Trail 2021


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New Zealand Mountain Running Championships, Saturday 17 April 2021

Coronet Peak, Queenstown

As part of the Queenstown Alpine Grind

Dunedin had success in this event. 

Race stats: 8.86km / 2 Laps (4.43km) ELEVATION GAIN: 748m / ELEVATION LOSS: 726m

GOLD was won by Jennifer Walker Female 39 from Dunedin in the Masters Women 35-49 grade in 1:09:58

For full results >> Queenstown Alpine Grind

Riverhead Backyard ReLaps Ultra “Last Man Standing Event”, Friday 16 April 2021

Riverhead Forest, New Zealand

Bisley sets record in winning gruelling race – (ODT online Wednesday 21 April 2021 article by Jeff Cheshire) 

For results go to the Riverhead Backyard Relaps Ultra website

You can also visit the Riverhead Backyard ReLaps Ultra and Relay Facebook

Chris Bisley is the winner of the 2021 Riverhead Backyard ReLaps Ultra after battling with Sam Harvey for 7 laps together. Awesome effort from Chris who takes the Golden Ticket entry into Bigs Backyard in Tennessee in October!!  Chris ran 38 laps for a total of 254.98 kilometres at an average of 49 minutes 30 seconds per lap for a total time of 31 hours 34 minutes 13 seconds. – a new record!

Chris had just recently won the Three Peaks Mountain Race 55km Ultra held in Dunedin (28 March 2021), so to achieve this with such a short turnaround against some quality competition is indeed an amazing effort.  

Coastal Ultra, Saturday, 10 April 2021

Curio Bay, Catlins

Leith Athletics ultra athletes, Steve Tripp and Sandor Toth competed in the 71km event on Saturday. Sandor Toth finished in 10 hours 26 minutes 40 seconds.  He was placed 35th out of 81, finishing 14th in the Senior Male grade.  Showing the youngster Sandor how it’s done, Steve Tripp, despite a recent injury, persevered in sandals and finished in 10 hours 4 minutes 59 seconds to place 29th out of 81, finishing as 2nd Master Male runner. He just had slight bruising on some of his toes.

Three Peaks Mountain Race, Sunday, 28 March 2021

Dunedin, New Zealand

For full results and reports of this iconic event go to Three Peaks Mountain Race

Leith Athletics Report:

The Leith Athletics organised Three Peaks Mountain Race took place on Sunday and reports are that it was again an immensely successful event enjoyed by participants, supporters and volunteer helpers alike. The weather was great too, starting off warm and sunny and cooler and cloudier by afternoon. Leith Athletics congratulates and thanks all who took part in any capacity, whether as a competitor or a volunteer. Leith athletes enjoyed some success too: The winner of the 55km Ultra and defending champ Chris Bisley was wearing a Leith Athletics singlet to show his support for the club; Experienced Leith Athletics runner John Bayne won the 55km Male Veteran 50-59 title; Evergreen Dave McLean was second in the Male Gurus 60+ in the 55km race; In the 11km Race the Summit Tadhg Ryan Charleton finished first to the top with Simon Leaning third and defending Female champ Lydia Pattillo winning the title again.

For full results and reports of this iconic event go to Three Peaks Mountain Race

Orokonui Challenge, Sunday, 14 March 2021

Orokonui Ecosanctuary, Waitati, Dunedin

The Orokonui Challenge is an 18.5km run at the Orokonui Ecosanctuary in Waitati, Dunedin.

For more details >> Orokuni Challenge Run

For results >> Trail Results 2021

Chief Timekeeper/Entries/Recorder/Results/Photographer: Sebastian Sole

Leith Athletes and associated athletes took part in this great event which took place in ideal cool and sunny conditions.  Leith also provided timing and helpers.  Highlights for Leith were: Sandor Toth ran well to finish third overall (3rd Male) in 1 hour 27 minutes 28 seconds averaging 4 minutes 52 seconds per km;  Lee Flowers finished 6th Overall (16th Male) in 1 hour 48 minutes 39 seconds averaging 6 minutes 2 seconds per km; Jamie Gardner finished 24th Overall (19th Male) averaging 6 minutes 6 seconds per km;  Dave McLean finished 30th overall (22nd Male), first Master 65+ runner in 1 hour 55 minutes 37 seconds, averaging 6 minutes 25 seconds per km.

