Newly elected President Alan Funnell welcomed everyone present before people dispersed for the pack runs. The walking group ably led by Greg Johnston and Kevin Blair explored the streets south of the Chingford Park clubrooms, while Peter Hughes took the children on a run on the tracks surrounding the clubrooms. Margaret and Becky explored some of the steeper North East Valley streets before heading back via the Quarry tracks. The slow pack lead by David Barton went down to the gardens and then up through some of the Ross Creek tracks before heading back to the clubrooms. The medium and fast packs headed up Bethunes Gully with the faster group going right up to the Organ Pipes before heading back to the clubrooms. Featuring strongly in these groups were Danny, Mark, Julian, Glen, Chris, Louisa, Joy and Alan.
A small group of runners and walkers gatthered at Chingford Park for runs and walks in the area. This was a smaller group than usual due to the Three Peaks Mountain Race being held the next day. However, a hardy few set out. The fast pack with Glenn Ferguson and Mark O'Donnell leading the way went through Ross Creek and explored some of the mountain bike tracks in that area. The medium pack headed up to Forrester Park and Bethunes Gully with Cliff Kelway-Pope, David Barton and Peter Hughes prominent here. The slow pack and children also went up to Forrester Park with Hannah Barton really enjoying the run through the “spooky forest” track and Ruan Barton, on a transition from the walking to running group ran well. The walkers enjoyed a walk down to the Woodhaugh Gardens and part of the Waterfall track before returning to the clubrooms.
Club Mile - Was actually 1700m - report by Louis Andrew (edited by webmaster)
With the footing being rather soft, ten runners took part in the Open Mile (actually closer to 1700m). Andrew Lonie crossed the line first in 5.28 closely followed by Alan Funnell in 5.35 and Glen Ferguson in 5.46. Just two Masters Women took part with Louisa Andrew crossing in 6.13 and Jude Paterson in 7.19. While a small field, there were some good battles between Lonie, Funnell, Ferguson and Mark O Donnell, and further back Chris Sole, Pete Frew and Louisa Andrew all finishing just one second apart. Cliff Kelway-Pope, Jude Patterson and Reuben Knox were also close throughout the race. Three juniors ran a shorter race with Matthew Satterthwaite first followed by Erin and Bruce Knox.
Lovelock Relays report by Louisa Andrew (edited by webmaster)
Leith had four teams in the Lovelock Relays. The grass track was in excellent condition and it was a magnificent sunny day. The MM 1 team, of Neale McLanachan, Alan Funnell, Glen Ferguson, Andrew Lonie, got off to a flyer with McLanachan running first and setting up a great lead. From there they did not look like getting caught with the rest of the team registering strong runs. McLanachan recorded the fastest master men's time for the day and Lonie the third fastest. The MM2 team had more of a race on their hands with good competition for 2nd, 3rd and 4th. With Mark O’Donnell off first for the team, he had a strong run to break free from the bunch to put the team into 2nd place. Chris Sole and Pete Frew had strong runs both registering the same time and David Barton putting in a valiant effort, but Ariki just pipped Leith into 3rd. The Social Team of Louisa Andrew, Jude Patterson, Michael Walker and Cliff Kelway-Pope also won their relay, despite a bit of a muck up with the laps. Louisa Andrew recorded the fastest MW time. The children's team of Becky, Abby and Hannah Barton and Caitlyn O’Donnell also ran well.
Leith Harriers held its annual Joe Cowie Memorial Handicap events at the Forbury Park Raceway on Saturday. Master's woman runner Louisa Andrew won the 2014 Joe Cowie Memorial 5km Open Handicap Run. Off a handicap of 3min 10sec she prevailed by just 2 seconds from the fast approaching master's man Neale McLanachan (off a handicap of 5min 30sec) who had fastest time of 16mins 34secs. Chris Sole (master's men 50+), off a handicap of 3min 10sec was third across the line. The handicapper Peter Frew was actually the first runner across the line, but since he was the handicapper, he voluntarily forfeited the win. Second fastest time went to master's man Alan Funnell ( 17min 25sec) who finished fourth. The third fastest time was run by the fifth place master's man 50+ runner Glen Ferguson (18min 6sec). It was great to see some good times posted for so early in the season on a course that is notoriously slow due to the loose sandy surface. The strong wind also played its part.
