Thursday, May 10, 2007

Bannister's Track Reopens

The site where the first sub 4 mile was run by Roger Bannister has reopened.

"The resurfaced track has now been awarded UK Athletics certification to hold meetings and be eligible for record attempts."

I can only imagine how the current generation of British milers must feel hearing about this news. After all, only 5 British men ran faster miles in 2006 than Bannister did 53 years ago. I get goosebumps just thinking about the possibility of an attempt at the mile record on this historic track on Iffley Road.

Here's the video of the race. Watch the seamless pacemaking, first by Chris Brasher and then by Chris Chataway, that propelled Bannister to the record.

If you would like to read Roger Bannister's story, I recommend his autobiography, The Four-Minute Mile, Fiftieth-Anniversary Edition, available at Amazon Books:

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