Andrew Hedgman

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Andrew Hedgman
Born (1987-06-30) June 30, 1987 (age 32)
Thames, New Zealand
NationalityNew Zealander
Years active2003present
Known forUltramarathon running
Notable work
Raising Funds for the Charity WSPA

Andrew Hedgman is a New Zealand born ultramarathon runner who resides in Brisbane, Australia. He is also a licensed Skydiver and Scuba diver.

New Zealand Country in Oceania

New Zealand is a sovereign island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses—the North Island, and the South Island —and around 600 smaller islands. It has a total land area of 268,000 square kilometres (103,500 sq mi). New Zealand is situated some 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long period of isolation, New Zealand developed a distinct biodiversity of animal, fungal, and plant life. The country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps, owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland.

Ultramarathon Any footrace longer than the traditional marathon length of 42.195 kilometres

An ultramarathon, also called ultra distance or ultra running, is any footrace longer than the traditional marathon length of 42.195 kilometres (26.219 mi).

Brisbane capital city of Queensland, Australia

Brisbane is the capital of and the most populated city in the Australian state of Queensland, and the third most populous city in Australia. Brisbane's metropolitan area has a population of approximately 2.5 million, and the South East Queensland metropolitan region, centred on Brisbane, encompasses a population of more than 3.6 million.


Early life

Andrew was born on June 30, 1987; he grew up in the town of Paeroa in New Zealand. He has three siblings, two older brothers and one younger brother. He attended Paeroa College until the age of 18 which is when he moved away of his town. [1]

Paeroa Minor urban area in Waikato, New Zealand

Paeroa, a small town in New Zealand, lies in the northern Waikato region of the Thames Valley. Located at the base of the Coromandel Peninsula, it is close to the junction of the Waihou and Ohinemuri Rivers, 20 kilometres from the coast at the Firth of Thames.


Andrew began running at his high school in Paeroa College. He found himself breaking school records and as an intermediate was running against the seniors and beating them. It wasn't until his P.E Teacher Ava Meek challenged him to run an entire Marathon when Hedgman found his passion for long distance running. [1]

Marathon long-distance running event with an official distance of 42.195 kilometres

The marathon is a long-distance race with an official distance of 42.195 kilometres, usually run as a road race. The event was instituted in commemoration of the fabled run of the Greek soldier Pheidippides, a messenger from the Battle of Marathon to Athens, who reported the victory. The marathon can be completed by running or with a run/walk strategy. There are also wheelchair divisions.

Between 2003 and 2009 Andrew ran various Marathons and Half Marathons. He often would gain top three positions for the Half Marathon for the under 20s. [2] [3]

In 2009 Andrew ran his first Ultramarathon in Taupo, New Zealand. The 100 km New Zealand nationals, gaining a top ten position in a time of 10 hours 40 minutes and 52 seconds. [4]

Taupo Secondary urban area in North Island, New Zealand

Taupo is a town on the shore of Lake Taupo, which occupies the caldera of the Taupo Volcano in the centre of the North Island of New Zealand. It is the seat of the Taupo District Council and lies in the southern Waikato Region.

In February and March 2010 Hedgman ran the entire length of New Zealand in which he completed in only 28 days. Averaging 50 miles per day, battling shin splints, a torn muscle, extreme weather with having only one rest day. [5]

Shin splints injury or pain in the lower tibia

A shin splint results in pain along the inside edge of the shinbone (tibia). Generally this is between the middle of the lower leg to the ankle. The pain may be dull or sharp and is generally brought on by exercise. It generally resolves during periods of rest. Complications may include stress fractures.

Extreme weather includes unexpected, unusual, unpredictable, severe or unseasonal weather; weather at the extremes of the historical distribution—the range that has been seen in the past. Often, extreme events are based on a location's recorded weather history and defined as lying in the most unusual ten percent. In recent years some extreme weather events have been attributed to human-induced global warming, with studies indicating an increasing threat from extreme weather in the future.

In 2012 Andrew ran 1000 km from Brisbane to Sydney in Australia. He also was invited to take part in the Lycian Way Ultramarathon in Turkey where he gained a top 10 position. [6] Other notable races Hedgman has completed include the Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon in South Africa and the Larapinta Trail Ultramarathon in Australia, both multi day races where he placed in the top 10. [7]

Andrew can often be seen running the trails throughout South-East Queensland in preparation for his next major events.

WSPA and the Brisbane to Sydney Run

In September 2011 Andrew ran 200 kilometers in Queensland, Australia to help raise money for the charity, WSPA. [8] This was the first time Andrew had used his running to fundraise for charity.

From June the 16th up until June the 30th of 2012 Andrew ran 1000 km from Brisbane to Sydney to once again raise money and awareness for WSPA. Andrew noted on his online fundraising page that the Brisbane to Sydney run "is the most satisfying run that I have ever done in my life". [9]


Hedgman is currently writing a book about his New Zealand run among other adventures. [10] He often writes articles for different sports magazines in Australia and New Zealand. [11]

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