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Sandy Barwick - New Zealand Ultrarunner of the Century

Sandy Barwick - New Zealand Ultrarunner of the Century

28 December 1999


New Zealand's only athlete currently holding world records, Sandy Barwick, has been awarded the title of New Zealand Ultrarunner of the Century.

Presented by the New Zealand Ultrarunners Association (NZUA), the award recognizes Sandy's extraordinary athletic achievements during the 1980's and 1990's, when she set five world records for ultradistance running on road and track.

Such were the quality of the Aucklander's outstanding performances that her world records are likely to stand for many years to come.

Sandy's athletic achievements have motivated and encouraged many New Zealand atheltes in their own endeavors.

Sandy Barwick's world records

  • Track: 6 day 883.631 km, Campbelltown, Australia, December 1990
  • Road: 1000 km 7 days 1 hour 11 minutes
  • 2000 km 17 days 3 hours 1 minute
  • 1000 miles 12 days 14 hours 38 minutes 40 sec
  • 1300 miles 17 days 22 hours 46 minutes 07 sec
(All road records were set at the Sri Chinmoy 1300 mile race in New York, September 16 - October 3 1991.)

Other category winners were :

43 km to 100 km
Men
1st Russell Prince (Christchurch) 2nd 1990 World 100 km Challenge
2nd Jeff Julian (Auckland) 1969 30-mile and 40-mile World records
3rd Roger Alcorn (Christchurch) 2nd, London to Brighton, 1967

Women
1st Lilac Flay (Kaitaia) 2nd 1998 World Challenge
2nd Wynnie Cosgrove (Blenheim) NZ 100 km record 1998
3rd Margaret Hazelwood (Picton) Previous holder NZ 100 km record

101 km to 24 hours
Men
1st Richard Tout (Auckland) Previous holder World 24 hr indoor record 
2nd Gary Regtien (Riverhead) Previous holder World 24 hour road record
3rd Ian Curtis (Tauranga) 24 hour solo run 264.580 km

Women
1st Wynnie Cosgrove (Blenheim) NZ 24 hr track record 230.473 km, 1998
2nd Sandy Barwick (Auckland) Previous holder NZ 24 hour track record
3rd Margaret Hazelwood (Picton) Winner NZ 24 hr track 1998, 1999

Multiday
Men
1st Siegfried Bauer (Eltham) Previous holder World 1000 mile record
2nd Richard Tout (Auckland) 2nd Sydney to Melbourne 1988 
3rd John Hughes (Auckland) 2nd Auckland to Wellington 1975

Women
1st Sandy Barwick (Auckland) Current holder of five World records
2nd Sue Andrews (Auckland) Colac 6 day track race 701.200 km, 1988
3rd Subarata Cunningham (Auckland) Sri Chinmoy 700 mile New York, Sept 97

Ultrarunning coaches
1st Gary Regtien
2nd Barry Magee

Significant solo ultra-runs
Sandy Barwick, Siegfried Bauer, Ian Curtis, John Hughes, Max Telford. 

Arthur Lydiard's training principles were recognized as a major factor in the success of NZ ultrarunners.


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