Keith was an outstanding athlete. He was a pocket-rocket and lived for running. In the days before metric Keith held all the distance running events and cross country events. Not only did he hold the College records he also held Thames Valley records and was always placed at Waikato Secondary Schools’ events – if not winning he was on the podium.
In 1965 (Form 5) Keith won the Bourke Memorial Mile in 4 min 34.4 secs beating the old record by 8 secs. The following year he was the holder of the 880 yards and mile records and was placed second at the Waikato champs.
When still a youngster in 1968 he ran his first marathon in the Hamilton Harriers Open Event and recorded an amazing time of 2.50.33. I’m not sure how many marathons Keith has run!
Keith ran for the Waharoa Athletic Club which was extremely strong. He had competition from Dennis Roughton and Dennis Knox. These three guys won numerous relay events over their years at school. Later he became a member of the Putaruru Athletic Club and has a fist of certificates and awards to his name during those days.
During the golden years of “Livingstone” the school produced many other fine athletes. The Champions of 1966 were Marilyn Rayner (Senior), Claudia Knight (Intermediate) and Jackie Marston (Junior) and the boys Keith Livingstone (Senior), Ron Leonard (Intermediate) and D…. Gavin (Junior). Claudia still holds the Long Jump Record to this day.
Later in life Keith became a New Zealand Representative at Clay Target Shooting. He competed in Trans Tasman events versus Australia, competed in England and Canada and at World Championships.
In March 2017 Keith was inducted into the New Zealand Clay Target Association Hall of Fame.