Wednesday, 12 Dec 2018
World

Racer abandons claim to New Zealand record

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – A long-distance runner has given up claiming to have traveled the length of New Zealand in record time after confessing to being driven for parts of the road.

When Perry Newburn arrived in the city of Bluff in the south of the country two weeks ago, he and his supporters announced that he would travel 2100 km (1800 km) in 18 days. 8 hours.

Newburn said in a Facebook post last week that after thinking about his efforts, he did not want to claim the record. He added that some roads and bridges were not safe and that he had called to be driven there. He added that lack of sleep and a storm were also factors.

Newburn said he had reached his main goal of raising funds for a charity dedicated to autism.

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