From the looks of that track at Cambridge, it was 5-8 seconds slower than a modern track.
I think you will find that Ed did not set a world record in Cambridge. The track was not properly set-up. Not enough rail, not accurately measured. Ed ran the mile again a few days later in London, Ontario under proper conditions and set the world record there. A bit slower but then he probably had to run an actual mile.
Ed has already covered this stupid nonsense on our previous thread about all of his world records in 2016.
Here is what Ed already said on the other thread:
Update Ed Whitlock 2016 M85-89 World Records (again):
1) 1500m Indoor World Record â€“ 6:38.87 (outdoor WR 6:37.75)
2) Mile World Record â€“ 7:18.55
3) 3000m World Record â€“13:41.96 (equivalent to a sub-7:00 minute mile)
4) 5K World Record â€“ 24:03.99
5) 10,000m Track World Record â€“ 51:07.53
6) 10K Road World Record - 49:50
7) Half-Marathon World Record â€“ 1:50:47
8) 25K World Record - 2:16:46 (split during Marathon WR, Ed says does not count)
9) 30K World Record - 2:45:46 (split during Marathon WR, Ed says does not count)
10) Marathon World Record - 3:56:33 (3:56:38 gun time)
11) 15K World Record- 1:15:10 (8:04 mile pace)
12) Ed's next race: 800m?, 1500m?, Mile? 8K?, 12K?, 10Mile?, 20K?
Take that Martin Rees.[/quote]
A couple of things.
;The 7:18 mile time almost certainly will not be ratified, it was on a dirt track and curbs may not meet specs. I ran a 7:22 and thought that everything was in order but it has not been ratified either.
The 10k record wiil also be negated because a modification to the certified course was made on the day.
If Martin Rees can stay healthy I think he will take down my road records between 5k and half marathon.
Read more: https://www.letsrun.com/forum/flat_read.php?thread=7777693&page=2#ixzz4V0jkH760
That was a great 15K race Ed.
Have you ever heard of Phil Maffetone?
(He has copied the Ed Whitlock Training Methodâ„¢â€¦and named it after himself. I am not very happy about it.)
I am also not happy about the non-ratification of your mile World Records.
Everything seemed fine at the time:
It is not that big of a deal since your 1500m time is equivalent to a 7:13 mile and your 3000m time is equivalent to a sub 7:00 mile.
You can easily smash the mile World Record later this yearâ€¦or in early 2017.
Then I will start the 2017 Ed Whitlock World Record list.