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Track and Field Results for the summer season.


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Hi everyone. That is a very fitting tribute to Pat Sidon, written by John Stinson. Everyone will have their memories of Pat, and he will certainly be missed but not forgotten...MORE

The official opening of the 2014 Winter Season was held at the Clubrooms Middleton Road in cool overcast weather last Saturday...MORE

Hi everyone. That is a very fitting tribute to Pat Sidon, written by John Stinson. Everyone will have their memories of Pat, and he will certainly be missed but not forgotten

Tuesday April 2nd 2014 was a sad day for the Caversham Harrier and Athletic Club with the passing of Co-Patron, Life Member and legendary athlete Pat Sidon.

Undoubtedly the greatest athlete in the long and distinguished history of the Caversham Club, Pat joined Caversham in 1948 following a string of athletic successes at Kings High School. Under the guidance of highly regarded Caversham Club Coach Alex Barr, Pat quickly established himself as an athlete of exceptional quality able to adapt to any kind of climatic and track conditions, added to by a great work ethic and the ability to always perform best on the biggest occasions.

A few highlights of his remarkable athletics career would include New Zealand Junior Cross Country Champion 1950, Senior Cross-Country Champion 1961,13 Edmond Cup Steeplechase titles and 11 Otago Cross Country titles.  Pat captained the New Zealand Cross Country Team in Belgium in 1965 finishing in ninth place with the team finishing third overall. A further example of his prowess came with the inaugural staging of the Open Christchurch to Akaroa Road Relay where running the final leg containing three formidable hills, Pat recorded a time 8 seconds quicker than that of 1960 Rome Olympics 5000 Metres Gold Medallist Murray Halberg. Pat was also equally adept on the track, winning numerous Otago Championship titles in distances from 800 to 5000 metres.

Pat was Club Captain of Caversham in their 50th jubilee year of 1955 and elected a life member in 1964. He enjoyed the social side of his chosen sport and relished the company of all his fellow Caversham members and Athletics Associates.

Although not actively involved in the coaching side of athletics, Pat was always approachable and willing to pass on help and guidance to anyone of any level regardless of their ability. In recent years he gained much enjoyment observing the winning performances of the strong group of young athletes carrying on the proud traditions of his renowned Caversham Club.

Pat Sidon will always be remembered not only for his remarkable athletic career, but also as a person who loved encouraging others to do their best and enjoy themselves at all times.


 Pat Sidon Ponyales 2011.jpg

Click here for details of an interview with Pat and a note of his achievements.


Welcome members, old and new, to the 110th Winter Season of the Caversham Harrier and Athletic Club....MORE





TEAM 6 - 42 
It was a bright sunny morning on Saturday 5th of October in Christchurch. The Cavy Team 42 was up bright and early for the six man relay...more

TEAM 6 - 43
As the dawn broke, clear and crisp, manager Brain handed out the numbers and ushered the Caversham No. 2 team into the bus.  All had slept well in the plush accommodations at Meadow Park and excitement was building as driver Phil put the hammer down and the bus steadily pulled away from Meadow Park towards the unknown...more



why i got into it - alison NEWall

I was asked why I compete every Saturday at the T&F competitions at the Caledonian over the summer season, where do I start - Enjoyment of the competition, against fellow competitors and against yourself; the variety of events..... Click here to view more.
I first joined Caversham Harriers, three years ago, after walking a half marathon. I have never been a club person before, once joined I was greeted by a friendly, welcoming here for more.
  • Brighton Green Island Road Race Results 10 August 2013

Great races were held on Saturday - click here for Finishing Order or here for Fastest Times

  • Edmond Cup Results 29 June 2013
    Caversham members did wonderfully well at Wingatui last Saturday.  Congratulations to the Senior Men's team of  Ben Anderson, Peter Meffan, Jonah Smith, Sam Hopper and Zinzan Smith who won the Open Men's event on Saturday, 29 June.  Also to  Roger Leslie, Tom Cockerill and Donna Tumaru taking out the places in the Open Recreational Walk.  See full results  here or photos  here.


  • Application for Grant

The Caversham Harrier Committee will consider an application for funding assistance where an athlete represents the Club, Otago or New Zealand in representative events.  Click here for an application.

  • Photos
    Check out the Galleries tab above for photos from recent events.

  • Club Personalities
    The Smith Family have returned to NZ and are making the most of Caversham here to learn a little about this Club family.

  • Newsletter 
    The latest Caversham Harrier Club Newsletter  "Cavy Chat" is now available, go to "Our Club" click on to "Cavy Chat Newsletter". It will also be sent via Email to all clubmembers.