Winter Harriers Season information and reports

We have an exciting line up of club runs and race events lined up for the coming months.  Club runs 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 with club runs and walks from Chingford Park (or at other venues combined with other clubs) usually meeting at 1.30pm to start at 1.45pm on frequent Saturday afternoons - see our calendar for latest updates and map on our join page.  We have packs to suit your pace. Please bring a plate for refreshments afterwards.  Tea and coffee will be available.  Our club rooms are opposite the sports fields at Chingford Park, North Road, North East Valley.  Shower and toilet facilities are available.   All are welcome and we would love to see new members at our regular club runs and walks.

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Completed Events:

Leith Harriers End of Year Get Together:

Leith Harriers had its winter windup and prize-giving on Saturday, November 3rd at Diesel's on North Road in North East Valley.
A report will be out soon. 

Cromwell Half Marathon, 10km , Cromwell, Sunday 21 October 2018

For full details of this event >> Cromwell - Events: Cromwell Half Marathon, 10km Info & Results

Shoe Clinic Hill Free Half Marathon (Otago Half Marathon Champs), Outram, Sunday 14 October 2018

Leith athletes enjoyed great results over the weekend.  Sophie Smith won the Open Women's Otago Half-Marathon title in 1hr 30min 30.5sec.  Sharon Lequeux finished second in 1hr 33min 19.7sec.  Danny Baillie took out the Master Men's 35-49 title in 1hr 22min 57.3sec.

For full results >> Results

2018 NZ 24 Hour Championships (Sri Chinmoy 24 Hour Race), AUT Millennium, Auckland, 06 - 07 October 2018

Leith's Greg Yee put in a fantastic performance in winning the 24 Hour Race over the weekend for New Zealand.  Running in the Men's 40-44 grade he was the overall winner covering 188.288 kms in 23hrs 56mins 54secs.  For full results >> Results

New Zealand Club Road Relay Championships, Takahe - Akaroa, Sat 6 October 2018

For full results >>  New Zealand Road Relay Results 2018

Leith sent one team to the New Zealand Road Relay Championships held on Saturday over the tough but scenic Takahe to Akaroa course near Christchurch. The Leith team acquitted itself well in finishing third in the popular Corporate/Social grade. Team members were: Luke McKinlay, Hamish McKinlay, Nathan Hill, Josh Munro, Michael Walker, Siobhan McKinlay, Andrew Lonie and Glenn Thompson. Andrew Lonie achieved second fastest time in the Master Men's grade. Siobhan McKinlay tackled the tough uphill sixth leg finishing with fifth fastest time in the Master Women's grade. Congratulations to the team in putting in such a fantastic effort and thanks to those who organised the trip.

 Leith finished third in the Corporate/Social grade.  Final Time: 5:24:11

Team Member                Time    Grade Place   Overall Place
Luke McKinlay              38:49    14 MM            45
Hamish McKinlay        40:37    24 SM             40
Nathan Hill                     35:01    11 JM              20
Josue Munro                 46:24    19 JM           102
Michael Walker            44:34      7 MM            43
Siobhan McKinlay      43:18       5 MW            71
Andrew Lonie              33:07      2 MM            18
Glenn Thompson        42:21     10 MM           45

Final Club Run of the Season, Leith Clubrooms, Chingford Park, Saturday 29 September 2018

The rain held off for the final club run of the season on 29 September, with a small group of runners and walkers heading off from Chingford Park.  Danny Baillie and his friend Jevon, Peter Hughes, Michael Walker, Cliff Kelway-Pope and Siobhan McKinlay set off for Bethunes Gully. Danny and Jevon tried a steep road run heading up past Forrester Park and over the hill to North Road before heading back to Chingford Park, while Pete led the rest of the pack through some muddy tracks at the base of Mt Cargill then round the dry pine needle covered tracks of Bethunes Gully and  Forrester Park. Jim Flynn headed off on his own down to the Garden corner and back. Margaret Knox and Greg Johnston enjoyed a walk around the Chingford Park and Quarry Tracks. Christine Montgomery stayed at Chingford Park for some light running due to injury. A good day to catch up and finish off the Harriers season.  Report by Siobhan McKinlay 

Combined Clubs Run, Colin Holmes / Alice Baker Memorial, Hill City University Clubrooms, Logan Park, Saturday 22 September 2018

Runs and walks from Hill City University club rooms, Logan Park.  Leith members joined other clubs for this event.

Dunedin Marathon, Sunday 9 September 2018

Incorporated the New Zealand Half Marathon Champs and the Otago Marathon Champs.  See Dunedin Marathon for information and full results.

For Leith results >> Results

Leith Harriers members competed well in the various races incorporated in the Dunedin Marathon held in Dunedin on Sunday. 

Andrew Lonie and Susan Craig competed in the New Zealand Half Marathon Championships section of the Half Marathon, both winning their grades.  Lonie won the Men's 45-49 grade title in 1 hour 21 minutes 35 seconds finishing 20th overall and 19th male.  Craig won the Women's 50-54 grade title in 2 hours 20 minutes 14 seconds finishing 58th overall and 17th female. 

Steve Tripp finished second in the Men's 50+ grade in the full marathon in  3 hours 28 minutes 27 seconds.  He was 24th overall and 22nd male.  In the 10km race, Hamish McKinlay was the first Leith Harrier, finishing in 5th position overall in 37 minutes 8 seconds.  He  finished 5th in both the SM grade and the male category.  Michael Walker was the next Leith runner to finish, winning the Men's 35-49 grade in 39 minutes 7 seconds. He was 11th overall and 11th male across the line.  Olivia Thornbury won the SW grade in 41 minutes 11 seconds. She finished 16th overall and was the second female across the line.  Check the Leith results link above to see how the rest of the Leith contingent fared.

Combined Run with Ariki, Hill City University, Bayfield Park, Saturday 8 September 2018

Runs and walks from Ariki Harriers club rooms at Bayfield Park were enjoyed by Leith Club Members.  Thank you to Ariki Harriers for the great hospitality.

Combined Run with Ariki, Hill City University, Logan Park, Saturday 1 September 2018

Leith Harrier memebers enjoyed runs and walks from Hill City University club rooms at Logan Park on Saturday.  We thank Hill City University Harriers for their hospitality.  Report out soon.

Peninsula Relay, John Wilson Dve - MacAndrew Bay, Saturday 25 August 2018

Leith had two teams competing in the Peninsula Relay on Saturday.  Although our teams did not get any podium finishes on handicap, our Leith Blue team consisting of Nathan Hill JM, Caitlin O'Donnell WU18, Neil McLanachan MM35,  Andrew Lonie MM35 and Rebekah Hill WU18 achieved third fastest time of 1 hour 18 minutes 27 seconds, with Nathan Hill getting fastest time of 14 minutes 1 second on Leg 1 and Neil McLanachan getting second fastest time of 16 minutes 41 seconds on leg 3 and Andrew Lonie second fastest time of 11 minutes 31 seconds on leg 4.  The Leith White team of Michael Walker MM35, Siobhan McKinlay MW35, Hamish McKinlay JM, Luke McKinlay MM35 and Mark O'Donnell MM35 finished one place back on handicap in 13th place. Here Mark O'Donnell achieved fastest time of 15 minutes 13 seconds for the last leg.

For full results >> Peninsula Relay Results 2018

The Great Naseby Water Race, Naseby, Saturday 25 August

For race information and results >> The Great Naseby Water Race 2018

Otago Road Championships, Forbury Park, Saturday 18 August 2018

For Leith Harriers Results >> Results

For full results >> Otago Road Champs 2018 Results

The small Leith Harriers contingent put up a great show achieving podium finishes at the Otago Road Championships which were held around the outer side walk perimeter of the Forbury Park Raceway complex in Dunedin on Saturday. Christine Montgomery won the Master Women's 50+ grade 5km title in 21 mins 11 secs. Caitlin O'Donnell won the Women Under 18 grade 5km in 22 mins 34 secs while Nathan Hill took out the Men Under 20 grade 8km title in 26 mins 29 secs. In the competitive Senior Women's 10km race, Sophie Smith finished second in 40 mins 45 secs with Sharon Lequeux just seconds behind in third place in 40 mins 53 secs. Mark O'Donnell finished fourth in 40 mins 1 sec in the Master Men's 10km race. Well done to these athletes. The club is proud of your achievements.

