Former Ashwicken Masters athlete David Heath smashed a previous world record for over-50 men by nearly three seconds.
Racing over 1500 metres in Toulouse, Heath – who is now based in France – recorded a time of 4 minutes 2.33 seconds. The previous record had stood for more than 30 years.
As previously detailed in the Lynn News, at the start of the year the 50-year-old targeted the world records for 800, 1500 and 5000m.
Having now achieved the middle one of those he is hoping to tackle the 800m on July 4 in Paris where he has been invited to run in a special 800m event for selected runners over 40 years of age as part of the Diamond League meeting. Running against opposition 10 years younger than himself increases his chances of gaining that second record.