Club run and walk, Chingford Park, Sat 16 May 2015
Leith Harriers members (current and new) enjoyed club runs and walks from Leith's Chingford Park Clubrooms on Saturday afternoon. With many busy helping to do last minute organisation duties for the Three Peaks, the turnout was not as large as it normally would be for the opening club run of the season. Next week we hold our club mile (Lovelock Relay Trials) and also club runs and walks afterwards. We look forward to meeting more new members who are welcome to join in our club mile races which cater for all age grades over varying distances up to the master and senior mile on the grass field opposite the Chingford Park clubrooms.
2. The Frontrunner Three Peaks, Dunedin, Sunday 12 April 2015
For a full report on this race see The Frontrunner Three Peaks
It was a smaller field than usual which lined up for the annual Leith Harriers Lovelock Relay trials which featured the main one mile run on the grass fields opposite the club rooms at Chingford Park on Saturday afternoon. First across the line was our guest runner Tom Hunt in a fast time of 4min 49sec, however his result does not go towards the official mile results as he was not a registered Leith runner. Neal McLanachan (4min 57sec) was the first Leith runner to finish. He was just 8 seconds behind Hunt holding out a fast finishing Andre Lonie (5min 5sec). Alan Funnell was third in 5min 13sec to round off the first three MM35+ runners. Master Men's 50 runner Chris Sole won his grade in 5min 51sec finishing 5th overall out of the Leith runners. Louisa Andrew won the Master Women's 35+ grade in 6min 6sec. Maiden Mile Men's winner was Cliff Kelway-Pope in 6min 7sec.. He was also the first Leith senior man to finish. Siobhan McKinlay was the Maiden Mile Women's winner finishing in 6min 10sec.
A combined run with Ariki incorporating their annual Anzac run to the Soldiers Monument, saw a good Leith turnout on a really nice autumn day. Neale McLanachan, Julian O'Hagan, Alan Funnell, Danny Baillie, Rob Creasy, Susan Craig , Christine Montgomery, Stu Hodges, Michael Walker and Greg Johnston from Leith joined the other runners and walkers in the 8k run from the Ariki clubrooms. Afternoon tea followed.
Although unable to field an Open Men's team for this year's Lovelock Relays which were held on Saturday at the University Oval, Leith Harriers took podium finishes in the age grade races. The Leith Master Men's No. 1 team of Andrew Lonie, Mark O'Donnell, Alan Funnell and Glen Ferguson won the race with the Leith MM2 team of Dave Rush, Danny Baillie, Chris Sole and Andrew Perry finished second. The Leith Master Women's team of Louisa Andrew, Siobhan McKinley, Christine Montgomery and Mel Aitken won their race with Aitken posting fastest time. The Social 2 team of Rob Creasy, Caitlin O'Donnell, Marc Boulle and Cliff Kelway-Pope finished second with the Social 1 team of Jason Palmer, Jude Patterson, Susan Craig and Michael Walker not far behind. Results still have to be published so not sure what position the Social 1 team finished in. More soon on this race...
On Sunday Glen Ferguson won the Master Men's long run at the Otago Peninsula Challenge and Mel Aitken won the Open Women's long run. More on this race soon....
The Joe Cowie Memorial 5 km Handicap race at Forbury Park on Saturday afternoon went well. In warm and windy conditions Leith Harriers athletes battled a strong wind during the race which was a five lap circuit of the raceway. Chris Sole won it in convincing fashion crossing the line at 22min 36sec (off a handicap of 3min 15sec, actual time 19min 21sec) followed by Ben Mitchell at 23min 19sec (off 5min handicap, fastest actual time of 18min 19sec) and Cliff Kelway-Pope at 23min 25sec (off 1min handicap, actual time 22min 25sec). Mel Aitken was the fastest woman finishing in an actual time of 19min and sixth across the line. Caitlin O'Donnell ran the junior age grade 4km in 18min crossing the 3km mark in 13min 25sec.
8, Club Run and Walk, Chingford Park, Saturday 16 May 2015
Report here soon
Leith athletes put in a great performance in cool but ideal conditions in the Leith “Ponydales” Cross Country Relays on Saturday.
The Masters Men's 35-49 age grade teams of Glen Ferguson (third fastest time, fastest MM50), Mark O'Donnell, Andrew Lonie (second fastest) and Neale McLanachan (fastest time) won the grade by over a minute whilst the second Leith team of Chris Sole, Ray Knox, Steve Tripp and Nolan Hill finished 3rd.
Not to be outdone, the Masters Women's 35+ team of Louisa Andrew (second fastest), Siobhan McKinlay, Christine Montgomery and Mel Aitken (fastest time) comfortably won its grade. The social team of Cliff Kelway-Pope, Marc Boulle, Michael Walker and Stu Hodges finished second in the social grade and the team of Caitlin O'Donnell (fastest GU15), Joy Scarlet, Susan Craig and Jan Brosnahan was fifth.