Combined Run - Leith, Ariki, Hill City University, Logan Park, Saturday 11 August 2018

Leith members enjoyed the combined club runs and walks from Hill City University clubrooms on Saturday afternoon. Leith thanks Hill City University for hosting the athletes.

50th Clyde to Alexandra Road Races, Alexandra, Saturday 11 August 2018

Leith athletes competed in the Clyde to Alexandra Road Races on Saturday. Neale McLanachan won the Masters Men 35+ grade 10km in a fast time of 34 minutes 58 seconds winning comfortably by just over three minutes. Glenn Thompson Dunedin finished fourth in 39 minutes 9 seconds. Sharon Lequeux finished fourth in the Senior Female grade 10km race in 40 minutes 42 seconds. Susan Craig finished 11th in the Masters Female 50+ grade 10km in 1 hour 44 seconds. Well done to all these runners.

For full results and more on this iconic race visit Alexandra Harriers & Walkers Club

Athletics New Zealand Cross Country Championships, Grenada North Park, Tawa, Wellington, Sunday 5 August, 2018

Leith Harriers had three athletes representing Otago at the New Zealand Cross Country championships on Sunday.  For team Otago, Glen Chisholm and Andrew Lonie finished 18th and 22nd respectively in the Men's 35 - 49 age grade 8km race.  Their individual placings in their age grades were Glen Chisholm 5th M35-39, Andrew Lonie 6th M45-49.  Sophie Smith finished 15th in the Senior Women's 10km race.

For Leith Harriers results: Results

Combined Road/Off-road race, Leith, Ariki, Hill City University, Tomahawk Hall,  Saturday 4 August 2018

Leith runners enjoyed the TK Cowan race held in Tomahawk last Saturday. Thank you to the Officials and Marshalls .

Combined clubs run, Hill City University Harriers club rooms, Sat 28 July 2018

A small contingent of Leith Harrier members went on the combined run and walk from Hill City University Harriers club rooms at Logan Park on Saturday. Everyone enjoyed the runs which took in the Ross Creek and Redwoods areas. The walkers took a circular route which included the stadium, boat harbour area and on to the Harbourside Walkway to Ravensbourne and returned via Ravensbourne Road. Leith Harriers thanks Hill City University Harriers for hosting the clubs.

Athletics Otago Cross Country Champs, Waikouaiti Race Course, Sat 21 July 2018

For full results: Athletics Otago Cross Country Champs results 2018

For Leith Harriers results: Results

Leith Harriers athletes enjoyed fantastic results in this year's Otago Athletics Cross Country Champs held at the Waikouaiti Race Course on Saturday.   Cailtin O'Donnell won the 4km Women's Under 18 title by being the first Athletics Otago registered athlete to finish, finishing second overall in the race.   Andrew Lonie won the 8km Otago Master Men's 35-49 title in 30 mins 43 secs spearheading Leith to the team's title in this grade.  Neale McLanachan third, Glenn Thompson fourth and Mark O'Donnell fifth rounded out the team effort.  Leith also won the 8km Master Men's 50+ grade team title with John Bayne finishing second,  Steve Tripp third,  Chris Sole seventh and Tom McKinlay tenth.  Christine Montgomery won the 6km Master Women's 35-49 title in 28 mins 26.4 secs.  Sharon Lequeux finished second in the 10km Open Women's race in 45 mins 39.2 secs. Sophie Smith third and Olivia Thornbury fifth ensured that Leith won the team's title.  Hamish McKinlay won the 8k Men's Under 20 title in 32:10.1.  Thanks to all Leith members who assisted on the course set up and dismantling.  This was another great effort by our small but vibrant club.

Combined Clubs Run, Ariki, Leith, Hill City/University, Hill City/University Clubrooms, Logan Park, Sat 14 July 2018

Leith Harrier members joined Hill City/University and Ariki for combined runs and walks from the Hill City/University club rooms on Saturday.  Many thanks to Hill City/University for the hospitality.

Combined Clubs Run, Caversham Harriers, Corstophine, Sat 7 July 2018

Leith Harrier members joined other clubs for combined runs and walks from the Caversham Harriers club rooms on Saturday.  Many thanks to Caversham Harriers for the hospitality.

Edmond Cup Cross Country, Wingatui Race Course, Mosgiel, Saturday 30 June 2018 

Leith had three age grade winners on Saturday at the Edmond Cup Cross Country.  The course around the Wingatui Race Course was soft underfoot but the weather was fine.  John Bayne won the Master Men 50+ grade 5km race in 20 minutes  21.9 seconds.  Christine Montgomery won the Master Women 50+ grade 5km in 23 minutes 5.2 seconds and Caitlin O'Donnell won the Women Under 18 grade 2.5km in 11 minutes 0.7 seconds. Andrew Lonie finished second in the Men 35 grade in 18 minutes 3.1 seconds with Glenn Thompson not far back in fourth place in a time of 20 minutes 48.7 seconds. 

The evergreen Chris Sole showed the youngsters how well the over 60+ runners can run by finishing seventh in the Master Men 50+ grade in an impressive time of 21 minutes 32 seconds.

All runners in the Open division were included in both the Men and Women 5km results for determining the team placings.  Andrew Lonie was the first Open Men's runner for Leith finishing in fifth place with a time of 18 minutes 3.1 seconds.  Hamish McKinlay was not far behind in sixth place with a time of 18 minutes 10.5 seconds.  Christine Montgomery was the first Leith runner to finish in the Open Women grade finishing in fourth place.

For full results >> Edmond Cup 2018 Athletics Otago

For Leith results >> Results

Combined Club Cross Country, Rotary Park, Dunedin, Saturday 23 June 2018

Combined Cross Country with Ariki and Hill city

Report and results out soon!

Combined Clubs Run, Flagstaff Community Church Hall, 9 Centennial Avenue, Wakari, Saturday 16 June 2018

Report out soon!

Barnes Cross Country Races, Kettle Park, Victoria Street, Dunedin, Sunday 10 June 2018

Luke McKinlay (off a 4:30 minute handicap)  finished second across the line on the 5km course to spearhead the Leith Team of Luke McKinlay, Nathan Hill, Chris Sole, Hamish McKinlay, Tom McKinlay and Michael Walker into second place at the Barnes Cross Country Handicap Races held at Kettle Park on Sunday.  Nathan Hill (off a 9:30 minute handicap) had the second fastest time of 18:13.5.  Caitlin O'Donnell (off a one minute handicap) won the Women's U18 grade 2.5km race finishing with third fastest time of 11:07.6.  Siobhan McKinlay (off a 4:30 minute handicap) finished fourth in the Women's 3.75km race and Christine Montgomery (off a 5:30 minute handicap) finished sixth.

For full results: Barnes Cross Country Results 2018 Athletics Otago

Combined Clubs Run, Civil Service Club Rooms, Tahuna Park, Saturday 9 June 2018

Leith Harriers members enjoyed combined runs and walks from the Civil Service Harriers club rooms at Tahuna Park on Saturday afternoon.  Leith would like to thank Civil Service Harriers for their hospitality and the opportunity to run and walk with the members of the other clubs involved.  A report will be out later this week.

ASB Christchurch Marathon, Cathedral Square - 3 June 2018

Full Marathon:
Mel Aitken 2:53:42, second female, first W40-49, 22nd overall.
Sharon Lequeux 03:16:04, seventh female, fifth W20-39, 62nd overall.

Half Marathon:
Danny Baillie 01:18:13, 28th Male, third M40-49, 29th overall.

More Leith results soon as we ascertain more Leith athletes who were running these events.

Combined Clubs Run. Hill City University Club Rooms, Logan Park, Dunedin, Saturday 2 June 2018

Report out soon!

