Category: Archive


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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November 11th, 2016 by

Leonard Cohen has died; and for those of us who came of age in the sixties, and found his melancholy words and music an effective counterbalance to the raucous rock that otherwise permeated our lives and threatened out eardrums, it is a sad day, and a reminder of our own fragile mortality. The man himself […]

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October 21st, 2016 by

  When Chris Chataway died a couple of years ago, I wrote an obituary recalling the various lives of a multi-talented man, mentioning in passing that he had been a long-serving member of the west of London running club, Walton AC whose ranks had briefly been swelled in the late 1940s by an even more […]

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