Allison Roe

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Allison Pamela Roe, MBE (née Deed; born 30 May 1956 in Auckland) is a former long-distance athlete from New Zealand. In 1981, she won both the Boston Marathon and New York City Marathon. In Boston, she ran 2:26:46 to improve the course record by almost eight minutes, set the previous year by Jacqueline Gareau.[1] In New York, she set an apparent world record with 2:25:29, to break Grete Waitz's time of 2:25:42 from the 1980 New York Marathon. However, after re-measurement, the 1981 course was found to be 150 metres short, though Waitz's 1980 record is also disputed. Also in 1981, she set a 20 km world record in Miyazaki, Japan.

At the 2013 Auckland elections, Roe was elected to the Waitemata District Health Board and the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board.[2] In the 2016 elections, Roe joined the Rodney First ticket and stood for re-election for the Health Board and election to the Rodney Local Board.[3] She was successful in both contests with the most second most popular and most popular votes respectively.[4][5]


  • All results regarding marathon, unless stated otherwise
Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  New Zealand
1980 Tokyo Marathon Tokyo, Japan 4th 2:42:24
1981 Boston Marathon Boston, United States 1st 2:26:46
New York City Marathon New York, United States 1st 2:25:29 [6]


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