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Marathon Best Performances/Records

The marathon has been a part of the modern Olympics since their founding in 1896, although women were only allowed to participate from 1984.

The distance did not become fixed until 1921, when the 42.195km used at the 1908 Olympics was adopted as the official standard. Prior to the this the distance varied from 40km to 42.75km.

Where Centre records are better performances than National or World records, this likely indicates that the athlete either failed to apply for the record within the application window or was unable to meet the stricter paperwork requirements. More recent records could still be in the processing stage at World or National level.

Note: Athletes move. Wellington records applicable to athletes registered to Wellington at time of performance. Island championship records applicable to athletes registered to that island at time of performance. NZ records applicable to athletes registered appropriately to NZMA at time of performance. Oceania championship records applicable to athletes registered to OMA at time of performance. World records quote national affiliation of athlete at time of performance.

  Wellington NZ National World
M35 no record 2:46:34

D Rush (2004)
2:03:59

Haile Gebrselassie ETH (2008)
M40 2:23:47

K Jury
2:11:18

Jack Foster (1974)
2:08:46

Andres Espinosa MEX (2003)
M45 2:32:29

J Weatherley
2:27:33

Roger Robinson (1984)
2:15:51

Kjell-Erik Stahl SWE (1991)
M50 2:38:21

J Weatherley
2:28:02

Roger Robinson (1989)
2:19:29

Titus Mamabolo RSA (1991)
M55 2:47:02

Ellis Goodyear
2:42:00

Derek Turnbull (1985)
2:25:56

Piet van Alphen NED (1986)
M60 3:04:44

Ellis Goodyear
2:42:31

Derek Turnbull (1987)
2:36:30

Yoshihisa Hosaka JPN (2009)
M65 3:18:37

Brian Hayes (2012)
2:41:56

Derek Turnbull (1992)
2:41:57

Derek Turnbull NZL (1992)
M70 3:28:32

Ellis Goodyear
3:15:58

Derek Turnbull (1997)
2:54:48

Ed Whitlock CAN (2004)
M75 no record 3:40:24

Win Nelmes (1989)
3:04:54

Ed Whitlock CAN (2007)
M80 no record 4.43.51

Sid Pavett (2014)
3:15:54

Ed Whitlock CAN (2011)
M85 no record no record 4:34:55

Robert Horman AUS (2004)
M90 no record no record 6:46:34

Ernest Van Leeuwen USA (2005)
  Wellington NZ National World
  Wellington NZ National World
W35 no record 2:34.31

M O'Connor (1991)
2:19:19

Irina Mikitenko GER (2008)
W40 2:34:39

Bernie Portenski (1992)
2:34:39

Bernie Portenski (1992)
2:22:27

Marlya Konovalova RUS (2015)
W45 2:43:38

Bernie Portenski
2:41:15

Sally Gibbs (2012)
2:29:00

Tatyana Pozdnyakova UKR (2002)
W50 3:11:42

Vickie Humphries (2014)
2:42:59

Sally Gibbs (2013)
2:31:05

Tatyana Pozdnyakova UKR (2005)
W55 no record 3:18:23

J Wilson (2014)
2:52:14

Rae Baymiller USA (1998)
W60 3:01:30

Bernie Portenski (2010)
3:01:30

Bernie Portenski (2010)
3:02.50

Claudine Marchadier FRA (2007)
W65 4:57:41

Judy Hammond
3:52:33

Isabel Foley (2001)
3:12:57

Emma Luthi SUI (2009)
W70 no record 4:48:20

T Lund (2015)
3:35:29

Helga Miketta GER (2013)
W75 no record 5:41.12

Clasina Van der Veeken (2007)
3:53:42

Yoko Nakano JPN (2012)
W80 no record no record 4:12:44

Gwen McFarlan CAN (2014)
W85 no record no record 5:14:26

Betty Jean McHugh CAN (2012)
W90 no record no record 8:53:08

Mavis Lindgren USA (1997)
  Wellington NZ National World

World Records from World Masters Athletics as at 31 December 2016.

Oceania Championship Records from Oceania Athletics as at 7 December 2015.

NZ Records from NZ Masters Athletics as at December 2017.

NZMA Championship Records from NZ Masters Athletics as at March 2017.

South Island Championship Records from NZ Masters Athletics as at December 2017.

North Island Championship Records from NZ Masters Athletics as at December 2017.

Wellington Records as at 14 December 2017.


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Last Updated 15 December 2017