Bateman demolishes M55 world record for outdoor 5000 meters

Keith Bateman’s world record tour continues unabated down under. On Wednesday, Keith ran 5000 meters in a hand-timed 15:29.7 at an Athletics New South Wales “permit meet” at Blacktown Olympic Park in Sydney, reports Simon Butler-White, who says results of the meet should be online soon. The listed M55 WR is 15:37.0 by Britain’s Michael Hager in 2006. “That’s Keith’s third M55 WR and eighth Australian record in six months: mile (twice), 1500m (twice), 3000m (twice), 10,000m and now the 5000,” Simon writes.

Keith finishes his fabulous 5K on Wednesday. (Photo by Graham Jackson)

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January 7, 2011

22 Responses

  1. Pete Magill - January 7, 2011

    Unbelievable … Well, okay, completely believable, because Keith has been running out-of-this-world times for quite a few months now! As a distance guy, I love records like this. It’s so easy to use age as an excuse for skipping long runs in the cold and dark, interval sessions in the rain, and the daily-weekly-yearly volume necessary to achieve our best performances. It’s so easy to take our foot off the pedal and blame age. But not when Keith’s running 15:29 at age 55! Thanks, Keith, for providing inspiration and a wake-up call to all the rest of us. And congrats on a truly amazing run!

  2. tOnY yOuNg - January 7, 2011

    Holy crap – he is FIT!!

  3. kevin f - January 7, 2011

    As a 46 year old I’ve ran a 15.36 but Keith’s 15.29 puts me to shame,good on ya mate!!

  4. Nolan Shaheed - January 7, 2011

    Fantastic! Truly an inpiration

  5. James Harrison - January 7, 2011

    I have to follow this bloke, 8 years behind. How am I even going to get a state record?

  6. Dale Campbell - January 7, 2011

    Another great race! So impressive to be able to train in a manner in which you can break records in both middle distance races and long distance races. No small feat indeed!

  7. Keith Bateman - January 7, 2011

    Thank you everyone for the very kind comments. I must register my thanks to my coach Sean Williams (who again was track-side to offer stern advice), and his squad of highly supportive and talented runners who help to keep this particular senior squad member on his toes! I am really enjoying my running just now and it is largely thanks to the wonderful ‘family’ of runners out there. 1500m race on Saturday – It’s a bit of a lottery but I’ll be trying hard for a sub 4:12!

  8. Arny Stonkus - January 7, 2011

    I hope you get your sub 4:12!

  9. Matt B. - January 7, 2011

    Great preformance! 4th All-time

  10. Matt B. - January 7, 2011

    Oops I meant 5th among men in the 5000

    Top men
    Age Name Age grade
    35 Bernard Lagat 99.91 %
    65 Derek Turnbull 98.54 %
    40 Mohammed Ezzher 97.31 %
    45 Lucien Rault age 46 97.09 %
    55 Keith Bateman 96.99 %
    50 David Martin Reese 96.89 %
    60 Adriaan Heijdens 96.77 %
    There are a couple of 100%+ by
    Edith Masai 14:33.52 age 39
    and Monica Joyce 16:19.51 (50)

    1500 You can do it! 55 4:11.80 = 100% Very rare indeed.

  11. Horace Grant - January 8, 2011

    Congrats.Superb performance!

  12. Ken Stone - January 11, 2011

    Results are posted here:

  13. Keith Bateman - March 26, 2011

    Hi Ken – very delighted to report a 37 second PB in our State 10,000m last night – a new WR 31:51.86 🙂

  14. Bob - January 23, 2013

    Are there drug testing and blood testing in these events?

  15. Keith Bateman - January 24, 2013

    Only seen it a the World Masters here (Sydney) in 2009 – possibly at the State races; not sure – the 5000m was a small race – at the WMA games we paid extra for drug testing – unfortunately was never tested

  16. Bob - January 26, 2013

    Awesome running. I’m 56 and just upped my daily two runs to a total of 10 miles – was training hodge podge before – it isn’t easy. Hope to run within 2 minutes of your record. Do you have a website detailing your training? thanks, Bob

  17. Keith Bateman - January 26, 2013

    I don’t keep a blog or even a training log except I did a blog for the WMA games ( I can send you a typical month’s schedule if you wish though; prepared by my coach

  18. Bob - January 28, 2013

    Heck yeah! That would be absolutely awesome. Thanks! Bob

  19. Bob - January 28, 2013

    I forgot my password to yahoo! Please leave the schedule at the one i check daily: Thanks!

  20. Keith Bateman - January 28, 2013

    Bob – just email me (keith@ + my domain above)

  21. Tim - February 5, 2013

    Awesome,,,absolutely awesome. How can you train 175 kilometers / week? Did you gradually build up to that level? How long did it take? How did you introduce speedwork without injury? Thanks, Tim

  22. Keith Bateman - February 7, 2013

    Tim – That schedule had greatly increased Kms – up until November last year it was typically 95km – 120km per week. I think it is too much and I only achieved it a few times and have been resting the past 2 months (hamstring tendon sore) so am thinking it’s too much. But I have been on 95km – 120km per week since Nov 2003 – The speed sessions on Tue and Thu I always make count, as I do with the sat tempo. Sunday 2 hours is how I feel speed wise. So that’s the core. The rest is all easy running but always good form – I won’t run junk miles just for the sake of it so frequently end up doing less kms than the schedule – but I always make the speed and tempo count.

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