Club run summary: 13 June

Kids Pack

Pack leader: Simon

Archie, Violet, Charlotte and Lila headed out to the Botanic Gardens with the intent on running the Parkrun course. We hit the stairs of despair with gusto. But perhaps too much.

Had a quick go on the swings and then headed back to the club. The group split and whilst it was air hockey for half the other half smashed out the Logan Park circuit. A good day all in all with a fabulous (as usual) afternoon tea.

Kids plus pack

Pack leader: Tim

The kids plus pack was a fairly small group this time- although this meant we could better tailor our pace to suit everyone. We turned left at Butts road and continued straight along Dundas Street until we turned right at George Street.

We ran through the Woodhaugh Gardens which was good fun and a new experience for most of our pack. After crossing the Malvern Street bridge, we ran up the ‘Water of Leith’ track. Running along this track was great as the bush provided some welcome shade on a beautiful day.

After walking up the last seep and slippery section and having a brief rest at the top to admire some dogs, we completed a clockwise loop of the Ross Creek Reservoir. We followed the same track until we turned off to exit at Rockslide Road where we followed Malvern Street along to Duke Street cutting across Castle Street back to Dundas which we followed along Butts Road back to the clubrooms.

This run was 9.61 km in total. An enjoyable run largely owing to our ongoing conversations where we got to know each other better as well as the mixture of scenery and terrains.

Scenic group

Pack leader: Merrilee

The scenic pack was enormous with lots of apprehensive new members today, it was such a fantastic sight!

We set off down to Ravensbourne on the cycle way in the sun. Odette Heenan and Ann Bixley set the challenge to run the zig zags up the hill which Merrilee naively tagged along for. The more sensible members meandered up the hill to take in the view of the harbour to the top.

The kids slide proving too tempting for Raewyn Nyhof who had to give it a whirl. We were pleased to have half of the SDHB operating theatre nurses with us, Helen, Elspeth and Cassie just in case she came a cropper. Kirstie Gillon-Wood must have enjoyed our company last week so it was great that she came back for her second club run this week.

At the plateau of the big easy we soaked up some sun then enjoyed the well-earned downhill section of the Big Easy before returning to the clubrooms fashionably late for a cuppa. Looking forward to next weeks adventures!

Medium pack

Pack leader: Richard

Yes, another great turnout at the club on Saturday well done everyone.

The medium pack were a group of 7.  Without a plan to start, other than wanting to stay in the sun as much as possible but also wanting to run a combination of road and off road running; we just ran.

We headed out towards the Forsyth Barr Stadium, then left out to the harbour walking / cycle track.  What a fantastic track/asset to Dunedin’s infrastructure that is, with a constant stream of traffic, on foot and bike.  We decided to head towards town, through the industrial part of town along Ward St and eventually over the railway walking over-bridge then up through the heart of Dunedin in to the Octagon to soak in a bit of the atmosphere from the visitors to Dunedin for the first live rugby game post lockdown.

We then slowly worked out way up through the town belt to Highgate then out to the Ross Creek tracks.  Just one minor hiccup in our change of terrain from road to gravel track, Dwayne caught his foot on a rock and went down and suffered a graze to his hand. 

Once at the reservoir we headed back down the hill in the direction of the club rooms.  Through the lower gardens and back to the club.

A great fun run in the sun with lots of banter and talk from all involved.

Looking forward to the next club adventure. 

Fast Pack

Pack leader: Ollie

What a perfect day for a pack run and another great turnout at the club.

The fast pack had a great mix of individuals. 9 in the pack this week (similar to our opening day).

George Hamilton led the fast pack this week. Initially we completed a warmup lap of the Caledonian track and avoided the frost on the back straight. We then headed up through the Northern Cemetery, while chatting about a challenging historical handicap race, that went around the Cemetery. Not surprisingly some of the younger members could not remember this course.

The run then consisted of weaving through the botanical gardens via the bird Avery (the birds were very excited to see such a large pack of runners) and the challenging hills of the Dunedin park run (we were all glad we were not racing up the hills today). We were briefly joined by Simon and the kids pack, while completing a loop around the crocodile café.

