Born in Gillingham Dorset in 1935, Ray Puckett came to New Zealand in 1937 and is now settled in Katikati. After leaving school Puckett joined the navy which was ideal as he enjoyed running and keeping fit.
At 18 Puckett joined up with Arthur Lydiard who put him on a solid training schedule which Puckett thrived on. Lydiard then teamed up with Puckett to get the young prodigy to the 1958 Commonwealth Games. They trained hard and Puckett’s first marathon was the 1958 Auckland championship which he won in 2:33:00. Then it was on to the New Zealand championship in Lower Hutt in March 1958. Puckett duly won in 2:37:28 with Lydiard second in 2:41:37.
At the 1958 Cardiff British Empire and Commonwealth Games Puckett was 14th in the marathon in 2:38:59 and 12th in the six miles.
At the 1960 Rome Olympic Games, as Olympian 146, he was 51st in the marathon in 2:37:36.
At the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games, he was 27th in the marathon in 2:27:34.
He won ...