Trail 2019

UPCOMING EVENTS:

All events for 2019 have now taken place

COMPLETED EVENTS:

Crush the Cargill 24hr Challenge

14TH/15TH DECEMBER 2019 | Bethunes Gully, Dunedin

Check the Crush the Cargill 24hr Challenge facebook page for updates and results

The bravest of the brave competed to see who can smash out the record for the greatest number of Cargill ascents over a 24-hour period. Plus, the Cargill Crusher Canine Challenge – Number of times your canine buddys went up and down Mt Cargill in 24 hours.

In an event superbly organised by Steve Tripp the women’s race was won by Leith’s Sharon Lequeux, who completed 15 laps of the course. The overall winner was Alan Keen who ran 17 laps to break Chris Bisley’s record.  Leith’s Lucy Broughton achieved an excellent 12 ascents to be right up there at the top of the field of 100 runners, whilst Leith’s ageless 60+ athlete Dave McLean achieved 4 ascents.

FRESHCHOICE KEPLER CHALLENGE 

7TH DECEMBER 2019 | TE ANAU, SOUTHLAND, NEW ZEALAND

For full results >> Trail Results

Race Report

The race was shortened somewhat due to the extreme flooding, however the competitors took to the challenge with relish and achieved some great results

Well done to these Leith and Leith affiliated athletes:

Steve Tripp ran the full challenge and finished 9th in the veteran 50+ grade in a time of 6:37:29 and 80th overall
Nolan Hill ran the full challenge and finished 72nd in the veteran men’s 40+ grade in a time of 8:00:13
Jamie Gardner ran the full challenge and finished 25th in the Open Grade in a time of 6:07:36 and 43rd overall
Dave McLean ran the full challenge and finished 47th in the veteran men’s 50+ grade in a time of 8:31:25

FRESHCHOICE LUXMORE GRUNT 27km

7TH DECEMBER 2019 | TE ANAU, SOUTHLAND, NEW ZEALAND

For full results >> Trail Results

Race Report

Well done to Mark O’Neill on his run in the Luxmore Grunt, see his results below:

GUN TIME: 02:38:10
PLACE 16 OF 193
MALE 15 OF 99
OPEN 15 OF 99

Krazie Kapers

13 & 14 November 2019
Christchurch set amidst the majesty of Banks Peninsula

Read about Chris Bisley’s Race Experience >> Chris left it all out there in breaking the course record

Race Report – Krayzie Ks 100 mile (Fri 14 Nov 2019) – Chris Bisley

Chris Bisley of  Team Bisley Endurance left it all out there (literally – see picture above) when he tackled the tough Krazie Kaper 100 Mile endurance race.  Set amongst the majesty of Christchurch’s Banks Peninsula his aim was to break the 24 hour barrier.  However as he got further and further into the race he realised that was not to be.  The race record and also first place for the 100 mile was within his grasp though and through guts and determination and the support of those around him, he achieved this target.  He finished first in an excellent 24 hours 41 minutes 52 seconds which is a record for the course.  Chris found the energy to write an absorbing and humorous article about his experience during the race.  See Chris left it all out there in breaking the course record

Thank you Chris for allowing us to publish your article here on the Leith Harriers website and well done, to you and your family and Team Bisley Endurance and of course to the organisers of the race and the supporters along the way.

Taieri Mouth Multisport and Duathlon Event

Sunday 10 November 2019

There were some Leith and Leith affiliated athletes competing at this event on Sunday.  The weather was not ideal as it rained heavily on occasion, but at least it was not too cold.  Andrew Wilson finished fourth in the 6km Kayak/+8.5km run/23.8km MTB in a time of 2 hours 34 minutes 56 seconds.  Sharon Lequeux was the third woman across the line in 3 hours 39 seconds.

Woodbury Hill Country Challenge

Orari Gorge Station is set in the South Canterbury foothills just north of Geraldine
Saturday 9 November 2019

Leith had its erstwhile intrepid trail runner Steve Tripp representing the club in this one.  It was a 35.54km 1 091m climbing event held on Saturday 9th November in very hot conditions. Steve Tripp  did the distance in 3 hours 33 minutes 19 seconds.  More on this soon once we have the finalised results and a race report from Steve.