Joe Cowie Memorial 5km Handicap run, Forbury Park Raceway, Victoria Street, Dunedin, Saturday 26 May 2018

It was a fine overcast but very cool day for the running of the Joe Cowie Memorial 5000m race held at Forbury Park on 26 May 2018. The Forbury Park track was relatively dry which meant that the runners had reasonably good conditions to run in. Janet Rhodes, starting off "Go" with Siobhan McKinlay, ran steadily throughout the five laps to score a comfortable win and in the process ran the fastest MW35 time of 22 mins 58 secs. Finishing in second place was Janus Stuaffenberg, who started off scratch, and worked his way steadily through the field. He recorded the fastest time of 16 mins 14 secs. A fast finishing Hamish McKinlay managed to pip Danny Baillie on the line in the race for third and fourth with both runners recording 17 mins 32secs for second equal fastest time, with Baillie's time also the fastest MM35 time. Next to finish was Siobhan McKinlay, and she was followed in quick succession by Steve Tripp, Andrew Lonie, Christine Montgomery (fastest MW50 22mins 8 secs), Mark O'Donnell and John Bayne (fastest MM50 time 19mins 21 secs). Sophie Smith, with the fastest female time for the day of 20 mins 2 secs was next to finish, with Glenn Thompson close behind her. Newcomer Nic Wooliscroft finished next, just in front of Chris Sole, Cecilia Crooks (fastest WU20 20mins 22secs), Nolan Hill, and Caitlin O'Donnell (fastest WU18 22mins 13secs). Jim Flynn completed two laps in 19mins 16secs, Ryan O'Donnell ran one lap in 4mins 35secs and Alexia White enjoyed completing a 400m run.  See Results

The Leith Cross Country Relays, Dunedin Pony Club, Three Mile Hill Road, Dunedin, Saturday 19 May 2018

The Leith Cross Country Relays took place on Saturday 19 May 2018 at the Dunedin Pony Club, Three Mile Hill Road.

The Hill City- University Open Men's Team 0f Alistair Richardson, Kirk Madgwick, Drew Cairney and Matthew Ogle won the main 3km (approx) event, with Leith One placing second and Caversham One placing third. 

The Hill City-Uni 4 team of Rebecca Allnutt, Aly Craigie, Bella Bloomfield and Lorna Pairman won the Open Women's 2km (approx) event from Caversham 2nd and Leith third.

For full results >> Leith Cross Country Relays Results 2018

Leith Cross Country Relays report:

It was a very successful day for Leith teams at the club organised cross country relays held at the Dunedin Pony Club grounds on Three Mile Hill Road. Of the eight teams entered seven were placed in a top three placing.

The first race was the combined master's men and high school boy's race. Glen Chisholm, celebrating his 35th birthday, completed his first master's event in style by scorching around the course in 7 mins 25 secs, the fastest time recorded for the day, handing over to Andrew Lonie with a 25 second lead over the second placed team. Lonie (7min 40secs) and the other two team members, Nolan Hill (8min 21 secs) and Danny Baillie (7min 44 secs) extended the lead, with the team finishing with a time of 31 mins 10 secs, two minutes ten seconds ahead of the second placed team. The Master's Men 35 number two team consisting of Luke McKinlay (8mins 16secs), Mark O'Neill (9mins 17 secs), Alan Funnell (8mins 53secs) and Glen Chisholm (7mins 39secs) combined well to finish in 3rd place overall. Lonie and Baillie also featured in the fastest time honours with 2nd and 3rd fastest times respectively. The Leith master's men 50+ team of Chris Sole (8mins 57secs), Ray Knox (9mins 18secs), Tom McKinlay (8mins 49secs) and Steve Tripp (8mins 51 secs) all ran well to finish in first place in the Masters Men 50+ grade. Fastest time in this grade went to John Bayne who ran 8min 9 secs when completing the first leg for the Pubrunners team.

The second race featured all of the women's grades as well as the social/mixed grade teams with 19 teams in total facing the starter. Once again the Leith teams were to the fore in their respective grades. A great first lap by Rebekah Hill (8 min 37 secs - 2nd fastest high school girl) saw the High School Girls team in third place over all of the women's teams at the end of lap one. Steady runs by Caitlin O'Donnell (9min 38 secs) and Rebecca Dalphin (9mins 25 secs) over the next two laps saw the team consolidate their lead in the high school girl's grade. Last runner for the team, Cecelia Crooks had a storming run over the last lap, completing the lap in 8mins 16 secs, and in doing so recording the fastest women's time overall and bringing the team home in 1st place in the high school girl's grade, and second fastest women's team overall, just two secs behind the winning women's team. The senior women's team of Sophie Smith (8mins 58secs), Gabi Newman (9mins 2secs), Olivia Gold (8mins 59secs) and Christine Montgomery (9mins 51secs), ran steadily to finish in third place in their grade. Christine Montgomery recorded the fastest Masters Women 50+ lap time.

Meanwhile in the social/mixed grade the Leith team also performed with considerable credit. Young first leg runner, Viviane Dalphin (9min 5secs), ran a great first lap to be in third place at the changeover. Christian Schmied (8mins 38secs), Peter Hughes (10mins 9secs) and Robyn O'Neill (14mins 3 secs), all ran well, with the team finishing up in third place in the social/mixed grade once all runners had completed their laps.

The final race of the day was the Open Men's race and just like at the Lovelock Relays two weeks earlier, the Leith number one team was leading at the first changeover thanks to the brilliant run by Nathan Hill, who completed the lap in a time of 9mins 35 secs, the fastest lap time overall for the day on the longer course. He was ably backed up by Hamish McKinlay (10min 20secs), Louis Freeman (10mins 36secs) and Jamie Gardner (10mins 11 secs), with the team finishing in a notable second place, just over a minute behind the first placed team and over a minute in front of the third placed team. The second men's team consisting of Bradley Goodall (10mins 55 secs), Glenn Thompson (12mins 19secs), Harjinder Chander (11mins 29secs) and Cliff Kelway-Pope (14mins 30 secs) had a great tussle with four other teams throughout the race with the lead changing several times over the laps. The team eventually finished in 7th place.

As a club we can feel proud of all of our teams and individual runners' achievements. For the record, the club won three grades, finished second in one grade and third in three grades. Individuals recorded the fastest times in four grades, including the fastest men's, and women's time overall. We can also be very proud of the way the club conducted the event. For many of the runners, the Leith Cross Country Relays is their favourite event on the Athletics Otago running calendar. A special thank you goes to Laurie Hill and Bryce Watt for helping with the time-keeping and results on the day and the Dunedin Pony Club for allowing the event to be held on their grounds. Many thanks to all those who helped out to make the event happen, whether it be setting out the course on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, doing the event administration, running for a team, marshalling out on the course during the races, being an official at the finish line, bringing food for the afternoon tea, helping serve the afternoon tea or bringing in all of the gear at the end of the day, it is a culmination of everyone working together that makes the event such a successful day for the club and for the Athletics Otago running community. Well done everyone, another very successful Leith Cross Country Relays event has been completed. It was great that the weather played its part as well!

IAU Trail World Championships, Penyagolosa, Spain, 12 May 2018

Sam McCutcheon was 29th in the men's section of the 85.3km trail run, (ascent 4900m, descent 3690m) in 9:46:40. Mel Aitken was 57th in the women's section over the same distance in 12:26:26. Luis Alberto Hernando of Spain won in 8:38:35 and Ragna Debats of The Netherlands was the first woman in 9:55:00

Combined Club Run with Civil Service - Chingford Park,  Saturday, 12 May 2018, 1.30pm

It was almost a case of the walkers outnumbering the runners on the combined Leith - Civil Service run and walk held from Chingford Park in cool but reasonably pleasant conditions on Saturday 12 May. Greg Johnston took the quicker of the south city visitors on a walk encompassing the Chingford Park tracks, the Quarry tracks and the Lindsay Creek track before heading onto the road, going up Blacks Road, along Evans Street and then down Dalmeny Street back to Chingford Park. Prominent in this group were Shona, Diane, Pat and Dave. Kevin Blair, along with Noel and Alan walked a similar but shorter route around the North East Valley area. The running groups headed in opposite directions with Mark O'Donnell and Christine Montgomery heading for the hills running to Mt Cargill and return. The other running group headed down North Road before splitting, up with Susan Craig opting for a road run down George Street to Albany Street before heading for home via the paths through the university. Others to opt for shorter runs included octogenarian Jim Flynn and Peter Hughes who was back running for the first time after being laid low with the flu. The main group ably lead by Mark O'Neill, ran along a variety of the Ross Creek reservoir tracks before heading back up North Road to Chingford Park. Cliff Kelway-Pope showed the rest a clean pair of heels to be first back home, with Peter Clark, Charlotte and Rob Homan and Mark O'Neill finishing as a group.

