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A permit held by the runner? (7)


I believe the answer is:


'runner?' is the definition.
(runner is a kind of athlete)

'a permit held by the' is the wordplay.
'permit' becomes 'let' ('let' can be a synonym of 'permit').
'held by' is an insertion indicator.
'let' placed within 'the' is 'thlete'.

(Other definitions for athlete that I've seen before include "the hare that lost, say" , "Bolt perhaps" , "Track and field competitor" , "Strangely, the tale of one who is fit" , "Sport participant" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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