Full Leith Athletes and associated athletes results:

3rd Sandor Toth Male 1:27:28  (4:52 min/km)

7th Michael Pullar Male 1:35:04 (5:17 min/km) 1st Master runner

10th Richard Seed Male 1:39:07 (5:30 min/km)

21st Lee Flowers Male 1:48:39 (6:02 min/km)

24th Jamie Gardner Male 1:49:39 (6:06 min/km)

30th Dave McLean Male 1:55:37 (6:25 min/km) 1st Master 65+ runner

Fourth Three Peaks Orientation Run, 9am, Sunday, 14 March 2021

Start George Street entrance to Woodhaugh Gardens.

This event, the last of four orientation runs has now taken place. Run leader Danny Baillie reports that the orientation run went well on a fantastic day for running.  They had 22 runners plus about 4 more joining at Morrisons.

Description: Ran up Leith Valley to join the second part of the 26km course (and last 2 legs of 55km). Up Leith Valley turning off over bridge into City Forest section. Over Mt Cargill and down to race finish at Chingford Park. Then ran down road back to the start. Approx 22km. Visit Three Peaks Training Page for more details. 

Third Three Peaks Orientation Run, 9am, Sunday 7 March 2021

Start George Street entrance to Woodhaugh Gardens.

This event has now been completed

Started from George Street entrance to Woodhaugh Gardens. The first part of the 26km course was up Flagstaff, Swampy, down Morrisons and then back down Leith Valley Rd to start. Approximately 20km. Visit Three Peaks Training Page for more details.

Papatowai Challenge, Saturday 27 February 2021

2463 Papatowai Highway Papatowai, New Zealand 9586

The Papatowai Challenge is a pre-season fun run and walk from a holiday home in the Catlins.
Papatowai is located approximately two hours from Dunedin.

DISTANCE: 15.5km (Trail and Beach)
Check the Sport Otago Website Papatowai Info and Papatowai Facebook Links for full details and results

Leith’s Nic Bathgate takes out the 2021 Papatowai Challenge Title

Continuing from his excellent form on the track, Nic Bathgate finished first overall and also first in the Open Men’s grade in 58 minutes 6 seconds.  Hamish McKinlay finished 7th (15th overall) in the Open Men’s grade in 1 hour 13 minutes 1 second.  Danny Baillie finished first in the Master Men’s 50-59 grade and 7th overall in 1 hour 7 minutes 43 seconds in another good performance considering he is not race fit yet and well off his time of two years ago which was seven minutes faster.   Fifth in this grade was another Leith runner, Tom McKinlay in 1 hours 19 minutes 19 seconds. Simon Leaning finished 3rd in the Veteran Men 40-49 grade and 10th overall in 1 hour 9 minutes 59 seconds. Luke McKinlay finished 16th in this grade in 1 hour 29 minutes 40 seconds. Siobhan McKinlay finished 4th in the Masters Women 45-59 grade in 1 hour 29 minutes 40 seconds. David McLean finished fourth in the Legends Men 60-99 grade in 1 hour 27 minutes 54 seconds.  Steven Springthorpe finished 12th in the LM60-99 grade in 1 hour 57 minutes 17 seconds.  Hilary Lawrence finished 14th in the Open Female walk in 2 hours 18 minutes 55 seconds.

Second Three Peaks Orientation Run, 9am, Sunday, February 21 at the Bullring

Bullring Car Park,  Flagstaff-Whare Flat Road, North Taieri 9092

This event has taken place

A nice slow long run that covered all of legs 2 to 5 of the 55km course.  The participants returned along Swampy Ridge to Flagstaff and the Bullring. Approximately 36km.  Ten people participated in this long orientation run, including Race Director Steve Tripp, Dave McLean, Glenn Thompson, Colin Tocher and Chander Harjinder Singh.

First Three Peaks Orientation Run, 9am, Sunday 31 January 2021

This event has taken place 

Started 9am from the Bullring, Flagstaff-Whare Flat Road, North Taieri 9092

This run covered all the new parts of the 55km course in legs 2 and 3. The runners met at the Bullring at 9am. The 28 runners ran Leg 2 down Longridge Rd and Smeatons Track and then leg 3 along Tunnel Track and Racemans Tracks before returning past the bottom of Powder Ridge and finished by running up Whare Flat Rd.  Approximately 20km.

Visit the Three Peaks Mountain Race Website