Ban­nis­ter Mile Se­ries launched

Athletics Weekly - - TO­GETHER WE RUN -

THE BRI­TISH Mil­ers’ Club is stag­ing a new Bannister Mile Se­ries in mem­ory of Sir Roger Bannister, who died last month aged 88.

Sir Roger ran the world’s first sub-four-minute mile with 3:59.4 in Ox­ford on May 6,

1954 and he was also found­ing pres­i­dent of the BMC.

The 2018 se­ries kicks off with men’s and women’s ‘city mile’ races at Lee Val­ley in north Lon­don on May 9 – just three days after the an­niver­sary of Sir Roger’s fa­mous feat.

The ‘city mile’ has a long his­tory and took place at Mot­spur Park in the 1960s and 70s. Former win­ners in­clude Steve Ovett, who ran four min­utes ex­actly aged 18, but the event has now been in­cor­po­rated into the Lee Val­ley meet­ing along with 5000m races.

“Sixty-four years on,” says the BMC, “can any­one match his time? His­tory will meet in­no­va­tion in this meet­ing on a night of 5000m races with mu­sic and much more.”

The se­ries con­tin­ues on July 7 with the Pe­ter Coe Mile for under-17 men and Frank Hor­will Mile for under-17 women. The BMC says: “Hosted in the BMC Grand Prix, this is a chance for some of the best young mid­dledis­tance run­ners in the coun­try to com­pete over a mile.

“The races are named after two coach­ing greats: Pe­ter

Coe, coach to Se­bas­tian, and Frank Hor­will, the founder of the BMC.”

There will also be mile races at Ox­ford’s If­fley Road – the scene of Sir Roger’s first sub­four-minute mile – on July 28.

Au­gust 18 will see men’s and women’s miles in the Traf­ford Grand Prix. In 2007 the Manch­ester meet­ing hosted the Em­s­ley Carr Mile and now it will stage part of the new Bannister Mile Se­ries.

Back in 2004, the BMC held a spe­cial meet­ing in Ox­ford on the 50th an­niver­sary of Bannister’s sub-four-minute mile. It saw Craig Mot­tram of Aus­tralia run­ning 3:56.64 to win the men’s mile ahead of run­nerup Mo Farah (pic­tured above), while So­nia O’Sul­li­van won the women’s mile in 4:27.79.

The 2018 se­ries has gen­er­ous prize money with £1000 for the se­ries winner and com­ple­ments the BMC sum­mer 2018 fix­tures (see op­po­site).

Sir Roger Ban­nis­ter rings the bell as Craig Mot­tram be­gins his last lap ahead of John May­ock and Mo Farah at Ox­ford in 2004

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