Cross Country 2021

Upcoming Events:

Edmond Cup, Saturday 26 June 2021

Wingatui Race Course, 285 Gladstone Road North, Mosgiel 9092

Entries close at 12.00 noon on Thursday 24 June 2021. Entries are accepted for this event after this time on payment of a $20 late fee. Late entries will close with the results convenor at 1.15pm on race day.

Run under the auspices of Athletics Otago

Organising Clubs: Hill City University and Athletics Taieri

Steeplechase style of cross country run around the Wingatui Race Course. Distances ranging up to 5km

For more information and online entry >> Athletics Otago, Edmond Cup 2021 News Feed

Entry to all races is open to everyone, both Club and non- Club members.
Only athletes holding a competitive registration with Athletics New Zealand via an affiliated club will be eligible for the trophies associated with the competitive events.
There will be a 5km race (2 full laps of the course) for Open Men (Men U18, Men U20, Senior Men, Masters Men) and Open Women (Women U18, Women U20, Senior Women, Masters Women) with all athletes starting together but separate results for Men and Women being declared.
There will be a 2.5km race (1 full lap of the course) for Girls U14 and U14, Boys U16 and U14 and Open Men & Women.
There will be a 1-2km (approx.) race for Boys and Girls Under 12. This event will be held on the fun run course.
There will be a fun run event, and this will be open to everyone with no entry fee charged. This multi-lap event will involve competitors going under, over or through a variety of different obstacles or challenges as they make their way around the course.
All starts and finishes will be on the track in front of the Centre stand.

For more information and online entry >> Athletics Otago, Edmond Cup 2021 News Feed

SOUTHLAND CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPS, Saturday 3 July 2021

Southern Field Days Site, Waimumu Road, Gore

Southland Harriers invite you to participate in the Southland Cross Country Champs
A traditional Cross Country Run with flats, hills, forestry, creeks and mud!
Distances from 3km for Juniors to 9km for Open and Master Runners

Entry fee $5

Spot prizes and a great afternoon tea make this a must for all Harriers

Registrations from 1.30pm

Races commence 2pm Juniors, 2.30pm Open and Masters

RSVP with numbers for catering and/or enquiries to:

Graham Hall, Race Manager
Email Graham 
Ph 021 108 7070

Ariki Club Cross Country, invite to Leith and HCU, Saturday 10 July 2021

Rotary Park, Dunedin

Handicap format of Cross Country (5km and 2.5km options). Invite from Ariki (HCU also invited). True undulating tough cross country course held at Rotary Park, Dunedin. Refreshments and shower facilities afterwards at the Guthrie Pavilion, Bayfield Park. Please bring a plate.

Otago Cross Country Champs, Sunday 18 July 2021

Chisholm Links, 16 Tahuna Road, Tainui, Dunedin 9013

Cross Country race run on the tough undulating Chisholm Links Golf Course in Dunedin. More details on this event soon!

Athletics New Zealand Cross Country Champs, Saturday 7 August 2021

Chisholm Links, 16 Tahuna Road, Tainui, Dunedin 9013

Cross Country race run on the tough undulating Chisholm Links Golf Course in Dunedin. More details on this event soon!

Completed Events:

Barnes Cross Country, Sunday 13 June 2021

Dunedin Rugby Football Club grounds, Victoria Street, Dunedin

Run under the auspices of Athletics Otago

Organising Clubs: Ariki and Caversham

For results >> Results 2021

For full details>> Barnes Cross Country, Athletics Otago Newsfeed

The J G Barnes Cross Country Races are handicap races for runners held over distances and courses approved by the Cross- Country Committee.
Entry to all races is open to everyone, both Club and non-Club Members.
There are open 5km, 3.75km and 1.25km races which are handicapped by the Athletics Otago handicapper, with male and female runners competing together in these events.
The U14/U16 race were held at the same time as the Open 3.75km race
The Under 12 race was one lap of the full course 1.25km.
The Under 8 race was a fun run with entry on the day over about 400m.

Race Reports

The weather was rainy, cool not too cold, and there were many muddy areas where the runners had to watch their footing.  Spikes were definitely needed around many of the sharp corners and steep downhill sections. Leith Athletics had athletes competing in both the 3.75km and the 5km.  

Leith Athletics Report on the 3.75km Race

Leith Athletics had two runners in the field of 31 runners.  Siobhan McKinlay was off 5 minutes 30 seconds, whilst Gaya Gnanalingam was off 6 minutes.  They set about their task of catching those in front of them and keeping those behind them at bay. It was a tough ask as it seemed the handicapping favoured some of the faster younger runners.  The wet muddy conditions probably were more suited to the younger runners.  In the end, Siobhan managed to keep Gaya behind her finishing across the line in 18th place in the handicapped time of 24 minutes 24 seconds (actual time 18:45). Gaya finished across the line in 28th place, handicapped time 25:16 (actual time 19:16).   

