Club run summary 22/08/20

Park run group:

After indulging in a delicious REAL coffee, our group left the clubrooms and headed to the Botanical Gardens for an unofficial parkrun. Becky Greene set a blistering pace over the 5km course to show us the way. Lila and Sarah Rhodes enjoyed the less cluttered paths of the usual Saturday parkrun to set a great time also. Tim Dawbin and Dwayne Sheddan were looking forward to their breakfast back at the clubrooms so ran a respectable time so as not to miss out on the bacon and eggs. Lovely Luke Geddes was ably escorted around the course at Merrilee’s pace, now you can put your foot down in your first parkrun after lockdown Luke! Raewyn and Helen had lots to talk about and still managed to make it home with plenty more to discuss, that’s the real reason we run isn’t it?

Breakfast was amazing, thank you so much to Ollie and Amanda, and the entire O’Sullivan clan for catering to our every need. It was a big hit! Bruce Cowan reported having 3 breakfasts, I don’t think he was joking either. 

Looking forward to the next club run, I think we certainly have a winner with the morning club run addition (Merrilee Williams).

Track group:

The track group had a steady warm up, with a couple laps around Logan Park. Oli Chignel and Simon Cromarty cruised some laps of the Caledonian and supported the runners in the track session.

Leia Silby, Georgy Pakeho, Aly Craigie, Phil Morris, Elliot O’Sullivan, Ollie O’Sullivan completed the session of 1200m at 5km pace, 600m at 3km pace, 400m at 1500m pace, and 300m at 800m pace. Was a really fun group session and certainly opened everyone’s lungs up.

This was the first track session for some, and the first in a long time for others. Really nice to complete a different sort of group session (Ollie O’Sullivan).

Time trial group:

Jared Monk led the time trial group with Josh Hou and Finn Molloy. They clipped out a really quick 5km at roughly 3:20km pace. They traveled over the start of the soon to be announced Otago 10km course.

Walking group: TBC

Harrier Manger Summary: Otago Cross Country Champs 09.08.20

On Sunday Hill City-University athletes competed at the Otago Cross Country Champs, at the Chisolm Park Golf Course. Conditions under foot were perfect. The course was exceptional and was run on an undulating, challenging, and fast course. The biggest challenge of the day was contesting the southerly wind, followed by the undulations making it difficult to find a rhythm at times. ODT article can be found below:

This year the Otago Champs was incorporated with the Secondary Schools Otago Champs. It made for a great event. Numbers were the strongest we have seen for years, and it was amazing to see so many spectators enjoying the event. Something we would love to see continue.

Running the Otago Champs on this course has provided the perfect trial before the National Cross Country Champs to be held in 3 weeks on the same course. Let’s hope the weather will be as nice as yesterday.

Hill City-University athletes had a very successful day, congratulations to all Hill City-University runners, and the place getters, of which we had a large number.

Please see the Hill City-University results below. A full set of results can be found at:

Boys Under 12,  2km

Archie Rhodes 2nd place (8:46)

Alex Walker 3rd place (10:12)

Girls Under 14, 3km

Anya Rhodes 6th place (13:23)

Lila Rhodes 7th place (13:46)

Boys Under 14, 3km

Charlie Light  5th place (12:00)

Lachlan Crumpton 14th place (13:22)

Girls Under 15, 3km

Zara Geddes 1st Place (11:43)

Anna Carswell 4th Place (12:41)

Boys Under 15, 4km

Jake Owen 1st (14:32)

Nicolas Ray-Virat 3rd (14:55)

George Hamilton 4th (15:03)

Matthew Bolter 5th (15:26)

Girls Under 19, 4km

Rachael Turner 3rd (16:57)

Megan Foster 4th (17:16)

Boys Under 19, 6km

Grayson Westgate 3rd (23:25)

Women Under 20, 6km

Laura Bungard 2nd (26:40)

Masters Women 35-39, 6km

Shireen Crumpton 1st (26:23)

Sarah Rhodes 4th (29:08)

