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.