Runner sets hot pace
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.