Masters Women 50+, 6km

Barbara Patrick 4th (34.43)

Myrtle Rough 9th (40.04)

Cathy Weatherston 10th (46:05)

Masters Men 65+, 6km

Phil Morris 2nd (30:35)

Men Under 20, 8km

Russell Green 2nd (28:08)

Finn Molloy 4th (28:39)

Masters Men 35+, 8km

Tim Bolter 4th (30:12)

Simon Rhodes 8th (32:05)

Elliot O’Sullivan 10th (33:24)

Mark Geddes 14th (37:59)

Masters Men 50+, 8km

Robbie Johnston 1st (30:06)

Eric Scharpf 4th (36:47)

Mark Chignell 5th (36:52)

Richard Foggarty 9th (37:41)

Senior Women, 10km

Rebekah Greene 1st (39:28)

Senior Men, 10km

Logan Slee 3rd (35:54)

Kirk Madgwick 5th (36:09)

Ollie O’Sullivan 7th (36:21)

Joel Carman 13th (39:27)

Club run summary 01.08.20

Scenic Pack

The HCU scenic pack run 1 August 2020 traversed some small hills in North Dunedin for about an hour before returning to the club rooms. All runners enjoyed a relaxed pace including Murtle, Merrilee Barbara (and dog), David and Tom.

Walking Pack

The walking pack had a flat walk from the clubrooms along ANZAC Ave to the railway station, along the deserted platform and over the footbridge and along to the harbour basin where we looked at the new albatross sculpture and the Neptune Memorial. We then walked round the basin and along Fryatt St then through the walkway to the Boat Harbour and viewed another sculpture, Kuri/Dog, before returning to the clubrooms via Butts Rd. Some members of the group expressed concern that we were 5 minutes late for afternoon tea but they need not have worried, there was plenty left for us.

Barnes Harrier Summary Report 27.07.20

On Sunday 26th July we had 27 Hill City-University Athletes compete at the Barnes Cross Country. We had a big number of successful results.

The ODT article can be accessed at

5km open men:

First home was Phil Morris in a time of 29:34. Phil dedicated his win to his nephew that recently passed away (Flynn Morris-Clarke). Flynn was a very successful athlete during his time competing for Hill City-University and is one of the most talented distance athletes to come through the club. It was great to see Phil draw inspiration from Flynn, with a great performance in taking the title. Third home with a strong run was Simon Rhodes. Fastest time went to Logan Slee in 17:20, and Second fastest time went to Russell Green in 17:40.

Open Women (3.75km):

Zara Geddes was first home in 21.41 and recorded fastest time. This is a seriously impressive performance and backs up a great run at the South Island Cross Country (Kennet Cup) champs, where she took the under 16 women’s south island cross country title.

Men under 18 (2.5km):

Jake Owen ran second fastest time in 9.01

Women under 18 (2.5km):

Anya Rhodes ran second fastest time in 11:08.

Boys under 14:

Third place home was Alex Walker in 5:38. Fastest time went to Lachlan Crumpton in 5:24, Archie Rhodes recorded the second fastest time in 5:32.

Girls under 14:

Lila Rhodes ran 3rd fastest time in 5:40.

Many other athletes had great performances, and the full set of results can be found at

Zara Geddes on her way to winning the Open Womens Race, and recording fastest time in the process.
Phil Morris Winning the open men title

Additional photos can be found on Facebook at:

TK Cowan Harrier Manager Report 18.07.20

It was great to be back at the Tomohawk Domain Hall on Saturday for the Annual TK cowan Race. This is such a challenging and fun race, and we were really lucky with the weather again. This course has it all. Steep hills, Gravel, grass, sand, and road. The perfect setting to run your legs off.

We had 28 people compete across the races, and it was really nice to see other clubs (Leith and Ariki) athletes join in on the event. Listening to Bruce Cowan (the son of TK Cowan) talking about the history of the event was particularly interesting. The event was initially created to be as difficult as possible by the Prespeterian Harrier Club, and they invited Dunlaider and the Mornington Harrier clubs to join in on the event. Eventually the 3 Clubs all merged to become Hill City. The Next club merger was with the University club, and now this forms the amalgamation of the 4 clubs. This is how we became Hill City-University. It’s really nice to see that the events culture is still strong in bringing people together from different Dunedin clubs. This year a closed car park allowed us to make the course even more challenging, which was great for the people who like the punishment.