On Saturday Alan Funnell, Mel Aitken and Michael Walker were among those Leith Harrier runners who took part in the Dunedin Park Run in the Botanical Gardens. Funnell achieved a new personal best over the scenic 5km course in finishing first of a large field. His time was also a record for the men's 45-49 age grade. Walker was running for the first time.
Neale McLanachan won the long run section of the Otago Peninsula Challenge on Sunday. He successfully defended his title running the tough 23km section in a time of 1 hour 39 minutes 1 second.
Leith Harriers held its Ponydales Cross Country Relays on Saturday. The weather ranged from coolish North Westerlies and sun to bitterly cold South Westerlies with hail and rain for the Open Men's race. Leith teams did very well with the Leith Master Men's 35 team of Glen Ferguson, Michael Tannock, Alan Funnell and Neale McLanachan winning its grade. McLanachan (7min 22sec) achieved second fastest time in the grade while Glen Ferguson (7min 27sec) was the fastest Master Men's 50 runner of the day over the 2km course. Louisa Andrew (8min 4sec) who had fastest time in the Master Women's 35 grade led her team of Andrew, Jude Patterson, Christine Montgomery and Mel Aitken to a win in the Master Women's 35 grade. The Leith Master Men's 50 team of Brian Pascoe, Stu Hodges, Chris Sole and Ray Knox finish third in the Master Men's 50 grade. The Leith Social 1 team of Peter Frew, Andrew Wilson, Megan Balchin and Alan Funnell won the social grade with the Leith Social 2 team of Michael Walker, Cliff Kelway-Pope, Caitlin O'Donnell and Nick Williamson finished third. The Leith Senior Men's team of Jason Palmer, Aaron Eyles, Sean Hepburn and Neale McLanachan finished fifth in the Open Men's 3km race. Special thanks to all those who helped organise this race and assisted in any capacity in what was a hugely successful and popular event despite the weather crashing somewhat during the feature Open 3km race.
Leith Harriers enjoyed combined runs and walks with
Civil Service Harriers and Ariki Harriers from Tahuna Park on Saturday
afternoon. The main group of runners went from the club rooms up to
Emerson Street and down to Concord and returned through St Kilda . Some of
the other runners and walkers went along Victoria Rd to Second Beach and
returned to enjoy a good afternoon tea and a chat. Some of the Leith
runners that took part were Peter Frew, Jim Flynn, Peter Hughes , Cliff
Kelway-Pope and Margaret Knox. Many thanks to Civil Service for organising
the run and providing the afternoon refreshments.
On Sunday Leith Harriers also competed in the Christchurch Marathon. Mel Aitken was the pick of the bunch with an excellent 2hr 56min 55sec Standard Marathon finishing 3rd in the Open Women, second W20-39 and seventeenth overall in a finishing field of 382 runners. Not to be outdone, Louisa Andrew was first Leith Harrier home in the half-marathon with an excellent 1hr 22min 32sec to finish third Open Women, second W40-49 and forty second overall in a large finishing field of 1588 runners.
With a beautiful day and a fantastic turnout of runners from Leith there were some great results in the Barnes Cross Country Handicap races held at Kettle Park on Sunday. Lining up in the Men's race were Alan Funnell, Glen Ferguson, Cliff Kelway Pope, Pete Frew, Ray Knox, Chris Sole, Jason Palmer, Neale McLanachan and Mark O Donnell. Leith Harriers won the team's prize for the Open Men's 5km race. The team of Peter Frew (3rd), Chris Sole (4th), Alan Funnell (7th), Glen Ferguson (10th), Jason Palmer (13th) and Ray Knox (20th) ran well to secure this title. Jason Palmer was the fastest Leith runner with a time of 18min 16sec, Alan Funnell was fourth fastest.
In the Open Women's race Leith's newest masters women's member Siobhan McKinlay lined up for her first race. Not to be outdone, the Leith Open Women’s' team of Megan Balchin (4th), Jude Patterson (5th) and Louisa Andrew (7th) won the Open Women's 3.75km race. Top individual performances went to Louisa Andrew (fastest Open Women, 14min 57sec), Mel Aitken was third fastest with 15min 56sec. In the 1.25km Girls Under 13 race, Caitlin O'Donnell came in second, with fastest time of 5min 25sec.