Otago Secondary Road Race Champs, Logan Park, Tuesday 8 May 2018

Junior Girls 2.5km
Rebecca Dalphin (Logan Park HS) 6th 9:34.2

Senior Girls 2.5km
Rebekah Hill (Otago Girls) 1st 8:50.6
Cecilia Crooks (St Hildas) 2nd 8:57.1
Caitlin O'Donnell (Otago Girls) 6th 9:36.9
Senior Boys 5km
Nathan Hill (Otago Boys) 1st 15:06.0
Louis Freeman (Logan Park) 6th 16:32.1
Note:  Nathan's winning margin was 32 seconds. 

Lovelock Relays, University Oval, Dunedin, Saturday, 5 May 2018

Lovelock Relays report by Alan Funnell and Siobhan McKinlay

A great showing by Leith at the Lovelock relays on Saturday!  Nine teams were entered for our little club, which was excellent and everybody ran well.  First race up was the social grade with Leith Social 2 coming 7th and Social 1 coming 12th. New runners Louis Freeman (5:09) and Harjinder Chander (5:19) ran exceptionally well and it was great to see Marc Boulle back out in the Leith uniform. A special mention to for Jim Flynn, running 13:46, a week after celebrating his 84th birthday. Masters women were next up. Christine was lining up again after having already run in the social grade. Kudos to her as this isn't an easy thing to do. She ran 4th fastest time 5:58 (1st MW50+). There were 2 new faces fronting up for the club here as well. Janet Rhodes and Marion Rhodes both gave their all and did the singlet proud. This team finished up 3rd. Then came the race where we had two senior women's teams and 3 masters men's teams. The women's teams were placed 2nd and 3rd. It was great to see so many new faces here and hopefully they can all make the Leith relays in a couple of weeks. Erin Conway gained 2nd fastest lap time (5:14) and Rebecca Hill 3rd fastest (5:18; fastest schoolgirl). Olivia Gold was 5th fastest (5:29) and Cecilia Crooks 6th fastest (5:30). Meanwhile the Leith masters men's 1 team had the race to themselves and made no competition of it, finishing 1.30 minutes in front of the second placed team. The masters men's 2 team weren't too far behind in getting 3rd. The MM 3 team came 5th. Danny Baillie had a great run to take out the fastest lap time (4:43) with Neale McLanachan only 3 secs behind in getting 2nd fastest. Andrew Lonie was 4th fastest (5:02) and Glen Ferguson 6th fastest (5:05, 1st MM50+). There were some typically gutsy runs by the Leith men and Nolan Hill showed us the benefit of multiple tramps over the summer months while the running took a back seat. The kids also had a run and it is always a highlight watching the up and coming Leith athletes having fun out on the course. The last race of the day was the Senior Men in which we had one team. Finishing 3rd in this race provided the highlight of the day for Leith. Nathan Hill ran the first lap brilliantly (5th fastest, 4:20, fastest high schoolboy time), showing that his skills off the track could be transferred onto the grass. He handed over to Hamish McKinlay in first place by 2 seconds. Hamish had his work cut out for him with being up against a couple of well-known young runners. Keeping his cool and sitting in behind them after they caught up, Hamish was running smoothly and looked to be doing it easily. With just under a lap to go he pounced and took everyone by surprise. It certainly got all of the Leith supporters vocal and everyone cheered as Hamish dealt to them to hand over to new runner Bradley Goodall, still in first place. Bradley, Jonah Belk, Glenn Thompson and Danny Baillie (running for the second time) ran as best as they could and ended up in 3rd place. A great effort!

Please note that the report to the Star Midweek has to be trimmed to 150 words

Gore Marathon, Sunday 29 April 2018

Conditions were near to perfect for the 2018 Gore Half Marathon, 12km and 6km events which were held on Sunday, April 29th.   Only one Leith runner took part this year.  Susan Craig ran the 12km event.  It was not a very big field this year.  Only 16 women and 11 men ran the 12km and Susan was 9th woman overall but 2nd woman 50+.  Her time was 1:17:14.  

Combined Club's Run, Ariki, Civil Service, Leith, Bayfield Park Pavilion, Saturday 28 April 2018

On a very gloomy and wet Saturday afternoon the combined run between Leith, Ariki and Civil Service was held from the Bayfield Park pavilion. To start off the afternoon proceedings Ariki and Civil Service held their handicap mile races. For Ariki, newcomer Aaron Porter was first across the line followed by Bryce Saunders who recorded 5min 15 secs to gain fastest time. Dalise Sanderson was the first woman to finish, with Emma Sutherland running the fastest women's time of 6min 27secs. Ron McLay-Barnes won the Civil Service battle finishing with a 30 second faster time than Rob Homan. Following on from the races the runners ran on the flat and across the playing fields to Kettle Park and return. Prominent here included Christine Montgomery, Cliff Kelway-Pope and Brent Halley. Leith Life Member Jim Flynn celebrated his 84th birthday with a run on the cycleway towards the Peninsula and return. The three walking packs covered streets surrounding the Anderson's Bay inlet and Musselburgh, with one group (Nola, Bev, Mike and Astra), deciding to have a stopover for coffee at the BP garage before returning to the clubrooms. Prominent among the walkers were Diane, Shona, Pauline, Leonie, Noel, Peter and AJ.

Hamburg Marathon,  Germany, 28 April 2018

Competing even further afield was Michael Walker who ran the Hamburg Marathon, finishing with the time of 3 hours and 29 minutes.

Leith Lovelock Relays Trials (Club Mile), Chingford Park Sports Field, Saturday 21 April 2018

Glen Chisholm led from the start to the finish of the Leith Club mile which was held on Saturday in cool overcast weather around a Chingford Park course with soft underfoot conditions. Hamish McKinlay and newcomer Bradley Goodall had a good tussle for second over the early laps with McKinlay proving the stronger over the final lap. Mark O'Donnell and Nolan Hill also had a good tussle over the four laps, with Mark finishing two seconds in front of Nolan at the line. Chris Sole, on the comeback trail after recuperating from a serious injury, ran strongly to finish next and be the first Masters Men 50+ to finish. First woman home, Caitlin O'Donnell, ran strongly to head off Christine Montgomery and Siobhan McKinlay. Frankie McKinlay finished her one lap race strongly to win the Girls 12 and under race.

Open 1600m

1 Glen Chisholm 5:12 1st Open Men

2 Hamish McKinlay 5:19 1st Men U20

3 Bradley Goodall 5:35 2nd Open Men

4 Mark O'Donnell 5:52 1st MM35-49

5 Nolan Hill 5:54 2nd MM35-49

6 Chris Sole 6:17 1st MM50+

7 Tom McKinlay 6:20 3rd MM35-49

8 Caitlin O'Donnell 6:21 1st Woman U18

9 Cliff Kelway-Pope 6:38 3rd Open Men

10 Christine Montgomery 6:45 1st MW50+

11 Siobhan McKinlay 7:07 1st MW35-49

12 Dave McLean 7:25 2nd MM50+

Girls 12 & Under 400m:

1 Frankie McKinlay 2:00


Combined Clubs Run, Hill City University, Ariki, Civil Service, Leith, Logan Park, Saturday 14 April 2018