Rumor has it that Sarah Warner bribed her handicap (not really-just a good run) to allow her to run away to a 3 minute victory. However, since she is not Hill City-University affiliated it was Merrilee Cowan who claimed line honours and took home the trophy for this year. Such an awesome achievement for Merrilee, and I am sure it was made even more special since the race is named after her Grandfather, and her father (Bruce) was presenting her the winning trophy. Second women home was Barbara Patrick, who had a strong run. Third home was Anya Rhodes in her first time competing in the 8km, seriously impressive stuff. First Man home was the experienced TK Cowan performer Phil Morris, followed by Dwayne Sheddan with a good run, 3rd man went to Elliot O’Sullivan. Men’s fastest times went to Josh Hou, Elliot O’Sullivan, and Dwayne Sheddan. Women’s fastest times went to Shireen Crumpton, Sarah Rhodes, and Georgie Pakeho. Lachlan Crumpton takes home the colts trophy in the 5km event. A full set of results can be found at, well done to everyone that competed.

Thanks very much to all the volunteers that help with everything that goes into these events. There are always a large number of people that help, and I know that we are thankful to all the individuals who support the club through volunteering.

Merrilee and Bruce Cowan Celebrating the win
Start Line as athletes perpare and warm up
Afternoon tea and prize giving

TK Cowan Results

Titles Claimed

First Women HomeNameTime
1stMerrilee Williams (Overall winner)51:05
2ndBarbara Patrick50:58
3rdAnya Rhodes42:53
First Men Home
1stPhil Morris43:27
2ndDwayne Sheddan36:05
3rdElliot O’Sullivan33:21
Fastest Women
1stShireen Crumpton38:15
2ndSarah Rhodes40:40
3rdGeorgie Pakeho41:58
Fastest Men
1stJosh Hou32:31
2ndElliot O’Sullivan33:21
3rdDwayne Sheddan36:05
Fastest Colt/First home
1stLachlan Crumpton25:42

8km Overall Race Results

PlaceNameFinishHandicapActual time
1Sarah S.Warner50:044:0046:04
2Merrilee Williams53.052:0051:05
3Phil Morris53:2710:0043:27
4Barbara Patrick54:584:0050:58
5Dwayne Sheddan55:0519:0036:05
6Anya Rhodes55:5313:0042:53
7Georgie Pakeho55:5814:0041:58
8Elliot O’Sullivan57:2124:0033:21
9Orlaith Heron57:3418:0039:34
10Sarah Rhodes57:4017:0040:40
11Mark O’Donnell 57:4120:0037:41
12Richard Fogarty57:4820:0037:48
13Simon Leaning58:0423:0035:04
14Shireen Crumpton59:1621:0038:15
15Cathy Weatherston59:201:0058:20
16Josh Hou59:3127:0032:31
17Matt Bixley59:4123:0036:41
18Caitlin O’Donnell59:4517:0042.45
19Tim Dawbin60.5221:0039:52
20John McMeckan61:096:0055:09
21Lila Rhodes61:3612:0049:36
22David Mackle64:332:0062:33
23Ollie O’Sullivan65.1027:0038:10

5km Race

PlaceNameFinishHandicapActual time
1Grayson Westgate18:065:0023:06
2Harry Summers20.173:0023:06
3Lachlan Crumpton25:422:3028:12
4Liz McMecking31:340:0031:34

3km Race

PlaceNameFinishHandicapActual Time
1Melanie Button14:490:0014:49

TK Cowan Race, 18 July

Thanks to everyone for the awesome Saturday of competitive racing. The Facebook posted photos give a great impression of how spoilt we were with the weather. Big thanks to our Sponsors Shoe Clinic, Otago Dental Service, Archie the coffee caravan, and all the various officials that helped make the event another successful year. Can any members still to pay the $10 entry fee contact or bring the $10 to the TK Cowan race this weekend.

