Cross Country 2020

Completed Events:

Barnes Cross Country, Sunday, 26 July 2020

Kettle Park, Victoria Street, Dunedin

For results and event details >> Athletics Otago Cross Country Results

ODT Online Report, Mon 27 July 2020 >> Race win dedicated to nephew 

Leith’s Day in the Sun at the Barnes 2020 Cross Country

Leith’s Ray Knox won silver in great style at the Barnes Open Men’s 5km Handicap race. Coming back from a long layoff, he kept up a relentless steady pace over the four laps.  Although Leith did not have the required six runners in this race to count for the team prize, they nevertheless put in a great effort and did Leith proud.  The weather was fantastic with cool sunny still conditions and the ground was firm.  Ideal for good cross country running and some fast times.  Andrew Lonie was the next Leith athlete across the line, finishing in 7th place with an actual time of 18 minutes 37 seconds. He was the fastest Leith runner.  Coming back from an injury sustained in a fall whilst out training, the tough Chris Sole was next Leith runner in 8th place. Mark O’Donnell finished in 21st place whilst in 23rd place was the evergreen Dave McLean.

The Leith Women’s team (3 runners to count – O’Donnell 4th, Montgomery 7th, Gold 11th) almost snatched teams’ first place in the 3.75km event but in the end had to settle for second place (22 points) behind the strong Hill City University team on 14 points . Caitlin O’Donnell was the first Leith woman to finish achieving a fourth place in an actual time of 17 minutes 2 seconds.  Christine Montgomery was the second Leith athlete to finish. She finished in 7th place on handicap. The third Leith athlete to finish was Olivia Gold in 11th place. She was Leith’s fastest athlete being 4th fastest overall in an actual time of 15 minutes 30 seconds. The Leith contingent started pouring in after that:  15th place Meriam Van Os (actual time 16:15, 8th fastest overall); 16th Jane Adams; 17th Gaya Gnanalingam; 20th Sophie Smith; 21st Lydia Pattillo, 22nd Orlaith Heron; 23rd Siobhan McKinlay. What a pity the strong women’s field was not counting for six team members for the team prize – Leith may have won that prize.

TK Cowan Race, 8km Handicap, Sat 18 July 2020

Tomahawk Hall, 307 Tomahawk road, Ocean Grove, Dunedin
Organised by Hill City University Harriers Club and invitation extended to Leith Harriers

For the Hill City University Athletics Manager’s Report >> Hill City Uni Manager’s Report

For results >> TK Cowan Race, Hill City University Athletics

Leith Harriers athletes were invited to take part in this iconic event.  The sun shone brightly and the wind blew cold and hard from the North East.  The first Leith athlete across the line in the 8km handicap event was new member Orlaith Herron off a handicap of 18 minutes for an actual time of 39 minutes 34 seconds finishing in 9th place. She was 7 minutes 34 seconds behind the winner on handicap. The second Leith athlete across the line was Mark O’Donnell who off a 20 minute handicap steadily worked his way through the field to finish in 11th place in an actual time of 37 minutes 41 seconds.  He was 7 minutes 41 seconds behind the winner on handicap.  Simon Leaning was off a handicap of 23 minutes and flew through the field finishing in 13th place with an actual time of 35 minutes 4 seconds which was the third fastest time of the day.  He was 8 minutes 4 seconds behind the winner on handicap.  Next across the line for Leith was Caitlin O’Donnell who was off 17 minutes.  She finished 18th overall in an actual time of 42 minutes 45 seconds.  Marc Boulle was off 4 minutes but heading up the first hill got a dog attached to his ankle which drew some blood.  After a discussion with the dog owners who had some menacing out-of-control dogs in their driveway and ensuring that the dogs were under control before the younger runners arrived behind him, he attempted to carry on running but by then had lost his mojo and jogged half the course instead for a DNF.  The Leith athletes results did not count for any of the Hill City University trophies but they got an honourable mention.  The hot soup and refreshments afterwards were much appreciated and the organisation was excellent for this iconic event.  Bruce Cowan, who is the son of TK Cowan which the race is named after, gave us all a nice history of the event.   In fact, Merrilee Williams who is the granddaughter of TK Cowan won the prize for first person overall and also first female across the line. 

Lovelock Relays, Saturday, 11 July 2020

University Oval. Dunedin
Organised by Hill City University Harriers Club and Athletics Otago

Teams Relays 4 or 6 x 1500m around 375m grass track

ODT online report Monday 13 July 2020 >> Caversham breaks dominance of HCU

Click here >> for provisional results

The Leith Masters Mens No 1 Team takes the Master Men’s title whilst the Leith Senior Men’s No 1, Senior Women’s No 1  and Master Women’s teams finish second in their grades

It was a glorious winter’s day with light winds, warm weather and the sun shone brightly on the proceedings.  The Leith Senior Men’s No 1 team of Nathan Hill, Julius Staufenberg, Nick Bathgate, Jack Divers, Liam Chesney and Janus Staufenberg finished second to the strong Hill City University Senior Men’s No. 1 team in a time of 27 minutes 6 seconds – with Janus achieving fastest time out of all teams of 4 minutes 5 seconds.  The Hill City University’s team’s time was a fast 26 minutes 29 seconds.  The Leith SM No 2 team of Mark O’Neil, Luke McKinlay, Simon Leaning, Mark O’Donnell had a steady run too.

