November 18, 2005
For Forbes' panel of experts, editors and readers, one feat did emerge as a clear winner: the first sub-4 by Roger Bannister in 1954
By David M. Ewalt with Lacey Rose, Forbes.com
At their best, sports are about more than just winning games and diverting crowds. They test the limits of what...
August 27, 2019
“I felt I could not have run a more perfect race.”
Steve Landells for the IAAF
The IAAF takes a look back at five unforgettable, historic races over the classic Mile distance.
1954 – Oxford, England
Roger Bannister’s Mile world record may have only lasted a mere 46 days but his place...
March 11, 2019
The tiny, rare artifact is engraved with the time & date of the legendary race between Roger Bannister & John Landy
By John Mackie, The Vancouver Sun
The Miracle Mile was the highlight of the British Empire Games in 1954. That Saturday, Aug. 7, an excited 35,000 people jammed Empire Stadium...
March 03, 2019
The first anniversary of the death of Oxford icon Sir Roger Bannister to be commemorated
By Tom Williams, Oxford Mail
On Monday, March 4, the city will pay tribute to one of its most celebrated heroes, the neurologist who became the first person to conquer the sub-4 minute Mile.
January 15, 2019
“We’re delighted to be revealing the special 50p British Culture commemorative coin set to mark this historic anniversary, which features some of the nation’s most loved 50 pence pieces.”
By Tom Williams, Oxford Times
A rare coin featuring Oxford icon Sir Roger Bannister is helping to mark...
January 08, 2019
Our moment with Sir Roger was just as inspiring. Greeting my daughters and asking them their names and how old they were was just the beginning of a grand few minutes.
By Jeff Benjamin, RunBlogRun
I was running late.
Leaving my teaching job on Staten Island to travel to New York City during...
November 17, 2018
"It is rare to make such an impact in 4 minutes and rarer still for one act to have such a resonance... The world of sport needs its heroes and he will forever be one of its greatest."
By Tom Williams, Oxford Mail
In a rare coming together of all tenets of city life, a service in the...
October 15, 2018
"If I didn’t manage to defeat John Landy there, he would be the world record holder and have the right to be the best Miler in the world."
By Duncan Mackay, Editor, insidethegames.biz
The build-up to the Mile at the 1954 British Empire Games in Vancouver on Saturday, August 7 was more like a...
September 11, 2018
Friends and colleagues, including Steve Cram, came together to celebrate the Imperial alumnus, esteemed neurologist and runner of the first sub-4 minute Mile.
By Joanna Wilson, Imperial News
At the event, which took place at the Royal College of Physicians, recollections of the medical life...
August 16, 2018
"A small way the city can honor that connection with him and it seems entirely appropriate considering this area includes the track in which he made that absolutely astonishing historic achievement.”
By Isabel Morris, Cherwell
Oxford City Council has proposed changing the name of St....
August 06, 2018
"I think the thing they want to do is not to set off too fast at the start. After the half-mile, start moving up."
By Mike Sandrock for Daily Camera
"Yes, how can I help you?"
Bingo! I was on the phone with Sir Roger Bannister, the English neurologist who on May 6, 1954,...
April 05, 2018
Inaugural series to honor & celebrate the memory of first sub-4 man and founding BMC president
By Athletics Weekly
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-4 minute Mile...
March 10, 2018
It is hard to put into words the impact Roger Bannister had, not just on me, but on the world.
By Jim Ryun
When I heard the news of Roger Bannister’s death last week at the age of 88, I recalled the first time I ever heard of Bannister, in the spring of 1963.
I was rattling back to Wichita...
March 09, 2018
Beyond the significance of Bannister’s triumph, this was one of the very first action photographs to record the climactic moment of a major sporting event.
By David Davis, Deadspin.com
Sir Roger Bannister died over the weekend at the age of 88 and, as to be expected, the glowing obituaries...
March 06, 2018
The 4 minute barrier had daunted runners for generations, but Bannister intended to break through it so that others might follow. And they did.
By Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker
The remarkable—and frustrating—thing about watching Roger Federer hit a forehand is that it is impossible to...
March 05, 2018
Briton broke barrier, set a still resonating, recognized standard and transcended the sport
By Ryan Lamppa, Bring Back the Mile founder
We knew this day would come: the death of a great man – a universally enduring, esteemed and endearing legend in every sense of the word as worldwide homage,...
March 03, 2018
But for most, the image of Bannister will forever be the long-limbed athlete, with his head thrown back, breaking the tape on a blustery May evening in 1954.
From the BBC
Roger Bannister, who has died at the age of 88, was the first man to run a Mile in under 4 minutes.
