At the Milton Half-Marathon 2012
|Birth name||Edward Whitlock|
|Born||March 6, 1931|
|Died||March 13, 2017 (aged 86)|
Milton, Ontario, Canada
|Height||5 ft 7 in (170 cm)|
|Weight||112 lb (51 kg)|
|Sport||Track and Field|
|Event(s)||800 m, 1500 m, 3000 m, 5000 m, 10,000 m, Half marathon, Marathon|
|University team||University of London|
Ed Whitlock (March 6, 1931 – March 13, 2017) was an English-born Canadian long-distance runner. He is the first person over 70 years old to run a marathon in less than three hours with a time of 2:59:10 in 2003.
Early life[change | change source]
Running career[change | change source]
Whitlock, who ran as a teenager and took up the sport again in his forties, first became the oldest person to run a marathon in less than 3 hours in 2000, at the age of 69, with a time of 2:52:47.
He later extended this record, running a time of 2:58:40 at the age of 74. At 73, he set a world record in the marathon for men 70 to 74, running a 2:54:48, when he was 73, and his fastest time after turning 70. According to an article in The New York Times, if age-graded, this time would be equivalent to a 20-year-old running 2:03:57 and which would have been the fastest marathon ever run in 2010. For an explanation of age-graded tables, see masters athletics. At the time of his death, Whitlock he was still the only person over 70 to run a marathon in less than three hours.
Record[change | change source]
At age 85, he became the oldest person to run a marathon in less than four hours at 3 hours, 56 minutes 34 seconds at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in October, 2016.
Death[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
Other websites[change | change source]
- , "Michael McGowan" (film director), 2001 The prime of the ancient marathoner
- Mike Tymn,Running Times, April 2004, Age Group Ace
- RunnersWeb, September 27, 2004, Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon
- , "Amby Burfoot", 2005, Runners World interview
- , "Marc Bloom", New York Times, February 2005, At73, Marathoner runs as if he has stopped the clock
- , "Lawrence Hill", Walrus magazine, April 2005, Marathon man