Coastal Classic Half Marathon
Sunday 3 November 2019

For full results >> Trail Results

Held in very hot conditions.  Over the 21km distance, Simon Leaning had an impressive run achieving an overall 2nd placing in a time of 1:41:16, his category place was 1st Vet Male.  Lucy Broughton achieved an overall placing of 26th and her time was 2:24:22 and her Category Place was 5th Vet Female.  Former Leith member Mel Aitken now running from Wellington achieved an overall placing of 5th with a time of 1:46:24 for a Category Place of first Vet Female. 

Over the 13.5 km distance, Peter Hughes achieved an overall placing of 20th with a time of 1:25:44 and a Category Place of third Masters Male.  Siobhan McKinlay achieved an overall place of 11th with a time of 1:17:33 and a Category Place of third Vet Female.

 I made a pretty late decision to run

by Siobhan McKinlay

I made a pretty late decision to run the 12 km event on Sunday 3 rd November, having run the event a few years ago and enjoying the friendly vibe, familiar beach and varied terrain it offers. This year the weather was a little different to the usual – already hot and sunny when we arrived for registration. The temperature just kept warming up as I signed up and discovered that this year the course had been varied and would be slightly longer at 13.5 km. It was getting hotter and hotter as we listened to the race briefing while applying another layer of sunscreen. We were warned to keep well hydrated and watch out for any wandering sheep or sea lions.

We headed over to the start area and in typical low-key Taieri Mouth fashion, I think someone said “off you go” …there was a little confusion over whether the race had actually started, but apparently it had, so off we went!  The start of the track was a little taster of road, then beach, then twisting tracks through scrubby sand dunes, road again then well-groomed path through the lagoon paddocks before we set off up the hill climb on the road. Extra water stations had been added due to the heat and they were very welcome. At each water station I drank a little and took my daughter’s advice, pouring the rest of the cold water on my head before putting my cap back on. It always provided some relief and a surge of feeling strong, but each time it wore off quickly as the sun just kept beating down.

After the hill climb it was a welcome water station then even more welcome downhill, before traversing paddocks of long grass, a bit boggy underfoot after all the recent rain. Time to concentrate as I saw at least one other runner take a fall on the uneven ground. Then finally out onto the beach. By now I was on my own and it was a bit disconcerting trying to keep running fast on the beach seeing other beachgoers strolling along or relaxing. Eventually I saw the marshall indicating a return through the dunes and back to Livingstonia Park where my kids joined me for a sprint to the finish. It was a great day out, really well organised with excellent course marking and lots of marshalls this year. The 30 degree heat made jumping in the sea on the way home compulsory – now that was cold.

Mission Mt Somers Marathon 42km

Saturday, 2 November 2019

Nolan Hill traversing the course, he already knew what position he was going to finish just as his race number indicated

Nolan Hill wrote an interesting account of his experience on the course

Read it here >> Nolan recommends this race if you want adventure

For full results >> Trail Results

Steve Tripp went 30 minutes faster than he did last year which is a tremendous improvement on this tough course and in very hot conditions.  He finished 14th overall and second in the Classic (Men’s 50+) Grade in a time of 6 hours 3 minutes 24 seconds.  Another athletes with Leith connections, Open Men’s runner Jamie Gardner finished in third place just 15 seconds behind second placed Grant Guise.  His time was an excellent 4 hours 59 minutes 49 seconds. Nolan Hill finished 39th overall, 7th Vet Male in a time of 7 hours 33 minutes 17 seconds.

CRATER RIM ULTRA Trail Event

Porthills, Christchurch
Sunday 13 October 2019

For full results >> Trail Results

Leith and leith affiliated athletes competed in this event on Sunday.   In the Crater Rim Ultra 53KM Geoff Williamson finished in 17th place overall.  His time was 05:56:17 and he was first in the 40-49 grade and 15th Male overall.   In 38th place overall was Steve Tripp in a time of 06:33:33.  Steve won the Athetics New Zealand Masters Championship title. He was second in the 50-59 grade and 31st Male overall.  Well done to these athletes.  

TARRAS ROGAINE

Saturday, 14th September 2019

Steve Tripp loves Rogaining

apart from this wonderful narrative (see below), he also sent some photos which we put in a collage

Trail 2019

I love rogaining. The combination of endurance with strategy, navigation skills, and teamwork make an interesting mix. Jamie Gardner and I teamed up for the 12 hour rogaine held near Tarras put on by Highland Events. Maps were handed out at 7am so we had about 90 minutes to check them out and plan a route before driving to the start. Then at 9am we were off. Jamie and I didn’t really think we would be competitive so we went for the more scenic option that took us to the highest points on the course rather than going for all the easiest points.

