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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
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.