Some good discussions regarding future racing and training principles were had, and to complete the hour run we included a lap of Logan Park.

Next week we look forward to the 9am Morning club run.

Start of 2020 winter season

Hi everyone

Well! Do I have great news for you!! NZ has absolutely aced this COVID-19 thing, so we are allowed to get together for the opening of our 2020 Winter harrier season! Yeeehaaa!!!

So its official, we will open our clubrooms on Saturday 6th June at 1.30pm for a club run. Bring yourselves, your families, your new running buddies, and lets enjoy a run together.

We will have a sign in process, as you will be likely well used to by now, ask that you use sanitiser on arrival, and we will have some measures in place so we can have a cuppa together, but likely no shared food (I will look into how we can manage this). Social distancing will be a long term measure wherever we go so please continue with this also.

Subs: We are working this just now with Athletics NZ so hold tight with your online registrations til I say GO!

So excited! Looking forward to seeing you all:)

Prizegiving 2017: Winter Harriers

Race Awarded for Name
D.H Randle Memorial Cup Fastest time Lovelock Trials Drew Cairney
Maiden Race Trophy 1st Woman home in lovelock trials Bella Bloomfield
Neil Hickey Memorial cup Fastest in Lovelock Relays Sam Bremer
TK Cowan 1st Man Eric Scharpf
John Edmond’s Memorial cup 2nd Man David Mackle
TK Cowan 1st woman over line Anya Rhodes
TK Cowan Fastest Man Jared Monk
TK Cowan Fastest Woman Bridget Thompson
Edmond Cup – Soldier Memorial Trophy 1st SM home Oli Chignell
Edmond Cup – R.C Lindsay/
I.F Reid trophy
1st JM home Drew Cairney
Edmond Cup – R.C Lindsay/
I.F Reid trophy
1st MU16 home George Bates
Edmond Cup – Steeplechase Trophy 1st SW home Shauna Pali
Otago Cross Country – Fenwick Memorial cup SM fastest time-1st to finish Stafford Thompson
Otago Cross Country – J.C. Lucas cup JM fastest time Drew Cairney
Otago Cross Country – W.H. Burrows Colts Cup BoyU14 fastest time George Hamilton
Otago Cross Country -R.T.Dodds U16 fastest time George Bates
Otago Cross Country – I.F.Murcott & Emerson cup SW fastest time Bridget Thompson
Otago Cross Country – Ladies XC U16 fastest time Rosie Falcous
Otago Cross Country – MM XC MM35 fastest time Robbie Johnston
Otago Cross Country – MW XC MW35 fastest time Bridget Thompson
Ariki/HCU Rotary park XC – Mornington Girls XC U14 fastest time Anya Rhodes
Ariki/HCU Rotary park XC – Presbytarian cup 1st SM over line Stafford Thompson
Ariki/HCU Rotary park XC – R.E Gain Memorial cup 1st JM over line Campbell Neilson
Ariki/HCU Rotary park XC – D.O’Brien Cup 1st SW over line Sarah Rhodes
Colin Holmes Memorial road race 1st man over line Keith Weatherston
Colin Holmes Memorial road race – Colts race 1st U16 over line Josh Hou
Colin Holmes Memorial road race – A.Knowles 1st Woman over line Shireen Crumpton
Colin Holmes Memorial road race – R.Murcott Fastest man Richard Fogarty
Colin Holmes Memorial road race 1st Boy U14 over line Archie Rhodes
Colin Holmes Memorial road race 1st Girl U14 over line Emma Neilson
Colin Holmes Memorial road race – Alice Baker Memorial cup Fastest Woman Shireen Crumpton
Hill Free – Wakari Cup Half 1st man home Stafford Thompson
Hill Free – Cook Hill Trophy- Half 1st Club man home Stafford Thompson
Hill Free – Hire Service Trophy-Half 1st club woman home Emma Lloyd
Hill Free – 10km 1st man home Kirk Madgwick
Hill Free – 10km 1st woman home Shireen Crumpton
Richmond Family cup Cowan/Holmes/Port Man Richard Fogarty
Frost Trophy Most Improved male Drew Cairney
M.G. Manson Most improved female Bridget Thompson
P.R & P.M Seaton Most Outstanding performance Caden Shields
Jack Clark Trophy Persistence and Determination Myrtle Rough
Bob Lindsay Memorial Trophy Best Marathon Performance Romain Mirosa
David McDonald Memorial Trophy Most Valuable Contribution Road Relay Jared Monk

