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UPCOMING EVENTS

Impact Roofing and Plumbing Surf to Stadium Fun Run and Walk, Sunday 21 August 2022

Dunedin, New Zealand

With 10 km run/walk and 4 km run walk options, there’s something for the whole family

For full details on this event and entry details >> Impact Roofing and Plumbing Surf to Stadium 2022

The Monteith’s Clyde to Alexandra, 10km Event, Saturday 27 August 2022

Alexandra, Central Otago

Various distances for different age grades

Entries are now open

Visit the Race Website for full details and results

Athletics New Zealand Road Championships, Sunday, 4 September 2022

New Zealand Campus of Innovation & Sport (NZCIS), Upper Hutt

For details >> Athletics New Zealand Road Champs 2022

Emersons Dunedin Marathon, Half Marathon & Associated Races, Sunday 11 September 2022

Dunedin, New Zealand

Organised by the Caversham Harrier & Athletics Club, Dunedin

For full information and past results >> Dunedin Marathon 

Cross Recreation Centre Balclutha Half Marathon & 10KM, Sat 15 October 2022

Balclutha, Otago

Half Marathon, 10 km, 5 km and Family Fun Run events

For full information and entry details go to >> Cross Recreation Centre

New Zealand Half Marathon Championships, 16 October 2022

Cambridge

Cambridge Athletic and Harrier Club announced that this year’s Cambridge Half Marathon, 10k and 5k will be held on Sunday 16th October 2022. The event will continue to be combined with the Athletics NZ Half Marathon Championships. A change in date was necessary as NZ’s premier marathon event at Rotorua needed to shift dates due to uncertainty with government Covid restriction levels. Unfortunately that new date clashed with the date for the Cambridge Half.

For more details >> NZ Half Marathon Champs 2022

For event website >> Cambridge Athletic and Harrier Club, Half Marathon 2022

New Zealand Road Relay Championships, Saturday 1 October 2022

Takahe to Akaroa, Christchurch

All day Saturday

More details soon >> NZ Road Relay Champs 2022

COMPLETED EVENTS

South Island Half Marathon, Sunday 7th August 2022

Lake Hood, Ashburton

Held in the beautiful Lake Hood catchment,runners run around the lake and experience amazing water views throughout the run. Then some of the most amazing home and garden settings and reserves in the South Island

For results >> South Island Half Marathon Results 2022

Leith’s Don Bate, on the left in picture above, who finished second in the Half Marathon 60-69 Vintage Men grade in 1 hour 55 minutes 54 seconds reports:

“This was a great event and I am pleased to report that the predicted atrocious weather held off just in time.. kudos to the met service who said the front would hit at midday, and at precisely 12:04 BAM!..instant southerly gales!! So from 10am race start time until midday the conditions were absolutely sublime.. sunny and no wind! After the 1st lap I was overheating and had to strip off my thermal under layer”

Bryan Staunton also of Leith finished 22nd in the Open Men’s grade in 1 hour 38 minutes 13 seconds and 39th overall

Former Leith athlete Sophie Smith won the Open Women’s grade in the half marathon in 1 hour 32 minutes 55 seconds

Otago Road Championships & Race Walk Champs, Saturday 6 August 2022

West Harbour Walkway and Cycleway, Dunedin

Start / finish area corner of Neptune/Magnet Streets, Dunedin

Results >> Otago Road Champs Results 2022

Triathletes streak to road champs gold >> report by Wayne Parsons ODT online Monday 8 August 2022

See the photo collage below, photos taken by Lydia Pattillo – in order Olivia, Janus, Corey and Dave.  More photos to follow.  

Enviable perfect conditions on the West Harbour Walkway and Cycleway for today’s Otago Road Race Champs. Leith took line honours for the Senior Men’s and Senior Women’s race with Janus Staufenberg and Olivia Thornbury in stunning form. Amazing effort from Corey Lewis as well to take the bronze medal in the Senior Men’s. Well done all. Thanks to all those who helped marshal.