The Leith Master Men’s No. 1 Team of Andrew Lonie, Steven Morrison, Neale McLanachan, and Danny Baillie won its grade in a time of 20 minutes 49 seconds with Hill City University MM #1 second in 21 minutes 6 seconds.  The Leith Master Men’s No 2  Team of Mark O’Neil, Luke McKinlay, Simon Leaning, Mark O’Donnell was third in 21 minutes 54 seconds.  The Leith MM No 3 team of Steve Tripp, Peter Hughes, Marc Boulle and Lee Flowers ran steadily to finish around 6th in its grade. 

The Leith Senior Women’s No 1 team of Lydia Patillo, Caitlin O’Donnell, Olivia Gold and Merian van Os ran exceptionally well to finish second in 23 minutes 5 seconds to the strong Caversham SW No 1 team.  The Leith SW #2 team of Sophie Smith, Gaya Gnanalingam, Zoe Van-Wijk and Claudia Sole also had a very good run.

The Leith Masters Women’s No 1 team of Siobhan McKinlay, Christine Montgomery, Jane Adams and Rach McKinney had a great race finishing second in 27 minutes 23 seconds to the Caversham Master Women’s No 1 team.

The kids teams also had a great day out on the park.  The teams were Leith Kids #1 Terrance Farella, Oliver Morgan, Rowan Hamilton and Archie Mckinlay and Leith Kids #2 Daniel Morgan, James O’Neill, Ailish O’Neill  and Dante Taigel-Pierce

Thanks to Chris Sole and the team captains and all those who helped in getting these teams together and those who helped with the lap counting and to all those athletes who took part in this iconic event. Thanks also to the timekeepers and officials from all the clubs and thanks to Hill City University Harriers for putting on this event.

Kennet Cup/ SI Cross Country Champs, Saturday 4 July 2020

Christchurch QE11 Park 
For more results visit Athletics Canterbury, Kennett Cup

Lovelock Trials, Club Mile, Saturday, 4 July 2020

Guthrie Pavilion, Bayfield Park, Andersons Bay

For results >> Cross Country Results 2020

Leith members were invited to run a mile trial in conjunction with Ariki Harriers and Civil Service Harriers starting at 1.45pm from the Guthrie Pavilion, Bayfield Park, Andersons Bay for a one mile flat loop starting on the path bordering the Andersons Bay Inlet, and going right around the inlet.  It was not cross country, but has been put into the cross country bracket because usually it is run on grass. 

Three Leith athletes competed in howling windy conditions.  Nathan Hill won the one mile loop course in an easy 5 minutes 16 seconds.  Christine Montgomery ran well to finish in seventh place in 6 minutes 57 seconds.  Marc Boulle propped up the field from the back with an easy 9 minutes 18 seconds.  Leith thanks Ariki and Civil Service for inviting the club to the event and for the refreshments afterwards.  Life Member Kevin Blair was there as well in a walking capacity.  It is a pity not more club members supported this event. 

Rotary Park Cross Country 5km, Saturday, 27 June 2020

Rotary Park Lookout, Highcliff Road, Dunedin

Full results >> Results 2020

Leith were invited to the Rotary Park X-Country 5km by Ariki Athletics and Harriers Club and Hill City-University Athletic Club. The distance was four laps of approximately 1.25 km per lap for a distance of about 5km.  There were options for the juniors to do 1 or 2 or 3 laps. The course was undulating run mostly on grass and with some tree roots to spoil the flow. The weather was sunny but with a cold North Easterly blowing hard on the exposed hilly parts of the course.  The ground was firm and made for some good times.

Mark O’Neill, Mark O’Donnell, Caitlin O’Donnell and Christine Montgomery lined up to take on the large Hill City University Harriers contingent as well as the Ariki Harriers runners. Hill City University’s Mike Geddes was first across the line in the 5km with ninth fastest time of 22 minutes 13 seconds. Leith’s Caitlin O’Donnell was second across the line. She ran very well carving out an extra part of the course just for herself and in the process adding a few metres to her distance including an extra slight uphill section. Her actual time of 22 minutes 20 seconds was tenth fastest. Hill City University’s Luke Geddes was third across the line also achieving second fastest actual time of 20 minutes 2 seconds, narrowly missing the 20 minute barrier.  Mark O’Donnell was the next Leith runner to hit the line finishing in tenth place with an actual time of  21 minutes 55 seconds.  Fastest Leith runner was Mark O’Neill who was the next Leith runner across the line in 13th place in an actual time of  21 minutes 14 seconds which was the fifth fastest. Christine Montgomery was running well but was unfortunately unable to finish.  Fastest runner in the 5km was Ollie O’Sullivan of Hill City University who coasted in at the back of the field for an actual time of 19 minutes 26 seconds.

Afterwards we were treated to a nice table of refreshments at the Ariki Clubrooms at Bayfield Park.  Thanks to both Hill City-University and Ariki for inviting Leith to this excellent event.

Upcoming Events:

Otago Cross Country Championships, Saturday, 9 August 2020

Chisholm Park Golf Course, Dunedin

Entries for all races close at 12.00 noon on Thursday 06 August. Entries are accepted for this event after this time on payment of a $20 late fee. Late entries accepted up to 30 minutes prior to the race start. Ages for age groups (except secondary school races) are taken as at 31 December 2020. Master’s ages that are taken as is on the day of the event.

For full details and online entry >> Athletics Otago Cross Country Championship News Feed

For an idea of what the actual course map may look like, check the NZ Cross Country Championship link

NZ Cross Country Championships, Saturday 29 August 2020

Chisholm Park Golf Course, Dunedin