Run­ning man hits stride in Far North

The Northland Age - - Age Sport -

You’ll of­ten find sto­ries of peo­ple pre­pared to walk, run or cy­cle the length of the coun­try for a good cause within these pages.

Ev­ery now and then, how­ever, some­one will come along whose ex­treme ap­proach to com­plet­ing the 2050-odd km dis­tance be­tween the two points al­lows them to stand out from the pack.

Like Perry New­burn, who be­gan his goal to run from Cape Reinga to the Bluff in 20 days over the week­end. By to­day, the 64-year Napier res­i­dent will be four days deep into his odyssey, in which he in­tends to cover 110km a day by run­ning some­thing like 14 hours a day non­stop.

New­burn arose early on Satur­day and be­gan his cam­paign from Cape Reinga at 4am, even­tu­ally fin­ish­ing the first day 108km later just south of Kaitaia.

When called for a progress re­port on Sun­day af­ter­noon, the vet­eran long-dis­tance run­ning en­thu­si­ast ad­mit­ted to sleep­ing in so he wasn’t ex­pect­ing to fin­ish his sec­ond day on the road un­til on or af­ter dark and some­where just north of Kawakawa.

“First two or three days your body has to go through that ad­just­ment process, that’s to be ex­pected,” he said of the mi­nor set­back.

For day three on Mon­day, he was plan­ning to make it to the Waipu/ Langs Beach vicin­ity.

New­burn is giv­ing him­self 10 days to com­plete the ap­prox­i­mately 1070km in­volved in the North Is­land stage, and just over eight days to do the South Is­land, an es­ti­mated 940km. In the process, he will be at­tempt­ing to beat the ex­ist­ing record for run­ning from the Cape to the Buff of 18 days and nine hours set by Siggy Bauer in 1975.

Most of the jour­ney will be done along the main ar­te­rial route, but he will get off SH1 at parts which are too busy or dan­ger­ous to run along. One of his pro­posed de­tours will be at Po­keno, from where he’ll run south through Mata­mata and re­join SH1 at Ti­rau.

Food in­take will be done on the move (al­beit while walk­ing be­fore grad­u­ally get­ting back into stride), al­though New­burn laughed at the sugges­tion any spe­cial nu­tri­tional re­quire­ments were re­quired for the pun­ish­ing regime.

“When you do that sort of mileage, you can eat rub­bish, I live on fat. Chips, burg­ers, choco­late milk­shakes, es­pe­cially choco­late milk­shakes, you name it!”

New­burn is a vet­eran longdis­tance en­thu­si­ast, hav­ing been a reg­u­lar com­peti­tor in var­i­ous 100 Mile and Six Day rac­ing events all over the world. He ran “around” New Zealand six years ago, a 5000km jour­ney which took 70 days to com­plete, and holds a world masters record for run­ning from New York to LA

"When you do that sort of mileage, you can eat rub­bish, I live on fat. Chips, burg­ers, choco­late milk­shakes, es­pe­cially choco­late milk­shakes, you name it!"

Cape to Bluff run­ner Pe­ter New­burn

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Pe­ter New­burn be­gin­ning day two of his Cape to Bluff marathon on the out­skirts of Kaitaia.

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