This Saturday, 18 July we have our annual TK Cowan race – from the Tomohawk Hall, 307 Tomohawk road: This is a great event, an 8km Handicap race over road, beach, and golf course. There are kids races of 3km and 5km also available. There is no requirement to be registered, so come along and we will make sure a handicap is allocated. Please arrive by 1:30pm and racing will start at 2pm, All clubs and runners are welcome. Please bring a plate for afternoon tea. We will fire up the oven and have savouries to warm us up after the event. We will also require 8 marshals’ to monitor road crossings. Please contact if you are available to assist or have any questions.

View Looking down Tomohawk Beach. Its a tough climb out of the Sand dunes and tests even the toughest runners.

Hill City-University Lovelock Relay Harrier Manager Summary

Last weekend we hosted the Lovelock relays at the University oval. We had superb results across all grades. It was a perfect day for some competitive racing. Awesome seeing so many people keen to be involved:


Team Rhodes (Archie, Anya, Lila, and Simon) cruised in for second place in the social grade. This provided a great warmup for their main events, which the whole family performed well, and contributed to the success of 3 separate teams. Great to see the next generation of runners experiencing tough racing. The HCU Social team of Rachael Shields, Hellen Collins, Ollie O’Sullivan, and David Mackle combined to compete in the social event.

Primary Kids:

Alex Walker, and Violet Pakeho competed together in the primary kids race.  A sick team member had to cancel, and this resulted in Alex running 3 separate and impressive legs. It was fantastic to see both young athletes working together to come home first.

High School Boys:

Luke Geddes, Matthew Bolter, Lachlan Crumpton, and Archie Rhodes all had strong runs, winning the High School Boys grade. Some impressive times being run by these up and coming young runners.

Masters Men:

We had 2 Masters mens teams compete. HCU Masters team 1 finished a close second place (Elliot O’Sullivan, Tim Bolter, Simon Rhodes, and Stephen Bloomfield). Our number 2 Masters team also performed well with (Richard Fogarty, Phil Morris, Dwayne Sheddan, and Mark Geddes).

Masters Women:

Masters Women: Georgy Pakeho, Barbara Patrick, Cathy Weatherston, and Myrtle Rough performed well and are a total inspiration.  

Senior Women:

The two Hill City-Womens teams were closely placed together. The HCU team 1 (Laura Bungard, Bella Bloomfield, Anya Rhodes, Lila Rhodes) and HCU team 2 (Shireen Crumpton, Ali Cragie, Leia Silby, Lilah Gilenberg). Apologies for some of the issues with our timing within this race. None the less there were some impressive performances here.

Senior Men:

HCU Senior men 1 and 2 had a few late changes, and the HCU team 1 came away with the title (Caden Shields, Kirk Madgwick, Ollie O’Sullivan, Logan Slee, Josh Hou, and Russell Green). HCU Team 2 narrowly managed to claim the bronze medal, with some exciting racing (Nico Alverez-Ray, Jake Owen, Tim Dawbin, Elliot O’Sullivan, Tom Spencer, Ollie O’Sullivan).

Josh Hou, Ollie O’Sullivan, Caden Shield, Russel Green, Logan Slee, Kirk Madgwick

2020 Lovelock Relay Provisional Results

There are some errors in times. Particularly the Masters men/Senior women. There was an issue as a team picked up another teams pack. If you feel your time is not correct let oliver.osullivan@gmail know and we can add the athletes self timed results beside the result. Apologies for the inconvenience. Dubious times are (Bold and italics).