Leith Athletics Report on the 5km Race

Leith Athletics had quite a few athletes competing in this race.  By this time the going was even muddier in parts due to the number of runners who had already traversed the course.  Janus Staufenberg was the marquee runner in this field of just over 50 starting runners.  He finished with fastest time of 16 minutes 48 seconds.  Janus who had started at the back of the field with Hill City-Uni’s Sam Bremer with a handicap of 13 minutes 30 seconds set about catching the rest of the field but in the end ran out of distance and had to be content with a 7th place on handicap crossing the line in 30:18.  He was also the first Leith runner to finish. Eva De Jong (off 6:30) was the next Leith athlete to cross the line, finishing in 27th place in the handicapped time of 30:53 (actual time 24:23).  Corey Lewis (off 10:30) then followed in 34th place crossing in the handicapped time of 31:06 (actual time 20:36). Next was Christine Montgomery (off 6:30) in 37th place finishing in the handicapped time of 31:10 (actual time 24:40). Glen Chisholm (off 13:00) followed in 48th place in a handicapped time of 31:54 (actual time 18:54). Next was Tadhg Ryan Charleton (off 13:15) who was the last Leith athlete to finish, crossing the line in 50th place in the handicapped time of 32:16 (actual time 19:01).  Jack Divers unfortunately was not feeling well and had to withdraw with one lap to go.  Leith had 6 runners completing the 5km.  

Leith Cross Country Relays, Saturday 15 May 2021

Dunedin Pony Club, Three Mile Hill

The Leith Cross Country Relays known as “The Ponydales” is an annual cross country teams relay event held usually on the grounds of the Dunedin Pony Club, Three Mile Hill, Dunedin. It is organised by the Leith Harrier & Athletic Club and is open to all Otago Athletics Clubs affiliated to Athletics New Zealand. Open to registered and non-registered runners.

Lovelock Relays, 1.30pm, Saturday 1 May 2021

University Oval, Logan Park, Dunedin

Provisional Results  >> Hill City-University Results link

Hill City-University dominant at relays >> ODT Online article by Jeff Cheshire Monday 3 May 2021

https://www.odt.co.nz/sport/athletics/hill-city-university-dominant-relays

This iconic event to honour Jack Lovelock winner of the 1500m gold medal at the 1936 Berlin Olympics is organised by Hill City University Harriers Club. 

Leith Athletics were out in force at the 2021 Lovelock Relays on Saturday.  We had 13 teams and 60 athletes taking part

Leith Athletics Senior Men # 1

The Leith SM#1 team of Liam Chesney (4.18), Leo Staufenberg (4.22), Corey Lewis (4.55), Austin Carter (4.21), Finbar Chesney (4.43) and Janus Staufenberg (4.00) ran exceptionally well after having slipped to third place behind the HCU SM#2 team with Janus putting in a superb effort to catch the HCU runner to bring the team home in second place in 26 minutes 39 seconds, with just 2 seconds to spare.  His time was the second fastest by just one second.

Leith Athletics Master Men # 1

The Leith Master Men’s # 1 team of Glen Chisholm (4.40),  Andrew Lonie (5.05), Gallien Chanalet-Querry (5.03),  and Danny Baillie (5.02) defended their title in convincing fashion posting a final time of 19 minutes 50 seconds which was faster than last year’s time by 22 seconds. The second placed team Ariki MM # 1 was about 50 seconds behind.

Leith Athletics Senior Women # 1

The Leith Senior Women #1 team of Stephanie Balas (5.20), Ruby McSweeny (5.23), Caitlin O’Donnell (5.41) and Sophie Hicks (5.27) ran brilliantly to finish second to the strong HCU team in a very good time of 21 minutes 51 seconds.

Leith Athletics Master Women #1 

The Leith Master Women #1 team of Siobhan McKinlay (6.26), Christine Montgomery (6.11), Rach McKinney (6.43) and Gaya Gnanalingham (6.12) had a fantastic race finishing second in 25 minutes 32 seconds.

Leith Athletics Senior Women # 2

The Leith Senior Women # 2 team of Lydia Patillo (5.41), Suzie White (5.47), Cassie Hart (6.09) and Rachael Shields (5.47) also had a great run to finishing fifth in 23 minutes 24 seconds.

Leith Athletics Senior Women # 3 

The Leith Senior Women #3 team of Catherine Carr (6.20), Faith Araba (6.52), Claudia Sole (6.40) and Hilla Fukofuka (7.52) really looked they were enjoying themselves out there, which is what it is all about.  They finished in 27 minutes 44 seconds.

The Leith Athletics Master Men # 3 

The Leith Master Men #3 team of Steve Tripp (5.40), Mark O’Donnell (5.19), Simon Leaning (5.30) and Don Bate (5.34) upstaged the Leith Master Men # 2 team (by just 2 seconds) to finish fourth (corrected) in 22 minutes 3 seconds. Note: this report was from the provisional results and there is a query on the finishing time of this team. We will have updates on this as more info becomes available.

The Leith Athletics Master Men # 2 

The Leith Master Men #2 team of John Bayne (5.08), Luke McKinlay (5.21), Chris Bisley (5.20) and Glen Thompson (6.16) had a ding dong battle with Leith MM2 team eventually finishing in fifth place (corrected) just 2 seconds adrift in 22 minutes 5 seconds.  Note: this report was from the provisional results and there is a query on the finishing time of this team. We will have updates on this as more info becomes available.

The Leith Athletics Senior Men #2 

The Leith Senor Men #2 team of  Richard Campbell (4.45), Sandor Toth (5.16), Harjinder Chander (4.59), Andrew Robinson (5.04), Hamish McKinlay (5.09) and Glen Chisholm (4.50) put in a good team effort in a tough grade, finishing in 30 minutes 3 seconds.

Leith Athletics Master Men # 4 

The Leith Master Men team of Marc Boulle (7.21), Dave McLean (7.22), Murray Jensen-McCloy (6.44) and Chris Sole (6.25) consisting of some of the club’s 60+ runners assisted by youngster Murray, ran well to not finish last (well, ok, second to last) in a credible time of 27 minutes 52 seconds.

We also thank our lap scorers – Here is our lap scorer Peter Hughes as part of the team