platform for the Community to participate in a safe, friendly, empowering
environment. Running should be fun, challenging, inspiring. Joy is enough.
report by Chris Sole
For photos and updates visit Leith Facebook
For full info on this event, including latest results, please visit our Leith Cross Country Relays feature page
Sutcliffe, Madgwick set up HCU's third win in a row (ODT Monday 20 May 2019)
report by Marc Boulle
Hill City University Open Mens No. 1 team won the Open Men's 4 x 4km Leith Cross Country Relays on Saturday. The team of Matthew Sutcliffe (2nd fastest time 14:10.4)), Kirk Madgwick, Joel Carmen and Russell Green (fastest time 14:09.7) put in a superb team effort to hold out the Leith Open Men's No. 1 team by just under a minute in 57:38.8. The Leith team of Nathan Cochrane, Nathan Hill, Liam Chesney and Janus Stauffenberg put in a brave effort to finish second in 58:38.6. The Leith Open Men's No.2 team finished third. Ollie O'Sullivan finished with third fastest time of 14:17.4 in the fourth placed Hill City University Open Men's No. 2 team.
The Hill City University Open Women's team of Rebekah Greene (fastest SW 8:14.6), Taryn McLean (fastest MW35 09:07.7), Laura Bungard (fastest HSG 08:33.6) and Kirsty O'Sullivan achieved a comfortable win in the Open Women's 4 x 2km race in 25:55.9. The Caversham Pumas team of Heather Evans MW35, Lehana Reeves, Becky de la Harpe HSG and Heather Evans put in an excellent effort to finish second in 37:50.5. The Leith Open Women's team of Sophie Smith, Gaya Gnanalingham, Erin O'Brien and Claudia Sole finished third in 40:57.6
Leith's Masters Men's 35-49 team of Danny Baillie (fastest MM35 15:41.2), Andrew Lonie (third fastest MM35 15:51.8), Neale McLanachan and Glen Chisholm (second fastest MM35 15:41.8) had a runaway victory in the Master Men's 35-49 grade 4 x 4km relay in an impressive time of 1:03:43.4. The Ariki team of Aaron Porter, Mike Horne, Eddie Smith and Brent Halley MM50 put in a brave effort finishing a clear second in 1:10:51.0. The Leith No. 2 team finished third in 1:15:35.8
Hill City Uni Masters Women 35-49 team of Georgie Pakeho MW35, Cilla Dickinson (2nd fastest MW50 10:45), Sarah Rhodes MW35 Aly Craigie (second fastest MW35 09:59) won the MW 35 grade 4 x 2km relay comfortably in 41:19.3. Caversham Cougars were second in 48:37.3 while Leith finished third in 48:45.2 where Leith Masters Women 60+ runner Jocelyn Springthorpe was second fastest MW60 runner in 14:56.4
The Ariki High School Boys team of Ben Lund (2nd fastest HSB 7:44.8), Nathan Harrison (fastest HSB 7:41.1), Grayson Westgate (third fastest HSB 07:58.7) and Thomas McCracken put in a great team effort to win their 4 x 2km relay in 31:53.3. Both the Hill City Uni High School Boys teams finished second and third respectively.