Sir Roger, who was...
December 12, 2017
Limited number of Bannister-Landy signed prints so order this Mile collectible today!
It has come to Bring Back the Mile’s attention that a limited number of autographed prints of “The Moment” when John Landy turned the wrong way as Roger Bannister passed him in the home stretch to win “The...
October 21, 2017
Bannister raced for one more event then retired to concentrate on his medical career. His niche in sport history forever assured.
By Eddie G. Alinea, The Manila Times
Many had come close to it, but were eventually thwarted as if held back by powers unseen and demonic.
They all were, until...
May 30, 2017
The stagnation was attributed to the war and the breakthrough was a return to sport along the modernization of training.
By The Science of Running
The story goes that Roger Bannister crushed the 4 minute Mile mark, and allowed runners to dream of the impossible. No longer held back by this...
August 06, 2016
"There will always be failures, wrongdoing and cheating in every human endeavour. Britain should be bursting with pride over our Froomes, Murrays, Ennis-Hills and Mo Farahs. They inspire amateur athletes all over the world."
By Hannah Somerville, Oxford Mail
Sporting legend Roger Bannister...
July 30, 2016
“As I have said, winning Olympic races is more important than the 4 minute Mile. It so happens that the rest of the world thinks otherwise.” - Sir Roger Bannister
By Pat Butcher, GlobeRunner.com
Oh dear! I watched Everest on the Track, the documentary of Roger Bannister and the 4 minute Mile...
April 20, 2016
We have in the BC Sports Hall of Fame collection one of the 25 Omega stopwatches that was used to time the Miracle Mile and unbelievably it’s still stopped at Roger Bannister’s winning time of 3 minutes, 58.8 seconds!
By Megan Stewart, The Vancouver Courier
The stand-alone image of the 1954...
March 25, 2016
Mile legend's collection filled more than 50 boxes, includes letters, diaries, speeches, articles, photographs and film from his career over the years.
By Sports Illustrated Wire
Sir Roger Bannister celebrated his 87th birthday by making his diaries public for the first time at Oxford's...
January 05, 2016
Mile legend will be looking back at his own personal achievements, including the first sub-4 minute Mile and more.
By Slough & South Bucks Observer
British athletics legend, Sir Roger Bannister, will be the first Reading 2016 ‘An Audience With…’ at Reading Town Hall on Monday, January 18.
December 11, 2015
First sub-4 minute Mile one such memorable moment:
“So the Everest of athletics has been scaled, the sound barrier of running has been penetrated. Roger Gilbert Bannister, 25-year-old medical student, may never find the panacea for all ills the human flesh is heir to, but he has found the...
October 01, 2015
“A lot of people said it was impossible. I was a junior in high school [when Bannister broke the 4 minute barrier] and my history teacher says, ‘The stopwatches were wrong, a human being can’t run that fast.'”
By Nick Zaccardi, NBC Sports
It’s no surprise that Nike co-founder Phil Knight,...
June 08, 2015
46 days after Sir Roger Bannister broke the 4 minute Mile, his world record fell to John Landy. Here the athlete reflects on the day he won back his title.
By Roger Bannister, The Telegraph
This photograph captures the moment I overtook the Australian runner John Landy on the final bend at...
May 23, 2015
Christie’s to auction the shoes worn by Sir Roger Bannister when he became the first man to run a sub-4 minute Mile, described as the ‘greatest athletic achievement of the 20th century’
From Christie's The Art People
The running shoes worn by Sir Roger Bannister CBE when he became the first...
May 20, 2015
Bannister said part of the proceeds from the shoes auction will go to a charity that encourages neurological research, according to the auction company.
By Nick Zacardi, NBC Olympic Talk
The shoes Sir Roger Bannister wore when he ran the first sub-4 minute Mile will be auctioned September 10...
May 19, 2015
“I’m not surprised that the watch went for so much money as there has been a great interest in it. It is one of the most special watches.”
From Oxford Mail
The stopwatch used to record Sir Roger Bannister’s first sub-4 minute Mile record in Oxford sold for £20,000 ($31,000) yesterday.
May 09, 2015
“We would always have a reunion with our wives and meet up on the anniversary. That’s what it used to be. Unfortunately I’m alone now.”
By Oxford Mail
Sir Roger Bannister celebrated the 61st anniversary of the day he broke the 4 minute Mile barrier in Oxford.
He made sporting history on...
December 12, 2014
“To be a record breaker I think you have to have determination and you have to be prepared for upsets and reverses which I certainly had in my career. The other factor is luck."
From Oxford Mail
Sub-4 minute Mile hero Sir Roger Bannister has been honored by Guinness World Records to mark 60...
