UPCOMING EVENTS

Running Calendar New Zealand

The New Zealand Running Calendar has a regularly updated list of events with full details and entry information

We do reports on any Leith athletes who partake in these events

COMPLETED EVENTS

IRONMAN 70.3 TAUPŌ, Saturday 2 March 2024

Taupō, New Zealand

Congrats to Dan Hayman on his incredible effort at yesterday’s Taupo 70.3 Half Ironman

33 Dan Hayman M18-24 (10/31) M (32/488) Swim 34:42/Cycle 2:32.14/Run 1:19:13=4:34:26

Dan, digs into his Taupo Half Ironman performance, trying to understand what went well and where he could improve

After 4 months of hard training, it was finally time to put it to good use. Although not quite as daunting as a full-distance Ironman, a half-Ironman still seemed a very long way. A 1.9km swim, 90km bike and a half marathon run to cap it off. After a train wreck of a taper, including a bout of sickness, a broken bike and then a semi-injured knee to add the cherry on top. I wasn’t even sure if I’d be able to race at the start of the week. Taking to the start line I felt nervous but also excited. This event was several years in the making for me, and considering my taper, I was stoked to even be there.

The day before, the lake had been still and so clear that you could see the bottom even several hundred meters out. On race morning, however, this was not the case. Very windy conditions whipped the waves up to the point where they felt they belonged in an ocean. This resulted in slower times for everyone, and although the water was warm, quite an unpleasant swim. I didn’t seed myself correctly, opting for the front of the second wave, and very quickly passed at least half of the first wave. Definitely something to take away for next time.

Coming out of the water and into transition I felt pretty strong, and having gotten on my bike, proceeded to pass hoards of people. There was a bit of a hill to get out of town, and this definitely played to my advantage. All the way out to the turnaround at around 50 kilometres I was well above my target speed, feeling good and passing people very frequently. The return back to town was always going to be slower, mostly a gradual uphill, but the first 30km didn’t seem too bad, still holding above my target pace and feeling even stronger than before. The steepest part of the hill was still to come, however, and with 10 km left to go, I hit the wall big time. The hill was steep and there was a very nasty headwind just to add to it. My energy levels crashed and I even felt a bit faint. Dragging myself to the top was a painful process but it was all downhill to the finish from there.

Heading into T2 I felt very, very bad. Heading out again I didn’t feel much better. Luckily within 500m I managed to settle into a good groove and began to chase down the people in front of me. Over the next few kms, I felt pretty much back to normal and ran through the first 10 km in under 37 minutes. Possibly a bit of a mistake. I managed to hold on for a bit longer but with around 6 kms to go the pace started to drop off quite a lot. Luckily there wasn’t much left and even though I was running much slower I still managed to finish the half marathon in a respectable time.

With a finish time of 4:34:25, I am very happy, but it has left me hungry for more, so hopefully, next time will be faster! I fell short of my goal but considering the rough weather conditions I’m not disappointed. My individual splits were 34:41 for the swim, 2:32:13 for the bike and 1:19:12 for the run, giving me a place of 33/785, and 10th in my very competitive age category, which considering I would have been one of the youngest in it, I am very happy with! A massive thank you to everyone who has supported me over the last few months, it wouldn’t have been possible without you

 

