26th Leith Harbour Free, 6pm 30 Sep 2021, Course 1

Awesome records and personal bests achieved today despite the strong southerly

There was a great turnout of keen runners and walkers out to tackle the West Harbour Cycle and Walk Way.  The newly laid out path at the start opposite the Kayak Club was great and also provided a good finish chute.  The rain earlier in the day had cleared but the strong southerly wind was still blowing and provided the runners nice assistance on the first half, but a tough task on the way back.  Thanks go to Chris Sole and Seb Sole on the timekeeping and results, Mark O’Neill for the 2.5km turnaround (and the lovely photos in the collage above) and Danny Baillie for the 5km turnaround.  Congrats to all the competitors and to those who achieved course records and personal bests as listed below.  See you all at the next one in October.  For full results go to >> Results

5km 25 finishers:

1  Corey Lewis (Leith) 24 M  18:04  2nd fastest time course 1
2  Andrew Lonie (Leith) 48 M  18:40  PB Course 1
3  Matthew Johnston (Leith) 38 M  19:23 PB Course 1
4  Kristy Eyles (Caversham) 37 F  19:59 Course 1 Record MW35-49
5  Sandor Toth (Leith) 29 M  20:30 2nd Fastest Time course 1
6  Mark O’Donnell (Leith) 48 M  20:58  PB Course 1
7  Phil Napper (Ariki)  68 M  22:09 Course 1 record MM65-69
8  Ross Gatenby (Caversham)  70 M  24:31  Course 1 record MM70+
9  Catherine Carr (Leith)  21 F  24:38  PB Course 1
10  Kate Roberts (Leith)  25 F  26:54  PB Course 1
11  Dalise Sanderson (Ariki)  65 F  27:02  Course 1 record MW65-69
12  Marc Boulle (Leith)  67 M  27:03  PB Course 1

10km 14 finishers:

1  Ralph Miller  37 M  41:03  PB Course 1
2  Jamie Ward  46 M  43:37  PB Course 1
3  Phil Page (Leith)  52 M 43:55  2nd Fastest time course 1
4  Orlaith Heron (Leith)  37 F  44:15  =3rd fastest time Course 1
6  Joseph Connolly (Civil Service)  54 M  47:48  PB Course 1
7  Ron McLay-Barnes  58  M  49:34  2nd fastest time course 1
8  Katherine Boomer  52 F  51:11  PB course 1
9  Gaya Gnanalingam (Leith)  36 F  51:30  3rd fastest time
10  Lara Urban  30 F  53:19  3rd fastest time
11  Claudia Sole (Leith)  24 F  54:40  2nd fastest time
12  Michael Callander  28 M  56:09  PB Course 1
14  Joanna Tomlinson  28 F  1:03:15  PB Course 1

25th Leith Harbour Free, 9am Sun 12 September 2021, Course 2

This marked a return of competitive running and was held under Alert Level 2 protocols, attracting 33 runners over both the 5km and 10km distances

Check out the Otago Daily Times report on this event >> Back on track (ODT Monday 13 September 2021)

There was a plethora of PBs and course 2 records despite the strong easterly wind blowing up the Otago Peninsula.  Jono Ryan (Caversham Harriers) in a MM35-49 course 2 record and Lars Winther had a thrilling photo finish in the 10km sharing the title in 38min 20sec. Eva de Jong (Leith) won the women’s race in 48:37 finishing 8th overall. Corey Lewis (Leith) and Emma Lloyd won the men’s and women’s 5km races respectively. Lewis achieved a personal best over the course of 17:44 plus the SM course 2 record whilst Lloyd finished in 20:42. Luke Geddes (Hill City-University) was second in a M20 course 2 record of 17:50. Orlaith Heron (Leith) was second woman, 5th overall in a MW35-49 course 2 record of 20:56.  Evergreen 70 year old Ross Gatenby (Caversham) achieved the MM60-74 record in an excellent time of 24:18.

Thanks to Chris Sole, Sebastian Sole, Mark O’Neill, Gene Sanderson and all those who assisted and also those keen athletes who took part in this event. We welcome you all back to our events.  See you at the next LHF on Thursday 30 September 2021 at 6pm on Course 1 – start corner of Neptune/Magnet Streets

24th Leith Harbour Free, Sun 25 July 2021, new records set

We had a large turnout of runners and walkers at the 24th Leith Harbour Free 5km and 10km race held on Sunday at 9am on course 2 (Watercooled Sports to Vauxhall Boat Club for 5k race turnaround and The Cove for 10km turnaround). Despite the gnarly strong and cold easterly wind howling down the harbour over 50 hardy souls braved the conditions. Amazingly, there were a number of course 2 records set for various age grades. Leith’s Nic Bathgate opted to run the 5km for a change and despite the strong wind set a new record for the Senior Men 20-34 and the Master Men 35-49 in winning this one comfortably in 17 minutes 45 seconds. Second was Sandor Toth also of Leith in 19 minutes 13 seconds. Young Henry Eyles of Hill City-University had a fantastic run in those conditions finishing third in 21 minutes 44 seconds. First female runner was Gail Sharp of Caversham Harriers in fourth place overall. She set a new course record for the Master Women 60-64 grade of 25 minutes 47 seconds. Seventh overall was Leith’s Marc Boulle who set a new course record for the Master Male 60-69 grade of 26 minutes 6 seconds. Ariki’s Dalise Sanderson finished eighth overall in 26 minutes 41 seconds to set a new Master Women 65-69 course record. There were 23 finishers in the 5km race.

