Winter Harrier Reports for 2016

1. Opening club run and walk of the season, Chingford Park Club Rooms, Sat 2 April 2016

2. The Frontrunner Three Peaks Mountain, Dunedin, Sunday 10 April 2016

3. Leith Harriers Lovelock Relay Trials, Chingford Park, Sat 16 April 2016

4. Club run and walk, Chingford Park Club Rooms, Sat 23 April 2016

5. Club run and walk, Chingford Park Club Rooms, Sat 30 April 2016

6. Lovelock Relays, University Oval (Ground 2), Logan Park, Dunedin, Sat 7 May 2016

7. New Zealand Mountain Running Champs, Queenstown, Sat 14 May 2016

8. Club run and walk, Chingford Park Club rooms, North Road, Dunedin, Sat 14 May 2016

9. Dick Tayler Run and Walk, Waikouaiti, Saturday 21 May 2016

10. Schools Road Relays, Kings High School area, Wed 18 May 2016

11. Gore Half Marathon and 12km, Sunday 22 May 2016

12. Leith Cross Country Relays "Ponydales", Dunedin Pony Club, Three Mile Hill Road, Saturday 28 May 2016

13. Secondary school races - the Otago-Southland Milton Relays, 26 May 2016

14. Combined club run and walk with Hill City University and Ariki, Logan Park, Saturday 4 June 2016

15. Christchurch Marathon and Half Marathon, Christchurch, Sunday 5 June 2016

16. Joe Cowie Memorial Handicap 5km Race, Forbury Park Raceway, Dunedin, Saturday 11 June 2016

17. Club run and walk, Chingford Park, Saturday 18 June 2016

18. Balclutha Half Marathon (included Otago Half Marathon Champs), Balclutha, Sunday 19 June 2016

19. Barnes Cross Country Handicap Races, Kettle Park, Sunday 26 June 2016

20. Club run and walk, Chingford Park, Saturday 2 July 2016

21. Edmond Cup Steeplechase,Wingatui Race Course, Mosgiel, Saturday 9 July 2016

22. Otago Cross Country Championships (incorporates Leith Cross Country Champs), Waikouaiti Race Course, Saturday 23 July 2016 

23. Peninsula Relay, Portobello, Dunedin, Saturday 30 July 2016 

24.  Chingford Challenge 4 Ed, Chingford Park, Sunday 31 July 2016

25.  Athletics New Zealand Cross Country Championships, Auckland Domain, Saturday 7 August 2016

26. Club run and walk, Pukehiki, Otago Peninsula, Saturday 13 August 2016

27. Otago Road Race Championships, outside perimeter of Forbury Park Racecourse, Sat 20 August 2016

28. Dunedin Marathon, Otago Marathon Championships, Dunedin, Sunday 11 September 2016

29.  Hughes Memorial Handicap Road Races, Kitchner St, Dunedin, Saturday 24 September 2016

30. National Road Relay Club Championships, Rotorua, Saturday 1 October 2016

31. New Zealand 24 Hour Championships held at AUT Millenium on Saturday 1 October 2016

32. Leith Harriers Winter Windup and Presentations, Filadelfio's Restaurant, Dunedin, 15 October 2016

 

1. Opening club run and walk of the season, Chingford Park Club Rooms, Sat 2 April 2016

It was good to see some new faces today at our opening club run.  Peter Hughes  took the medium pack for an excellent run on the tracks around Bethunes and Forrester Park, and the faster guys went up the quarry and down Bethunes.

2. The Frontrunner Three Peaks Mountain Race, Dunedin, Sun 10 April 2016

Leith athletes did well at the Three Peaks Mountain race on Sunday which took place in gloriously sunny weather and mild conditions with the main 26km event starting from Chingford Park, North Road and finishing at the NZMCA Woodhaugh camp site. They took part in the race which is organised by their own club, Leith Harrier and Athletic club, and they did their club proud. Mel Aitken won the women's grade in the main 26km race in 2hr 29min 23sec with Siobhan McKinlay finishing first in the master's women's grade and Steve Tripp third and Chris Sole fourth in the master men's 50+ grade. Danny Baillie won the 15km "Race the Summit" in 1:26:24. Ben Mitchell finished third. Congratulations to all who competed in this event and to all those who assisted in any way.

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3. Leith Harriers Lovelock Relay Trials, Chingford Park, Sat 16 April 2016

The Leith Lovelock Relay Trials took place at Chingford Park on Saturday. We had 14 runners participating in the feature club mile run on the grass field opposite the club house. With conditions hard and fast under foot for the first time in many years and at a balmy 21 degree's Celsius it was a great day for this iconic club event. Danny Baillie scorched around and won comfortably in 5min 23sec. New club member George Armstrong was 2nd in 5.37 and young Hamish McKinlay and Mark O Donnell were joint 3rd in 5.39. Louisa Andrew was first woman home in 6.14 with Christine Montgomery 2nd in 6.28 and Caitlin O Donnell 3rd in 6.34. It was great to see some new faces running today, and they outnumbered the old ones which is a nice change.  The club open (senior and older) grade maiden mile categories were won by George Armstrong (OM) and Susan Craig (OW).  The maiden mile categories are awarded to athletes who have still to win an open club event and in the past was a most sort after title.

