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January 12th, 2017 by

  (this is Part Two of a lengthy feature on the British-born Canadian phenomenon, Ed Whitlock If you have not read the first part, please go to: A year or two prior to the turn of the millennium, Ed Whitlock started seriously considering that he could be the first person over 70 (in his case […]

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January 9th, 2017 by

  It is potentially a match made in marathon heaven – multi-Olympic and World champion and world record holder Kenenisa Bekele, and the flat, fast Dubai Marathon course. Bekele today confirmed his participation in the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon on Friday, January 20. And the man who, until last September had looked as if his […]

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January 1st, 2017 by

  Ed Whitlock ran the Toronto Waterfront Marathon two months ago in three hours, fifty six minutes and thirty three seconds. So far, so fun-run. Except for the fact that Ed Whitlock is 85 years old; and he broke the previous record for an 85 year old marathoner by 38 minutes, an improvement of close […]

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December 18th, 2016 by

  British Olympic marathoners, Tim Johnston (8th in Mexico 1968) and Donald Macgregor (7th in Munich 1972) have rendered a service to the English-speaking athletics world with their new and comprehensive biography His Own Man, of the life and trials of Dr Otto Peltzer (as he was invariably styled). The German has doubtless been overlooked […]

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December 9th, 2016 by

  It was a chance remark by the 85 year old miracle-marathoner Ed Whitlock* which led me to do an internet search on Miruts Yifter ‘the Shifter’. Ed is in London visiting his sister and we met up for a chat in a Thamesside café this week. Ed happened to mention that he sees Yifter, […]

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November 25th, 2016 by

For those of us who have another life beyond running and track & field athletics in general, it’s only natural that we’re going to miss some important events. But as a former occasional steeplechaser, I really should have noticed that Ruth Jebet ran 8min 52.38sec in Paris at the end of August, a sensational time […]

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