Leith Report

In the Senior Men’s 10km race, Leith’s Janus Staufenberg set out at a blistering pace leaving the chasing Finn Molloy of Hill City University and the next large chasing pack trailing in his wake by the 5km turnaround.  He continued to dominate this race finishing first in 31 minutes 14 seconds.  Finn Molloy kept the fast finishing chasing pack at bay to take silver in 33 minutes 17 seconds. Leith’s Corey Lewis made a concerted effort in the last km to put some seconds between himself and the rest.  He finished with 33 minutes 35 seconds, with was a personal best, to take the bronze medal. See his report further below:

Olivia Thornbury of Leith was also dominant in the Senior Women’s race leading all the way to get gold in 37 minutes 26 seconds.  Second was Hannah Kempf of RTIM in 42 minutes 8 seconds (non-championship) and third was Caversham’s Laura Bungard who claimed silver in 45 minutes 28 seconds

Coming back into form, was Leith’s Dave McLean who won the gold in the Men’s 65+ grade in 53 minutes 45 seconds

Corey Lewis Race Report

The 2022 Otago Road race championships were held on a calm Saturday afternoon; conditions were perfect and set the stage for an epic race. The race began with the eventual winner, Janus Staufenberg (SM) of Leith setting a strong and steady pace. Following close behind was a brave group of three athletes including Matt (U18), Josh (U20) and Finn (SM) all of Hill City University. Chasing Janus and Finn in the senior men’s 10000m race was a group of six runners including myself which eventually was whittled down to four. From memory we all stuck together, jostling for the bronze until the final stages of the race, after putting in a bit of a shift I was thankful to maintain 3rd place and come home in 33:33, a new 10000m PB. Leith’s Olivia Thornbury won the senior women’s race in an impressive fashion. I would also like to thank all the volunteers from each of Dunedin’s clubs and Athletics Otago for making this event possible.

37th Leith Harbour Free 5/10km, 6pm, Thurs, 28 July 2022

Course 1 – start corner Neptune/Magnet Sts, Dunedin

For results and report >> Leith Harbour Free

36th Leith Harbour Free 5/10km, 9am, Sunday 26 June 2022

Course 2 – Start Kitchener St – Watercooled Sports, Dunedin

For results and report >> Leith Harbour Free

Matariki 2022 Run with the Stars, 5.30pm, Thursday, 23 June 2022

Caledonian Ground, Logan Park, Dunedin

This event has now taken place

Athletics Otago hosted the Matariki run with the stars. This involved a night run, followed by pizza and refreshments. 

Selwyn Marathon, Sunday 5th June 2022

Lincoln Events Centre, Lincoln

For full details about this event >> Selwyn Marathon

Full Marathon, Half Marathon and 10km distances 

Results >> Selwyn Marathon Results 2022

Well done to Leith’s Rachael McKinney who finished the Half-Marathon in 1 hour 55 minutes 7 seconds and was 3rd in the Master Women’s 50-59 grade, here is her story

