Story: Sports venues

Roadside Stories: world mile record at Cooks Gardens, Whanganui (2nd of 2)

Cook's Gardens has been an important sports ground in Whanganui since the turn of the 20th century. Although originally developed by cricketers, the ground has been most often used as a venue for rugby, athletics and cycling. Its most famous event occurred on 27 January 1962 when Peter Snell broke the world mile (1,600-metre) record. Listen to a description of that race in this Roadside Story.

Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.

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Jock Phillips, 'Sports venues - The first city sports grounds, 1850 to 1914', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/41335/roadside-stories-world-mile-record-at-cooks-gardens-whanganui (accessed 11 August 2022)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 5 Sep 2013