Most significant though was a second placed finish in the longer Open Race to the team of Jason Palmer, Steve Morrison, Neale Mclanachan and Rob Creasy which ran magnificently in a ding dong battle with Hill City University to get second place to a strong Caversham outfit. The open team of Jamie Gardener, Thomas Dwight, Glen Ferguson and Andrew Lonie finished fifth.
Thanks to all those who helped to make this a fantastically organised and exciting event in pre-race organising, putting up the course, the race day officiating and the clearing up afterwards. Also thanks to our sponsors and also to Steve Aitken for his awesome photos. And also thanks to the weather for holding off the snow for a day.
Leith hosted a combined club run on Saturday. A great number turned up from Ariki and everybody had an enjoyable time on a nice afternoon. Neale McLanachan and Chris Sole took the fast pack up Bethune's Gully to Mt Cargill and from there they split into different groups to return to Chingford. This group included Julian O'Hagan, Mark O'Donnell, Mark Smith, Sarah Chisnall, Rob Creasy and Allan Nicols. Alan Funnell led a medium pack through the bike tracks around Forester park and Bethune's Gully. Included in this pack were Joy Scarlett, Christine Montgomery, Ray Knox, Cliff Kelway-Pope, Michael Walker, Gene and Dalise Sanderson, Geoff Gardyne, Allan Willament, Russell Lund, and his boys Ben and Dan. Dave Crew and Kevin Blair also enjoyed a walk around the bike tracks of Bethune's Gully.
On Sunday, Leith athletes excelled at the Christchurch Marathon. First home for Leith in the marathon was Jason Palmer in 4th place with a 4min PB in 2hr 30min. Then came Mel Aitken as second placed woman with an 8 minute PB of 2hr 49min. Then Danny Ballie finished in 3min 02min nursing a calf injury. In the New Zealand half marathon champs, Glen Ferguson claimed the MM50 title in a time of 1hr 14.58sec. Ed Stevens also ran in the race where he had run his first marathon twenty years ago.
Fifth placed Andrew Lonie was the first Leith runner home in the Barnes Cross Country Open Handicap 5km race held in fine conditions on Sunday afternoon. Running off a handicap of 10 minutes he finished strongly narrowly missing out on a podium finish by just seconds. His time of 18min 52sec was fifth fastest. Finishing just five seconds behind Lonie in sixth place was the evergreen Chris Sole off a handicap of 8min 30sec. Sole held off a fast finishing Neale McLanachan (handicap 11min) who finished with fastest time of 17min 58sec in seventh place. New Leith member Steve Morrison (handicap 11min) was just six seconds adrift in 8th place with second fastest time of 18min 4sec. Rob Creasy (handicap11min) finished in 12th place with third fastest time of 18min 17sec. Mark O'Donnell who finished in 15th place completed the winning 6-member Leith team. Sixth placed Christine Montgomery (handicap 8min 30sec) was the first Leith runner home in the Open Women's 3.75km race with 8th fastest time. Siobhan McKinlay (handicap 8min 30sec) was in 7th place and fastest runner Mel Aitken (handicap 6min and fastest time 15min 8sec) finished in 12th place. Caitlin O'Donnell finished first in the women's under 15 grade 2.5km race.
The Leith Women's team of Mel Aitken (1st), Tasmyn White (5th), Christine Montgomery (7th) and Siobhan McKinlay (9th) won the Open Women's Gough Family Trophy at the Edmond Cup Cross Country Championships run in cool weather and soft conditions at the Wingatui Race Course on Saturday afternoon. Mel Aitken was the individual women's winner of the two lap 5.4km event in 20min 52sec winning the Jenny Hughes Trophy. The Leith Open Men's team of Neale McLanachan (6th), Ben Mitchell (7th), Andrew Lonie (9th), Mark O'Donnell (14th), Ray Knox (25th) and Nolan Hill (27th) finished third in the Open Men's event. Ben Mitchell who ran well to finish seventh overall, was the second youth runner to finish – his time was 18min 48sec. Caitlin O'Donnell won the Women's Under 15 race held over the one lap 2.4km course in a time of 12min 15sec.
Leith athletes performed admirably on Saturday at the Otago Cross
Country Champs at Wakouaiti Race Course. Mel Aitken won the Open woman's
title holding off the quality chasing field in thrilling fashion. The
event which also doubles as the Leith Cross Country Champs also saw Jason
Palmer overhaul team mate Rob Creasy to grab second place with Creasy
third just a second behind. Steven Morrison ran a creditable sixth place.
Earlier in the day Caitlin O'Donnell won the under 15 girls race in
convincing fashion and Cliff Kelway-Pope won the open non-championship
And then came the masters races..... It was one two for Christine Montgomery and Siobhan McKinlay in the masters woman's 35-49 race with Susan Craig finishing in fifth. Not to be out done the masters men gave us a one two three in their race with Neale McLanachan, Andrew Lonie and Mark O'Donnell taking out the top spots. Steve Tripp wasn't far behind in 5th place and Michael Walker in 7th. The largest grade of the day, the masters men's 50 race was won in convincing fashion by Glen Ferguson who actually was also the fastest masters runner 35+ overall. Chris Sole was not far behind in fourth place.
