Robin Judkins

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Robin Judkins
Born (1949-05-10) 10 May 1949 (age 66)
Known for Founder of Coast to Coast race

Robin Austin Judkins ONZM (born 10 May 1949), is a New Zealand sports administrator. He created the Alpine Ironman and the Coast to Coast,[1] races that are often credited for being the origin of adventure racing. He has published an autobiography, Mad Dogs: Life on the Edge.

Judkins was born to parents Mary Marjorie "Dot" Dwyer (born 1910) and Walter Judkins. The family lived on Sunny Downs farm in South Canterbury before moving to Diamond Harbour in the 1950s. They retired to Christchurch in 1964. As of March 2014, Judkins' mother is still alive.[2]

Judkins was appointed Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours, for services to sports administration.[3] He sold the Coast to Coast event to Queenstown-based Trojan Holdings Ltd on 10 May 2013 on his 64th birthday.[4][5] He acted as race director in 2014 for the final time at the 33rd event.[4]


  1. ^ "Multisport: Judkins lays bait for race originals". The New Zealand Herald. 16 May 2001. Retrieved 10 April 2010. 
  2. ^ Monk, Arielle (13 March 2014). "Dot's coasting to her 104th birthday". Christchurch Mail. p. 3. 
  3. ^ "The Queen's Birthday Honours 2009". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 1 June 2009. Retrieved 10 April 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Egan, Brendon (18 February 2014). "Rockin' Robin ready for life's next adventure". The Press. p. A3. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 
  5. ^ Richens, Matt (11 May 2013). "Judkins was happy to sell Coast to Coast race". Retrieved 18 October 2014.