The Leith High School Girls team of Caitlin O'Donnell, Viviane Dalphin (3rd fastest HSG 08:48.3), Rebecca Dalphin and Rebecca Hill held out the Hill City Uni HSG (2nd) and the Ariki HSG (3rd) teams to finish first in the 4 x 2km relay in 38:02.6. Ariki's Catherine Lund finished with second fastest HSG time of 8:42.9
The Hill City University Intermediate School Boys team of Magnus Pakeho, Lachlan Crumpton (fastest time 09:52.1), Alex Walker and Archie Rhodes finished their 4 x 2km relay race in 44:45.8. The Hill City University Intermediate School Girls team of Lila Rhodes, Heidi Parker, Alice Hancox and Anya Rhodes (fastest time 09:02.4) finished the 4 x 2km relay in 44:47.6
The Ariki Masters 60+ team of Phil Napper (2nd fastest MM60+ 09:22.2). Dalise Sanderson (fastest MW60+ 11:59.2), Gene Sanderson and Alan Nicholls (3rd fastest MM60+ 09:40.1) had a great team run finishing first in the 4 x 2km relay in 41:38.3. Caversham Tigers team of Alistair McAlevey, Stu McCormack, Ian McDonald and Ken Fahey showed what a committed team effort can do by finishin second in 44:34.1. Caversham Jaguars showed the depth Caversham have in this grade by finishing third in 48:36.5. The Leith MM60+ team finished fourth with the Barefoot Mountain Goat and Leith Club President Chris Sole taking out fastest MM60+ time of 9:02.1
The Ariki Green Primary Schools team of Kotomiyo Cowell (fastest time 2:56.7), Maddix Adamson, Riley Horne (3rd fastest time 3:03.6) and Riley Horne won the 4 x 650m relay in 12:37.8. Second was Leith Blue team of Alexander Bork, Roman Meijerink, Tim Niblock and Zac Baillie in 13:15.1. Third was Leith Green team of Georgie Winneke, Lewis Marr, Frankie McKinlay and Archie Mckinlay in 13:22.1. Jesse Willis of the Leith Black team which finished 6th had the second fastest time of 3:02.5
The social 4 x 2km relay race was as always a keenly contested affair with a couple of teams having only one runner running all four laps. It was also great to see the triathletes representing the Dunedin Tri Club out there having a go. The St Pauls Turkeys team of Buddy Small, Buddy Small, Sam McDonald and Lachie Baird won this race in 31:23.3. The Tim Bolter Hill City Uni MM team with Bolter running all four laps finished second in 32:24.0 which was a magnificent effort. The Hill City University MM team of Richard Fogarty (third fastest MM50 8:56.6), Phil Morris MM60, Mike Wakelin MM and Stephen Bloomfield (fastest MM50 08:41.3) finished third in 36:08.2. Russel Lund running for the Ariki Green team (6th) was second fastest MM50 runner in 8:42.2 while Sue Cuthbert running for the same team was fastest MW50 runner in 10:25.9. Karin Drummond running for the ninth place Athletics Taieri team was the third fastest MW50 runner in 10:45.8. Barbara Patrick running for the 13th placed Hill City Uni team was the second fastest MW60+ athlete finishing in 12:57.7. Another highlight was Hill City Uni's Eric Sharpf running all four laps in 40:46.5.
There were two runners doing the Ponydales Challenge which was run for the first time this year at short notice with runners starting with the first race at 12.45pm and continuing to do as many laps as they choose until the end of the day's events, so hopefully we will see others take up this challenge next year. Harjinder Chander of Leith ran 12 x 2km laps completing 24km over a tough cross country course whilst Andrew Glennie of Caversham completed 9 laps for a distance of 18km. Well done guys and it was great to see you out there doing your ultra distance training as part of the Ponydales Challenge.
Thanks and a hearty well done to all those involved in this event: the participants, supporters, helpers and organisers. Every year we endeavour to make this event better than the year before and if there are any improvements that we can make, please let us know! We wish all the athletes all the best for the rest of the season which has some exciting events on the calendar
Please note that this summary may be added to over the next few days so please visit regularly for updates.
Full Results available >> results
Sophie Smith wins the 2019 Joe Cowie Memorial 5km
report by Marc Boulle
Sophie Smith won the 2019 Joe Cowie Memorial Handicap 5km Race held on the 1km lap course at Forbury Park Raceway on Saturday. Running off a handicap of seven and a half minutes she set about the task of catching those in front of her and also keeping out the fast chasing bunch. She finished with a flourish passing second placed Susan Craig in the straight and winning by 15 seconds. She achieved 10th fastest time of 20 minutes 24 seconds. Susan Craig who started off go, ran well having come back from injury to hold off the fast finishing pack behind her. Gaya Gnanalingham off a handicap of five minutes finished five seconds behind Craig in an exciting sprint finish. Hamish McKinlay finished with fastest time of 17 minutes 21 seconds in 15th position off the scratch handicap of 13 minutes. Men's 20 runner Ben Mitchell off a handicap of 12 minutes finished 8th with second fastest time of 17 minutes 34 seconds. Jonah Belk off a handicap of 12 minutes was third fastest in 18 minutes 9 seconds and 12th across the line. Olivia Thornbury OW was the fastest woman runner achieving a time of 20 minutes 1 second. Donald Bates opted to complete the distance as a race walk. Starting off go, he completed the 5km walk in 32 minutes 8 seconds. Thanks to all those participants as well as the organisers and assistants who all made this a great day of running for our club. More photos as well as a dedicated Joe Cowie Memorial page with links from here will be available soon