Ed Whitlock crossed the finish line between two much younger runners at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon – and found himself a record-breaker at 85-years-old.

 

Finishing in 3:56:34, the English ex-pat now living in Canada, smashed the record for the 85 to 90 age group by more than half an hour and fixed his reputation as the fastest distance runner of an advanced age the world has ever seen.

 

Ed was a serious runner in his youth but eased off at university. He moved to a part of Ontario that had no culture of distance running and didn’t start running again till age 40. In 2003 he was the first septuagenarian to run a marathon under 3 hours.

 

“A lot of these old-age records were on the soft side,” he said. “That’s not to denigrate the guy who did it before but there are not many 85-year-olds who even attempt to do this nonsense.”

When a picture is worth a thousand words, a caption seems unnecesssary. Share the joy of Yan Zhao finishing her half marathon in 2:26:56 at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in October.

 

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