Leith Harriers enjoyed a run organised by Chris Sole on Saturday morning. We all met at the George Street entrance to the Woodhaugh Gardens. From there we shared transport to the Leith Saddle track by the Motorway. We then ran up the Leith Saddle track to Burns Creek then across the Rustlers Ridge to Swampy Summit itself. Then from there we ran straight back down through the Leith Saddle Cloud Forest walkway. A few very keen runners actually went across to Ross Creek then back to the Woodhaugh Gardens. The track itself was slippery and muddy going up but along rustler’s ridge and swampy summit and then back down again the track was actually very good. It was a really good day for it too as there was no wind or fog, the sun was out and there were some spectacular views of Dunedin as well, especially at the summit. The recreational walkers (nine in total) met at the Countdown Car park in Mornington, Dunedin and walked through the Town Belt to Newington St and then returned by various streets to finish off the walk with coffee in one of the local cafe’s.
A good keen group of runners and walkers from Leith
headed out to Waikouaiti for the Dick Tayler Invitational Run. Russell
Hurring had organised a short route for the slower runners and walkers and
also a longer route for those wanting a longer run.
The shorter course took them through the estuary tracks and up the hill towards the historic Matanaka buildings.
Most of the Leith runners took up the long course option which included the estuary tracks, some road and a very nice track through a farm on the inland side of the township. Danny Ballie, Alan Funnell, Nick Williamson, Michael Walker, Christine Montgomery and Peter Hughes all took up this option with the farm section testing the tread on ones shoes. Jim Flynn also ran a shorter option.
A fine afternoon tea was laid on and there was a good catch up with the people present. Dick’s hospitality even extended to offering everyone a towel and a shower. He is very keen to make this run an annual event and I think from the response it is safe to say that we should be back there next year.
Leith Harriers ran well at the Otago Half Marathon Champs held in conjunction with the Balclutha Half Marathon and 10km associated events on Sunday. Mel Aitken won the Otago Open Women's title with Jude Patterson second while Peter Frew won the Otago Master Men's 35-49 title. Louisa Andrew won the 10km Open Women's race. More details report out soon.
Leith Harriers gathered for runs and walks from its Chingford Park club rooms on a cloudy and drizzly Saturday afternoon. The medium slow running pack which included Peter Hughes, Christine Montgomery, Cliff Kelway-Pope, David Barton and Michael Walker took in a route that included the Botanical Gardens, Forrester Park and Bethune's Gully. Margaret Knox took the slow pack for a loop of the upper and lower Ross Creek. The recreational walkers walked down to the Botanical Gardens and returned via Opoho meeting up with the Ariki walkers in Evans Street. Peter Frew took the kids for a walk/run up Caldwell Street and back. The fast pack raced up North Road taking in the Organ Pipes before heading back down through Bethune's Gully to Chingford Park. A nice feed was enjoyed by all after the exercise.
Leith Harriers athletes took part in the Saturday morning Dunedin 5km timed Park Run with Alan Funnell, Louisa Andrew, Mark O'Donnell (new personal best of 20min 2sec), Danny Baillie, Michael Tannock, Michael Walker, Siobhan McKinlay and Cliff Kelway-Pope all doing well. A group of hardy recreational walkers enjoyed a walk on Saturday afternoon braving the wet and cold conditions with a walk around the Woodhaugh Gardens, Botanic Gardens and Otago University area.
There was another good turnout from Leith Harriers at
the Edmond Cup Cross Country races held at the Wingatui Race Course on
Saturday afternoon. It was a beautiful mild day and as usual the
conditions were lumpy and soft. Caitlin O'Donnell kicked things off with a
win in the 2km GU13 event.
In the main open 5km race all grades ran together, which was great. Rather than running in fresh air, there were some good match ups and battles across all the grades and it made for an enjoyable (if painful) race.
Leith finished third in the Open Men's team event – the team was Alan Funnell (8th), Andrew Lonie (10th), Mark O'Donnell (17th), Danny Baillie (19th), Mike Tannock (21st) and Pete Frew (23rd). Alan Funnell finished second in the master men's 35 grade while Chris Sole finished third in the master men's 50 grade.