And we set a cracking pace so that we could get there. The terrain was steep and rugged. Often what we thought would be a nice spur to travel down turned into a series of vertical bluffs that required climbing round. As usual Terry Davis, the event director, had placed controls in some curious places. Two controls were inside old mine shafts, one of which was over 50m long. Some controls required climbing 100m or more down steep shingly banks through matagouri, only to have to climb back up again.

Towards the end we missed a control in the dark that left us disoriented and thinking we would need to head back to the start/finish to regain our bearings but on the way we stumbled into another control tied to a matagouri tree and we had our orientation back again. In the end, we covered over 55km with over 3500m elevation and covered some wonderful country getting views of the Remarkables and Mt Aspiring in the distance. I was surprised to find we managed third place and only a few points between the top three places.

I enjoyed recognising the different gifts that Jamie and I brought to the event and how we wouldn’t have done anywhere near as well if we weren’t both contributing to navigation and pace-setting. Two heads are better than one.

American Discovery Trail 10km Race

Colorado Springs CO
Mon, 2 September 2019

Trail 2019
Leith Harriers superstar Nic Bathgate has been busy running all over the US

We always love to see the Leith singlet appearing in action around the world and Nic has kindly written a race report for us

Crossing the line at 39:20 made the American Discovery Trial race almost my slowest 10k ever and more than 6mins slower than Clyde to Alex a month ago! Last week I ran 150km at 1800m elevation, including the 2700 stairs of the Manitou Incline and summiting Mt Massive at 4400m (2 days before the race), many would question my tapering methods, but the goal was to explore Colorado Springs with the available time I had outside of work, and the race was just for the experience. Went out with 3 other guys for the first 2km, but it quickly became apparent that hanging on to them would be about as painful as trying to sit and stand has been since running Mt Massive  eased off after that and jogged in for 4th out of around 270 runners. Not a very competitive race, but met some wonderful people afterwards!

The Great Naseby Water Races

Naseby, Sat & Sun 24 & 25 August 2019

For full information and results >> The Great Naseby Water Races

We congratulate Jason Palmer on breaking the long standing 50km race record on his run with a time of 3 hours 39 minutes, his stats for the run:  Jason Palmer won the 50km in 3:39 ( 51.3km @ 4.17/km in 3:40 with 820m climbing).   Steve Tripp’s stats: 50.46km at pace of 6.08/km for a final time of 5:09.41 (814m climbing).   Harjinder Chander did not finish the 160km having blown up at 99km, his stats: (8.38/km in 14:13.55 (PB over 50km).  Harry James was aiming for 200km but stopped at 126.43km @ 8.30/km 17:55.20 with 2 136m climbing) –  see his intuitive and introspective account below . Suzie White unfortunately had to withdraw due to illness. We have Jase’s account of his race record breaking experience below. We congratulate everyone on their endeavours in this tough race, whether being able to finish or not.

Jase says every runner should have a go

The Great Naseby Water race is one of those events that every runner should have a go at. Whether  you want to enter as a team or complete the 50km, 80km, 100km, 160km or 200km.  Megan initially entered the 50km, however, she had to pull out due to an injury. I decided that it would be wise to take her place and have a go at the race record of 3.41. I knew to do this it was not going to be an easy task and I would have to run 44mins for every lap. Seems easy but the course is very boggy in places with some steep pinches.

From the start/finish, the course follows the gravel road before reaching Colpit Dam which you then run around before entering the water race.  Following the water race, you run past Hoffmans Dam before decending back to the start finish area.  Runners then continue following the water race for another 2.5km before turning onto a single track which leads you to a gravel road, linking back up to the start finish area. The great thing about this race is that due to the fact it is a figure of eight, you run past the aid station every 5km.  The 50km runners started with the team runners (who ran 30km and then swapped to the next runner). 

