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.