Who was Arthur Newton?

DanielDB By DanielDB, 6th Jan 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The story of Arthur Newton - a formidable athlete of the past.

Arthur Newton

Arthur Newton has been described as the most phenomenal distance runner the world has ever known.

Arthur Newton was born on 20 May 1883 at Weston-Super-Mare in Somerset, England. At the age of 18 he arrived in South Africa in 1902 and he worked as a clerk, school teacher, private tutor and farmer.

It was only at the age of 38 (in 1922) that Newton went out and ran 2 miles (3.2 km) and in his own words he was abominably stiff for two days! But, within a few months after this “2 mile race”, on 24 May 1992, Newton entered his first Comrades Marathon between Pietermaritzburg and Durban, and took honours in 8 hours and 40 minutes!
The next year (1923) he ran his second Comrades marathon and incredibly he took off 2 hours and 3 minutes off his own record of the previous year.
At this point Arthur Newton was on a role: He won the Comrades again in 1924, set a new London-to-Brighton record of 5 hours, 53 minutes and 43 seconds and set new world records for several other long-distance races.

In 1925 he won his 4th straight Comrades marathon. Unfortunately, during the same time he was experiencing some personal financial difficulties and decided to go to Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) to try his luck there. He was a person of high calibre: He could not afford the train fare to Rhodesia and therefore he walked the entire distance of about 1 000 km travelling mostly at night!

In 1927 he returned to South Africa to win the Comrades marathon for the 5th but unfortunately also the final time. In the same year he set new 60-mile and 100-mile records. The cherry on top was when he ran 152 miles and 540 yards (254.1 km) in 24 hours in Hamilton, Ontario. This was a world record that stood for 22 years against his name.

Arthur Newton ran his last race in 1934. He could retire from international long-distance running on a high – he set a new world record for the 100-mile race in England.

Indeed, Arthur Newton was a formidable athlete of his time.


Arthur Newton, Athlete, Comrades Marathon, Long-Distance Running, Running

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I was born in 1954. After finishing high School I obtained a Bachelor’s degree with history and International Politics as majors.

After graduation I joined the Public Service and served for more than

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author avatar ppruel
6th Jan 2011 (#)

Nice review friend. Interesting article. Thank you for sharing.

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author avatar Denise O
7th Jan 2011 (#)

I agree ppruel, nice review and very interesting.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Retired
15th Jan 2011 (#)

Very nice article,thanks

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author avatar Richard Hubbard
15th Jun 2011 (#)

Good review. An excellent book called 'Tea with Mr. Newton' is well worth a read for all LSD fans.

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author avatar Sarge
11th Jul 2011 (#)

great article.have run 25 Comrades,first one at age of 36 in 8hrs 9mins 10secs

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