September 27, 2014
One of the greatest feats ever achieved by a British athlete almost never took place...
By Dominic Midgley, Daily Express
It was the behavior of a Cross of St. George flag flying on the steeple of St. John's Church near the Iffley Road track in Oxford on Thursday, May 6, 1954 that persuaded...
August 10, 2014
"Yes, Landy has a lead of three yards. It's 220 yards to go and I don't believe Bannister is going to be able to catch him..."
By Mike Rowbottom, InsideTheGames.biz
Significant anniversaries of two great foot races fall either side of this weekend - races won by two Britons who, through their...
August 09, 2014
But in 1954 all sports stories were overshadowed by what happened on a track in England on May 6.
By Richard Rothschild, Sports Illustrated
Imagine a sports landscape ruled by baseball, where college football is more popular than the National Football League, horse racing and boxing draw...
August 07, 2014
First time two men go sub-4 minutes in the same Mile race
By Bring Back the Mile
Sixty years ago, on Saturday, August 7, at the 1954 British Empire & Commonwealth Games in Vancouver, Canada, the world’s two best Milers, England’s Roger Bannister, the first man to run a sub-4 minute Mile, and...
July 27, 2014
“I was going to run from the front, I was going to break the 4 minute Mile, and I was going to break my world record." - John Landy
By Kym Morgan, The Advertiser
The 1954 British Empire Games Mile race between Australia’s John Landy and England’s Roger Bannister in Vancouver, Canada, was so...
July 15, 2014
Sir Roger Bannister, 85, amazed the world when he broke the four-minute Mile. But could he stand the pace at his son’s sports day?
By Roz Lewis, The Daily and Sunday Express
"This is a picture of me running in the fathers’ race at my sons’ school sports day in 1965. I hadn’t known about this...
May 13, 2014
To go fast, you must plan ahead
By Michael Overall, Tulsa World
With the starter pistol still echoing through the Oxford stadium, Cambridge runner Chris Brasher jumped to an early lead, but he had no intention of winning the race.
A 25-year-old medical student, Roger Bannister, followed...
May 06, 2014
“Vancouver was the pinnacle of my athletics career. It is very difficult to break records during Olympic competition, but winning races was better than holding world records.”
By AFP for The Australian
Sixty years since becoming the first man to run a Mile in under four minutes, Roger...
May 06, 2014
Franz Stampfl, his coach, implored him to run in a meet between Oxford and the Amateur Athletic Association: “He said to me, ‘Although the conditions are not ideal, if you don’t take this opportunity, you might not forgive yourself for the rest of your life.’ He was right.”
By Jesse Will, The...
May 05, 2014
What's astonishing about Bannister's 4 minute Mile in 1954 is that he was an amateur. He even worked on the day of the race
By John Bryant, The Guardian
Things were very different 60 years ago when Roger Bannister became an icon to Britain and the empire by becoming the first to break the 4...
May 04, 2014
"Bannister's 3:59.4 remains part of track and field lore, a symbol of boundary-busting endurance that stands the test of time."
By Stephen Wilson, Associated Press
OXFORD, England (AP) — Sixty years later, Roger Bannister is busy reliving the four minutes that still endure as a transcendent...
May 03, 2014
The Daily Telegraph, at the time, described it as “sport’s greatest goal”, something “as elusive and seemingly unattainable as Everest”.
By Harry Wallop, The Telegraph
As with so many moments in British history, it came down to the weather. On the morning of May 6, 1954, it was raining...
May 02, 2014
Since 2010, 91 American men have run a sub-4:00 Mile.
By Kevin Helliker, Wall Street Journal, The Count
Before hanging up his running spikes last year, Patrick Todd did something that earned him life-long membership in an exclusive club: He ran a sub-4 minute Mile. "It was one of those wild...
April 30, 2014
Roger Bannister made an indelible mark on the sport and the world on May 6, 1954
By Pat Murphy, TroyMedia.com
TORONTO, Canada – If you were around in 1954, you couldn’t escape the 4 minute Mile. The newspapers were full of it, and the coverage wasn’t confined to the sports pages. Running a...
April 25, 2014
When I was a child in the late 1950s, my parents taught me about Bannister's Mile just as they taught me about the first climbing of Mount Everest.
By Mary Beard, BBC.com
As we approach the 60th anniversary of the 4-minute Mile, historian Mary Beard reflects on what has changed in the sport...
April 06, 2014
Our task was to measure the track’s inside lane, six inches in from the edge, to check that Sir Roger had run one Mile, no more and no less.
