Monday, 2 January 2017

Ed Whitlock Could Be Your Inspiration For The Happy New Year

Ed Whitlock

Ed Whitlock has baffled scientists with his remarkable fitness – running at a pace that someone half his age would be proud of.

The former mining engineer, who grew up in London but lives in Toronto, Canada, completed a race in three hours, 56 minutes and 34 seconds (3:56:34) in October, the New York Times reported.

Astonishingly, it wasn’t even his best performance – that came at the age of 73, when he ran 2:54:48.

Adjusted for age, the run was equivalent to an athlete in his prime finishing in 2:04:48, less than two minutes off the current world record.

Ed Whitlock

Mr Whitlock told the New York Times: ‘I believe people can do far more than they think they can, you have to be idiot enough to try it.

‘We’ll see if I’m running when I’m 90. You never really know if you’ve run your last race or not. I think I do have longevity in my genes, but you never know — you might get hit by a bus.

‘When you get to my age, the rate of deterioration is accelerating.’

He may be slowing down, but Mr Whitlock remains a scientific marvel.

Ed Whitlock

Dr Michael Joyner said Mr Whitlock was ‘about as close as you can get to minimal aging in a human’.

He ran his first marathon aged 44, because his son Clive wanted to have a go at one.

And his fastest time came when he ran within half an hour of the current world record at the age of 48 in 1979.



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