The Leith Cross Country Relays known as “The Ponydales” is an annual cross country teams relay event held in mid-May, on the grounds of the Dunedin Pony Club, Three Mile Hill, Dunedin. It is organised by the Leith Harrier & Athletic Club.
The Leith Cross Country Relays has for a long time been a very popular event on the winter harrier season cross country calendar. Formerly held out at the Wesleydale Camp which was known as a true tough cross country course, the event was relocated to the Dunedin Pony Club grounds at Three Mile Hill. This course now known fondly as the “Ponydales” is considered by many to be equally as tough and has many features – a log fence to hurdle over, a nice often mushy ditch at the bottom of a hill to negotiate, two steep climbs – one at the beginning and one near the middle of the course and a nice long downhill to the finish. There are lots of twists and turns on the course to keep one attentive and often spikes are required. It is great for the spectators too, because the entire race can be seen unfolding from the start/finish line.
In 2019 we introduced the Ponydale Challenge for the ultra runner in us. See more on this exciting event in the Race Details page.
The teams relay format is popular and results in plenty of excitement with leads and team positions changing constantly. This often results in some close finishing as the teams vie for line honours. This is an event that caters for all ages and abilities with the social grades being the most popular. This year it is not a requirement to be a registered member of a club.
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