Hunt Sets New Record Along Kokoda Track
Posted 29 August 2005 - 05:18 PM
At the age of 32, John has set an unbelievable time of 22 hours, 1 minute and 14 seconds – the fastest ever to be recorded along the horrendous trail.
Photograph below: THE SMILE SAYS IT ALL - John Hunt who was happy with his achievement proudly shows off his awards which also included K10.000.00 cash! When asked what he intended to do with his winnings, he replied fix his house and purchase cocoa bins for his fermentary
Editors Comments: Results are as follows:
26 Competitors left Kokoda destined for Ower's Corner and only 12 finished in the time set down of 36 hours duration before race closure. Times were as follows:
1st - John Hunt Hiviki - 22:01:14
2nd - Osborne Bogajiwai - 22:45:34
3rd - Tom Hango - 23:34:46
4th - Bernard Aruo - 24:08:46
5th - Andrew (Andy) Rowan - 24:15:21 - New Zealand
6th - Russell Gurisa - 28:32:21
7th - Abel Arari - 29:05:22
8th - Rod Ori - 29:36:52
9th - Wayne Urina - 30:08:12
equal 10th, 11th & 12th : Sean & Bryan O'Hara; Robert Drysdale
6 competitors retired and all others took it easy after hearing the race had been won by John Hunt, slept in the bush and walked out on Monday to Ower's Corner.
Posted 31 August 2005 - 10:30 AM
The Challenge was organised by ourselves - Kokoda Trekking Limited www.kokodatrekking.com.pg
Hunt crossing Goldie River...and on his way towards Ower' Corner - the finish line
Posted 31 August 2005 - 10:34 AM
Pleased to know that he was the first person to make it home...Hunt put a smile and made his way towards Ower's Corner
Posted 31 August 2005 - 10:35 AM
And as for his barefoot; Hunt explained: ?I had a pair of runners on when the race started at Kokoda, when I got to Templeton?s 2 I threw it away, it was full of mud and which slowed me down a bit. The last pair of runners I had I discarded at Nauro, and decided to run barefooted all the way towards Ower?s Corner.?
Hunt At the finish Line Ower's Corner.....
Posted 31 August 2005 - 10:53 AM
Hunt won the K10,000 prize money and was awarded a gold medal, a winner?s shield and a trophy along with a ?fuzzy, wuzzy copper beating presented by Kokoda Trekking Limited boss Russell Eroro at Ower?s Corner yesterday.
Posted 31 August 2005 - 11:56 AM
Before the race started in Kokoda on Saturday midday, Osborne stated to everyone present: "I don't want the money, I don't want a shield of trophy, I want my record back."
And he did break the record - at least the second man to have done so after the John Hunt. Osborne was happy with his timing which was a very big improvement from 28 hours and 14 minutes previously achieved in 1986 when he became the 6th local to have traverse the ardous trail in less than two days, apart from a nameless few and others including Abau Senesi of Alola Village who set a record time of 27 hours 5 minutes in 1976 and Mabel Mafi of Assimba village the second female to have ran and who clocked 33 hours and 15 minutes.
Osborne Bogajiwai - running up towards the finish line at Ower's Corner.
Posted 31 August 2005 - 12:26 PM
"I couldn't be more prouder. I am very impressed with the time achieved in this challenge - that is a big improvement from my part," Osborne said.
He added that it was also an assurance that they can do better in future with the time achieved. "If we can achieved this in less than one day, we can do better and advance in the future."
Osborne is embraced by Russell Eroro soon after he finished his race at Ower's Corner.
Posted 31 August 2005 - 12:54 PM
"I ran most of the time and had to stop when I ran out of batteries or wanted to drink water. I had absolutely nothing to eat and ran most of the night," an exhausted Osborne said.
Osborne has his pair of runners untied for him after he completed the race....
Posted 31 August 2005 - 01:01 PM
"I would like to compete again next year, this time I will be more prepared. Make sure I have the appropriate equipment to compete in the challenge," the former champion said.
Osborne after the race....
Posted 31 August 2005 - 01:25 PM
The third person home and to have also broken the record is Tom Hango who is currently employed by Kokoda Trekking Limited. Tom arrived an hour and 11 minutes later - he made it in 23 hours 34 minutes and 46 seconds.
Despite being the third man home, Tom is still manages a smile. Like Hunt and Osborne, Tom is also very proud of his achievement.
Posted 31 August 2005 - 01:45 PM
Bernard was infact in the lead all throughout the race according to the updates we got via two-way radio network with Hunt running in the forth place. When all of a sudden the radio signal was off for the rest of the night and towards the next morning we didn't know who was in the lead then.
Bernard running past the finish line....
Posted 31 August 2005 - 02:04 PM
Andrew covering the last steps towards the finish line......
Posted 31 August 2005 - 02:08 PM
"My main focus was to break Brian Freeman's record. That is what I had in my mind most of the time," Andrew said.
I guess you could say...this man (Andrew Rowan) is the fastest whiteman ever to have walked/run the 96km horrendous trail.
Posted 31 August 2005 - 02:28 PM
The locals included an independent runner Russell Gurisa and three runners from Kokoda Trekking Limited namely, Abel Arari, Rod Ori and Wayne Urina.
Russell Gurisa (Independent runner) is past the finish line......Time clocked 28 hours 32 minutes and 21 seconds.
Posted 31 August 2005 - 02:36 PM
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