Coast to Coast (race)

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The Speight's Coast to Coast is a non-standard multisport competition held annually in New Zealand. It is run from the west coast to the east coast of the South Island, and features running, cycling and kayaking elements over a total of 243 kilometres (151 mi).


The first Coast to Coast race was organised in 1983 by New Zealand sportsman Robin Judkins who had earlier run the three day Alpine Ironman. The original race featured only 79 competitors and was considered a largely local event. Subsequent races have increased in size, and by the race's 25th anniversary run in 2007 the field had increased to 840 participants and gained international acclaim as one of the premier adventure races in the world.[1]

After organising the race for 31 years, Judkins sold the rights in May 2013 to tourism company Trojan Holdings[2][3] for an undisclosed amount.

As of 2015 the race will finish at New Brighton Beach, Christchurch whereas previously the race finish was at Sumner.[4]


The race consists of three different timed events which all run over the same course: individual and two-person teams competing over a two-day event, and the titular World Championship race, a one-person, one-day event previously called The Longest Day competition.

The race begins with a 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) run from Kumara Beach on the Tasman Sea, followed by a 55 km (34 mi) cycling up State Highway 73 to Aickens. The next segment of the race is a 33 kilometres (21 mi) run up the Deception River, through Goat Pass and then down the Mingha River to the Bealey River and SH 73 at Klondyke Corner. For the two-day event, competitors overnight here.

From Klondyke Corner, a 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) cycling leg along SH 73 brings competitors to the Waimakariri River at Mount White Bridge. From here, competitors kayak 67 kilometres (42 mi) down the river to the Waimakariri Gorge Bridge (Route 72). The final segment is a 70 kilometres (43 mi) cycling race along Old West Coast Road and through Christchurch (via SH 73, SH 76, SH 74A, Ferry Road and Main Road) to the finish at Sumner Beach, on the Pacific Ocean.


The record time of completion of the race is in 10 hours, 34 minutes and 37 seconds, achieved by Keith Murray in 1994. Murray also holds the record for the two-day competition at 11:05:18 from the year before in 1993.[5]

Event Time Participant Year
Men's Individual (One day) 10:34:37 Keith Murray 1994
Women's Individual (One day) 12:09:26 Andrea Murray 1997
Men's Individual (Two day) 11:05:18 Keith Murray 1993
Women's Individual (Two day) 12:59:57 Anne Woodley 1997
Men's Teams 10:50:56 Michael Causer
Graham Causer
Women's Teams 12:37:53 Suzanne Stowell
Andrea Devine

Steve Gurney, a local from Christchurch, has won the event a record 9 times, in 1990, 1991, and 1997–2003.[6]

Individual (one day) results[edit]

Year Men Women
Competitor Residence Time Competitor Residence Time
1987 Russell Prince Christchurch 12:19:51 Stella Sweney Nelson 16:07:10
1988 John Jacoby Melbourne, Australia 12:02:59 Denise Higgison Tauranga 17:22:08
1989 John Jacoby Melbourne, Australia 11:27:19 Claire Parkes Nelson 13:11:10
1990 Steve Gurney Christchurch 11:06:49 Anna Keeling Christchurch 13:39:01
1991 Steve Gurney Christchurch 10:56:14 Kathy Lynch Motueka 12:46:04
1992 Rockley Montgomery South Africa 08:37:30 Kathy Lynch Motueka 09:29:36
1993 John Jacoby Melbourne, Australia 11:06:02 Kathy Lynch Motueka 12:41:52
1994 Keith Murray Christchurch 10:34:37 Kathy Lynch Motueka 12:38:31
1995 Ian Edmond Christchurch 11:44:22 Wendy Nelson Geraldine 13:17:14
1996 Neil Jones Whakatane 11:49:39 Kathy Lynch Motueka 13:16:58
1997 Steve Gurney Christchurch 10:55:16 Andrea Murray Christchurch 12:09:26
1998 Steve Gurney Christchurch 11:30:09 Alexandra Stewart Wellington 13:50:34
1999 Steve Gurney Christchurch 11:34:21 Kate Callaghan Auckland 13:17:58
2000 Steve Gurney Christchurch 11:47:32 Jill Westenra Wellington 13:16:25
2001 Steve Gurney Christchurch 11:04:58 Jill Westenra Wellington 12:46:35
2002 Steve Gurney Christchurch 11:53:08 Jill Westenra Wellington 13:25:34
2003 Steve Gurney Christchurch 11:14:08 Jill Westenra Wellington 12:25:54
2004 George Christison Napier 11:33:30 Kristina Strode-Penny Christchurch 13:08:43
2005 Richard Ussher Nelson 11:44:07 Kristina Anglem Christchurch 12:40:34
2006 Richard Ussher Nelson 11:05:06 Emily Miazga Canada 13:00:15
2007 Gordon Walker Auckland 11:39:30 Fleur Pawsey Wellington 13:29:47
2008 Richard Ussher Nelson 11:03:52 Emily Miazga Canada 13:16:24
2009 Gordon Walker Auckland 11:49:26 Emily Miazga Canada 13:39:33
2010 Gordon Walker Auckland 09:43:24 Elina Ussher Finland 10:59:54
2011 Richard Ussher Nelson 10:41:12 Sophie Hart Nelson 12:10:31
2012 Richard Ussher Nelson 11:33:24 Elina Ussher Finland 13:25:24
2013 Braden Currie Methven 11:06:51 Sophie Hart Nelson 12:36:19
2014 ? ?


  1. ^ Woodcock, Fred (9 February 2007). "Coast-to-Coast a life-changing event". The Dominion Post. [dead link]
  2. ^ Longley, Geoff (10 May 2013). "Judkins sells Coast to Coast". The Press. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Hutching, Chris (13 May 2013). "Rich List 'coasters' keep Judkins as 'beer boy'". National Business Review. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
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  5. ^ "Coast to Coast:Individual Race Records". Speight's Coast to Coast. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  6. ^ Guerney, Steve. "Steve Gurney". Retrieved 16 September 2013. 

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