Canadian Masters legend Ed Whitlock passed away this morning at 86
Currently Ed owns 21 World Records;
Marathon – M75 & M80
1500m – M85
Mile – M75
3000m – M75 to M80
5000m – M75 to M85
10,000m – M70 to M85
1500m – M75 to M85
3000m – M70 to M85
4X400m Relay – M80
Ed owns 67 Canadian Records
1500m – M50, M65 to M85
Mile – M75
3000m – M70 to M80
5000m – M60 to M85
10,000m – M65 to M85
1500m – M70 to M85
Mile – M80
3000m – M60 to M85
Ed owns 40 Canadian Road Records from M60 to M85
from 5K to the Marathon
Ed’s longtime friend Bob Moore writes……
Ed Whitlock was an excellent runner as a school boy. At University he excelled at the half mile and ran in road races for Ranelegh Harriers, London, England. He wore their pale blue vest in races in his eighties.
When he graduated as a mining engineer from Imperial College, London he came to Canada where the mines are. He ran with Toronto Olympic Club for a brief while but found their training and racing too intense and aggressive and so he stopped racing.
After more than ten years off he returned to racing at the urging of his son. He told me that his first serious race was a ten mile event in Ottawa. I won and he was last but in the decades that followed he got faster and I got slower until I was following him. His marathon record at age 74 years is credited by statisticians of the sport as being one of the greatest marathon runs of all time. Especially in his 70s and 80s he set a large number of Canadian National and World records.
When we met at races we exchanged ideas. He was laconic, always his own man who knew what worked for him and he did not deviate from this. Once he was injured during an Ontario Masters Cross Country race. He vowed never to run cross country races again and this he kept to.
Ed began to appear frequently as a contender in my own record of road and track races in the mid 1990s. By then he was rewriting the Master`s record book as a sixty year old and I was watching the time gap between our results close.
Some of the most memorable races that I ran with Ed from the 1980s on were several Jaspar to Banff and Cape Breton road relays. Our team at the later event was called Mad Dogs and Englishmen in his honour I believe. Ed would run an awe inspiring stage or two and then help the rest of us achieve our best.
A book could and should be written of his athletic achievements over a long lifetime but his pure enjoyment of competition without malice will remain with me as long as I last.
(photo – Bob leading Ed in a 2010 Championship race in Toronto)
Ed served for many years on the Board of Directors of Canadian Masters Athletics as well as being the Road Race Records Director.
Photo – Ed competing in the first World Championships in Toronto in 1975 and in the World Championships in Sacramento in 2011
Such sad news. He was a great ambassador for masters, with constant encouragement to other athletes. Everyone wanted their picture taken with Ed.
Dan Slovitt Toronto
(Doug – They were lined up at a World Championships to have a shot with Ed….and he accommodated everyone!)
An inspiration to Masters athletes worldwide. Sad news indeed
Dave Proffitt UK
Bill Pontius USA
Bruce Mitchell ON
I had the great fortune to Start three of his World Record performances over 2016/2017 and was awed by his elegance and “Energizer Bunny” performances. He was always gracious and thankful to Officials, Coaches and Fans of Athletics!!! I’m a little shocked as he seemed so lucid when I last saw him!! Guess one point is reach out to all those you love as you really NEVER know when their time is near!
John Stevenson ON
Earl Fee ON
Hugh Wilson Dorval PQ
Brad Morley ON
Jamie Black ON