Hill City-University, Leith, Ariki and Civil Service joined forces to enjoy a very pleasant afternoon of running and walking based from the Hill City-University clubrooms, Logan Park. The fast pack having completed a weights and speed session finished off with a good climb up the Big Easy and back. Prominent in this group were Sam Bremer, Ben Wardhaugh and Josh Baan. An enthusiastic medium fast pack set off to conquer Signal Hill via the Big Easy. The majority headed off back down the steep Timms Track. A few took a longer route ably led by Shireen Crumpton along the Water Tank track, eventually reaching a point where it intersected with the Big Easy. They were Brent, Richard, Alex, Dwayne and Sarah, plus three impressive members of the younger brigade George, Jake and Matheson. Peter Hughes led the medium pack up to the plateau. At this point the pack split with some going further up the hill and the others to Ravensbourne and back along the Cycleway. Runners noted as being in good form included Ron McLay-Barnes, Rob Homan, Jane, Alyssa Patel, and Cilla Dickinson. In contrast the slow pack led by David Mackle kept to the flat. They followed the waters of the Leith from the stadium, through the university to the start of Ross Creek and back via the road. Runners prominent in this group included Cliff Kelway-Pope, Wayne Allen, Melissa Halley, James Park, Keith Weatherston and Lachlan Crumpton. The children took off in the wake of NZ 5000 metres gold medalist Ollie Chignall, who challenged them with an ascent of the St. Abbs Place stairs. This was followed by a downhill track run and a lap of Logan Park. From here the adventure run varied, one group doing speed drills and the other running over to the start of the Big Easy, followed by a run at their own pace back to the clubrooms. Making the most of this opportunity were Ella, Summer and Emma. A very sociable walking group led by Greg Johnson ventured up through the tracks to the Northern Cemetery, returning through the gardens and university. Showing good fitness levels on this occasion were Kevin Blair, Bruce Cowan, Geoff Gardyne, Alan Moir, and Allan McKernan. Report Authorised by Bruce Beath 

Harrier Season's Opening Club Run, Chingford Park club rooms, North East Valley, Saturday 7 April 2018

For the opening run of the 2018 winter season runners and walkers were greeted with a lovely sunny and warm autumnal day. The faster running group headed up Blacks Road and on reaching Opoho Road turned left and continued going uphill to the Signal Hill lookout. From there they traversed part way down the Big Easy tracks before turning off and heading down the track to Ravensbourne, returning to the clubrooms via Logan Park and North Road. Prominent in this pack were Hamish McKinlay, Ray Knox, Danny Baillie and Mark O'Donnell. Peter Hughes lead a slower group of runners down North Road to the Gardens, around the University and Logan Park and then up through the Northern Cemetery before heading back along North Road to the clubrooms. Tom McKinlay and newcomer Janet Rhodes were prominent in this pack. Susan Craig and Michael Walker wanted to run a shorter distance so turned back prior to the loop around Logan Park. Meanwhile Jim Flynn ran a solo effort down to the Gardens corner having turned up slightly late, not realising that club runs are now departing from venues at the slightly earlier time of 1.45pm. Greg Johnston and Kevin Blair enjoyed a walk around the streets and Botanical Gardens and Margaret Knox took the younger club members Zac Baillie and Alexia Rhodes around the Chingford Park tracks.  Report by Margaret Knox

Southern Lakes Half Marathon, 24 March 2018

The Leith club members who participated in the Southern Lakes Half Marathon held on a course starting in the Cardrona Valley and finishing on the Lake Wanaka waterfront were very successful. Leading the way was Glen Ferguson who ran 1 hour 13 minutes and 57 seconds to finish fourth overall and first in the Masters Men 50-59 age group. He was followed home by Mel Aitken who completed the course in 1 hour 18 mins and 54 seconds to be 6th overall, and first Masters Woman 40-49. Sharon Lequeux finished 17th overall in a time of 1 hour 27 mins and 20 seconds and placed 2nd Open Woman. Susan Craig was 12th in the Masters Women 50-59 age grade and 197th overall, running a time of 2 hours 2 minutes and 30 seconds.


For more on this iconic event, visit  Port Road Race Website or Facebook Port Road Race

Leith Report

Leith's Sharon Lequeux achieved a second placed finish overall on handicap at the Port Chalmers to Dunedin Road Race held on Sunday.  She also won the Women's grade on handicap and third fastest time with her actual time being 52 minutes 50 seconds.  Her overall time placing was ninth which is very impressive. Andrew Lonie was also impressive finishing with second fastest time of 47 minutes 22 seconds and fourteenth on handicap.  Not far behind him was Hamish McKinlay with third fastest time of 49 minutes 18 seconds and eighth on handicap.  Susan Craig started off go and finished 25th on handicap in an actual time of 1 min 24.06 seconds.

Leith Results

Port Road Race By Handicap
2   Sharon Lequeux LEIT Female 1:14:50 52:50 +22:00
8   Hamish McKinlay LEIT Male 1:16:18 49:18 +27:00
14  Andrew Lonie LEIT Male 1:17:22 47:22 +30:00
25  Susan Craig LEIT Female 1:24:06 1:24:06 +0:00

Port Road Race by Time
2  Andrew Lonie LEIT Male 47:22
3  Hamish McKinlay LEIT Male  49:18
9  Sharon Lequeux LEIT Female  52:50
28 Susan Craig LEIT Female 1:24:06

Otago Half Marathon Championships (The Shoe Clinic Hill Free Half Marathon), Sunday 8 October 2017, Outram

Leith's Sharon Lequeux won the Otago Half Marathon Open Women's title at the Shoe Clinic Hill Free Half Marathon held at Outram on Sunday in a time of 1 hour 32 minutes 43 seconds finishing tenth overall.  Christine Montgomery won the Masters Women Over 50 title in 1 hour 37 minutes 38 seconds finishing 19th overall.  In the associated 10km run, Michael Walker won the Masters 35-49 grade in 38:26.6 finishing seventh overall.  Clifford Kelway-Pope finished 22nd overall in 46:23.9.  For full results go to The Shoe Clinic Hill Free Half Marathon

The 2017 New Zealand Road Relay Champs were held in Rotorua on Saturday September 30th, 2017.

The Leith Team won the Senior Men's C-Grade seven-lap National Road Relay held in Rotorua on Saturday in 4 hours 4 minutes 45 seconds.  The Leith team of  Neale McLanachan,  Stuart Hodges,  Hamish McKinlay, Ray Knox, Andrew Lonie, Nathan Hill and Glen Ferguson came first out of the seven finishers and first out of the four senior men's teams.  There were great individual performances with Neale McLanachan, Hamish McKinlay, Nathan Hill and Glen Ferguson finishing with fastest times on their laps while Ray Knox and Andrew Lonie finished with second fast times on their laps.   The Leith Social Team of Glenn Thompson,  Corinna Thompson, Susan Craig,  Margaret Knox, Peter Hughes and  Tom McKinlay ran very well and finished tenth of twenty teams in its grade in 3:36:10 run over 6 laps. Thanks to all team members and to the organisers of the Leith participation in this iconic event.

Hughes Memorial Handicap Road Races, (5km Main Race), Saturday 16 September, 2017, Dunedin

A small field gathered for the Hughes Memorial 5km Road Race on Saturday afternoon starting from the old High Tide restaurant in Kitchener Street.  Due to the small number of entrants the race was an open non-handicap event.  Results: 1. Ray Knox MM50 22:34   2. Christine Montgomery MW50 23:24  3.  Stu Hodges MM50 24:06  4. Cliff Kelway-Pope SM 28:05.

Cadbury Dunedin Marathon (Otago Marathon Champs), Sunday 10 September 2017, Dunedin

This year the Cadbury Dunedin Marathon incorporated the Otago Marathon Championships for senior and master grades.

For details on the event and results for 2017  Cadbury Dunedin Marathon

Leith's athletes featured prominently in the results:

Leith athletes competed for the senior and masters grades Otago Marathon Championships which were incorporated in the Cadbury Dunedin Marathon on Sunday. Jason Palmer finished fourth in 2hr 50min 4sec winning the Otago Marathon Senior Mens title. Sharon Lequeux finished twenty first overall in 3hr 17min 5sec and was fourth senior woman and second in the senior womens Otago Marathon Championships. John Bayne won the Otago Marathon Championships Master Mens 50+ title in 3hr 24min 58sec. Dave McLean (Mens 50+) finished second in 3hrs 55mins 31secs. In the non-championship half-marathon, Danny Baillie was third in 1hr 17min 10sec and first master mens 40+ runner. Glen Ferguson was just a second adrift in fourth place in 1hr 17min 11sec finishing as second master Mens 40+ runner. Sophie Smith finished second in the senior womens grade (third open womens grade) in 1hr 28min 39sec. Young Hamish McKinlay finished in 1hr 29min 28sec. In the quarter marathon Michael Walker had a great run finishing second in 44min 54sec. Cliff Kelway-Pope finished sixth in 49min 20sec.