Selwyn Half Marathon – Rach McKinney
When my Cavy running buddy Cheryl said she was driving to Lincoln, Canterbury to run the Selwyn half marathon in June, the chance of a lift, and enough Airpoints for a free flight home, meant it was a no-brainer, so I signed up. Despite following hot on the heels of the Southern Lakes half marathon only 4 weeks before, the chance to get out and do another of my favourite running races after so many cancellations over the last few years was just too tempting. So, armed with a sub 1:50 from Wanaka, frankly my best time in donkey’s years, I set off with high hopes of perhaps not a repeat performance but something close.
The Canterbury Plains is a picturesque part of the world, with its ‘braided rivers and pastoral perfection’ (to borrow from the 100% Pure New Zealand website), and from a road-runners’ perspective it’s also the ideal venue for a race; flat roads that seem to disappear endlessly into the distance. I also love a relatively low-key event like this, there is something intimate about being part of small but hardy group of runners who are happy to get up on a dark winter’s morning to run in what at any other time would be a ridiculously underdressed state of affairs.
Ambling down to the start a little early to collect our race packs I couldn’t help but notice that the brisk north easterly showed no signs of easing as the sun came up, and I made a mental note to manage the first few km into the wind so that I didn’t overcook things by the time we were heading back on this one loop half marathon course that kicked off from the Lincoln Events Centre.
With the marathoners heading off 10 minutes before the half there was just enough time to join in the start line banter, laugh at a few jokes from the event director, and scope out the age group competition. I don’t tend to win but sometimes I can find myself near the top of the ‘old birds’ brigade, usually nudged down the placings by some whippet like individual who can still pull out times I’ve never even come close to regardless of age. Today was no exception.
I’ve never been a runner who has been able to recall with any kind of precision the detail of a race – I’ve got a rough idea at best, after the fact, of when things were tough, and of when I felt like I was breezing along like Glenys Quick … OK maybe more like Glenys-not-quite-so-Quick, but you get the picture … and so it was that after about 4 or 5 km into the race, with the north easterly still in my face, I realised it wasn’t going to be a sub 1:50 kinda day. So I shuffled my expectations, and settled into a manageable pace so that at least I could reflect on a solid effort and not blow out significantly in the last few km.
As it turns out my 1:55:07 was still enough to snag me third place in my age group – which was won (as was the female race outright) in the awe-inspiring and frankly ridiculous time of 1:24:41 by Elite Masters Athlete Sally Gibbs (Google this woman … she is an outstanding athlete!).
These days I tend to think there is no such thing as a bad race and I had a thoroughly enjoyable weekend in a great wee part of the world at a well organised event with great volunteers. I still think I can get back under 1:50 again more regularly in the coming year so that will motivate me over the winter. And if I don’t do it before heading back to Lincoln next year at least I won’t have to worry about Sally beating me in my age group … she’ll be 60 by then!

TK Cowan 8km, 5km, 3km (Handicap Race), 1.30pm Sat 4 June 2022

Ocean Grove Domain Hall, 307 Tomahawk Road, Ocean Grove

Organised by the Hill City-University Harrier & Athletic Club, Dunedin

An invitation was extended from Hill City-University to Leith Athletics to take part in this iconic event and we thank them for a fantastic event with a lavish table of refreshments after the races and spot prizes to boot.  Did we tell you that the weather was great too, with almost no wind, cool and sunny throughout.  Leith had five runners, four in the 8km and one in the 5km.

Full results now available >> TK Cowan results 2022

There were 8km, 5km and 3km options available.  See description of the course further below

Race 1: 3km: https://www.strava.com/routes/2834755206829174142

Race 2: 5km: https://www.strava.com/routes/2834754411973704062

Race 3: 8km: https://www.strava.com/routes/2834750350527801778

Marc Boulle, Cliff Kelway-Pope, Bryan Staunton, Don Bate, Corey Lewis all ready to rumble

Leith’s Corey Lewis who was off with Joel Carman had a great run in the 8km, crossing first across the line on handicap at 60 minutes 17 seconds just four seconds in front of the second placed runner, Liliana Braun of Hill City University.  He was third fastest in a time of 30 minutes 2 seconds, just narrowly missing breaking the 30 minute barrier.   He was off a tough handicap of 30 minutes 15 seconds and had to work his way through almost the entire field with Hill City University’s Finn Molloy and Caversham’s Nathan Shanks who were off 32 minutes 15 seconds set the tougher task of catching Corey and Joel Carman.  The next Leith runner to finish was Marc Boullé who bettered his time by about five minutes from the previous year. He finished 14th across the line in a time of 44 minutes 21 seconds. Then came Bryan Staunton in 16th place in an excellent time of 37 minutes 17 seconds. Don Bate was the next Leith runner in 18th place across the line in a time of 42 minutes 4 seconds.  In the 5km Cliff Kelway-Pope had a tough handicap starting off at 21 minutes.  He finished fourth across the line in a time of 25 minutes 28 seconds

Description of 8km Course: The 8km starts from the Ocean Grove Domain Hall and heads south along and up Tomahawk Road, crossing over at top into Tahuna Road then down Tahuna Road on left side, start running on walkway/cycleway at school pedestrian crossing, then turn right into the Chisholm Golf Club entrance at Lawyers Head Road, to the golf club parking area, and then north up the Lawyers Head Track through Golf Links to top of hill then down path to the left and back onto Tomahawk Road, keep right along grass path then turn right at Tomahawk Beach and onto beach, run along beach then up steep dune into Tomahawk Road again, turn right into Tomahawk road and then at intersection of Tomahawk Road and Centre Road, keep right down Tomahawk Road to the turnaround at the intersection of Southdale and Tomahawk Roads (Tautuku Fishing Club), then head back up Tomahawk Road to the intersection of Tomahawk Road and Centre Road, turn left keeping in Tomahawk Road, then head down the hill, then turn right into Oregon Street (which is actually a crescent) short uphill, then when Oregon Street meets Tomahawk Road again turn right and the finish is about 130m away at the Ocean Grove Domain Hall.  