28 Dundas (1st Place)Liam MillerBlake MillerBernaby KellyAbbie Mortimer
Clock time4.5311.0816.2821.21
Indiv time4.536.155.204.53
Team Rhodes (2nd Place)Archie RhodesLila RhodesAnya RhodesSimon Rhodes
Clock time6.0812.2519.1324.48
Indiv time6.086.176.485.35
HCU SocialRachael ShieldsHellen CollinsOllie O’SullivanDavid Mackle
Clock time5.1914.3521.1630.10
Indiv time5.199.166.418.54
Ariki GreenSarah LongsburyCharlotte SummersLola SaundersAmy Porter
Clock time6.2712.3919.3727.49
Indiv time6.276.126.588.12
Civil FamilyJoe ConnelyJack ConnelyRose ConnelyMatthew Connely
Clock time6.0413.4519.5026.26
Indiv time6.047.416.056.36
Taieri (3rd Place)Amanda WaldromTarryn FaheyJanice FinnieGraham Murphie
Clock time5.4213.2419.4325.34
Indiv time5.427.426.195.51
Caversham Social 1Judy RobinsonPhil CoatesVicki EvansGrant Dowland
Clock time6.413.0822.5229.40
Indiv time6.406.289.446.48
Caversham Social 2Gavin ChinLesley McCormackPaula CotterSophie Stokes
Clock time7.5316.1924.3529.52
Indiv time7.538.268.165.17


HCU KidsAlex WalkerViolet PakehoAlex Walker (2nd)Alex Walker (3rd run)
Caversham Kids 1Emily Rose YoungLachie RowleyDaniel RyanLeo Young
Leith Kids #1Terrance FarellaOliver MorganRowan HamiltonArchie Mckinlay
Ariki U12 ChildernHugh WalkerSammy WalkerNiamh PorterCharlotte Summer/TBA
Caversham Kids 2Zaydan ReynoldsSammy CotterQuinn ReynoldsEmily Rose Young
Leith Kids #2Daniel MorganJames O’NeillAilish O’NeillDante Taigel-Pierce

Masters Women

Hcu #1 Masters WomenGeorgy PakehoBarbara PatrickCathy WeatherstonMyrtle Rough
Clock time6.2113.4122.2430.34
Indiv time6.217.208.438.10
Leith Masters Women #1 (2nd Place)Siobhan McKinlayChristine MontgomeryJane AdamsRach McKinney
Clock time6.3712.4920.1327.23
Indiv time6.376.127.247.10
Caversham VW1 (1st Place)Kirsty EylesMichelle WattClaire AndertonDonna Young
Clock time5.5812.2118.4324.52
Indiv time5.586.236.226.09
Caversham VW2 (3rd Place)Celia LieRebecca WebsterDonna TumaruEvelyn Armstrong
Clock time7.2614.3321.4129.17
Indiv time7.
Caversham VW3Sue KimJanine BakerGail SharpClaire Giles
Clock time7.1515.3022.4930.20
Indiv time7.

Masters Men

HCU Masters #1 (2nd Place)Elliot O’SullivanTim BolterSimon RhodesSteve Bloomfield
Clock time4.5910.0815.1420.31`
Indiv time4.595.095.065.16
HCU Masters #2Richard FogartyPhil MorrisDwayne SheddanMark Geddes
Clock time5.3512.0217.2423.05
Indiv time5.356.275.225.26
Leith Masters #1 (1st Place)Mark O’NeillLuke McKinleySimon LeaningMark O’Donnell
Clock time4.539.4114.5520.12
Indiv time4.534.485.145.17
Leith Masters #3Steve TrippPeter HughesMarc BoulleLee Flowers
Clock time5.4913.0921.1827.33
Indiv time5.497.108.116.15
Ariki MM35 (3rd Place)Phil NapperRussell LundEddie SmithAaron Porter
Clock time5.2210.4815.5320.49
Indiv time5.
Civil 1Rob HomanNick WoolcroftJoe ConnelyPeter Frew
Clock time5.5811.3017.4023.26
Indiv time5.585.326.105.46
Caversham MM1Geoff AndersonDavid SharpGordon WongPeter Fitzgerald
Clock time5.2211.1016.5721.59
Indiv time5.225.485.495.00
Caversham MM2Alister McAleveryRichard YoungNeville ShanksRoss Gatenby
Clock time6.4112.5519.4526.16
Indiv time6.416.146.506.31
Caversham MM3Nicholas HengKen PullarNeville ScottKen Fahey
Clock time7.1514.3621.5429.15
Indiv time7.
Leith Masters #2 (Disqualified, runner ran twice)Luke McKinlayTom McKinlayMurray Jensen-McCloySimon Leaning
Clock time5.1010.3215.5521.05
Indiv time5.