Challenge Wanaka Events, 17/18 February 2024

Wanaka, Central Otago, New Zealand

Leith Results Highlighted

1 KYLE SMITH (#3) 03:53:08 NZL | PRO (1) Male (1) 00:23:08 00:01:42 02:08:04 00:01:28 01:18:43

2 MIKE PHILLIPS (#2) 03:58:11 NZL | PRO (2) Male (2) 00:00:00

3 JACK MOODY (#1) 04:00:21 NZL | PRO (3) Male (3) 00:24:12 00:01:57 02:15:33 00:01:25 01:17:12

10 ELS VISSER (#31) 04:34:46 NED | PRO (1) Female (1) 00:28:51 00:02:06 02:28:34 00:01:47 01:33:27

14 REBECCA CLARKE (#32) 04:43:29 NZL | PRO (2) Female (2) 00:24:27 00:02:03 02:35:04 00:01:42 01:40:11

15 LAURA SIDDALL (#33) 04:44:22 GBR | PRO (3) Female (3) 00:28:53 00:03:01 02:37:23 00:01:36 01:33:27

35 TARYN MCLEAN (#365) 05:22:09 NZL | 40-44 (1) Female (12) 00:29:17 00:03:12 02:54:10 00:02:24 01:53:04

41 HAYDEN SCORRINGE (#179) 05:30:57NZL | 35-39 (5) Male (28) 00:34:32 00:03:07 02:49:42 00:02:11 02:01:22

42 KATIE SMITH (#358) 05:31:38 NZL | 35-39 (1) Female (14) 00:31:19 00:03:25 02:49:48 00:01:53 02:05:10

61 ORLAITH HERON (#361) 05:48:30 NZL | 40-44 (2) Female (19) 00:36:19 00:04:13 03:02:53 00:01:54 02:03:09

68 RYAN WHITBURN (#160) 05:54:32 NZL | 30-34 (13) Male (49) 00:36:08 00:05:59 03:12:49 00:03:39 01:55:55

71 DANNY BAILLIE (#254) 05:56:03 NZL | 55-59 (3) Male (50) 00:43:07 00:03:51 03:06:29 00:02:32 02:00:02

78 SIMON PERRY (#213) 06:02:09 NZL | 45-49 (4) Male (56) 00:35:48 00:05:25 03:10:36 00:03:03 02:07:14

92 MARK WATSON (#104) 06:16:42 NZL | 50-54 (4) Male (68) 00:40:47 00:03:02 02:53:32 00:01:59 02:37:20

Leith Results for the Cross Triathlon highlighted

1 LAURIE WATSON (#418) 02:46:19 NZL | 18-39 (1) Male (1) 00:21:52 00:02:06 01:38:48 00:00:32 00:42:58

2 STEPHEN WOODWARK (#419)02:52:53NZL | 18-39 (2) Male (2) 00:22:37 00:03:27 01:41:22 00:00:41 00:44:45

3 MAEVE KENNEDY-BIRDSALL (#456) 03:00:53AUS | 18-39 (1)Female (1) 00:21:06 00:02:32 01:48:14 00:00:52 00:48:06

11 DAVID LIDDELL (#412) 03:24:41 NZL | 18-39 (4)Male (10) 00:21:27 00:03:56 02:01:19 00:01:47 00:56:11

32 JEN HODGSON (#473) 03:51:50 NZL | 40+ (2) Female (8) 00:32:51 00:04:18 02:15:08 00:00:50 00:58:41

DNF TRANSPORT HUGHES (#426) NZL | 40+ Male 00:37:55 00:10:41 02:12:26

Teams Competition – Leith athletes highlighted:

1 BOATS AND LOGS (#697) 04:28:51 Team (1) Male (1) 00:23:09 00:01:31 02:40:15 00:00:57 01:22:57 (Dan Hayman run/)

4 1 FIVE 0 (#600) 04:40:13 Team (3) Male (3) 00:28:45 00:02:18 02:33:32 00:01:08 01:34:28 (Ben Pigou Run)

11 INTEGRITY – MFL (#806) 05:03:25 Team (4) Mixed (5) 00:29:04 00:01:51 02:41:52 00:01:04 01:49:33 ( Liv Sutherland Run, McKay Watson Swim, )

25 NOT JUST FRIENDS (#611) 05:19:58 Team (10) Male (10) 00:29:26 00:02:06 03:04:27 00:01:15 01:42:42 Jared Brensell Swim/Run, George cycle)

58 THREE AMIGOS (#626) 06:02:29 Team (22) Male (22) 00:43:38 00:04:24 03:00:59 00:01:36 02:11:51 (Ian Morison Run…

 

2024 Oceania Triathlon Cup Wanaka, Friday 16th February 2024

Wanaka, Central Otago, New Zealand

There were three Leith athletes, Janus Staufenberg, Grayson Westgate and Olivia Thornbury taking part in this prestigious event which took place back in the centre of Wanaka, in and around Pembroke Park. We will have some articles and photos soon!

Elite Men

6 Janus Staufenberg 1999 NZL 48:42 

29 Grayson Westgate 2003 NZL 51:36

Elite Women

3 Olivia Thornbury 1998 NZL 53:54 

 

Spirited Women – All Women’s Adventure Race, Saturday 10 February 2024

Cromwell, New Zealand

photo credits – group photo Lucy Marr, landscape Jane Adams

Medium Course. Finished 32nd. Team Name: PEACE KEEPERS Veteran Women. Time 6:23:02
Lucy Marr – Maggie Pasek – Siobhan Mckinlay – Jane Adams

1 team of women – away for a weekend together, to tackle the Medium course of the SW Adventure Race, trekking, kayaking and mountain biking around Bannockburn. I’m grateful to be included in these races with a bunch of amazing, adventurous, positive women.
2 wheels – while I’m more definitely more comfortable running, mountain biking is getting more fun with practise. An upgrade in bike helped this year and I found myself saying “I can do it” when I would have previously taken the easier option and jumped off to walk my bike over obstacles. The bike tracks around Dunstan were awesome.
3 mystery activities – the mystery activities at adventure races always provide speculation and some trepidation (cliff jump anyone?). Pure fun this time around – a river boarding experience in the Kawarau Gorge, a sack race with all team members in the same sack, and…wine tasting??! That was definitely a surprise, and just minutes away from the finish line, provided a lot of joy for many! A hurried taste of a different wine for each team member to try to match with tasting notes – we got 50% correct…
4 team members – all contributed in their own way, and looked afer each other,
5 items of compulsory gear – rain hit as forecast, and it got cold quickly. Jackets, warm hats, thermal layers, gloves were all needed to keep warm – and headlights, to venure into a long cave to reach one of the 48 check points.
6 peanut butter sandwiches – not sure these were the best palate cleanser for the wine tasting. We actually finished with packs full of food as the course this year left us finishing in just…
7 hours – to reach the finish line.
Plus lots and lots of amazing marshals, who along with the race director team made it an awesome day out