History of the Bannister Mile
Roger Bannister, a 25 Year old medical student became the first man to officially break through the four-minute-mile barrier.
Bannister ran a 3:59.4 mile over four laps of the cinder track at Iffley Road, Oxford, May 6, 1954. This bacame the mile stone (no pun intended) of human achievement that resonated far beyond the world of athletics.
Bannister’s barrier-breaking races went down in history as one of the most remarkable achiements along side, the moon landing and climbing to the top of everast, and first flight by the Wright Brothers.</p?
Bannisters record lasted 46 days. John Landy, of Australia, beat it by more than a second.
Hicham El Guerrouj (Morocco) is the current men’s mile record holder with a time of 3:43.13.</p?
Currently no woman has ever run a sub-four-minute mile.
Sifan Hassan (Netherlands) has the women’s record of 4:12.33
Zola Budd (ran bare feet) still holds the British record (1985) of 4:17.57.
Long Eaton Running Clubs — Virtual Bannister Mile
So to comenrate the event from all those years ago, the club holds an annual 1 mile Time Trial (TT).
Pretty strait forward run a mile as fast as you can.
Due to this strange flu that is going round, unfortunatly it could not be held as a normal club event. So the made it as part of the Virtual Summer League.
So after a warm up I ran 1 and abit laps around West Park, Long Eaton. I managed a 6min 53secs lap, my fastest mile todate, that does not count towards any official Personal Bests !!!
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