Otago Track & Field Champs, Sat 11 & Sun 12 Feb 2023

The Otago Track and Field Champs take place over two days 11 & 12 February 2023.  Entries for this event have now closed.  There are distances from 60m to 1500m, with the 2/3km steeples available too.  If you haven’t entered, then come and support Leith and other athletes over the weekend in their endeavours to win an Otago Championship title.  It may be an experience you will never forget.  See you there!

The 40th 3 Peaks Mountain Race, 26 March 2023 featuring the NZ Short Course Trail Running Champs 55km 3 Peaks + 1

Visit the website by clicking the image above for further information on this iconic event. See reports and results of past events. Articles from runners are there to enjoy too including great videos and photos of the action.  Would you love to volunteer to help, if so, then find out how on the website link

Summer Vibes – It’s been hot out there, and we’ve definitely made the most of it! 

As we bid farewell to 2022 and welcome 2023, Leith Lasses are set for a year of motivation and positive challenges ahead. As you will have seen we are kicking off the year with the introduction of a points-based yearlong competition (details on page 5 of latest newsletter). Not only will we be head-to-head with each other to bag the points, but our fantastic Leith Lads will also be hard at it in the challenge too. We will update you all with the average points across the board for the Lasses vs Lads. So make sure you enter and clock up the points to keep those Lads grounded.  Read all about this and much more in the latest Leith Lasses Newsletter

The 43rd Leith Harbour Free took place on Sunday 9am, 29 January 2023 on Course 2

This was the 43rd running of this monthly free and friendly community time trial. Course 2. Start/Finish – next to Watercooled Sports, 9 Kitchener Street, Dunedin on an out and back course along the Portobello Cycle/Walk Way.  This is a wheelchair and pram friendly event. Check the results on the LHF website

Pigs Backyard Ultra, starts 10am Sat 4 Feb 2023, Silverstream reserve, Whare Flat, Dunedin, Dunedin, New Zealand

Shannon Rhodes from Rolleston outlasted everyone to win this event.  The Pigs Backyard Ultra is run in the wonderful natural beauty of Silverstream reserve, Dunedin. The loop includes a trail beside a water race, a bit of mud, a few stream crossings, loads of native NZ bush and occasionally some wild pigs. Funds raised will go towards Otago Youth Wellness Trust supporting young people with multiple needs to live and participate fully in their community. Read more about this unique event and the breakdown of Shannon’s winning effort

Queenstown Marathon, Saturday 19 November 2022

Leith had three athletes taking part in this popular event.  With plenty of options such as the full marathon, half marathon, 10km and 5km, there was a distance for everyone to choose from.  Leith’s Nick Bathgate had an excellent run finishing 8th overall in the full marathon.  Rachel McKinney and Kate Roberts were also out there and competed in the half-marathon. See how the the Leith athletes did in the full and half marathon

Otago Spring 3000m Track Challenge Friday 23 Sep 2022

Eventual winner, Leith’s Janus Staufenberg leads the large field at the end of the first lap. Chris Sole gives them their lap times. Leith’s Olivia Thornbury wins the Women’s 3000m & Corey Lewis hits a PB. See the short video clip of the end of the first lap

The Monteith’s Clyde to Alexandra, 10km Event, Saturday 27 August 2022, Alexandra, Central Otago

Janus Staufenberg and Oliva Thornbury excelled at the Monteith’s Clyde to Alexandra, 10km event, on Saturday 27 August 2022

Edmond Cup, Saturday 25 June 2022 – Read more

Corey Lewis was the first Leith runner across the line in the 5km finishing 6th overall and 5th Senior Man in 17 minutes 10 seconds. Danny Baillie was the next Leith runner finishing 10th overall and winning the Masters Men’s 50+ title in 17 minutes 57 seconds. Christine Montgomery had a comfortable win in the Women’s 50+ grade in the 5km race in 23 minutes 30 seconds – Read More

Cavvy’s Cheryl Kelly & Leith’s Rachel McKinney at the Selwyn Marathon, Sun 5 June 2022

Well done to Leith’s Rachael McKinney who finished the Half-Marathon in 1 hour 55 minutes 7 seconds and was 3rd in the Master Women’s 50-59 grade, read her story>> Selwyn Marathon 2022

Training at the Caledonian with Chris Sole, from about 5.20pm. All welcome

Club coach and President Chris Sole organises training and social runs on a weekly basis. Runners of all abilities are welcome >> Training

Otago 10,000m Champs Saturday, 29 October 2022

Glen Chisholm represented Leith in the Otago 10,000m Champs and put in a fine performance on a very hot and humid day. He never gave up trying for an overall win in this prestigious event, with early leaders Caversham’s Senior Male runner Jonah Smith and non-club member Men 18-19 grade runner Dan Hayman setting the early pace. Glen Chisholm and Hill City University’s Simon Rhodes were going toe to toe in the chasing group.  Read what happened next by clicking on image above

