Jack Foster (athlete)
John Charles Foster (23 May 1932 – 5 June 2004) was a long-distance runner born in Liverpool, England. He represented New Zealand in the men's marathon at two Summer Olympics of Munich, West Germany (1972) and Montreal, Canada (1976). A resident of Rotorua, he won the silver medal in the marathon at the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch with a master's world record time of 2:11:19 at the age of 41. Two years earlier, he had set a world record for 20 miles at 1:39:14.
23 May 1932|
5 June 2004 (aged 72)|
Rotorua, New Zealand
Foster is featured in the New Zealand short film "On the Run" about Arthur Lydiard influenced athletes. In the final scene, Foster shows the highlight of his training is a 3,000 foot run down a 45 degree scree hill.
He was killed while out riding his bicycle in Rotorua.
|Representing New Zealand|
|1975||Honolulu Marathon||Honolulu, Hawaii||1st||Marathon||2:17:24|
|1976||Olympic Games||Montréal, Canada||17th||Marathon||2:17:53|
|25000 m||1:16:29 NR||Hamilton||1971|
|30000 m||1:32:19 NR||Hamilton||1971|
- Robinson, Roger (September 2004). "Jack Foster: 1932-2004". Running Times Magazine.
- "On the Run | Short Film". NZ On Screen. Retrieved 2015-10-06.
- Phil Taylor (11 June 2004). "Obituary: Jack Foster". NZ Herald. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
- David E. Martin, Roger W. H. Gynn (2000). The Olympic marathon. p. 477. ISBN 978-0-88011-969-6.