High School Boys

HCU #1 Junior Boys (1st Place)Luke GeddesMatthew BolterLachlan CrumptonArchie Rhodes
Clock time5.1410.1816.1822.45
Indiv time5.
Caversham School Boys (2nd Place)Ollie YoungHadlee EdmundsPatrick CotterBeil Brown
Clock time4.5510.4318.3224.57
Indiv time4.555.487.496.25

Senior Women

HCU Womens #2 (2nd Place)Shireen CrumptonAli CraigieLeia SilbyLilah Gilenberg
Clock time5.4311.3217.3923.51
Indiv time5.435.496.076.12
Leith SW #1 (1st Place)Lydia PatilloCaitlin O’DonnellOlivia GoldMeriam van Os
Clock time5.4411.0716.2922.21
Indiv time5.445.235.225.52
Leith SW #2Sophie SmithGaya GnanalingamZoe Van-WijkClaudia Sole
Clock time5.4612.0419.0225.45
Indiv time5.466.186.586.43
Caversham Senior Womens #2 (3rd Place)Becly De La HarpeSophie StokesJordan Evans-TobataGracie Young
Clock time5.3112.0617.4223.57
Indiv time5.316.435.366.15
Caversham Senior Women #1 (Disqualified, runner ran twice)Lehana ReevesJulie EdmundsKirsty EylesLehana Reeves
Clock time5.2110.5816.2722.06
Indiv time5.215.375.295.39
Ariki Senior Women (Disqualified, runner ran twice)Catherine LundSue CuthbertJen WakerCatherine Lund
Clock time5.2311.5217.2122.46
Indiv time5.
HCU Womens #1 (Disqualified, runner left course)Laura BungardBella BloomfieldAnya RhodesLila Rhodes
Clock time5.2510.4916.4023.43
Indiv time5.255.26 self timed @5.115.517.14

Senior Men

Mighty HCU#1 (1st Place)Caden ShieldsKirk MadgwickOllie O’SullivanLogan SleeJosh HouRussel Green
Clock time4.218.4813.1817.3922.1226.29
Indiv time4.214.274.304.214.334.17
Leith SM#1 (2nd Place)Nathan HillJulius StaufenbergNic BathgateJack DiversLiam ChesneyJanus Staufenberg
Clock time4.349.0313.4318.3923.0127.06
Indiv time4.344.294.404.564.224.05
Leith SM#2Hanish McKinlayHarjinder Singh ChanderStephen MorrisonNeale McLanachanAndrew LonieMark O’Meill
Clock time5.0311.5316.4522.0227.3533.08
Indiv time5.036.504.525.175.335.33
Ariki Senior Men #1Nathan HarrisonTony DoddsShay VeitchBraden ArbuckleXaviour WalkerTom McCracken
Clock time5.111015.320.4125.2431.04
Indiv time5.114.495.305.114.435.40
Caversham SM#1 (3rd Place)Jonah SmithEzikiel StewartBen PigouBen RowleyLeon MiyaharaNathan Shanks
Clock time4.469.5214.5619.4424.3529.22
Indiv time4.465.065.044.484.514.47
Caversham SM#2Michael DowneJono RyanAndrew McCaigMatthew WongAlexander BrownAlex Dodds
Clock time5.2110.2517.1523.1928.2233.02
Indiv time5.215.046.506.045.034.40
Mighty HCU#2 (Disqualified, runner ran twiceNico Alvarez-ReyJake OwenTim DawbinElliot O’SullivanTom SpencerOllie O’Sullivan
Clock time4.369.3214.4019.5724.3529.17
Indiv time4.364.565.085.174.384.42