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Super vet Hutchison lifts the M65 prize in Chicago marathon

SIR Mo Farah may have dominated the headlines with his British and European record of 2:05.13 in winning the Chicago Marathon but further down the field a west runner can also claim his slice of glory.

Left: Tom Hutchison (centre) in Chicago with friends from the London club Queens Park Harriers.

And well deserved it is too as newly-turned 65-year-old Tom Hutchison of Team Bath AC won his age group prize by completing the 26.2 miles in a time of 3hrs 15mins 33secs.

“I am really pleased with this result,” said Hutchison.

“I am especially pleased to prove that athletes can train and get quality results into their older years.

“But also pleased that travelling to races and being part of a sport community is so rewarding.”

To further underline the quality of the performance the time puts Hutchison, who had been working hard with club coach Paul King, second in the UK M65 Rankings behind Poole Runners’ Dave Cartwright on 3hrs 13mins 25secs.

It was certainly more like Hutchison’s true form after the torment of the Boston Marathon in the Spring when terrible weather conditions saw him run his worst time ever of 3hrs 50mins.

It will certainly put Hutchison in a strong position to fulfil his ambition of earning an England Masters vest at the Vale of York marathon in October in 2019 with his next outing at the distance pencilled in for Manchester marathon next spring, which will incorporate the trials event.