Chris Sole awarded the Sport Otago Trophy for contribution to athletics in 2021/22

Leith members turned up in numbers on Friday evening 6 May 2022 at the Otago Polytechnic Hub to see Club President Chris Sole being awarded this prestigious trophy >> Otago Awards Report

Register with Leith Athletics from April 2022 for the April 2022 to March 2023 season

If you love road running, track athletics, cross country running, mountain running and trail running, then Leith is the club for you. Click on image above to learn more

A happy bunch of Leith runners after the running of the Cross Recreation Centre Balclutha Half Marathon on Saturday 15 October 2022

Corey Lewis finished third, Simon Leaning won the Master Men’s 50+ title, Mandy Lowther was second in the Senior Women’s.  Read about how they all did in this iconic Otago event

SOUTHLAND CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPS, Saturday 2 July 2022

Photo credit Ian and Bronwyn Densie. Don Bate with hands on hips at the start of the race.   This is a great event and we will endeavour to get as many Leith athletes as possible to run it in 2023

Matthew Adams wins the Ponydale Challenge breaking Chris Bisley’s record

Matthew Adams had a great run at the Ponydale Challenge on Saturday 21 May 2022 at the Dunedin Pony Club grounds >> Ponydale Challenge

Corey Lewis heading up the hill at the NZ Mountain Running Champs, 20 Aug 2022

Christine Montgomery won the silver medal and Andrew Lonie won a bronze medal in their grades. Read all about it by clicking on the image above

Calendar

< February 2023 >
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
    1 2Hilly runs, Sand dunes at 5:30 pm
Meet at 5.15pm. Starts at 5.30pm, Venue varies, see training
Otago Senior Interclub Twilight Meeting from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Modified Meeting 6.15pm 800m, 6.35pm 200m, 6.55pm 3000m, 7.15pm 100m, 6.00pm Discus, 6.00pm High Jump, 6.45pm Javelin, 6.45pm Triple Jump
Caledonian Ground, Logan Park, Dunedin Map
3 4Pigs Backyard Ultra at 10:00 am
A Backyard Ultra is a form of running event where competitors try to consecutively run a loop measuring 6.7km in less than one hour. Find out more about this fantastic event
Silverstream reserve, Whare Flat, Dunedin Map
5Pigs Backyard Ultra at 10:00 am
A Backyard Ultra is a form of running event where competitors try to consecutively run a loop measuring 6.7km in less than one hour. Find out more about this fantastic event
Silverstream reserve, Whare Flat, Dunedin Map
6 7Leith Tuesday Training at 5:30 pm
Spring/Summer training sessions at the Caledonian Ground, Logan Park. Warm up on the track or surrounding fields or run to start at 5.30pm. Training sessions done on the Caledonian Track
Caledonian Ground, Logan Park, Dunedin Map
8 9Hilly runs, Sand dunes at 5:30 pm
Meet at 5.15pm. Starts at 5.30pm, Venue varies, see training
10 11Otago Senior Track & Field Champs, Steeplechase Champs all day
A draft program is available and entries are now open for this event
Caledonian Ground, Logan Park, Dunedin Map
12Otago Senior Track & Field Champs, Steeplechase Champs all day
A draft program is available and entries are now open for this event
Caledonian Ground, Logan Park, Dunedin Map
13 14Leith Tuesday Training at 5:30 pm
Spring/Summer training sessions at the Caledonian Ground, Logan Park. Warm up on the track or surrounding fields or run to start at 5.30pm. Training sessions done on the Caledonian Track
Caledonian Ground, Logan Park, Dunedin Map
15 16Hilly runs, Sand dunes at 5:30 pm
Meet at 5.15pm. Starts at 5.30pm, Venue varies, see training
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20 21Leith Tuesday Training at 5:30 pm
Spring/Summer training sessions at the Caledonian Ground, Logan Park. Warm up on the track or surrounding fields or run to start at 5.30pm. Training sessions done on the Caledonian Track
Caledonian Ground, Logan Park, Dunedin Map
22 23Hilly runs, Sand dunes at 5:30 pm
Meet at 5.15pm. Starts at 5.30pm, Venue varies, see training
24 25Papatowai Challenge all day
The Papatowai Challenge is a pre-season fun run and walk from a holiday home in the Catlins. New for 2023 is the tandem event in the run section of the Papatowai Challenge where you complete the challenge together as a team. Also new is the Papatowai Canter which is a 5km fun run for those looking to keep active but for something more relaxed.
Papatowai, Catlins, New Zealand Map
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