Leith Cross Country Relays
The Leith Cross Country Relays, an annual teams relay, held over a rugged grassed 2km course at the Dunedin Pony Club grounds, Three Mile Hill.
The Leith Cross Country Team Relays is a popular event on the Dunedin Winter Cross Country calendar. Formerly held at the Wesleydale Methodist Youth Camp, Munro Road, Berwick over a true tough cross country course called “The Wesleydales”, it was relocated to the Dunedin Pony Club grounds in 2006. This course now known fondly as the “Ponydales” is considered by many to be equally as tough with a small log to hurdle, an often muddy mushy ditch to leap or negotiate, two steep climbs (at the start, middle) and a fast finish downhill. There are twists and turns to keep one attentive. It is a good spectator course with easy access to vantage points. Due to slight course changes from year to year, comparison of individual and team record times may not be truly accurate. The Teams Relay Format provides plenty of excitement with leads, team positions changing constantly and close finishes. This event caters for all ages and abilities. Anyone can make up a team of 4 people and it is not a requirement to be a registered Club member.
The Ponydale Challenge
Run since 2019, this increasingly popular ultra cross country/trail event is going from strength to strength. Description of the event: Starting at 12:45pm, the start of the first relay race (Race 1), run as many laps of the 2km Ponydale course as you can before the last relay race (Race 4) has finished. You can also be a Team runner by passing through the Start/Finish line precisely when your Leg is about to run or simply wait until your runner arrives. Coordinate between you and your Teammates
The current Record: Matthew Adams (SM) 16 Laps covering 32km in 2:36.44 (2022) and Mandy Lowther (SW) 13 Laps covering 26km (2022)