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Allison Roe


Dec 16, 2021
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Allison Pamela RoeMBE (née Deed; born 30 May 1956) is a New Zealand politician and former long-distance athlete.

New Zealand long-distance runner

Allison Roe

Roe in 2017
Personal information
Birth name Allison Pamela Deed
Born (1956-05-30) 30 May 1956 (age 65)
Auckland, New Zealand
Spouse(s) Alan Barwick

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Roe was born in Auckland in 1956. In 1981, she won both the Boston Marathon and New York City Marathon, becoming the second of only two women to accomplish the feat in the same year. In Boston, she ran 2:26:46 to improve the course record by almost eight minutes, set the previous year by Jacqueline Gareau.[1] In New York, she set a worlds best woman marathon time with 2:25:29, to break Grete Waitz‘s time of 2:25:42 from the 1980 New York Marathon. However, after re-measurement, the 1981 course was found to be 150 metres short, though Waitz’s 1980 record is also disputed. Also in 1981, she set a 20 km world record in Miyazaki, Japan.

In the 1993 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Roe was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire, for services to athletics.[2]

At the 2013 Auckland elections, Roe was elected to the Waitematā District Health Board and the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board.[3] In the 2016 elections, Roe joined the Rodney First ticket and stood for re-election for the Health Board and election to the Rodney Local Board.[4] She was successful in both contests with the second most popular and most popular votes respectively.[5][6]

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