The Leith team of Louisa Andrew (2nd), Mel Aitken (3rd) and Christine Montgomery (7th) won the Open Women's team event. Andrew was first and Aiken second in the master women's 35 grade.
Members of Civil Service, Ariki and Leith Harriers braved some tough cold and rainy conditions on the combined clubs run and walk from Chingford Park on Saturday afternoon. Alan Funnell took the medium fast pack up Bethune's Gully to Mt Cargill with some returning via the organ pipes and down North Road and some returning back down via Bethune's Gully. The medium slow pack went down North Road to the Gardens, round the tracks in the Gardens and Northern Cemetery. Some then opted to run back to the club, and a few did a loop round Woodhaugh Gardens before returning to the club for afternoon tea. The eighteen strong group of recreational walkers from the combined clubs enjoyed a walk around the Forester Park and Bethune's Gully cycle tracks. The Ariki and Civil Service walkers commented that it was good to go somewhere different for a change.
It was a great day for Leith again at the Otago Cross
Country Champs held on the at Waikouaiti Race Course. Conditions were soft
underfoot and the grass was longer this year which created a little drag.
It was a patchy day weather wise, quite windy at times but dry at least!
Louisa Andrew and Mel Aitken were first and second in the 6km Masters Women's race. Christine Montgomery and Jude Patterson backed up superbly to help with the team's event which Leith won. Newest club member Tasmyn White was third in the 4km GU18 race. Caitlin O'Donnell won the 2km GU13 race. Neale won the Master Men's 8km 35 race with with Andrew Lonie third and Alan Funnell fourth to take out the team's event. Chris Sole was second in the 8km Master Men's 50 race to continue with his superb form this season in this tough grade. Special mention must also go to Michael Walker and Cliff Kelway-Pope who gutted out the Open Men's 12k race. Top effort guys!!
Leith Harriers athletes played a big part in the masters' age grade at the Athletics New Zealand Cross Country Championships held in Christchurch on Saturday. Louisa Andrew went back-to back with gold in the women's 40-44 category after winning the women's 35-39 group last year. She also finished second overall in the combined age-group race. Leith's 2013 Otago Marathon Champion, Mel Aitken won gold in the women's 35-39 grade. In the master women's team section contested over the combined 35-49 grades, Otago won bronze with Andrew (second) and Aitken (eighth) part of the four member team. Andrew Lonie (4th M40-44), Alan Funnell (5th M45-49) and Danny Baillie (13th M45-49) helped Otago to a bronze medal in the combined masters men's 35-49 grade.
Leith Harriers athletes took part in the club runs and walks from Hill City University club rooms on Saturday afternoon.
Leith Harriers held club runs and walks from the Pukehiki hall on Saturday afternoon. There was one main running group and a group of walkers too. The running group split into two once it reached Sandfly Bay where the slower group retraced its steps back to Pukehiki hall. The faster group did a longer circuit around Sandfly Bay and the peninsula area. The run was half road and half off road (i.e. mainly beach sand). We saw quite a few seals too and it really was a beautiful place to run. The weather conditions were very good too with quite a lot of sun and not too much wind. Overall it was about an 80 to 90 minute run, with the slower group arriving back first followed by the walkers and then the faster group. Afterwards everyone enjoyed some refreshments.
Leith Harriers athletes competed in the Otago 10km Road Champs on Saturday in conjunction with the Clyde to Alexandra Road Races. In the non-championship event, the Leith masters women 35-49 age grade athletes enjoyed great success with Louisa Andrew (also second woman across the line in the open grade) winning the grade in 37min 4sec. Mel Aitken was second in 37min 59sec, Christine Montgomery was fourth in 42min 36sec and Jude Patterson was sixth in 44min 32sec. In the championship event, the Leith masters men did well with Alan Funnell finishing third in 34min 39sec, Danny Baillie fourth in 36min 32sec and Mark O'Donnell fifth in 36min 47sec. Brian Pascoe did well to finish fourth in the master men's 50+ championship grade in 38min 50sec. Danny Knudson finished fourth in the 6km walk in 46min 57sec.
