Ed Whitlock

Ed Whitlock (left) during the men’s 1,500m on Saturday. Photo: John MacMillan..

Ageless speedster Ed Whitlock added another world record to his already impressive collection of running times on Saturday. The 85-year-old Milton, Ont. resident broke the men’s 85 to 89 world record in the 5,000m at the Ontario masters outdoor championships in Toronto at Varsity Stadium.

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Whitlock, who owns dozens of age group world records from the 1,500m up to the marathon, ran 24:03.99 lowering the previous mark by almost 50 seconds. Italy’s Luciano Acquarone ran 24:51.33 in 2015. The Canadian now owns the 5,000m world record for the 75 to 79, 80 to 84 and now 85 to 89 age categories.

Just hours after running the 5,000m record on Saturday morning, Whitlock nearly broke another record in the men’s 1,500m. His time of 6:51.86 was less than one second off the world best (6:51.32). His 5,000m run was at 10 a.m. on Saturday and his 1,500m was at 1:30 p.m.

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Saturday’s time is Whitlock’s second world record in as many months. In early June, Whitlock set a new men’s 85 to 89 record in the mile in Cambridge, Ont. In April, the English-born runner ran a world record in the half-marathon. Among his accomplishments is being the first person to have run under three hours for the marathon after turning 70.

Whitlock was big into running in his teenage years but did not run competitively again until his forties. He was born in London and moved to Canada following college graduation. He wears a Ranelagh singlet for many of his races. The name is short for the Ranelagh Harriers, a running club based in southwest London.

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The Ontario masters outdoor championships were held from Saturday to Sunday at the University of Toronto. The meet was open to athletes aged 30 and older. The Canadian masters outdoor championships are being held at York University beginning Aug. 12.

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  • Don Mitchell says:

    I was a race timer in Buffalo for many years. The first time Ed showed up in my results I was annoyed — “Damn,” I thought, “I typed an age wrong or some kid is wearing an old guy’s number.” I’ll always remember that first time, and how pleased and amazed I was to learn that Ed really was in his 60s.

  • Simon says:

    20+ years ago I lined up for my second race, a 10k on Toronto Island. A lovely sunny early summer day and a group of fellow lunchtime runners lined up ready for the start. We positioned ourselves mid pack and I started chatting to a very friendly tall elderly gentleman who clearly had lots of miles under his belt. As we were got closer to the start, a couple of us thought we could stick with this fella on the way round as a pacer. Well were we wrong, whilst I finished in just over 50 mins, he tore through the field and finished in around 33 mins from what I remember. Great to see he is still running and if Ed is reading this, thanks for inspiring me all those years ago and I hope you have many more running years ahead.

  • Thor@yopmail.com says:

    I bet his motivation is Pie.

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