Forty five keen runners and walkers gathered to take part in the 35th Leith Harbour Free which took place on the West Harbour Walk and Cycle way. They all lined up in the dark at 6pm at the corner of Neptune and Magnet Street eager for some great running and perhaps some personal bests or course records in the various age grades. The weather was cool and mild with just a southerly breeze to make the trips back on both the 5km and 10km a little harder than the trips out to the turnarounds. The train did not play its part except for coming through just before the start, which was a good omen. Then they were off.
Corey Lewis, Danny Baillie, Lars Winther, Simon Leaning, Richard Campbell and Martin Page made their intentions clear from the start – they were out to break some records. Leith’s Corey Lewis put on a tremendous pace from the outset and was soon on his own. He surged to an overall course record and senior men’s course record on this course. His time was 16 minutes 38 seconds breaking Caversham’s Nathan Shanks’s record by 16 seconds which Nathan had set last December. He also beat his own course PB by a whopping 35 seconds. Not to be outdone Leith’s Master Men’s 50-54 runner Danny Baillie had a great duel with Lars Winther for line honours, smashing the Master Men’s 50-59 record to finish ahead of Lars in 18 minutes 11 seconds. Lars finished third in a course PB of 18 minutes 19 seconds. Leith’s Master Men’s 45-49 runner Simon Leaning finished fourth for a course PB of 19 minutes 41 seconds after a close battle with Leith’s Richard Campbell who finished a narrow fifth also with a course PB of 19 minutes 43 seconds. Sixth was junior runner Martin Page who finished in a course PB of 21 minutes 18 seconds. Leith’s Master Men’s 50-54 runner Lee Flowers of Dunedin Tri finished 8th in a course PB of 21 minutes 35 seconds. Master Men’s 60-64 runner Ash Dustow continues to amaze finishing tenth in 21 minutes 49 seconds
Leith’s Junior Women’s runner Mandy Lowther finished first in 41 minutes 58 seconds. Leith’s Master Men’s 50-54 runner Phil Page was third in 44 minutes 26 seconds. Master Men’s 70-74 Peter Ford finished third in 47 minutes 44 seconds.
Thanks to Chris Sole, Sebastian Sole, Rach McKinney, Gavin Chin and all others who helped in the organization of this event