Run­ner sets hot pace

Whanganui Chronicle - - News - Zaryd Wil­son zaryd.wil­son@whanganuichron­i­

Perry New­burn is on tar­get as he nears Tai­hape in a bid to set a record for run­ning the length of New Zealand.

The for­mer Whanganui en­durance run­ner is due to pass through the re­gion this week­end as his at­tempt to break the record en­ters its sec­ond week.

He set out from Cape Reinga last Satur­day in a bid to reach Bluff in un­der 18 days and nine hours — the record set by Siggy Bauer in 1975.

New­burn be­gan the sev­enth day of his mis­sion yes­ter­day about 15km be­hind sched­ule but made it to Mata­mata — where the day was sched­uled to start — early be­fore set­ting off for Taupo.

“With a bit over 600km done al­ready the body is start­ing to get into a rhythm,” New­burn wrote on The last Hur­rah — Length of NZ 2018 Face­book page.

“Look­ing for­ward to meet­ing some new peo­ple . . . Please feel free to join me at any stage.”

New­burn is sched­uled to make it from Taupo to Tai­hape to­day be­fore run­ning from Tai­hape to Fox­ton to­mor­row.

Those want­ing to run part of the way with New­burn can get in con­tact through the event Face­book page.

The 64-year-old, who re­cently moved to Napier, at­tempted to break the record for the 2113km run last year but was ham­pered by bad weather.

“Please feel free to join me,” says Perry New­burn as he passes through re­gion in bid to run the length of coun­try in record time.

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