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.