In the news: 4-minute mile­stone

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - The Way We Were -

On the 6 May, at the Ox­ford Univer­sity’s If­fley Road track, Dr Roger Ban­nis­ter be­came the first per­son to break the four­minute mile. High winds of up to 25mph led Ban­nis­ter to con­sider post­pon­ing his bid be­fore the event but a break in the weather al­lowed the race to start at the sched­uled time of 6pm. And three min­utes, 59.4 sec­onds later, the sta­dium com­men­ta­tor Nor­ris McWhirter made the his­toric an­nounce­ment – ‘First, num­ber 41, RG Ban­nis­ter, Am­a­teur Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion and for­merly of Exeter and Mer­ton Col­leges, Ox­ford, with a time which is a new meet­ing and track record, and which – sub­ject to rat­i­fi­ca­tion – will be a new English Na­tive, Bri­tish Na­tional, All-Com­ers, Euro­pean, Bri­tish Em­pire and World Record.’

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