Tuesday , September 28 2021

Perry Newburn is on it again – drive the length of the country for charity



Feilding Man Perry Newburn runs the length of New Zealand, this time as an autism fundraiser.

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Feilding Man Perry Newburn runs the length of New Zealand, this time as an autism fundraiser.

There are not many roads across the country, but ultramarathonist Perry Newburn does not know.

Newburn runs the length of New Zealand to collect money for the Running on the Spectrum autism support group.

This is the second time he has driven the length of the country and has also driven from Auckland to Christchurch, the whole of New Zealand, and has a world champion record over the United States.

The 64-year-old ran from Waiouru to Hunterville on Sunday, received a bonus four hours sleep overnight, then Hunterville to Ōtaki on Monday, and stayed briefly in Sanson for five minutes to talk to stuff.

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"There is never a walk in the park," he said. "You have to remember what worked last time, what did not work.

"Everyone is a learning process, but it's going well this time. I came behind, I grabbed, I got behind, I got caught.

"The body has gone through the adjustment process and begins to feel OK for the 100-kilometer-long days and it's starting to scream out for food now, which is a good sign that everything is adjusted."

Perry Newburn goes through northern Rangitīkei as part of a fundraiser for autism.

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Perry Newburn goes through northern Rangitīkei as part of a fundraiser for autism.

He was due to catch the ferry from Wellington to Picton on Tuesday. He set a goal to complete the run in 18 days to beat a 43-year record and he said he was still within reach.

People have joined Newburn for stretches of race to support him. He said the incident was about meeting people who supported him on the go and supporting charity.

It's a daunting effort to drive 2100km from Cape Reinga to Bluff, but Newburn said he always expected parts to be difficult and parts would be simple.

"Nothing happening is unexpected."

Newburn had lived in Feilding, but moved to Napier in February for what he was joking was "a change in current scene".


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