As the gun went off I set off down the road at what I felt was an easy pace. After 2km, I looked at my watch and realised I needed to slow down as I was leading the team runners and the previous 2km had averaged 3.44 per km.  As two of the team runners passed me, I settled down into a nice pace alongside Aaron Eyles who was in a team with his wife, Kristy. We ran together for about approximately 15km before I pulled away from him. Even though I was by myself, I was passing runners who were completing some of the longer distance races (some who had started 25 hours earlier). Near the end of my 3rd lap, I pulled in the two team runners who were ahead of me. Crossing the line for the third time, the team runners handed over to their second runner who, with fresh legs, ran off into the distance leaving me in the dust. 

It was near the 35km mark where I started feeling the pain build in my legs.  Luckily for me, Megan was on the side of the track cheering me on.  Through pure determination I pushed through the 10km to the 45km mark. It was here the legs really fell off and Megan forced me to stop and take on fluids “or I would not finish”.  From her wise advice I managed to push through the last 5km, finishing just under 3 hours and 40 minutes.  I feel that one of the advantages I had over some of the faster road runners was the fact that I spend 90% of my runs running on the boggy Balclutha floodbanks.  As the course was very boggy in parts, I felt right at home.  Big thanks to Megan and Esme who cheered me on every lap.  Without seeing them every 5km, I think my mind and body would have given up completely.

Trail 2019

The 2019 Great Naseby Water Race was shorter than expected for me – see my transcribed verbalisations below – but there were many valuable experiences. Rather than tell you what happened in a short story, I have transcribed 13 recordings I captured while running (and eventually resting) the 200km race, in an effort to show you what was going through my mind at times during the race. I begin where I ended – in my van – but what follows are my musings as they relate to me making sense of my thoughts during the race. A word of warning, some thoughts are exposed that reveal how I was trying to make sense of my academic endeavours, I apologise for any inconvenience if the reader gets confused.
Thank you for reading.
Harry
Harry Jame’s personal experience of the Great Naseby Water Race

Also Read Steve Tripp’s account of his fourth run at the Great Naseby Water Race
Steve’s Fourth Run in a Row

Mt Difficulty Ascent ‘running’ races

Cromwell, 8th June 2019

For full detail on this great event >> Mt Difficulty Ascent Running Races

Well done to Leith athletes competing in the aptly named Mt. Difficulty marathon in central otago on Saturday. Steve Tripp smashed it coming first in his age group and taking 30mins of his PB. Steve’s time was 6hrs 11mins and finished 10th overall. Harry James also ran the marathon finishing in 6hrs 39mins finishing 11th in age group and 15th overall. Jonah Belk also ran in the 25km race and came first in the open male age group in a time of 3.09.40 finishing 2nd overall!!  Steven Morrison did the flatter Half-Marathon (solo category) in 1:31:30 finishing first overall.

Below is Harry James’s wonderful introspective view of the Mt Difficulty Race where he tackled the 44km Mountain Marathon.

My Experience of the Mt Difficulty Ascent by Harry James

Saturday 8 June 2019

The race briefing was in the wine-making facility at the foot of the hill where the wine tasting room for Mt. Difficulty winery appeared atop. Concrete floors supported aluminium-looking fermentation silo’s a table on the right for checking in with race officials, and a table on the left for getting gear checked. This year I knew that I wanted to do my best in the 44km mountain marathon; last year I wasn’t expecting to run until an hour or so before the 25km mountain race. I was nervous. There were a few familiar faces and talking with my friend and two other friends helped settle my nerves. My friend and I checked-in right before the race briefing began. The race director and main sponsor (Mt Difficulty Winery), representative, talked about the race, described the course, and warned of the forecasted inclement weather – snow, wind, wet, and generally unpleasant conditions. I was keen to head straight to my friend’s place to eat, have a chat, and get ready for bed.  

I woke around 5:00AM but got out of bed around 5:15AM. The wind was slamming into the windows and forcing water-drops against the glass, the bed was nice but I wanted to run, and run fast. I was talking with other runners during the race briefing, and I mentioned that I wanted to win the race, this was after mentioning that I wanted to do my best and run fast. Although, I didn’t hesitate from engaging in pre-race banter, and it would turn out to be just that about 22km into the race.   We began the race a bit late, not all runners had their transponders, but those who did have their transponders wanted to get moving so they walked to the race start on the road. The race director was quick to herd the other runners into the starting position and proceeded to the race countdown faster than a countdown in common-second time.   We ran along a road turn left onto trail and began the run. At the first juncture, some fast runners took a wrong turn, but I think two of those fast runners still won their races – they were still fast. Thankfully, and experienced runner encouraged those that weren’t quite as fast to trust them and go right at the juncture which felt right for me.  