Report generated from summary contributed by Louisa Andrew

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Leith Harrier & Athletic Club Results from Club Mile held at Chingford Park 16 April 2016

Pos Name Grade Time

1 Danny Baillie  MM35-49  5:23
2 George Armstrong  SM  5.37
3 Hamish McKinlay  MU18  5.39
4 Mark ODonnell  MM35-49  5.39
5 Glen Thompson  SM  5.40
6 Julian OHagan  MM35-49  5.41
7 Louisa Andrew  MW35-49  6:14
8 Luke McKinlay  MM35-49  6:15
9 Christine Montgomery  MW35-49  6:28
10 Caitlin ODonnell  GU15  6:34
11 Siobhan McKinlay  MW35-39  6:37
12 Tom McKinlay  MM35-49  6:37
13 Cliff Kelway-Pope  SM  7:40
14 Susan Craig  MW50+  8:58

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4. Club run and Walk, Chingford Park Club Rooms, Sat 23 April 2016

A small group of keen runners and walkers ran from the Clubrooms on an overcast Saturday afternoon, 23 April.  The rainy conditions of earlier in the day had passed, making it a pleasant day for running, although slightly wet underfoot.  The majority of the runners headed for Bethune's Gully with Julian OHagan, Steve Aitken, Glen Thompson, Mark ODonnell and Christine Montgomery headed for the Organ Pipes tracks. Peter Hughes, Siobhan McKinlay, Cliff Kelway-Pope and Michael Walker decided to explore the Bethune's Gully area rather than running right to the top.  Jim Flynn did his weekly run down the Gardens Corner and back, meanwhile Greg Johnston, Susan Craig and Margaret Knox walked or ran, exploring the streets and tracks around the clubrooms. 

On Saturday night the club had an enjoyable get-together over pizzas at Filadelfio’s where we were able to present to Jason Palmer the Milne Challenge Cup (for most points over the summer season for Senior Men in events over 400m) which he was awarded at the Athletics Otago awards night. Also to be acknowledged at a later date is Greg Johnston who was awarded jointly with Joan Merrilees the Sport Otago Contribution to Athletics trophy.

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5. Club run and walk, Chingford Park Club Rooms, Sat 30 April 2016

On a balmy Saturday afternoon Leith runners enjoyed exploring a number of different areas of Dunedin from the club rooms at Chingford Park.  The faster runners including Danny Baillie, Mark O'Neill, Hamish McKinlay and Glen Thompson ran the Signal Hill circuit via North Road.  A larger group of runners headed down to the Gardens and then ran up through the Ross Creek tracks before heading back to the clubrooms at Chingford Park. Peter Hughes, Siobhan McKinlay, Penny Easton, Tom McKinlay, Corrina Thompson, Luke McKinlay and Cliff Kelway-Pope were amongst those to feature in this pack.  Emma Neale and Margaret Knox enjoyed a shorter run around the Quarry and Chingford Park tracks. Greg Johnston and Kevin Blair walked around the local streets and the Quarry track. Meanwhile other club members, Jason Palmer, Christine Montgomery, and Louisa Andrew  travelled to Queenstown to have a practice run up the track for the NZ Mountain Running Championships with new club member Rebecca Innes-Jones. The club congratulates Mel Aitken for achieving third place in the NZ Marathon Championships held in Rotorua on Saturday. Mel ran the marathon in a time of 3 hrs and 30 seconds.

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6. Lovelock Relays, University Oval (Ground 2), Logan Park, Dunedin, Sat 7 May 2016

The Lovelock Relays are over for another year... It was so great for Leith to have 8 teams entered this year, thanks to a surge in new memberships.  It's just fabulous, and we'd like to say a big congrats to those new people who ran, a few of you got to experience the old lung burn for the first time hahaha.   Leith Social 1 Hamish, Isaac, Luke and Nolan won their grade, Leith MW Louisa, Penny, Siobahn, Christine were 2nd, Leith MM1 Neale, Alan, Rob, Andrew were 2nd, Leith HSG also won their grade and Leith SM were 3rd in a tough grade. It was really awesome to have a Senior Men and a High School Girls team this year as in recent years we haven't had the numbers to do this. It was a beautiful day and a great day out with good people. Gooooo Leith!!
report by Alan Funnell

Detailed report for press release:  The Leith teams put in a superb effort at the Lovelock Relays on Saturday which were held on ground two of the University Oval.  The Leith Men's six member team of Nathan Hill, Ben Mitchell, Glen Thompson, George Armstrong, Jason Palmer and Rob Creasy finished third in the Open Men's race.  Each team member ran 1500m on a 375m lap grass course.  The team's time of 28min 24sec was just reward for a great team effort. Palmer was the fastest Leith athlete running 4min 23sec for his four laps.  Hill was second fastest at 4min 27sec. 
The Leith Masters Men's four member team of Neale McLanachan, Alan Funnell, Rob Creasy and Andrew Lonie achieved a fast time of 18:56 to finish second in their grade. Creasy 4:33 and McLanachan 4.34 vied for fastest Leith times.
The Leith High School Girls four member team of Caitlin ODonnell, Hannah Matahare, Rebecca Dalphin and Rebecca Hill won its race in a time of 22min 39sec on the back of a great team effort.
The Leith Masters Women's team of Louisa Andrew, Penny Easton, Siobhan McKinlay and Christine Montgomery finished second in its grade in 22min 58sec.
Not wanting to be left out of things, the Leith Social No. 1 team of Hamish McKinlay, Isaac Trip, Luke Mckinlay and Nolan Hill won the social grade with a combined time of 21min 21sec.

