The Port Chalmers to Dunedin Road Race is said to be the oldest ‘running’ road race in Australasia with the first race being held in 1902. The course is run on the original Port Chalmers to Dunedin road that remains the same distance and testing topography today albeit the surface is bitumen instead of metal. The course became fully sealed in 1934
The record for the 12km course was set by Alan (AJ) Moir from the Ariki Club in 1974 in a time of 37min 40sec.
Moir along with Tony O’Brien (Mornington) in 1975 are the only two athletes to have broken the 38min barrier, but neither have won the annual handicapped event outright.
Only two athletes have held the distinction of winning outright in two occasions – Archie Kirkwood (Otago University) in 1941 and 1943 and Frank Perry (Leith) in 1950 and 1989
The event was opened up to women in 1982, only three have claimed outright honours – Sue O’Sullivan (Hill City) in 1983, Ros Dowland (Caversham) in 1985 and Melissa Halley in 2014.
Even though 40 years have passed since Alan Moir (63) set the Port Chalmers to Dunedin road race record in 1974, he still keeps an eager eye on it every year.