35th Leith Harbour Free 5/10km, 6pm, Thurs, 26 May 2022

Course 1 – start corner Neptune/Magnet Sts, Dunedin

For results and report >> Leith Harbour Free

NZ Senior Marathon Champs: REBOOT The Athletes’ Marathon & Half Marathon 2022, 7.30am Sunday 15 May 2022

Start and finish for the marathon is by Tai Tapu Domain, Old Tai Tapu Road, just south of Christchurch

The 2022 New Zealand Senior Marathon Championships combined with the Athletics Canterbury Marathon Championships took place on Sunday on a fast, flat course in rural Canterbury. Check the results of the Otago athletes who were competing

For full details on this exciting event results >> REBOOT The Athletes’ Marathon & Half Marathon 2022

My Debut Marathon by Ben Pigou 2:39:11

When the Reboot marathon (NZ marathon champs) was formed earlier this year I thought it might be my calling to step up to the marathon mark after completing my fair share of half’s. After 12 solid weeks of training with Nathan Shanks I was ready and excited to see what I could do.

The day finally came, and I took off not too fast, and tried to hold it as best I could. I missed the 6k drink station and carried on, then from about 3k to 18k my calf tightened up quite badly and I thought of a DNF but decided it wasn’t the Cavy spirit (haha).

I passed through 21k in 1:18.36 so I knew that the pack I was with, were on target for an ok time. I just needed to hold on with them.

I had some stomach issues at 37k but managed to push through to finish strong for the last 5k, passing about 4 or 5 people on my way. The last 3k I felt as though I had a huge smile on my face knowing I only had 10 minutes more to go before accomplishing such a massive personal achievement.

I finished with a time of 2:39:11, overall I am extremely happy with my performance, and I look forward to my next challenge!

MT Outdoors Southern Lakes Half Marathon and 10km, Saturday 7 May 2022

Wanaka, South Island

For results >> Road Results 2022

Rachael McKinney, Susan Craig and Cheryl Kelly all smiles

In the Half Marathon, Leith’s Rachael McKinney had an awesome run finishing fourth in the very competitive Female Vet2 (50-59) grade.  Her finishing time of 1 hour 48 minutes 26 seconds was very impressive too.  Caversham’s Cheryl Kelly finished fourth in this grade in 1 hour 54 minutes 50 seconds. 

In the 10km, Susan Craig had an excellent run despite being in a base building phase.  She finished third in another competitive grade the Female Vet2 (50-59) in 56 minutes 28 seconds.  A time she said she was happy with due to recent illness and subsequent easy slow paced base training.  We will soon have a report with photos from Susan.

For full details on this event and entry details >> MT Outdoors Southern Lakes Half Marathon and 10km 2022

34th Leith Harbour Free 5/10km, 9am, Sun, 24 April 2022

Course 2 – Kitchener St – Watercooled Sports, Dunedin

Visit the event website for full details and results/reports >> Leith Harbour Free

33rd Leith Harbour Free 5/10km, 6pm, Thursday, 31 March 2022

Course 1, Neptune/Magnet Streets, Dunedin

Visit the event website for full details and results/reports>> Leith Harbour Free

32nd Leith Harbour Free 5/10km, 6pm, Thursday, 24 February 2022

Course 1, Neptune/Magnet Streets, Dunedin

Visit the event website for full details and results/reports>> Leith Harbour Free

31st Leith Harbour Free 5/10km, 9am, Sunday, 30 January 2022

Course 1, Neptune/Magnet Streets, Dunedin

Visit the event website for full details and results/reports>> Leith Harbour Free