60th Leith Harbour Free, Course 2, Sun 30 June 2024

Five of years of running and we held our 60th monthly LHF. A record 103 participants. 9 Records (8 in the 5km)! And many PB’s in both 5km and 10km. Well done to everyone who took part and a big thank you to all those who assisted in any capacity. Our new T shirts were also very popular.

Wayne Porteous ran his 55th Leith Harbour Free, the most of anyone. And to cap it all, Leith Danny Baillie one of the founders of this great community time trial event ran a course 2 record 18:28 in the 5km for his age grade MM55-59. Leith’s Stephen Johnson ran a course 2 5km record of 16:13 in the SM25-29 grade. The young Caversham runner Leon Miyahara broke the Course 2 SM20-24 record in the 5km in 16:49. 70 year old Phil Napper (Ariki) never ceases to amaze – he broke the course 2 5km MM70-74 record in 21:52. Hill City-University’s Taryn Mclean broke the 5km Course 2 MW40-44 record in 18:42. Jason Van Kempen dominated the 10km running a suberb 35:27 despite the strong easterly wind. Mel Aitken was the first female to finish the 10km in an excelllent 40:39.

Here is the full list of record breaking feats on a day where a strong and cold easterly wind blowing down the peninsular made life difficult for those aiming for fast times:

Course 2 JW11-14 Eva McLean Hill City University 5km 12 Female 00:21:26
Course 2 MW40-44 Taryn McLean Hill City University 5km 42 Female 00:18:42
Course 2 SM20-24 Leon Miyahara Caversham Harriers 5km 22 Male 00:16:49
Course 2 SM25-29 Stephen Johnson Leith Harriers 5km 27 Male 00:16:13
Course 2 SM30-34 Sandor Toth 5km 32 Male 00:16:29
Course 2 MM35-39 Nathan Shanks Caversham 5km 35 Male 00:16:48
Course 2 MM55-59 Danny Baillie Leith 5km 55 Male 00:18:28
Course 2 MM70-74 Phil Napper Ariki 5km 71 Male 00:21:52
Course 2 JW15-19 Jesika Sebelin 10km 19 Female 0:43:40