Leith Harbour Free 5 and 10km reports

After the success of the inaugural run on Thursday, June 2019, we have now had our fifth Leith Harbour Free which was held on Thursday 24 October 2019.  We have full summaries of each race on our index in our Harriers page.  Our next Leith Harbour Free is in November, Time and Date (TBA) starting at 6pm.  Same start, same course and same finish.  See you all there!

Susan Craig enjoyed her run (Sun, 28 July 2019)

Fine weather and a good turnout for our 2nd Leith Harbour Free (Sun, 28 July 2019)

Gaya Gnanalingam was not sure what to expect (Thurs, 20 June 2019)

Neale McLanachan like most runners, enjoys a challenge (Thurs, 20 June 2019)

Susan Craig enjoyed her run
Sunday, 28 July 2019

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
Sun, 28 July 2019

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
Thurs, 20 June 2019

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
Thurs, 20 June 2019

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. 

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