Club run 16 July

Saturday 16th July – there will be a club run and walk from our Clubrooms at Logan Park, HCU is hosting the Caversham club.

Please meet at 1:30pm with a briefing at 1:45pm and bring a plate for afternoon tea.

Otago cross country champs

Members who want to enter the Otago Cross Country champs please refer to Athletics Otago website for entry details.

Peninsula relays

Members who want to be in included in Peninsula Relay teams are to email by July 22nd.

HCU take the double

It wasn’t mud, sweat and tears but hail, determination & smiles all round when HCU contested the Ponydale Relays on Saturday.

The Club took out the double winning both the Senior Men’s and Women’s titles.

Joe Beamish, Kieran Cody, Josh Campbell & Andy Pohl made up the winning team with
Joe recording the second fastest time of day on the 2730m course. Not even a very cold polar blast could stop this race and the boys battled through the elements and all ran extremely well.

In the women’s race Hannah Adamson, Katrina Andrew, Mary Gray & Deb Lynch
held off Christina Taylor, Kirsty O’Sullivan, Bella Bloomfield & Susannah Lynch to give the club the quinella.

The Mens 18 team of Ben Wardhaugh, Lochie Chittock, Matt Ogle & Oli Chignell
won their grade with Oli recording the fastest time of the day over the 2000m course.

The Masters Men team of Kerrin Williams, Ian Graham, Steve Bloomfield & Mike Wakelin
finished second in their race with Mike the fastest Master of the day.

William Scharpf was the fastest U13 boy recording a 2.37 for the 730m course which according to the record books is a new best time.

Full Ponydale results can now be viewed on the Athletics Otago website.

Well done everyone.

Lovelock relays 2014

May 3: The club will host the 77th annual Lovelock Relays at the University Oval this Saturday afternoon. Following completion of the relays there will be a mass pack run at 3.45pm with prize giving at the Hill City-University clubrooms 4.30pm.

Please refer to club website for start times; club teams will be posted on the HCU website and emailed through the mailing lists Wednesday.

Club uniform to be worn if you do not have the club singlet please email size required, price to be advised we will ensure we have some club singlets there on Saturday. Shorts are black.

For HCU club members competing the cost is $5 (as opposed for $10 for other competitors), please bring your $5 and give to your team captain who will hand back when the race numbers are returned. I think Ivan will have the mobile eftpos machine too if any one requires this.

Please note there is no club run/walk from the clubrooms.

Thanks if you have offered to help on the day Tom Heller will be in contact, and if you are available to help but have not indicated please let me know.

Harrier season opening club run/walk 2013

Harriers Season starts this Saturday 6th April – We welcome runners and walkers of all abilities to come and join us as the winter season of running starts – slow, medium and fast packs will take you at your speed to explore the many fantastic trails Dunedin has to offer. Come and discover the enjoyment of running with others and what club running and events can offer you.

Logan Park HCU Clubrooms, Logan Park Drive
Assemble from 13:30pm onwards, welcome at 13:45pm, pack runs off at 14:00pm, followed by afternoon tea.

Enquiries to for details.

Easter Saturday Run and Walk‏

There was a pleasing turnout at our first Hill City – University Club Run and Walk.

For those of you who couldn’t make it there will be a club run and walk this Easter Saturday at 1.45pm.

Please remember a plate for afternoon tea. Everyone welcome.

Winter Programme and Registration forms can be collected from our Clubrooms.

Have a relaxing Easter break.

Winter Manager