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7. New Zealand Mountain Running Champs, Queenstown, Sat 14 May 2016

Some fantastic performances from Leith athletes at the NZ mountain running champs held in Queenstown on Saturday.  A revised course was used as the weather had turned sour and parts of the course were under snow on Friday night.  What was an all uphill course was now a lap course that had a hard fast downhill and a steep tough uphill.  Four, yes four laps of this for the long race of 13.86km.  In this distance Jason Palmer ran his heart out to finish dead on his feet to get 8th in a stacked field.   New member George Armstrong finished a credible 15th place.  Also running this distance were the masters men.  Danny Baillie ran a great race to get an age grade silver, only 30sec off the gold.   Alun Williams from Queenstown had his first run for Leith and showed his potential in coming 4th in his very competitive age group.   Not to be out done the Leith women were also in the medals.   They tackled the 7.6km course in the rain and Mel Aitken came out on top of her age grade.  Christine Montgomery had a great run to claim the silver in her section. Another new member, Rebecca Innes-Jones ran to a 5th placing in her age grade.  Sharon Lequeux also ran in the non competitive race.   It was great to be up there to watch these athletes doing the club proud.  Well done all.
report by Alan Funnell

New Zealand Mountain Running Champs 2016

Leith Results:
Senior Men 13.86km - Jason Palmer 8th 1:13:38; George Armstrong 15th 1:21:51
Masters Men 35-39 13.86km - Alun Williams 4th 1:16:53
Masters Men 45-49 13.86km: - Danny Baillie 2nd 1:17:13
Masters Women 35-39 7.60km - Mel Aitken 1st 49:06
Masters Women 40-44 7.60km - Rebecca Innes-Jones 5th 1:02:30
Masters Women 45-49 7.60km - Christine Montgomery 2nd 54:00
Non-Championship Women 7.60km - Sharon Lequeux 2nd 52.53

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8. Club run and walk, Chingford Park Club rooms, North Road, Dunedin, Sat 14 May 2016

A small group of keen club members met at the clubrooms on Saturday 14 May for a club run. Peter Hughes took all of the faster runners including Steve Tripp, Cliff Kelway-Pope, Stu Hodges and new members Glenn and Corinna Thompson, on a run through the Woodhaugh and Leith Valley tracks before making their way back up North Road. Susan Craig and Margaret Knox decided to tackle the hills first by heading up Blacks Road and then running through the Upper Gardens tracks prior to heading back to the clubrooms. Greg Johnston had an enjoyable but solitary walk around the Forrester Park cycle tracks.
report by Margaret Knox

9. Dick Tayler Run and Walk, Waikouaiti, Saturday 21 May 2016

Leith members travelled out to Waikouaiti on a fairly drizzly and windy day to join with Ariki club members in the run hosted by Dick Tayler. All the runners kept together while running over the track cutting across the Waikouaiti estuary.  On reaching the other side of the estuary the runners split into different packs with the faster runners being ably lead by Stewart Paul on a 15km run on farmland surrounding the Waikouaiti township. Leith runners who chose this option included Glen Thompson, Penny Easton and Hamish McKinlay.  Michael Walker and Luke McKinlay went with Gene Sanderson who took the medium pack up to the Matanaka Homestead where they had a good look around before heading back to base along the beach-side road.   Cliff Kelway-Pope and Margaret Knox chose to avoid the hills and had a good run along the roads next to the beach.  They also managed to avoid running in the heavy rain which descended on the area around 3pm.  Greg Johnston and Geoff Gardyne enjoyed a vigorous walk around the estuary and beyond.  Special thanks to Dick Tayler and his wife for hosting us all their home and also to Stewart Paul for marking out the courses for the runs.

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10. Schools Road Relays, Kings High School area, Wed 18 May 2016

On Wednesday our high school athletes were competing for their schools, this time in the Road Relays held around Kings High School. Nathan Hill recorded fastest time overall of 5:19, and his Otago Boys team finished in 1st place in the Senior Boys. Ben Mitchell running for John McGlashan ran 5:54 with his team finishing 3rd and Hamish McKinlay ran 6:09 for his Logan Park team which finished 7th also in the Senior Boys event. In the Junior Girls event Caitlin O'Donnell's Otago Girls team which also included Elsa Neuman, Rebecca Hill and Thalia Roome finished 1st, with Caitlin running 6:45 to record 4th fastest time.

11. Gore Half Marathon and 12km, Sunday 22 May 2016

On Sunday Susan Craig was the sole Leith competitor who braved the wind, hail, rain and cold while competing in the Gore 12km run held in conjunction with the Gore Half Marathon. Susan completed the course and we are still awaiting results so that we can complete this report

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12.  Leith Cross Country Relays "Ponydales", Dunedin Pony Club, Three Mile Hill Road, Saturday 28 May 2016

Ponydales Leith Harriers teams' Report by Louisa Andrew

It was  a soggy wet, cold day for Ponydales this year, but despite that plenty of hardy runners fronted up to race. Leith had good results across the board so it was a successful day for us. First up the MM35 1 team of Neale McLanachan, Alan Funnell, Nolan Hill and Rob Creasy took out the Masters Men race from Hill City, and it was nice to reverse the positions from the Lovelock Relays. Neale and Rob had the 2nd and 3rd fastest laps. The MM 35 2 team of Mark O'Donnell, Michael Walker, Luke McKinlay and Stu Hodges were 4th in the grade, out of a total 9 teams. Leith MM 50 Dave McLean, Chris Sole, Ray Knox and Steve Tripp were 3rd in their grade....Chris was the happiest runner we saw all day, sprinting up the first hill with barefeet and a big, wide smile! Leith Youth Women also cruised to a win easily, by almost 10 minutes! Caitlyn O'Donnell, Lucy Matahare, Rebecca Dalphin and Rebecca Hill put in a tremendous team effort, and the girls finished 3rd overall beating all the Masters Women teams and 2 Senior Women teams. Caitlyn and Rebecca H also gained 2nd and 3rd fastest laps in their age group. Leith Social 1 also won.  Hamish Mckinlay ran a great race to start, with Cliff Kelway Pope, Pete Hughes and Alan Funnell all turning in solid runs to seal the win by 2 1/2 minutes. Hamish got fastest lap, and Alan picked up 3rd fastest. Leith Masters Women also ran this race and were 2nd behind Caversham. The team was Christine Montgomery, Siobhan McKinlay, Megan Balchin and Susan Craig, all had good runs and it's great to see Megan back running again. Leith had 2 Senior Men teams this year which is great to see. In a tough grade  Leith 1 Jason Palmer, Jamie Gardner, Nathan Hill and Rob Creasy (running again) finished a creditable 5th  and Leith 2 Glen Chisolm, Isaac Tripp, Glenn Thompson and Mark O'Neill finished 8th. Glen C had the fastest lap out of the Leith SM.