Otago Road Champs, (includes Race Walk Champs), Saturday 19 August 2017, Course - perimeter of Forbury Park Race Course, Victoria Road, Dunedin

Christine Montgomery won the Master Women's 50+ age grade 5km Otago Road Championship title on Saturday in 20min 49sec. The event was held around the perimeter of the Forbury Race Course and the weather was calm, cool and cloudy. Jason Palmer finished second in the Open Men's 10km Otago Road Championship in 34 minutes 7 seconds with Cliff Kelway-Pope finishing sixth in 41 minutes 42 seconds. Sharon Lequeux finished fourth in the Open Women's 10km in 41min 26sec. Michael Walker was the sole competitor in the Men's 35-49 age grade 10km finishing in 40min 7sec. Ray Knox finished fourth in the Master Men's 50+ grade 10km in 43min 14sec with Peter Hughes finishing sixth in 49min 39sec.

For full results - Otago Road Champs Results 2017

Peninsula Relay Saturday 5th August, 2017,Otago Peninsula, Start/Finish in Portobello

Format was a handicapped relay event starting and finishing in the Portobello Domain and consisting of 6 legs.  The first team started at 12.30pm. 

For full results: Athletics Otago Peninsula Relay 2017 Results 

Leith Harriers had two teams competing in the Peninsula Relay on Saturday. The weather was cold but sunny and a strong north-easterly wind was blowing. The Leith Mixed Team took full advantage of their handicap to finish eleventh across the line, holding off their more fancied Leith Men's team which finished fourteenth on handicap. The mixed team of Susan Craig, Louisa Andrew, Stu Hodges, Alan Funnell, Nolan Hill and Sophie Smith achieved a time of 2hrs 29mins 51secs. The Leith Men's team of Neale McLanachan, Cliff Kelway-Pope, Glen Ferguson, Michael Walker, Hamish McKinlay and Danny Baillie were the third fastest team with a time of 2hrs 11min 6secs.

OTAGO CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS Saturday 15 July 2017 Waikouaiti Race Course, Waikouaiti

Glen Ferguson won the Men's 50+ grade 8km Otago Cross Country Championship held out at the Waikouaiti Race Course on Saturday.  His time of 31min 21sec in sunny but soft and wet ground conditions overcoming a strong field of 13 runners was impressive.  Hamish McKinlay won the Men's under 20 grade 8km in 0:33:36.  The Leith Men's 35-49 grade team was impressive in winning the teams event over the same distance. The three man team of  2nd Andrew Lonie 0:31:39,  3rd Neale McLanachan 0:32:48 and 5th Michael Walker 0:34:55 earned Leith 10 points to win the event.  Caitlin O'Donnell won the Women's Under 18 grade 4km in 0:20:18 and Sophie Smith won the Women's Under 20 grade 6km in 0:26:06.  Louisa Andrew was third in the Women's 35-49 grade 6km in 0:28:44.  Glen Chisholm was the first Leith senior men's runner, finishing 6th in the main 10km event in 0:39:34.  Congrats to all Leith runners who competed in this event and also to all those who helped in setting up and taking down the course and officiating on the day.

For the full results go to Athletics Otago Cross Country Championships results

Edmond Cup Cross Country Races, Saturday 1 July 2017 Wingatui Race Course, Mosgiel

The Edmond Cup took place on Saturday in wet and soft conditions with Leith's Open A team finishing third in the Open 5km event. Highlights for Leith were: Hamish McKinley's win in the Men's Under 20 grade; Christine Montgomery's win in the Women's 50+ grade; Andrew Lonie's third place in the Men's 35-49 grade; Caitlin O'Donnell's win in the Women's Under 18 grade. Glen Chisholm was the first Leith athlete to finish in the Open 5km event. He finished in 18min 19.2sec. Andrew Lonie was just seconds behind him in 18min 22.8sec. Hamish McKinley at 19min 12.8sec was the third Leith athlete to finish. Michael Walker, Mark O'Donnell and Cliff Kelway-Pope made up the rest of the third placed Leith Open A Men's team.

For full results go to Edmond Cup Athletics Otago Results

Barnes Cross Country, Sunday 11 June 2017, Dunedin Rugby Club Rooms, Kettle Park, Victoria Street

For full results, please go to Athletics Otago Barnes Cross Country Results 2017

Ray Knox won the Barnes Handicap 5km Cross Country Race on Sunday at the rugby grounds at Kettle Park. Leith had a remarkable day, with Hamish McKinlay second, Andrew Lonie third and Glen Chisholm fourth. Off a handicap of 3 minutes, Knox held off the fast finishing field to add this race to his list of winning achievements in harrier running over the last 25 years or so. Young Hamish McKinlay off a handicap of 6 minutes 15 seconds was just 12 seconds back and finishing fast for a well-earned second place having held off third placed finisher Lonie who had been off a handicap of 7 minutes. Leith also took the six person team prize with the first six Leith runners counting: Knox (1st), McKinlay (2nd), Lonie (3rd), Chisholm (4th), Cliff Kelway-Pope (9th) and Mark O'Donnell (19th). Glen Chisholm had fifth fastest time of 18min 44sec. In the Women's 3.75km handicap race, Christine Montgomery finishing third off a handicap of 4min 15sec spearheaded Leith to second place in the team's event. Louisa Andrew 5th, Mel Aitken 12th and Susan Craig 16th completed the Leith team. Aitken achieved third fastest time of 15min 58sec.

Christchurch Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10km, Sunday 4 June 2017

Danny Baillie finished  third in the Master Men's 40-49 grade in the Half-Marathon in a time of 1hr 18min 43sec and ended up placing 24th overall.  Susan Craig also ran the Half-Marathon finishing in 02:03:15.

Ross Creek Club run, Sunday 28 May, 2017, 9am, John McGlashan College, Cannington Road End

A small group of runners met at the Cannington Road end of John McGlashan Sportsfields sportsfields at 9am.  Tom McKinlay , Luke McKinlay, Peter Hughes, Stuart Hodges and Christine Montgomery went for a quiet jog around mountain bike tracks and Ross Creek for just over a hour.  A run enjoyed by all

Joe Cowie Memorial Handicap Races, Saturday 27 May 2017, 1.45pm, Forbury Park Race Way, Victoria Street, Dunedin

Feature event was the 5km Handicap Race on a 1km circuit around the Forbury Park Race Way.  This is in honour of  Leith's Joe Cowie and was previously a 3-miler race (4.83km). 

There were near perfect conditions for the twelve Leith runners who turned out to take part in the handicapped races for the Joe Cowie Memorial Cup at Forbury Park Race Way on Saturday. A slight head wind down the back straight didn't make much of a dent on the times of the 5km runners with Susan Craig (off go) placing first in a time of 26:49 with Hamish McKinlay (off 10.30mins) 2nd at 29:03 and Mark O'Donnell (off 10.30mins) 3rd at 29:23. 4th was Cliff Kelway-Pope (off 10.30mins)  at 29:26 with Danny Bailey (off 13.30mins) 5th at 30:38 and Andrew Lonie (off 12.45mins) 6th at 30:46.  Other runners on the day were Michael Walker, Glenn Ferguson and Ray Knox. Danny Baillie had fastest time of 17mins 8secs.  Undertaking the 2km run were Caitlin O'Donnell (1st at 8:13), and Jim Flynn (2nd at 16:44).  Well done to all those who took to the track.  Summary Report by Susan Craig 
See results for full list of handicaps and actual running times

Combined Club Runs and Walks, Saturday 20 May 2017, 1.30pm, Hill City University Club Rooms, Logan Park

Hill City University have kindly invited all clubs for combined runs and walks from their club rooms at Logan Park on Saturday.  Leith report will be out soon.

Leith Club Run, Sunday 21 May 2017, 9am, Bayfield Park, Andersons Bay Inlet

Leith report will be out soon

Combined Leith and Caversham Harriers Club Run & Walk, Saturday 13 May 2017, 1.30pm, Caversham Harriers Clubrooms, Middleton Road

Caversham Harriers invited Leith to join them for club runs and walks from their club rooms in Middleton Road on Saturday afternoon.  The Leith members that attended thoroughly enjoyed themselves on the various routes in that area and we thank Caversham Harriers for their renowned hospitality.  The conversations and refreshments afterwards were awesome and well appreciated.

