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Record holder withdraws from 10K

Race record holder Geoff Smith has withdrawn from today's HSBC 10K, The Royal Gazette can confirm.

The 59-year-old Englishman dropped out after hurting his hip in last night's KPMG Mile.

He said: "I ran the mile last night and was okay but then got up this morning and went straight for the pain killers.

"I am disappointed because I was really looking forward to it just to go through the motions again. But it all comes down to how much pain can you take, and it's not good to push your body past it's limits."

Smith set the record in the 10K in 1982 when he ran a blistering 28:13.

Since then the Everton fan has had two hip replacements.

"My hip flared up about two weeks ago and it's not letting me do what I need to do," Smith added. "The joints are good .... it's just where the muscles connect and that happens to anybody whether you have a new hip or not. I just got to nurse it."

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Published January 19, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated January 19, 2013 at 1:05 pm)

Record holder withdraws from 10K

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