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Update: February 1, 2016.
John Woodall was 83-years-of-age when he ran the 2015 GoodLife Fitness Victoria 8K road race in October, in the time of 45:41. Below, it is reported that Woodall broke the single age world record for men age 83 at the 2016 Pioneer 8K on January 10th with his 48:40 performance.
His GoodLife 8K result is one second shy of being a three minutes faster than the Pioneer time, which is very significant.
Woodall said, “It feels good to have the faster time recorded on the website.”
The Association of Road Racing Statisticians (ARRS) certify the course record from October 2015.
Eighty-three year old John Woodall of Victoria broke the single age world record for the eight kilometre distance during the Prairie Inn Harriers Pioneer 8K road race on Sunday, January 10th.
He completed the race in the time of 48:40. In doing so, he finished in 431st position out of 524 runners. All but one of the runners behind him were younger.
Asked how it feels to take a world record Woodall told Victoria Sports News, “It is a completely overwhelming sensation, especially at my age and considering the many years I have been running.”
Woodall runs for the Prairie Inn Harriers Running Club, the largest club in Canada with approximately 800 members.
Woodall is in good company. Fellow club-mates includes the likes of Natasha Wodak, who owns the national 10,000-metre record with her 31:41.59 from the 2015 Payton Jordan Invitational as well as the national 8K record of 25:28, which she set on the same course as Woodall in 2013. There is also Maurice Tarrant who owns many national and world age-group records starting from the 60-64 age-group and throughout the decades to 80-84. There are also, two-time Olympian Bruce Deacon and 19-time Canadian Champion Lucy Smith to name just a few.
“The fact that I ran the ‘World Single Age Record’ at the age of eighty-three in my own club’s race, on home turf, surrounded by many people that I know made it very special,” shared Woodall.
On October 11, 2015, Woodall ran the GoodLife Fitness Victoria 8K in the time of 45:41, however, he was just 82 at the time, and during 2015 he raced at least eight times in distances from 5K to 12K.
The Pioneer 8K is the first road race of the year in Canada and is the first event in two different race series including the BC Super Series and the Vancouver Island Race Series.