Ponydales 2016 Full Centre Club's Report  by Marc Boulle

Open Men (4 x 3000m approx)
Hill City University won the Open Men's relay race on Saturday by just over two minutes from its nearest rival.  Running in cold rainy conditions, the team of Kirk Madgewick, Jared Monk, Oli Chignell and Sam Bremer led from start to finish to defeat the defending champions Caversham Harriers whose number one team put up a brave effort in finishing second.  In a four member team relay format, any team that ends with three of the fastest runner's times would be hard to beat.   With Madgewick leading the way for Hill City University with second fastest time of 9mins 24secs, the team was never headed.  With the ever improving Bremer achieving fastest time of 9mins 16secs on the last lap on this difficult course and Chignell with his second fastest time of 9min 18secs, this team was magnificent on the day finishing in 37mins 32secs.  Although outclassed this year, Caversham never gave up trying to defend it's title and finished in 39mins 45secs.  Not far behind in third place was Caversham's No. 2 team in 40mins 10secs.

Open Women (4 x 2000m approx)
Hill City University also won the Open Women's title.  The team of Jean Kozyniak, Bella Bloomfield, Shireen Crumpton and Sabrina Grogan led from start to finish to beat the Hill City University number two team by just under two minutes.  Kozyniak's excellent run on the first lap where she ran in incredible fastest grade time of 7mins 52secs, ensured that the Hi l City University No. 1 team were in pole position from the end of the first lap.  In the end it was a competition between the No. 1 and No. 2  Hill City University teams.  Mary Gray who ran the first lap for the No. 2 team was second fastest with 8mins 29secs.  The No. 1 team's last runner Grogan finished with third fastest time of 8mins 54secs to bring the team home in 35mins 23secs.  The Hill City University No. 2 team finished in 37mins 15secs.   The Caversham Harriers team finished third in 43mins 18secs.

Men's Under 18 (4 x 2000m approx)
The Taieri Men's U18 team of Sam Gouverneur, Jacob Granger, Cameron Miller and Liam Turner fended off a strong challenge from the Ariki youth team to win its grade.  Although Taieri stayed in front from the first lap with Gouverneur (2nd fastest 7:53) and Cranger (3rd fastest 7:55) showing that their team was determined to take the title, Ariki's Ben Lund with fastest time of 7mins 52secs threatened to bring Ariki into serious contention by the end of the second lap.  There were strong runs from Taieri's Miller and Turner, and despite Ariki's Parson's fast finishing effort of 8mins 7secs, it was not enough to threaten Taieri, which finished in 32mins 48secs.  Ariki were under a minute behind in 33mins 29 seconds.  Third team was Hill City University in 35mins 56secs.

Womens' Under 18 (4 x 2000m approx)
The Leith High School Girls put in a fine team performance to win this grade in 37mins 35secs. Caitlyn O'Donnell (fastest time of 9mins 12 seconds), Lucy Matahere, Rebecca Dalphin and Rebecca Hill showed that Leith have some promising runners ready to step up from the youth ranks. The Caversham High School Girls finished second.

Master's Men 35 (4 x 2000m approx)
Master's Men 35 (4 x 2000m approx) In arguably the toughest and most competitive grade of them all, the Leith No. 1 team of Neale McLanachan (third fastest 7mins 34secs), Alan Funnell, Nolan Hill, and Rob Creasy (second fastest 7mins 33secs) kept its lead from the first lap onwards, despite a tremendous run from Hill City University's Mike Wakelin on the last lap where his fastest grade time of 7mins 24secs was not enough to threaten Leith. Creasy kept his nerve to bring the title home to Leith by just 17 seconds from Hill City University in 31mins 22secs. The Civil Service Masters team never threatened the top two, but still put in a fine team effort to finish third in 35mins 58secs.

Master's Women 35 (4 x 2000 approx)
The Caversham team of Liza Bezett, Heather Evans, Kerry Rowley and Donna Young was a comfortable winner in this grade. Bezett led the way with the grade's fastest time of 9mins 2secs. With Evans (third fastest in 9mins 31secs) and final runner Young (second fastest in 9mins 6secs) this team was always going to be hard to beat finishing in 37mins 37secs. And so it proved for it was never headed although Leith stoically fought off the threat from the eventual third placed Caversham No. 2 team with excellent runs from Christine Montgomery (9:38) and Siobhan McKinlay (fourth fastest time of 9mins 32secs) to finish in 45mins 39secs. The Caversham No. 2 team were not far behind in 46mins 50secs.

Master Men's 50 (4 x 2000m approx)
The Caversham No. 1 team of Peter Fitzgerald, Geoff Anderson, Osvaldo Gonzalez and David Sharp was never headed after Fitzgerald's blistering run on lap one where he ran the fastest grade time of 7mins 52secs.  The two closest chasing teams of Ariki and Leith could not make up on that opening lap.  Leith's Chris Sole achieved fourth fastest time of 8mins 21secs to put Leith into second position by the end of the second lap, this set up a ding dong battle for silver.  However, Ariki eventually gained the initiative over the final two laps to emerge as the top team threatening Caversham's lead.  With Anderson's second fastest time of 8mins 10secs on the second lap and Sharp's final lap fifth fastest time of 8mins 25secs, the Caversham Over 50s No. 1 team was hard to beat, finishing in an excellent time of 33mins 43secs over two minutes ahead of its nearest rival Ariki.  Ariki's Alan Nicholls's time of 8mins 53secs and Russell Lund's third fastest time of 8mins 18secs enabled Ariki to overhaul Leith to take a well earned second place in 35mins 48secs.  Leith finished not far behind Ariki in 36mins 14secs.