Leith members Christine Montgomery, Cliff Kelway-Pope, Danny Baillie
and Michael Walker went to Waikouaiti for the Dick Tayler Invitational
Run. Ariki organised a short route on the beach for runners and walkers
and a longer route over farmland near Snells Road. The weather was
stunning and the farm route was much drier than last year. All enjoyed
Dick's and Ariki's hospitality. Dick warmly invited the clubs back next
....report by Danny Baillie
Once again Leith athletes have excelled whilst wearing the Athletics Otago singlet at the New Zealand Cross Country Champs. Mel Aitken came away with two golds, a silver and a bronze. She left the entire masters women's field in her wake in her 6km race (her time was 22:35.56) and then performed incredibly well in coming 6th in the 8km senior woman's race in 30:34.61. Also having great runs in the masters woman's and collecting bronze in the teams was Christine Montgomery (25:51.08) and Siobhan McKinlay (26:13.69). In the masters men's race Neale McLanachan was the first Otago runner home in finishing 5th overall and 3rd in the 35-49 age grade in a time of 27:36.35. Glen Ferguson wasn't far behind in finishing first in the men's 50 + age grade in a brilliant time of 27:48.21 leading the Otago masters men's 50's to a third place in the teams. Also in this team was Chris Sole who had a typically solid run. Ben Mitchell performed incredibly well in the U18 Men's 6km race to finish in a time of 20:40.53.
The Leith 2 team finished second across the line on the new Peninsula Relay course layout starting and finishing at the Portobello Domain on a bitterly cold Saturday. The team of Jan Brosnahan, Siobhan McKinlay, Michael Walker, Cliff Kelway-Pope, Steve Aitken and Danny Baillie were one of the first teams to start leaving off 6 minutes with the Caversham Lions. The team pulled away from the Caversham Lions on the 4th Leg with great finishing runs from Kelway-Pope, Aitken and Bailey and overhauled all those teams that started ahead of it but on the 5th leg was unable to keep out the fast finishing Ariki Green team. The Leith 1 team of Mark O'Donnell (2nd fastest leg 1), Steven Morrison (3rd fastest on leg 2), Mel Aitken, Nolan Hill, Rob Creasy (2nd fastest leg 5) and Jason Palmer (fastest leg 6) finished 6th on handicap with 3rd fastest team time.
Mel Aitken and Rob Creasy were first across the line in their respective grades of MW35-49 and Senior Men at the Brighton Green Island Handicap Road race on Saturday afternoon. Aitken who also finished with fastest time in her grade was also the 7th fastest runner and tenth across the line all grades. Creasy who was 2nd fastest and 18th across the line all grades made the most of this opportunity to run the race which Caversham Harriers opens by invitation to all Otago Clubs once very five years. Other Leith runners to shine in the fastest time category were: Neale McLanachan who had fourth fastest time across all grades and was fastest in the Men's 35-49 grade; Mark O'Donnell, 8th fastest time all grades, 2nd fastest Men's 35-49 grade....report as sent to Star Midweek.
Report to go here
Fresh from her win in the Otago Masters Women's road championships the weekend before, Leith's Mel Aitken, Otago's sole representative in the Master Women's grade, added the Athletics New Zealand 35-39 age grade 5km Road Championships title to her trophy list at the Tauranga domain on Saturday. In winning this prestigious event in a time of 18 minutes she also was the fastest Masters Woman over the entire age grade from 35 and upwards.
Leith's Mel Aitken was the first woman across the line in the Dunedin Marathon held on Sunday. Even though she had to battle sometimes blustery conditions, she finished sixth overall and her time was 2hrs 56.56secs, one of the few to break the three hour barrier. Rob Creasy finished third in the full Marathon in 2hrs 48.11secs and was second in the Open Men's grade. Neale McLanachan won the Master Men's grade Half-Marathon title finishing third overall. His time was 1hr 12:58secs. Siobhan Mckinlay finished third in the Master Women's grade in the Half Marathon in 1hr 37.06secs.
Once the results are confirmed we will report on the podiums for the Otago Marathon Championships.
Last Club race of the season the Hughes Memorial Handicap 5 km was run
in cool gusty conditions which still proved good for pb's. Danny Baillie
won the sealed handicap and the race in a fraction of a second under 17
mins which was a pb for him. Cliff also ran a 5k pb in 21.05. Andrew Lonie
was second in 17min 42sec, Louisa Andrew was next across the line in 19min
54sec. Then came Christine Montgomery (20min 51sec), Cliff Kelway-Pope
(21min 5sec) and last across the line was Marc Boulle (24min 21sec).
Leith sent a team to the National Road Relays which were held on the Takahe to Akaroa course near Christchurch on Saturday. The team of Andrew Lonie, Neal McLanachan, Danny Baillie (2nd Master Man, leg 3), Tim Bayne, Rob Creasy, Ollie O'Sullivan, John Bayne (3rd Master Man 50+, leg 7) and Christine Montgomery (3rd Master Woman, leg 8) finished seventh in the B grade.