It was a great day for the Leith Masters Women at the Athletics Otago 5km Age Grade Champs held on Sunday on the Wharf circuit. Many personal bests were achieved. Louisa Andrew finished first in 17min 35sec. Mel Aiken was second in 18min 11sec, Jude Patterson was fourth in 20min 22sec, Christine Montgomery was fifth in 20min 25sec and Siobhan McKinlay finished fifth in 20min 43sec. The Leith team of Andrew, Aitken and Patterson won the Otago Champs team event. The Open 5km Non-Championship which was run in conjunction with the women's championship race was won by Mark O’Donnell in 17min 31sec while Master Men's 50 runner Ray Knox signalled that he is on his way back to form with a solid 18min 31second. Caitlin O'Donnell finished second in the Under 13 championship 2km race in 8min 2sec.
Leith had a few hardy runners taking part in the 2014 edition of the Port road race. Second across the line was Siobhan McKinlay who was out to 'take it easy', with her focused on the half marathon the following weekend. Siobhan showed her competitive spirit as she neared the front of the field and burst into the lead with 300m to go. Unfortunately a set of younger legs gave another kick and made it home just in font A very impressive run in her first attempt at this race. Another first timer was Mel Aiken who once again showed her speed and tenacity in tracking Shireen Crumpton all the way from start to finish with there only being two seconds in it. Jason Palmer made a welcome return to the Leith singlet to start near the back of the field and record the second fastest time of the day.Masters runners Mark ODonnell, Mike Tannock and Ray Knox all ran good hard races but the odds were stacked against them.
Leith won the Nickels Challenge Cup - Club with lowest
aggregate over Port Road Race and Barnes Cross Country (first three
Athletics Otago registered Open Men
across the line from each club in each event count):
The small contingent of Leith Harriers running for Athletics Otago at the National Road Champs in Taurange this year, acquited themselves well. Louisa Andrew had a fantastic run in the New Zealand Road Championships held in Tauranga on Saturday. Andrew won the Masters Women's 40-44 grade title as well as being the fastest Master Woman runner (grade 35+ and upwards) with a time of 17 minutes 52 seconds. Jude Patterson achieved a podium third place in the Master Women's 35-39 grade. Christine Montgomery also had a great run with a fourth placed finish in the Master Women's 45-49 grade.
Brilliant results for Leith in the Dunedin Marathon and
Half Marathon on Sunday: Jason Palmer won the Half Marathon 1hr 13min
19sec; Alan Funnell sixth overall in 1hr 18min 32sec; Mark O' Donnell
thirteenth 1hr 22min 6sec; Louisa Andrew second woman in 1hr 24min 6sec;
Siobhan McKinlay had a brilliant run in her first half marathon in many
years with 1hr 38min 56sec and Jude Patterson had a solid run of 1hr 42min
17sec. In the Marathon, Danny Baillie had an awesome run sneaking in just
under 3 hours in 2hr 59min 52sec. Mel Aitken did an awesome time of 3hr
3min 56sec and was second woman and Pete Frew did 3hr 8min 4sec.
Patterson, Aitken and Frew had battled illness during the week leading up
to the marathon so congratulations to them for their strong efforts.
- edited report by Louisa Andrew - Sunday 14 September 2014
Leith Harriers held its Hughes Memorial Handicap Races on Saturday on the Wharf Circuit. Neale McLanachan was first across the line with Mike Tannock second and Louisa Andrew third over the 5km distance. Full report and results will be out soon.
Report will be out soon
Leith Harriers athletes competed for the Otago Athletics Club at the National Road Relay Championships held in Christchurch on Saturday. Siobhan McKinlay, Mel Aitken (1st MW, leg 2, 42:10), Jude Patterson (1st MW, leg 7, 38:08) and Louisa Andrews (2nd MW, leg 8, 40:51) were in the Otago Athletics Club Master Women's team that finished fourth narrowly missing out on a podium finish by just over half a minute. Neale McLanachan competed for the eighth placed Otago team in the Men's A grade. Glen Ferguson (1st MM50, leg 8, 38:51) and Ray Knox competed for the Otago Athletics Master Men's 50 team which finished sixth in its grade. Michael Tannock, Peter Frew, David Rush, Danny Baillie (4th fastest MM, leg 5, 38:43), Peter Hughes, Alan Funnell (3rd fastest MM, leg 7, 32:03) and Andrew Perry were in the Otago Athletics Club Master Men's team that finished sixth in its grade.