Social Grade (4 x 2000m approx)
Although there were fewer teams contesting this popular grade this year, there were still some keen contests for podium honours. Leith's Social team of Hamish McKinlay, Cliff Kelway-Pope, Pete Hughes and Alan Funnell dominated this grade from start to finish. Young McKinlay's fastest time of 8mins 19secs set up the Leith team for a grab at the title.  The other team members did not disappoint either, with final lap runner Alan Funnell running third fastest time of 9mins 7secs to bring Leith home in 38mins 56secs.  The second placed team Hill City University battled gamely with its final runner Matt Bixley achieving second fastest time of 9min 6secs to bring his team back into second place after a concerted effort by the Civil Service runners which had them lying second at one stage.  Hill City University ended up with a time of 41mins 25secs.   The Civil Service Harriers team finished third in 42mins 18secs.


Children's U13 (4 x 400m approx)
The Ariki Girls U13 won this keenly contested grade in 12mins 20secs. Second was the Caversham Harriers U13 mixed team in 12min 39secs. Third was the Hill City University Girls U13 in 13mins 53secs.

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13.  Secondary school races - the Otago-Southland Milton Relays, 26 May 2016

Caitlyn O'Donnell's Otago Girls High School Junior Girls team of Elsa Neuman 7:18, Rebecca Hill 7:27, Caitlyn O'Donnell 7:15 and Thalia Roome 7:07 finished 1st with Thalia recording fastest time and Caitlyn 4th fastest time. In the Senior Boys race one again Nathan Hill's Otago Boys High School finished first with Nick Pryde 5:58, Cam Miller 6:17, Matt Ogle 6:05 and Nathan Hill 5:55. Nathan recorded fastest time and Nick was second fastest.  Hamish McKinlay ran for Logan Park in a senior mixed team with his team finishing 3rd. Hamish ran his lap in 6:34 which was 3rd fastest mixed team runner. Rebecca Dalphin ran 7:20 for her Logan park team which finished 1st in the Mixed Senior teams.

14. Combined club run and walk with Hill City University and Ariki, Logan Park, Saturday 4 June 2016

On Saturday, Leith members enjoyed a combined clubs run with Hill City University from Logan Park.  Peter Hughes, Michael Walker, Jim Flynn, Cliff Kelway-Pope and Christine Montgomery negotiated the Big Easy track with the other clubs.

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15. Christchurch Marathon and Half Marathon, Christchurch, Sunday 5 June 2016

On Sunday at the Christchurch Marathon, Leith's Danny Baillie and Mel Aitken excelled over the full marathon distance.  Baillie ran 2hrs 48mins 17secs to finish 12th overall and fourth in the Men's 40-49 grade.  Aitken finished second in the women's grade in 2hrs 53mins 58secs and 20th position overall.   There were also Leith Harriers members competing in the popular Half-Marathon: Glenn Thompson finished 73rd overall and 31st in the M20-39 grade with a time of 1hr 22mins 1sec;  Corrina Thompson finished 579th overall and 92nd in the W20-39 grade in 1hr 47mins 9secs;  Steve Aitken finished 629th overall and 60th in the MM50-59 age grade in 1hr 49mins 34secs.

16. Joe Cowie Memorial Handicap 5km Race, Forbury Park Raceway, Dunedin, Saturday 11 June 2016

Report by Alan Funnell

The Joe Cowie 5km race was held around the Forbury Park Racecourse in cool conditions with a good headwind in the home straight.  An outstanding run from Jason Palmer saw him pass the entire field to finish first and record a time of 16.10 on what is a slow surface.  Another gutsy run saw Ray Knox take second from a fast finishing Glen Thompson.  Glen ran the Christchurch half marathon last weekend and has obviously recovered well.  Megan Balchin is slowly making her comeback and is improving with every race.  It's great to see her back out on the courses.  Glen Chisholm managed to take his shoes off mid race and still come fourth after starting at the back with Jason.  Caitlin O'Donnell ran well in what is a very long race for someone her age.  She is one to watch in the future.

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17. Club run and walk, Chingford Park, Saturday 18 June 2016

On Saturday, club members enjoyed runs and walks from Chingford Park.  The fast pack with Danny Baillie, Glen Thompson and Nic Bathgate enjoyed a run up Mt Cargill Road then went up the Organ Pipes track before heading back via Bethune's Gully.  Peter Hughes led the medium pack of Michael Walker, Cliff Kelway-Pope and Corrina Thompson through the Botanical Gardens, around Logan Park and the Northern Cemetery tracks.  The walking group of Greg Johnston, Kevin Blair and Christine Montgomery enjoyed a walk through the Woodhaugh Gardens and Ross Creek area.

18. Balclutha Half Marathon (included Otago Half Marathon Champs), Balclutha, Sunday 19 June 2016  

Leith Athletes achieved a double at the Balclutha Half Marathon on Sunday.  Jason Palmer won the Otago Half Marathon Champs Open Men's title in 1hr 10min 25sec and Mel Aitken won the Open Women's title in 1hr 22min 29sec.  Stu Hodges came second in the Otago Half Marathon Men's 50+ champs in 1hr 40min 36sec. 

