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Set in the stunning Wanaka to Queenstown high country, you’ll race through some of the most stunning high country terrain in New Zealand, with seven different events to choose from over two days
Check the race website for results >> Macpac Motatapu 2020
In the heart of the Catlins, 15.5km Trail Run
For Provisional Results >> Trail Results 2020
Leith Athletes at the Famous “Pikelet Run”
by Siobhan McKinlay
On Leap Day 2020 a small contingent of Leith members took part in the famous “pikelet run” – the Papatowai Challenge. The Catlins turned on a stunning day and with the run starting at 1pm, the heat was going to be a factor. Papatowai has a bit of everything – gravel roads, sealed roads, beach, bush, 4WD tracks, hills, flat. After the first couple of kms on the road, the field of runners pounded along the near single track through the bush in silence and then out onto the beach, where the sun was out in full force. Luckily, unlike previous years, there was a tail wind on the beach. The tide was perfect, providing lots of good firm sand to run on. Next up, up, up, with the occasional relief of a breeze. The downhill section was on the sealed road and the runners were by now weaving through the main field of walkers, who had started an hour earlier. All in all, 15.5 kms of beautiful scenery and great camaraderie. A highlight for Tom, Finn and Siobhan was receiving their medals for 5 years participation.
Leith results in order of overall placings:
11 Glenn Thompson (6th Open Men) 68:04
15 Mark O’Neill (9th Open Men) 69:41
27 Tom McKinlay (4th MM50-59) 1:16:34
55 Siobhan McKinlay (4th VW35-49) 1:22:55
96 Finn McKinlay (26th Open Men) 1:33:59
FROM THE BASE OF NEW ZEALAND’S HIGHEST MOUNTAIN TO THE SHORES OF THE PACIFIC
My Journey of Self Discovery during the Alps 2 Ocean Ultra
by Harjinder Singh Chander
Fantastic performance from Harjinder Singh Chander who finished second overall.
Message from Harjinder: This is for you Leith Runners. Alps2oceanultra done and dusted. Finished 2nd overall and 2nd supported runner.
Once-a-year chance to traverse the infamous Hokonui Hills, with great courses, great scenery and great company
Event Website for info and results: MLT Moonshine Trail 2020
Simon Leaning and Mark O’Neill represented Leith Harriers at this event. Here is Simon Leaning’s personal experience of the event. He took part in the 15km Run : Vet Male 40-49 grade where he finished as third male runner in this grade, and fourth overall in 1 hour 8 minutes 30 seconds. Mark O’Neill competed in the 5km Open Men’s grade run finishing an excellent first in 24 minutes 54 seconds. Here is Simon’s interesting narrative…..
Arrived at Dolamore Park just outside Gore nice & early & picked up my race pack,then began sussing out the other runners…a light rain & cool temperatures prevailed.Before long we were off, running over grassland & then onto an undulating track surrounded by scrub…from there, onto Reaby Rd & turning left through farm land, having already passed several competitors to gain 4th place. I caught up with & passed Craig Iversen of Invercargill & managed to hold him off. We then left the farm tracks & ascended up into the native bush…this was continuous for the rest of the 15km run,with plenty of time to recover on the downhills before being assaulted by yet more steep climbing! Held Craig off until about 2km from the finish…I thought I’d left him for dead! That last couple of kilometres were particularly tough-a steep downhill & slippery with many obstacles (tree roots,mud,branches & lots of tight corners-with many twists & turns). We also had to dodge the numerous 5km runners & walkers,who were very gracious & allowed us room to manoeuvre through. As we left the forest & came onto the open grass of Dolamore Park,the finish line was not far ahead & BANG – Craig passed me, finishing 3rd & beating me by 4 seconds! I finished 4th overall, 3rd Veteran Male in a time of 1:08:30. Craig & I shook hands afterwards & both agreed it had been quite a dangerous downhill to the finish. A great event with 400 mountain bikers,runners & walkers in attendance & was great to see fellow Leith runner Mark O’Neill take out the 5km run in a time of 24:54.
Roll on Moonshine 2021!
The inaugural South Island Spirited Women — All Women’s Adventure Race. Alexandra, Friday 14th – Sunday 16th February 2020.
For full results and information >> Event Website
Lucy, Maggie, Siobhan and Karen had a great day out
report by Siobhan McKinlay
Lucy Marr, Maggie Pasek, Karen Lusk and Siobhan McKinlay had a great day out at the Spirited Women Adventure Race in Alex on Saturday, taking on the Medium Course. A hot day and long course with some tricky navigation meant the predicted winners time of 6 hours was way off, with the first team coming in in 8 hours 38 mins. Our team took 11 hours 5 minutes and came in 18th out of 75 teams (8th Vet team). The race was completed over 8 stages. There were 4 run/trek stages, 3 mountain bike stages and 1 kayak stage, along with 2 mystery challenges. Each stage had a number of Control Points to collect in any order. A lot of the country in the run/trek stages wasn’t really runnable, as it was tussocky with lots rabbit holes, or we were scrambling up and over rocks, for up to 2 and a half hours. Within half an hour of the start line we were waist deep in a river crossing, the first of many. Mountain bike stages ranged from Rail Trail sections to 4WD tracks, cross country, over fences and river crossings. The kayaking stage was completed on the Lower Manorburn Dam, nice and flat and a welcome relief sitting down, giving legs a rest and using our arms. One Mystery Challenge was a team memory challenge with members taking turns running into a shed, memorizing objects then writing them down. The second Mystery Challenge really was a big challenge – a cliff jump from 5.5 metres high into the dam. We all did it – on the second countdown, after a whole team freeze on the first attempt! Such a buzz as this was definitely outside my comfort zone. The day zoomed by so fast, with tiredness really only setting in in the final run and bike stages. We worked really well as a team as we had similar goals for the day and everyone had a positive outlook. Maggie’s map reading skills from previous orienteering and rogaine experience came in very handy. We’re all keen to compete together again, and already looking at potential events. The next South Island Spirited Women Adventure Race is next April in Marlborough. if you’re thinking about entering something different, go for it! It was great pushing comfort zones, fun competing as a team, and it was awesome finding out I could keep moving for 11 hours!!
Leith had a couple of athletes participating in this event on Saturday. Sharon Lequeux ran the full mountain marathon, finishing second in the Women’s 18-19 grade and 21st overall in a very good time of 6 hours and 40 seconds. Not to be outdone on this tough full marathon course, Steve Tripp finished first in the Men’s 50-59 grade and 27th overall in 6 hours 12 minutes 14 seconds.