February 05, 2019
"We want to reinstate the One Mile Championship name and make this event an annual sanctioned fixture at Cooks Gardens."
By Iain Hyndman, Whanganui Chronicle
The athletics fraternity will finally get to celebrate Whanganui, Sir Peter Snell, Cooks Gardens and what all three bring to the global...
March 23, 2018
"If you are going to celebrate the Mile, there are only a few places in the world you would do it and Cooks Gardens is certainly one: it's the home of the Mile."
By Iain Hyndman, Wanganui Chronicle
Former top British runner David Moorcroft OBE would happily swap some of his world records for...
February 28, 2018
American star eyeing Cooks Gardens record of 3:52.75 by Kiwi and two-time Olympic medalist Nick Willis
There might be no Nick Willis, but Whanganui's Sir Peter Snell international track meeting has gone arguably one better with the presence of Olympic 1500m champion Matthew...
January 13, 2017
63 men, from 41 different athletes from 9 different countries, have recorded sub-4 minute Mile times here including legend Peter Snell's 1962 world record and Jürgen May's fastest Mile on a grass track in 1965
From Wanganui Chronicle
Few provincial towns in the world of Wanganui's size can...
February 02, 2016
"The elation lasted a long time and I only slept for one hour that night!"
By Anendre Singh, TODAY
It took a sub-4 minute Mile for Eric Speakman to race into the record book of athletics in New Zealand but there was no stopping his mind and body long after that night.
"The elation lasted a...
January 20, 2016
Olympic 1500 medalist becomes first to record five sub-4s at Cooks Classic and also leads two countrymen under the magic mark
From New Zealand Herald
Nick Willis last night showed at the mecca of New Zealand Mile racing just why he has an Olympic medal and three Commonwealth medals to his...
January 20, 2014
2008 Olympic silver medalist stops clock at 3:55.98; Angie Smit women's Mile champion
From Athletics NZ
New Zealand's top modern Miler Nick Willis, running his first race for 2014, added to the rich history of Mile running in Wanganui, winning the feature race and running the 60th sub-4...
January 22, 2012
"The crowd started singing 'For he's a jolly good fellow' and the place was in chaos, with people running all over the show."
By Grant Chapman, New Zealand Herald
For Sir Murray Halberg, it was a night tinged with death and sadness. For Peter Snell, it was the moment he realized he wasn't...
December 31, 1965
German Olympian clocks fastest Mile on grass; in earlier meet, Keino sets 5000m world record
From Once Upon a Time in the Vest
In New Zealand, Kip Keino and Jürgen May are enjoying the mild weather of the southern hemisphere. The headline in the September issue of Track & Field News...
February 05, 1962
New Zealand's burly Peter Snell, starting in one of the few Mile races of his young career, took the lead with 340 yards to go, sprinted away from the field to better Herb Elliott's classic mark by a tenth of a second: "I think I can improve on the Mile time a little."
By Leslie Hobbs, Sports...