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19. Barnes Cross Country Handicap Races, Kettle Park, Sunday 26 June 2016

Leith competed at the Barnes Cross Country Handicap Races on Sunday at Kettle Park.  On a different course this year and in wet and windy conditions, Leith put in some good efforts.   In the men's race the first Leith member was Neale McLanachan who ran 17.49 for the 5km finishing fifth for the race. Then in quick succession were Stu Hodges, Glen Chisholm, Mark O'Neill, Alan Funnell and Ray Knox. The rest of the Leith men were not far behind. Leith men were second in the 6 men teams' race.  Our Leith juniors also had good races. Caitlin O'Donnell finished second in her race and had the fastest time. Hamish McKinley came third across the line and was second fastest in his race.  In the woman's race new member Nicola Chisholm had a tough initiation to harrier racing in the harsh conditions but ran well to finish seventh.

20. Club run and walk, Chingford Park, Saturday 2 July 2016

The club run was held from the Chingford Park Clubrooms on Saturday 2 July in reasonably mild and calm winter conditions. The fastest group of runners headed up Bethune's Gully and the Organ Pipes before heading back down Mt Cargill Road. Prominent in this pack were Mark O'Neil, Danny Baillie, Neale McLanachan and Mark O'Donnell who headed back home for an early shower. Peter Hughes once again pointed the medium pack including Michael Walker and Christine Montgomery, in the direction of Woodhaugh Gardens and a circuit of the Ross Creek tracks before returning back to base. Cliff Kelway-Pope showed improving fitness as he was able to keep up with this group for most of the time. Susan Craig and Margaret Knox had a run around the lower gardens tracks before heading back along North Road. Meanwhile Jim Flynn was disappointed to be 20 seconds below his best in his usual run to the Gardens and return. Greg Johnston and Kevin Blair welcomed back Danny Knudson to their walking group and celebrated with an invigorating walk up North Road to Cleghorn Street, enjoying the views on their descent back to the clubrooms.

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21. Edmond Cup Steeplechase,Wingatui Race Course, Mosgiel, Saturday 9 July 2016 

The Leith Men's team finished third at the Edmond Cup Cross Country Open Men's 5km race held in cold but fine weather at Wingatui Race Course on Saturday. The team of Glen Chisholm (17:10.0) 6th, Neal McLanachan (17:39.2) 11th, Glenn Thompson (18:55.5) 19th, Mark O'Donnell (19:08.0) 21st, Alan Funnell (19:09.7) 22nd and Chris Sole (20:31.5) 29th, finished on 108 points to the winning Hill City University team's 38 points and the second placed Caversham Team's 67 points. Christine Montgomery ran very well to finish third in the Open Women's 5km race in 21mins 29.9secs. Montgomery was also first Master Women 35-49 across the line. Caitlin O'Donnell was also in great form in winning the 2.5km Women's Under 15 race in 10mins 27.7secs.

22. Otago Cross Country Championships (incorporates Leith Cross Country Champs), Waikouaiti Race Course, Saturday 23 July 2016

A small but successful Leith Harriers contingent fronted up at the Otago cross country champs at Waikouaiti on Saturday. The course was dry and fast and the sun was shining. First up for Leith was Caitlin ODonnell in the Girls under 15 3km race. Caitlin had a great run and was the clear winner in her grade. The next race was a mass start of all of the Senior, Masters and Social runners who were all running different distances. There were a couple of standout performances from our athletes. Christine Montgomery had a blinder and easily won the masters woman title. Well I said easily but Christine really pushed hard and there was nothing easy about it. Neale McLanachan also performed exceptionally well in the masters men and was rewarded with a second place, only a few seconds off first place. New member this year Hamish McKinley also had a great run to come third in a competitive grade. The ever green Chris Sole had a solid run to gain a second placing in the Masters men 50 plus grade. All of our other runners also did the singlet proud but finished outside the placings. A big thank you to all of the members that helped to set up, marshall and pull down the course. 
Report by Alan Funnell 

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23. Peninsula Relay, Portobello, Dunedin, Saturday 30 July 2016

Leith competed in the annual Peninsula Relay at Portobello on Saturday. The Leith 1 team finished 4th (3rd on time). Mark O'Donnell gave a strong start (2nd fastest for lap), followed by a steep gutsy run from Nolan Hill. Andrew Lonie provided the most excitement for the day, calling from Christchurch after 11am. We considered changing order, but he said he'd make it, and our trust in him was well placed. He somehow made the start of his lap at 1.40pm, about 10 minutes before Nolan Hill arrived, and he then flew down the hill (3rd fastest for lap). Glenn Thompson was nursing a calf strain, but it didn't seem to hold him back (3rd fastest for lap). Neale McLanachan, fast as always, was 2nd on his lap and only 22 seconds behind the fastest. Danny Billie enjoyed a tailwind for the first half of his run (3rd fastest for lap). The Leith 2 Team of Hamish McKinlay, Mark O'Neill, Dave McClellan, Stu Hodges, Glen Ferguson and Alan Funnell finished sixth. The Leith 3 Team of Penny Easton, Christine Montgomery, Tom McKinlay, Cliff Pope, Margaret Knox and Pete Hughes finished eighth overall.

report by Danny Baillie with additions by editors

24.  Chingford Challenge 4 Ed, Chingford Park, Sunday 31 July 2016

Despite the inclement weather conditions, there was a great turnout for this worthy event and we thank everyone who contributed in any way by competing, officiating, organising, donating and spectating. Venue: Chingford Park, North Road, Dunedin.  In the format of a 2 hour teams' cross country race around the grounds of Chingford Park.  The aim was to see how many laps you can do in the 2 hours.   Teams of 1 to 4 people of any age competed.  All proceeds were for the treatment of Ed Stevens. 

