Over-60 World Record For 10K Topples

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Sep. 11, 2013
Martin Rees set his 10K world record here in Cardiff, Wales. Photo:

A retiree clocked 5:16 pace for 6.2 miles.

The BBC is reporting that Martin Rees, a 60-year-old retired steelworker from Port Talbot in Wales, is the new 10K road world-record holder for men over 60. Rees blazed the recent Cardiff 10K in 32 minutes 48 seconds.

Rees is no stranger to records.

In fact, he owns 37 marks from age 45 and up.

“The conditions were good and everything was quite right about it today,” Rees remarked afterwards. ”I obviously didn’t go out with the first group but I went with the second and managed to get through that.”

Surprisingly, Rees didn’t start running until he was 37.

However, he’s training seven days a week now.

“Everybody’s got one little hidden talent and they don’t know what it is,” he contends.

Rees says his next goal is taking down his own world half-marathon record for over 60, which is 1:11:32, set in the Cardiff Half Marathon last October.

On Sunday, he said he was planning to celebrate the feat with a couple of pints.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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