Month: December 2021

30th Leith Harbour Free, Course One, 6pm Thurs 16 December 2021

Ideal Conditions for Ideal Times

report by Marc Boullé

Leith Athletics held its 30th Leith Harbour Free 5/10km monthly timed community run/walk on the West Harbour Walkway course on Thursday. The weather was perfect resulting in some more course records and personal bests.

Thirty five keen participants plus one dog, challenged themselves over the course. In the 5km, Oliver and Elliot O’Sullivan both of Hill City-University tied for first and course one personal bests of 17min 58sec. Aaron Eyles (Caversham) was third in a course one personal best of 18min 15sec. The first Leith runner was fourth placed Richard Campbell in 18min 26sec followed by Casey Pearce (Leith) in 18min 28sec. Phil Napper (Ariki) achieved a Masters Men’s 60-69 course record of 21min 40sec. Dalise Sanderson (Ariki) broke her own Masters Women’s 65-69 course record in 26min 35sec.

In the 10km, Simon Leaning (Leith) finished first in 38min 29sec, Simon Rhodes (HCU) second in a course personal best of 39min 14sec. Matthew Johnston was third in 40min 27sec.

The sheer number of personal bests over both the 5km and 10km courses was incredible, despite some being interrupted by a train. Others to get personal course bests were Brian Adams, Kristy Eyles, Mark O’Neill, Donald Bate, Alice Barach, Pita Fincham, Marc Boullé, Richard Muirhead, Cassie Heart, Lisa McDonnell, Fa Niemi, Aly Craigie, Jamie Ward, Ian McDonald, and Ross Gatenby.

Thank you to Sebastian Sole (On-line entries, time-keeping, results), Chris Sole (Chief organiser), Marc Boulle (Website/The Star/ODT/Talking advertising), Lydia Pattillo and Mark O’Neill (Facebook), Orlaith Heron (2.5km Turn-around, Photographs), Gene Sanderson (5km turn-around), Stephen Jaquiery (ODT) and Linda Robertson (ODT, Start photographs).

All the best for the Festive Season and we look forward to seeing you again after the break.

29th Leith Harbour Free, Course 2, 9am Sunday 5 Dec 2021

The 29th Leith Harbour Free 5/10km was held on Sunday morning beginning at 9am on course two, along the Portobello Walkway. Start/finish was next to Watercooled Sports, Kitchener Street. The wind was a cool mild southerly and no rain, ideal for good times. There were plenty of personal bests and course records from the 49 keen participants.

First in the 5km (26 finishers) was Leith’s Corey Lewis (Leith) who achieved a course 2 personal best and a Senior Men’s course 2 record of 17min 22sec. Second was Hill City–University’s Luke Geddes who ran 17min 40sec for a course 2 record in the Men’s Under 20 grade. Third was Matthew Johnston who was pleased with his personal best on course 2 of 18min 45sec. Phil Napper had an amazing run, smashing the Master Men’s 50-69 course 2 record with a time of 20min 40sec. Another who had an amazing run was Cilla Dickinson (HCU) who was ninth overall and first female across the line smashing the Master Women’s 60-64 course 2 record in 23min 35sec. Dalise Sanderson broke her own course 2 record in the Master Women’s 64-69 grade running it in 26min 35sec.

The 10km (23 finishers) also provided some fantastic performances. Simon Leaning (Leith) was first across the line in 39min 38sec. Second was Ralph Miller in 41min 41sec which was a personal best for him on course 2. Stephanie Beech was third across the line and was also the first female athlete finishing in 42 minutes flat.

There were many more personal bests in both the 5km and 10km and these can be viewed in our results page on the Leith Harbour Free Website – see the Cumulative Rankings link below the results listings.

It was great to see so many having fun out there, whether walking or running. There were a couple of kids having a lot of fun cycling alongside their parents too. Whole families taking part in this fun wholesome sport.