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25. Athletics New Zealand Cross Country Championships, Auckland Domain, Saturday 7 August 2016

Mel Aitken and Neale Lanachan of Leith Harriers represented Otago at the annual New Zealand Cross Country Championships which were held this year at the Auckland Domain on Saturday 7 August 2017. Aitken had an excellent race in winning the Women's 35-39 grade 6000m run.  Her time of 25min 7sec gave her a 31 second cushion over the second placed runner.   McLanachan also ran well to finish sixth in the Men's 35-39 grade 8000m run in a time of 30min 9sec.

26. Club run and walk, Pukehiki, Otago Peninsula, Saturday 13 August 2016 

The peninsula turned on a cracker day for the Pukehiki club run held on Saturday. Due to Alan Funnell having a niggle,  Dave McLean took the group, including Mark ONeill, George Armstrong, Michael Walker and Cliff Kelway Pope. Cliff turned back early due to a lingering injury.  The rest ran through the Peggy's Hill farm to the bottom of the Bacon track, then up to Highcliff rd where Michael Walker started the climb up the road. The remaining three had a quick trip up harbour cone before also heading back up the road to Pukehiki.  The walking group of Greg Johnson, Susan Craig and Christine Montgomery took the Paradise track down to Boulder beach and back up Braidwood rd to complete the circuit.  A great time was had by all.
report by Alan Funnell

27. Otago Road Race Championships, outside perimeter of Forbury Park Racecourse, Sat 20 August 2016 

Leith's Caitlin O'Donnell won the Girls Under 15: 3km title in 12min 54sec on Saturday at the Otago Road Race Championship held on the Forbury Park Race Course outside perimeter. The weather was fine with light winds. Mark O'Donnell finished third in the Master Men's 35-39: 10km in 38min 24.3sec. Michael Walker finished fifth in 45min 58.5sec.

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28. Dunedin Marathon, Otago Marathon Championships, Dunedin, Sunday 11 September 2016

Although at the time of this report there does not seem to be any clear record of who won what in the Otago Marathon Champs as only club affiliated athletes qualify, we can report that Leith Harriers affiliated athletes featured well in the Dunedin Marathon on Sunday 11 September 2016. In the full Marathon, Glenn Thompson finished fourth across the line in 2:51:14 and third in the Open Men’s grade. Mel Aitken was the first woman across the line in 2:58:57 to finish sixth overall and first in the Master Women’s grade. Mark O’Donnell was the third Masters Men’s runner home in 3:00:50 finishing eighth overall. Steve Tripp was the sixth Master Man across the line finishing in 3:15:16 and first in the Men’s 50-54 grade. Corinna Thompson was seventh in the Open Women’s grade, finishing in 3:33:10. Dave McLean finished 34th in the Master Men’s grade in 3:57:37 and first in the Men’s 60-64 grade. In the Half Marathon, Michael Walker finished in 1:47:34. In the Quarter Marathon, Hamish McKinlay finished tenth overall and seventh in the Open Men’s grade in 51:38.

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29.  Hughes Memorial Handicap Road Races, Kitchner St, Dunedin, Saturday 24 September 2016

Leith held its Hughes Memorial Handicap Road race on Saturday afternoon on a course that went from Kitchener Street to the Vauxhall Yacht club, a distance of approximately 5.5km. There was light rain and a reasonably strong North Easterly wind.  Michael Walker ran extremely well to win the Hughes Trophy for being first across the line off a handicap of 3 minutes.  He finished over a minute ahead of second placed Mark O'Donnell with a finish time of 27:39 and actual time of 24:39.  In an exciting tussle for second, O'Donnell running off a handicap of 8 minutes beat third placed Glen Ferguson by one second.  O'Donnell's finish time was 28:40 and actual time 20:40 which was second fastest.  Ferguson off a handicap of 8 minutes 15 seconds achieved fastest actual time of 20:26.  Third fastest time of 22:10 went to Mark O'Neill.  Louisa Andrew was first woman to finish.

30. National Road Relay Club Championships, Rotorua, Saturday 1 October 2016

Leith had two teams entered in this popular national event.  The Leith Men's team was entered in the A Grade 62.5 km 7 Stages event and finished 11th in 3:47:24.   Team members in lap order were: Neale McLanachan, Alun Williams, Glenn Thompson,  Glen Chisholm,  Andrew Lonie,   Glen Ferguson and  Jason Palmer.   The Leith Social team was entered in the Social - Corporate grade 45.2 km 6 Stages event and finished in 7th position in 3:17:53.  Team members in lap order were:  Hamish McKinlay, Christine Montgomery, Susan Craig, Peter Hughes, Stuart Hodges and Alan Funnell. 

See Alan Funnell's report below...

The weekend saw two teams from Leith jetting off to Rotorua for the NZ Road Relay Champs. Our A grade team was the ONLY competitive team from south of Christchurch!  With an A grade men's team and a mixed social team this was the clubs first foray into the North Island for the relay for quite a while.  We had no fewer than 5 members on their first Road Relay trip with the club and what a great time we all had.  While both teams didn't place there was some great running.  Notable in the A grade team was Glen Ferguson gaining the fastest time in his lap for a 50 year old. In the social team Susan Craig used the team atmosphere to break 5 minutes per km barrier for the first time.  A big thank you must go to Margaret Knox for doing all of the organising and keeping us on track throughout the weekend. See team reports below....
report by Alan Funnell