Leith’s Tadhg Ryan Charleton decided to do one more race before he took a flight to his homeland of Ireland to further his career there. He ended his brief but fruitful time here in Dunedin and Leith with a fine win in the 10km. He finished in 33 minutes 51 seconds which was 9 seconds faster than his previous best on course 2. Nic Bathgate holds the overall course record and senior men record of 33 minutes 22 seconds for course 2. Corey Lewis also of Leith ran a fantastic personal best on the course in finishing second. His time was 37 minutes 16 seconds. Caversham Harriers Ben Pigou completed the podium in 39 minutes 35 seconds. Margie Campbell of HCU had a great run to finish as first female and fifth overall setting a new record of 40 minutes 33 seconds to set a new Master Women 35-49 course record.

Thank you to Sebastian Sole, Chris Sole, Mark O’Neill (2.5km turn marshal) and Gene Sanderson (5km turn marshal) and to all those who took part in this free community running event.

See you all at the next Leith Harbour Free on Thursday 26 August 2021, Course One, Start 6pm Neptune/Magnet Street, West Harbour Cycle and Walkway.





Tadhg sets new record

On Thursday evening 24 June 2021 the Leith Harbour Free provided another platform to explore one’s potential.

Corey Lewis reached a new standard over 5km with a time of 17 minutes 49 seconds whilst Tadhg Ryan Charleton demonstrated what consistent steady training can achieve by setting a new course one record of 33 minutes 47 seconds. This new record now waits for someone to drive it below 33min. Could that someone be you?

Also on the same evening, in winning the female grade of the 5km, Dalise Sanderson from Ariki  set a new course 1 record of 27 minutes 9 seconds in the Female Masters 65-69 grade.

Well done to all those who enjoyed the run and achieved their personal goals!

See you at the next one near the end of July.

The 20th Leith Harbour Free + some personal bests

The 20th Leith Harbour Free was held in calm sublime weather conditions today.  The event was on Course Two along the Portobello Cycle and Walk Way.  With the weather playing its part and a nice early 8am start the scene was set for some personal bests.

Leith’s Tadhg Ryan-Charleton won the 10km in a personal best bang on 34 minutes. He was immensely pleased with his effort and we are going to hear more from this talented runner soon!

Caversham’s Ben Pigou was next to hit a personal best – finishing second in 35 minutes 48 seconds. Going by the happy smiles in the photos, these guys were definitely happy chappies.

Leith’s Susan Craig also had one of her best runs for quite some time running the 10km in 57 minutes 50 seconds. She was well pleased with her run.

Aly Craigie of Hill City – University finished third in the 10km in 41 minutes 58 seconds.
Matthew Johnston won the 5km race in 19 minutes 15 seconds

Thanks to all those who took part and to the volunteer marshals and the timekeepers.  See you all at the next LHF which will take place on course one on Thursday 29 April 2021 starting 6pm sharp.

Susan Craig enjoyed her run

Susan Craig says she will definitely be taking part in the future
(Sunday, 28 July 2019)

Today was a perfect day for a run on the cycleway – no wind to speak of and mild temperatures. It was great to head out with a good sized crowd – around 50 people walking and running the 5km and 10km course. The event was very well organised with pace runners for the faster paticipants and times for all finishers – all for free! I hadn’t run any distance since the ChCh half marathon at Queen’s Birthday weekend in early June due to illness and overseas travel but I got lots of encouragement from other runners and made it to the end of the 10km in a not too terrible time. I will definitely be taking part in future runs organised by my club, Leith – thanks team!

Fine weather and a good turnout for our 2nd Leith Harbour Free

Leith Harriers held its second Leith Harbour Free 5/10km run on Sunday at 10am. A field of around 50 athletes turned up on what was a perfect day for a run on the cycleway from the corner of Neptune and Magnet Streets to St Leonards and back. There was no wind to speak of and mild temperatures. There were pace runners for the faster participants and times for all finishers. The majority opted for the 10km with Under 20 runners Nathane Cochrane (first in Nathan Cochrane in 37:17.6) and James Matthews from Hill City Uni (second in 37:20.8) being the first 10km runners to finish. Third was Senior Men’s runner Jack Brooks in 38:32.6 and fourth was Leith Master Men’s 35-49 Simon Leaning in 38:34.8. The first runner to finish the 5km was Leith Senior Woman Claudia Sole in 24:23.7. A big thank you to all who took part, organised and assisted.

Gaya Gnanalingam was not sure what to expect

An interesting take on Gaya’s experience of the event, dressed like Michelin Man and worried about encountering a sea lion
(Thursday, 20 June 2019)

I wasn’t sure what to expect with the Leith Harbour 10km, the last time I ran along the harbour walkway at night I ran into a sea lion. Safety in numbers I thought to myself. And numbers there were! I was surprised at the turn out for the inaugural Leith Harbour run given the cool evening temperature. It was brilliant to see. Too cold to remove my hoodie at the start I decided to run layered up and was soon comfortably trotting down the flat harbour path. I may have regretted the decision to dress like the Michelin man by the time I reached the St Leonards turnaround but aside from that, it was a very pleasant run. Many thanks to the Leith crew who organised the event and made sure that everything ran smoothly on the night. I look forward to the next Leith Harbour Free 5 and 10km run.

Neale McLanachan like most runners, enjoys a challenge

Neale enjoyed the challenge and here is his account of the event
(Thursday, 20 June 2019)

On arriving at the start line on a cool winters night there was plenty of anticipation in the air for the inaugural Leith Harbour Free 5 and 10km run. A dedicated bunch of runners and walkers eagerly awaited the start before making their way down the Harbourside walkway into the night. Like most runners I enjoy a challenge and trying a new run/race is exciting and sharing the experience with like minded people keeps me coming back for more. The more or less flat there and back course is very achievable and the Harbourside offers stunning views, well maybe not so much in the dark but as the light returns it will. Finally whatever your fitness level this event will offer a challenge and reward you by improving your fitness and helping you towards your goals.