Leith Club Run, Sunday 7 May 2017, 9am, John McGlashan College - Cannington Road end

A friendly bunch of runners met and headed for Ross Creek. Ray Knox, Margaret Knox, Clifford Kelway Pope, Pete Hughes, Susan Craig, and Stu Hodges continued around the tracks for 9km. Christine Montgomery, Danny Baillie, Nick Wooliscroft, Tom and Hamish McKinlay all ran up Flagstaff. It was perfect T-shirt weather even on the tops. Hamish ran in socks most of the way. One of the runners continued over Swampy and Cargill.

Lovelock Relays, Saturday 6 May 2017, University Oval, Dunedin

Leith had a very enjoyable day out at the Lovelock Relays held on a grass track at the University Oval, commemorating 1936 Olympic gold medalist Jack Lovelock's 1500m win in Berlin. Thanks to Hill City University Athletics Club for organising (healthy food options were particularly appreciated). The Leith team of Danny Baillie, Andrew Lonie, Alan Funnell, Michael Walker won the master's men relay in 20:06 (2nd was Hill City in 20:20). The team of Pete Hughes, Tom McKinley, Nolan Hill, Mark O'Neill finished in 23:16. Three Leith teams enjoyed the social grade: Cliff Kelway Pope, Mark O'Donnell, Hamish McKinlay, and Jim Flynn finishing in 29:09; Luke McKinlay, Sophie Smith, Meg Skilton, and Margaret Knox in 25:17; Caitlin O'Donnell, Louisa Andrew, Susan Craig, and Christine Montgomery in 25:29. Leith Kids running were Marko Farella, Frankie McKinlay, Archie McKinlay, and Terrance Farella. Well done all.

Leith Club Run, Sunday 30 April 2017, John McGlashan College, Cannington Road, Dunedin

A small group of hardy Leith runners met at the John McGlashan, Cannington Road end of the Ross Creek tracks at 9.00am to head off on a Sunday run. This was reminiscent of 25-30 years ago when it was the meeting place for Leith runners to meet for Sunday runs every week. Mark O'Neill, Pete Hughes, Christine Montgomery and Ray & Margaret Knox enjoyed a run through the various Ross Creek running and mountain biking tracks despite the fact that there were frequent heavy rain showers during their run. Other club members were competing at the Gore Half Marathon and 12km event and the newly established Orokonui Sanctuary 18km running event. Well done to Susan Craig in the Gore 12km. She was the first woman in her age group in very cold and wet conditions

Leith Club Mile Races - Lovelock Relay Trials, Saturday 29 April 2017, Chingford Park Club Rooms, North East Valley, Dunedin

Once again a small group of runners participated in this event. Neale McLanachan strode out well in the later stages of the race to win comfortably. In a close tussle for second, Cliff Kelway-Pope's superior speed in the finishing straight ensured that he stayed in front of Michael Walker who was finishing strongly. Christine Montgomery ran well to be the first of the women to finish.
Full Results:
1 Neale McLanachan  5.25 
2 Cliff Kelway-Pope   5.49 
3 Michael Walker   5.51
4 Mark O'Donnell   6.07
5 Christine Montgomery  6.31
6 Louisa Andrew   7.04
7 Margaret Knox   

Leith Club Run, took place on Saturday 22 April 2017, 1.45 pm, Chingford Park Club Rooms, North East Valley, Dunedin

A small group gathered at the Clubrooms on a pleasant Saturday afternoon for a run and walk. The runners headed down to the Botanical Gardens and then did the Park Run Course before heading back to the clubrooms. Prominent in this pack were Mark O'Neil, Susan Craig, Cliff Kelway-Pope and Michael Walker. It was great to welcome Helen a visiting runner from Melbourne to this group. Margaret joined Greg for a pleasant walk around the Quarry and surrounds.

Leith Club Run, took place on Saturday 8 April 2017, Chingford Park and Sunday 9 April Three Peaks Mountain Race, Dunedin

On Saturday afternoon at Chingford Park, a small number of members went for a run while others tidied up the clubrooms and marked out the course in preparation for the club organised Three Peaks race held on Sunday. Christine Montgomery, Cliff Kelway-Pope and Corrina Thompson enjoyed a run in the Forrester Park and Bethune's Gully area and Glenn Thompson did a solo run to the top of the Mount Cargill tracks before returning to the clubrooms. Special thanks to Alan Funnell for the huge effort he put into organising such a successful Three Peaks race on Sunday. Thanks must also go to all of our sponsors, the landowners over whose land the course travels and all of our volunteers who assisted in ensuring that the day went smoothly. Leith members also featured prominently with Danny Baillie and Neale McLanachan finishing first and second in the 11km Race to the Summit.

Opening Leith Club Run, Chingford Park, North East Valley, Saturday 1 April 2017

Leith members met at Chingford Park for the opening Saturday club run of the season. Glenn Thompson, Danny Baillie, Peter Hughes and Penny Easton were joined by Hereward Swire visiting Chris Sole for the Three Peaks race next weekend. They all headed up Mt Cargill via Bethune's Gully with one continuing on to the Burns-Swampy-Flagstaff route. The rest headed back through the cloud to the clubrooms.

Port Road Race, Handicap format, Port Chalmers to Dunedin, Sunday 29 February 2017

Under 20 runner Hamish McKinlay was the first Leith athlete to finish in the annual Port Road Handicap Race on Sunday. Running off a handicap of 28min 50sec and running an actual time of 55min 52sec over the tough 12.3km undulating course from Port Chalmers to Dunedin he finished in fourth place just on two and a half minutes from the winner. Next Leith member across the line in 12th place in 1hr 27min 32sec was Men 35-49 runner Neale McLanachan, off a handicap of 41min 15sec and achieving second fastest time of 46min 17sec in his grade and fifth fastest overall. Men 50+grade athlete Ray Knox was the third Leith runner across the line in 16th place in 1hr 28min 19sec. His handicap was 28 minutes and his actual time was 60min 19sec.  Andrew Lonie was next to finish on handicap.  He finished 20th on handicap, 9th on overall time with 51min 19sec.  Susan Craig finished 24th overall on handicap and third in the Women 50+ grade.    

Leith Harriers Winter Windup and Presentations, Saturday 15 October 2016, Filadelfio's Restaurant, Dunedin

Club Break-up Saturday night saw club members converge on Filadelfio's at the Gardens for the winter break-up and prize-giving.   After members had enjoyed the variety of scrumptious food on offer the presentation of trophies got underway.  President Margaret Knox congratulated everyone in attendance for the successful year that was had by the club with the highlight being two teams competing at the NZ Road Relay Championships in Rotorua at the beginning of October.  Of note here was Glen Ferguson running fastest Masters Men 50 time for his leg.  Multiple trophy winners on the night included father and daughter duo Mark and Caitlin O'Donnell, Jason Palmer, Christine Montgomery, Hamish McKinlay, Susan Craig, Glen Chisholm and Glenn Thompson.   At the conclusion of the prize-giving members were asked to keep a look out and complete the club online survey and volunteering rosters that were to be circulated to members.  Members were also encouraged to give summer track and field athletics a go at the Caledonian Ground.  The Leith Harrier & Athletic Club once again thanks Filadelfio's for their hospitality in making their venue available for our prize-giving.

National Road Relays, Rotorua, Saturday 1 October 2016

Leith had two teams entered in this popular national event.  The Leith Men's team was entered in the A Grade 62.5 km 7 Stages event and finished 11th in 3:47:24.   Team members in lap order were: Neale McLanachan, Alun Williams, Glenn Thompson,  Glen Chisholm,  Andrew Lonie,   Glen Ferguson and  Jason Palmer.   The Leith Social team was entered in the Social - Corporate grade 45.2 km 6 Stages event and finished in 7th position in 3:17:53.  Team members in lap order were:  Hamish McKinlay, Christine Montgomery, Susan Craig, Peter Hughes, Stuart Hodges and Alan Funnell.  A full report will be out later on Monday.  Well done to all those who participated and who organised the Leith Harriers team effort for this event.  For a full report by Alan Funnell and team reports by Alan and Jase - check out  Harriers 2016

New Zealand 24 Hour Championships held at AUT Millenium on Saturday 1 October 2016

 The New Zealand 24 hour Champs were held in Auckland on the weekend.  Leith had John Bayne and new member Greg Yee running in this gruelling race.  Their mental toughness was really tested over the last couple of hours with torrential downpours hitting Auckland as they were pushing to the finish.  Bayne ran 209.2km and finished first in an exceptional run.   Yee came 6th and ran 166.4km.  Hats off to these guys who did the club proud.

