Month: April 2022

34th Leith Harbour Free, Course 2, Sun 24 April 2022

The weather promised to be worse than it was and the rain held off.  A very brisk cool westerly wind made the trip back from the turnaround points at Vauxhall Yacht Club (5km) and The Cove (10km) a tough ask.  Despite this there were again many personal bests and some course records too and we will mention some of them here. First to get back to the start at Watercooled Sports were the 5km runners with Leith’s Richard Campbell winning in a course personal best of 18:05.  Not too far behind was another Leith runner, Casey Pearce who finished second in a course personal best of 18:34.  First woman and third across the line was Florence Reynolds in a course personal best of 20:41.  Getting back to form was Leith’s Mark O’Neill who finished fourth in a course personal best of 21:03.  The record breaking runs of the day in the 5km have got to belong to Caversham’s Gail Sharp, course record of 25:41 in the Master Women’s 60-64 grade and Ariki’s Dalise Sanderson, course record of 26:18 in the Master Women’s 65-69 grade.  These athletes are on fire!

Not to be outdone, the 10km runners also put on a show in running course personal bests and records.  Here are some of the highlights.  Leith’s Corey Lewis won in a course personal best of 34.44.  Second was Wayne Porteous who achieved a course record of 41:48 in the Master Men’s 60-64 grade.  Ralph Miller finished 3rd in 42:52.  Fourth was Leith’s Bryan Staunton in a course personal best of 43:59.  Master Men’s 60-64 runner from Caversham, Dave Sharp decided that his wife Gail was not going to get all the laurels and he finished fifth in a course personal best of 45:07.

Thank you to all those who participated and to the organisers, timekeepers and marshals.

33rd Leith Harbour Free, Course 1, Thursday 31 March 2022

The weather for this one was magnificent, still cool conditions, fantastic vibe from the participants too.  Thanks to Gavin Chin and Suzie White for some really wonderful photographs shown in the collage above. Chris gave out the course speech as usual and Marc mentioned some target course records to be broken. Sebastian was there with his trusty timekeeping equipment at the ready.  The turnaround marshals were at their posts and the photographers were out on the course.  Then at 6pm the 49 keen runners and walkers were off down the West Harbour Walkway with the beautiful Dunedin twilight sky as the backdrop.  Once again there was a plethora of course personal bests and at least one course age grade record.

The 10km 

Leith’s Corey Lewis and Caversham’s Ben Pigou went toe to toe in the 10km with Corey finishing first just seconds ahead of second placed Ben in a personal best on the course of 34 minutes 57 seconds.  Ben finished also with a personal best on the course of 35 minutes.  Leith’s George Alexander finished 3rd in a course personal best of 35 minutes 59 seconds. Mandy Lowther fresh from winning the Youth grade title in the Three Peaks 26km race the weekend before set the Female Under 20 record standard for the course finishing in a personal best on the course of 41 minutes 39 seconds. Michael Hoogeveen achieved a course personal best of 43 minutes 54 seconds. The evergreen Ross Gatenby in the Male 70+ grade achieved a course personal best of 48 minutes 54 seconds.

The 5km

Leith’s Casey Pearce finished first in 18 minutes. Hill City University’s Luke Geddes was second in 18 minutes 18 seconds. Young Noah Byrne was third in 20 minutes 38 seconds.  Ashleigh Dustow (Male 60-64) ran exceptionally well finishing 4th in 20 minutes 59 seconds showing the young ones how to do it.