Leith Social Team Report , by Alan Funnell
The Leith social team was a mixed bag. Some experience thrown in with a couple of first timers.  I'm sure the newbies learnt a few things, especially regarding the banter that accompanies these relay outings.  A lot of fun was had... First up was Hamish McKinlay on his first trip away with the club. Hamish had the task of keeping the lid on what was a fast start with the gun junior teams starting at the same time.  He ran exceptionally well and paced himself so that he still had enough to finish the lap strongly.  Hamish handed off to the experienced Christine Montgomery who knows how to climb into the hurt box, which she did pretty quickly. She had Brent Halley very worried for a while and we did have a few kind words to our competition.  He wasn't impressed.  As usual Christine used every last once of energy getting to the line and passed the baton to Susan Craig.  This was also Susan's first trip away with the club and the nerves were there before she started.  But once she got the baton in her hand the butterflies flew away and Susan set about her task.  Having never broken 5 min/km in a race before Susan was focused and not only broke her pace goal but smashed it.  Once recovered she was full of beans and it just shows what that team atmosphere can do to a runner. Next up was the most experienced of the team.  Pete Hughes was constantly full of advice to everyone in his dry sense of humour.  It was the teams time to give back to Pete some advice while he didn't have the breath to come back with one of his classic comments.  Mr consistant completed his leg and passed onto 'twinkle toes' Stu Hodges.   Stu is another runner that is no stranger to relays and showed this by keeping a constant pace whether it was up hill or down.  Not overly keen on being in front of a camera, he had no place to hide while out on course and Susan made the most of it.  Last up in the social team was Alan Funnell who was just glad to be away on a relay trip with the club after missing the last 3 through injury.  After a lacklustre start in the support Alan was getting it went up a level with Stu stripping of his shirt and running at Alan trying to whip him.  The runner that Alan had just passed left the scene in a state of shock.   The team finished 7th out of 17 and not only performed well but had a great time in the process.  Part of this good time was the support and giggles given from Margaret Knox and Tania Hodges.  Margaret was a champion in pulling everything together and Tania showed us her skills later that night when she showed us how to bend it like Beckham.  A brilliant weekend and a really great way to keep the club strong and patriotic. Gooo Leith!!

Leith Men's A-Grade Team Report, by "Jase" Palmer
This year, the Leith Senior men's team featured in A-grade in the New Zealand Road Relays.  This was a surprise to all team members, but as lap selector Glen Chisholm stated,  "It's better to be last in the Olympics than first in a fun run".  Neale McLanachan kicked off the run for the team.  Wearing his aero dynamical and sometimes revealing speed shorts, he was off with New Zealand's top runners.  This course was surprisingly hilly and Neale put in a gutsy effort to finish the 8.5km leg in 31.25.  Our second runner and one of the newest Leith members, Alun Williams who is based in Queenstown grabbed the batten and took off like Central Otago house prices.  Similar to the first leg, this was a considerably hilly lap and Alun managed to complete the 8.8km leg in 29.59, less than 2.30 behind the leader.  Alun handed over to Glenn Thompson who put in a stunning effort to finish the 8.3km leg in 33.07.  This was Glenn's first national running event and his first major race with Leith, the team decided that he was the most deserving of the relay batten at the finish. Our next runner up was Glen Chisholm, however, he is also known as Chris and/0r Greg.  He was our lap selector for the event and nominated himself for this reasonably tough 8.1km uphill lap. Averaging 3.40 per km Glen stormed up the hill finishing with the 9th fastest time in A grade.  Our next runner, and second oldest in the team, Andrew 'Boney' Lonie had a tough 4km downhill section to start with.  Arms flying everywhere, Lonie reached the lake and was greeted with a tough 6km of undulations along the shoreline.   In typical Lonie fashion, he grunted and groaned his way to the line, finishing the 10.1km in 36.40. Our sixth (and only member who remembers the formation of Lake Taupo) runner Glen 'Grandad' Ferguson was tormented by the old man jokes for the first five legs.   He let out this frustration by having a stunner of a run and completing the 8.3km leg in 30.19, this was the fastest Masters Men's 50+ time on lap 6 and for his efforts, he won a pair of socks.  I ran our final lap which took us to the finish line.  This was a great leg to run as I had the support of my team as well as the Leith social team.  Just when I felt as I was slowing, Stu 'the dancer' Hodges gave me a slap on the bum with his jandal which gave me a bit of motivation.  Overall, I think we performed very well.  We had perhaps the oldest average age of the A grade teams and probably had the most consistent Leith senior men's team in a number of years.  The new members (Glen, Glenn and Alun) show that the club is growing and I believe with a year behind us we can perform much better at the road relays next year.

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31. New Zealand 24 Hour Championships held at AUT Millenium on Saturday 1 October 2016

 The New Zealand 24 hour Champs were held in Auckland on the weekend.  Leith had John Bayne and new member Greg Yee running in this gruelling race.  Their mental toughness was really tested over the last couple of hours with torrential downpours hitting Auckland as they were pushing to the finish.  Bayne ran 209.2km and finished first in an exceptional run.   Yee came 6th and ran 166.4km.  Hats off to these guys who did the club proud.

32. Leith Harriers Winter Windup and Presentations, Filadelfio's Restaurant, Dunedin, 15 October 2106

Club Break-up Saturday night saw club members converge on Filadelfio's at the Gardens for the winter break-up and prize-giving.   After members had enjoyed the variety of scrumptious food on offer the presentation of trophies got underway.  President Margaret Knox congratulated everyone in attendance for the successful year that was had by the club with the highlight being two teams competing at the NZ Road Relay Championships in Rotorua at the beginning of October.  Of note here was Glen Ferguson running fastest Masters Men 50 time for his leg.  Multiple trophy winners on the night included father and daughter duo Mark and Caitlin O'Donnell, Jason Palmer, Christine Montgomery, Hamish McKinlay, Susan Craig, Glen Chisholm and Glenn Thompson.   At the conclusion of the prize-giving members were asked to keep a look out and complete the club online survey and volunteering rosters that were to be circulated to members.  Members were also encouraged to give summer track and field athletics a go at the Caledonian Ground.  The Leith Harrier & Athletic Club once again thanks Filadelfio's for their hospitality in making their venue available for our prize-giving.

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