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.