The first climb was a good warm-up for the two crawling climbs that were yet to come, but the cross-wind was racing across the direction I wanted to race in. I adjusted my posture and watched a fellow runner get closer to the ground and drive her hands into her quads to power her way up the hill. I decided I should model my movements to theirs, and I stayed with that runner after the first crawl-climb along the water-race and then along the ridge (my favourite part of the race) and then we parted – they went right back to the finish and I went left to head towards the second bigger, crawl-climb to the top of Mt Difficulty.   It was warmer than expected, muggy, unusual Central Otago Weather; after, climbing above the thyme, matakauri, and schist slope, it cleared, and the goat tracks turned into open tussock and Spaniard fields with a walkable/hike-able gradient. The sun popped over the Pisa Range and was welcome energy to the cooler, familiar, sharp Central Otago air that I missed. Around this time other runners were beginning to pass me, and I learnt my first lesson of this race: poles would have been a good choice to have had – I didn’t listen to two people’s advice.   Then, I started to get light-headed as I climbed higher towards the summit, the views were incredible and I was dissociating from monitoring my pace, food and fluid intake, to thinking about a song, family and friends, work, and actually making sure that I would finish the race. I realised that I wasn’t going to win at this point. I had to finish the race.  

After reaching the snow-line near the summit, I was surprised that there wasn’t much snow. Good for running and also good for running with sun-glasses. But the views were incredible: to my left, the Kawarau River, Cromwell and Bannockburn, Lake Dunstan, and Northburn; in front of me was Nokomai, I think; and, to my right was Mt Rosa, Gibbston, and in the Distance, maybe Skippers.    A nice view to distract myself from the cramp I was experiencing, and a fellow runner/friend reminded me of the surrounding beauty after the race which took the focus of my own pain. Another lesson I feel.    From then on it was a rolling 4wd track, a climb, and a longer descent, back to the wine-making facility for the three options available (chips, pizza, beer/fizzy), a real treat; and, a reception from the race director and chats with fellow runners, friends, and my dad.    It was hard to accept that I wasn’t going to win. Despite having to reappraise ambitious goals before the race to new goals during the race (i.e., realistically set my goals), I was really pleased with how I coped with working through cramp around 26km into the race. I talked myself into walking well, then jogging well, then running well; my negative thoughts/talk were reframed into positive thoughts/talk and I reminded myself of what I wanted to do rather than what I did not want to do.   

In sum, there were: many lessons learnt, laughs had with friends before, during, and after the race, dramatic weather that complemented the terrain, enthusiastic race organisers/volunteers, a rainbow, a river, scrubs/ prickles and thyme, a mountain among mountains and a lake, other people wahooing like Chris does, and the opportunity to run. A grounding experience.   Thank you for reading.

The 36th Three Peaks Mountain Race

Dunedin, Sunday 7 April 2019

This exciting mainly off-road event organised by our Leith Harrier club and which traverses the three peaks on Dunedin’s skyline, Flagstaff, Swampy Summit, and Mount Cargill, an approximate distance of 26 kilometres, took place on Sunday 7 April this year. For results and a full report on the race please visit Three Peaks Mountain Race

Leith Harriers report for Three Peaks Mountain Race – Sun 7 April 2019

The Three Peaks Mountain Race which took place on Sunday was a tremendous success with 180 keen runners tackling Dunedin’s three peaks, Flagstaff, Swampy Summit and Mt Cargill. The weather was ideal for running, cool and sunny with light winds. Hamish Elliott won the race in 2hrs 6mins 21.9secs and Leith’s Sharon Lequeux won the women’s title in 2hrs 44mins 10secs as well as Queen of the Mountain title. Caversham’s Jonah Smith won the King of the Mountain title. Other Leith members to feature were Andrew Lonie 14th in 2hrs 33mins 54.1secs, John Bayne 23rd in 2hrs 41min 6.9secs, Andrew Wilson 60th in 3hrs 1mins 39.8secs, Dave McLean 4hrs 10mins 59.1secs. Thanks to our sponsors and all those who assisted in the running and organization of this event.