Leith Winter Windup and Prizegiving, Saturday 15 October 2016

We are holding the Prizegiving at Filodelphios again as it worked well last year.  We need to know numbers to pass onto the restaurant.  Please let Louisa Andrew know asap if you are coming. It is $20 per adult for a set menu.

Hughes Memorial Handicap Road Races, High Tide Restaurant, Kitchener St, Saturday 24 September 2016, 1.45pm

Congratulations to Michael Walker on his fine run to be first across the line in the event and thus winning the Hughes Road Race trophy.  Second across the line was Mark O'Donnell followed by Glen Ferguson.  Fastest time went to Ferguson.  Full Results and for a full report Harriers 2016

Cadbury Dunedin Marathon (Otago Marathon Champs), Sun 11 September 2016

Leith athletes competed well in this event on Sunday.  For full results, visit Cadbury Dunedin Marathon.
For a Leith report Harriers 2016

Otago Road Championships, Forbury Park Race Course, Saturday 20 August 2016

Leith's Caitlin O'Donnnell wins Girls Under 15: 3km.  Mark O'Donnell finishes third in the Men's 35-49: 10km.

For results Otago Road Champs Results, Athletics Otago

Pukehiki Club Run & Walk Saturday 13 August 2016

The peninsula turned on a cracker day for the Pukehiki club run. Due to Alan having a niggle, Dave McLean took the group, including Mark ONeill, George Armstrong, Michael Walker and Cliff Kelway Pope. Cliff turned back early due to a lingering injury. The rest ran through the Peggy's Hill farm to the bottom of the Bacon track, then up to Highcliff rd where Michael started the climb up the road. The remaining three had a quick trip up harbour cone before also heading back up the road to Pukehiki. The walking group of Greg Johnson, Susan Craig and Christine Montgomery took the Paradise track down to Boulder beach and back up Braidwood rd to complete the circuit. A great time was had by all.

Athletics New Zealand Cross Country Championships, Auckland Domain, Saturday 7 August 2016

Mel Aitken won the Women's 35-39 grade 6000m championships.  Neale McLanach finished sixth in the Men's 35-39 grade 8000m Champs.  
Read more Harriers 2016

Peninsula Relay, Saturday 30 July 2016, Portobello

The Penisula Relay on July 30th was a 6 lap race which started and finished at the Portobello Domain. It is a handicap race. Laps vary from 3.2 to 7k long. 
See Results  Peninsula Relay 2016 Results

Chingford Challenge 4 Ed, Sunday 31 July 2016, Chingford Park, North Road, North East Valley

Sunday 31 July 2016
Despite the inclement weather conditions, there was a great turnout for this worthy event and we thank everyone who contributed in any way by competing, officiating, organising, donating and spectating.
Venue: Chingford Park, North Road, Dunedin.  In the format of a 2 hour teams' cross country race around the grounds of Chingford Park.  The aim was to see how many laps you can do in the 2 hours.   Teams of 1 to 4 people of any age.  All proceeds are for the treatment of Ed Stevens.  See Leith Harriers 2016

Otago Cross Country Champs & Leith Cross Country Champs, Saturday 23 July 2016, Waikouaiti Race Course

A small but successful Leith Harriers contingent fronted up at the Otago cross country champs at Waikouaiti on Saturday. The course was dry and fast and the sun was shining. First up for Leith was Caitlin ODonnell in the Girls under 15 3km race. Caitlin had a great run and was the clear winner in her grade. The next race was a mass start of all of the Senior, Masters and Social runners who were all running different distances. There were a couple of standout performances from our athletes. Christine Montgomery had a blinder and easily won the masters woman title. Well I said easily but Christine really pushed hard and there was nothing easy about it. Neale McLanachan also performed exceptionally well in the masters men and was rewarded with a second place, only a few seconds off first place. New member this year Hamish McKinley also had a great run to come third in a competitive grade. The ever green Chris Sole had a solid run to gain a second placing in the Masters men 50 plus grade. All of our other runners also did the singlet proud but finished outside the placings. A big thank you to all of the members that helped to set up, marshall and pull down the course. 
Report by Alan Funnel
See Otago Cross Country Champs 2016 Results

Edmond Cup Steeplechase, Saturday 9 July 2016, Wingatui Race Course, Mosgiel

The Leith Men's team had a very successful day finishing third at the Edmond Cup Cross Country Open Men's 5km race held in cold but fine weather at Wingatui Race Course on Saturday.  The team of Glen Chisholm (17:10.0) 6th, Neal McLanachan (17:39.2) 11th, Glenn Thompson (18:55.5) 19th, Mark O'Donnell (19:08.0) 21st, Alan Funnell (19:09.7) 22nd and Chris Sole (20:31.5) 29th, finished on 108 points to the winning Hill City University team's 38 points and the second placed Caversham Team's 67 points.  Although she was Leith's sole representative in this event, Christine Montgomery ran very well to finish third in the Open Women's 5km race in 21mins 29.9secs.  Montgomery was also first Master Women 35-49 across the line.  Caitlin O'Donnell was also in great form in winning the 2.5km Women's Under 15 race in and excellent time of 10mins 27.7secs. 
See Edmond Cup 2016 Results

Barnes Cross Country Races, Sunday 26 June 2016, Kettle Park, Dunedin

For Results >> Athletics Otago Results

Leith had a good showing at the Barnes Cross Country on Sunday. On a different course this year due to one field being out of commission, and in wet. windy conditions Leith members put in some good efforts.

In the men's race the first Leith member was Neale McLanachan who ran 17.49 for the 5km finishing 5th for the race. Then in quick succession were Stu Hodges, Glen Chisholm, Mark O'Neill, Alan Funnell and Ray Knox. The rest of the Leith men ran well and were not far behind. Leith men were second in the teams race.

Our Leith juniors also had good races in the wet and wind. Caitlin O'Donnell finished second in her race and had the fastest time. Hamish McKinley came third across the line and was second fastest in his race.

In the woman's race new member Nicola Chisholm had a fairly rough initiation to harrier racing when the conditions really packed up, but had a good first up race to finish seventh.

Balclutha Half Marathon, Sunday 19 June 2016
incorporating the Otago Half Marathon Champs.

Leith Athletes achieved a remarkable double at the Balclutha Half Marathon on Sunday.  Jason Palmer won the Otago Half Marathon Champs Open Men's title in 1:10: 25 and Mel Aitken won the Open Women's title in 1:22:29.  Not to be left out of the action, Stu Hodges came second in the Otago Half Marathon Men's 50+ champs in 1:40:36.  For full results see  Balclutha Half Marathon Results on Athletics Otago website

Ponydales Sat 28 May 2016

The "Ponydales" Leith Cross Country Relays
Date: Saturday 28 May 2016
Venue: Dunedin Pony Club, Three Mile Hill Road


Map for Ponydales Cross Country

Hill City University won the Open Men's relay race on Saturday by just over two minutes from its nearest rival.  Running in cold rainy conditions, the team of Kirk Madgewick, Jared Monk, Oli Chignell and Sam Bremer led from start to finish to defeat the defending champions Caversham Harriers whose number one team put up a brave effort in finishing second. The Caversham number two team finished third.

 Hill City University also won the Open Women's title. The team of Jean Kozyniak, Bella Bloomfield, Shireen Crumpton and Sabrina Grogan led from start to finish to beat the Hill City University number two team by just under two minutes.  The Caversham Harriers team finished third.

for the full report Harriers 2016

 Thanks to all the officials, competitors and spectators for making this a great day of cross-country running.