John Barrell letter to The Telegraph
SIR – I read Sir Roger Bannister’s article on his epic race with great interest as it brought back memories for me....
March 30, 2014
In an extract from his new book, "Twin Tracks", Bannister recounts how he prepared for his unforgettable, legendary race: "I felt at that moment that it was my chance to do one thing supremely well."
Sixty years ago, on May 6, 1954, at Iffley Road track in Oxford, Roger Bannister became the...
March 17, 2014
A BBC serial about the athlete and scholar's incredible, historic 1954 record run
By Ben Dowell, RadioTimes.com
Scriptwriter Andrew Davies is working on a BBC drama about Roger Bannister’s 4 minute Mile record run, RadioTimes.com can reveal.
The writer says that the drama is likely to be in...
March 05, 2014
AW’s editor looks ahead excitedly to the 60th anniversary of Roger Bannister’s first sub-4 minute Mile: the Everest of athletics
By Jason Henderson, Athletics Weekly
When Roger Bannister ran 3:59.4 in Oxford on May 6, 1954, to become the first man to break the 4-minute barrier for one Mile,...
January 09, 2014
For serious retirement investors, the far better sports metaphor lies in the story of Roger Bannister, the first man sub-4 minutes in the Mile
By Mitchell Tuchman, MarketWatch
Read enough about investing and eventually you run into this entertaining hockey metaphor: "Skate to where the puck...
November 30, 2013
Roger Bannister, first man sub-4 minutes for the Mile, the "perfect" amateur athlete
By Ian O'Riordan, Irish Times
If I was Sir Roger Bannister, the thought of what’s coming down the track next May would be terrifying. Imagine every sporting media outlet in the world looking for you to help...
August 14, 2013
Shaun White's versatility, Bo Jackson's phenomenal speed, Geronimo's nimbleness, Bannister's Mile moment and more
From The Atlantic
Gay Talese, writer
Boxing is the most physically demanding of athletic disciplines. No other athletes are so confronted with the physical demands, the heart,...
May 08, 2013
On a cinder track, 59 years ago on Monday, Roger Bannister became the first person to run the sub-four-minute Mile.
By Tanya Aldred, The Telegraph
It was a squally day, not good for records, and Roger Bannister nearly did not run at the Iffley Road track. But he knew his rivals were closing...
May 06, 2013
By Daily Press
On May 6, 1954, Roger Bannister became the first person to run a Mile in under four minutes.
For several years, men had been getting closer and closer to that barrier. It is not true, as some claim today, that experts in the 1950s believed it was impossible - but the idea of...
May 01, 2013
Paul Collicut's graphic novel The Murder Mile was inspired by the split second in 1954 when John Landy looked over his left shoulder and Roger Bannister passed him on the right
By Sam Humphrey, The Guardian
Ever since our ancestors began painting on the walls of caves, running has been a...
April 02, 2013
The quest to "break four" still inspires the latest generation of U.S. runners
By Dave Hunter, RunBlogRun
David Hunter is on a roll. This piece on Chris Fallon of Ohio State, and the pursuit of the 4 minute Mile, is a fun read. The 4 minute Mile has become a litmus test to the growing...
March 11, 2013
By The Commonwealth Games Federation
To mark Commonwealth Day 2013 the CGF is very proud to present a new short film telling the story of what is arguably the greatest athletics race of all time - the Miracle Mile of 1954.
The final of the one-Mile race at the Commonwealth (then called the...
February 27, 2013
Runners find renewed appreciation for the iconic distance.
By Mackenzie Lobby, Innovation for Endurance
Not many sports have it: It's what Ryan Lamppa calls the "Roger Bannister moment." Bannister was the first person to break the 4:00-minute Mile on May 6, 1954 on Oxford's Iffley Road Track,...
February 12, 2013
By Shabbir, Comic Buzz
Legendary athlete, Sir Roger Bannister runs for his life as a comic book hero in a new graphic novel The Murder Mile. In 1954, the world class runner took part in a number of heats prior to his historical victory at Iffley Road, Oxford in May where he broke the 4 minute...
January 06, 2013
By Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun
SCENE & HEARD: Lorne Evans was seven years old when his mom, who worked at the PNE, snuck him into Empire Stadium to watch England's Roger Bannister and Australian John Landy compete in what would become known the world over as the Miracle Mile. The date was Aug....
October 28, 2012
By Ed Cullen, The Advocate
Roger Bannister, who ran the first sub-4 minute Mile in history in 1954, was the hero of high school middle distance runners in the 1960s.
Reading Neal Bascomb’s book, “The Perfect Mile,” has brought back the joyful and painful memories of running the half mile at...
October 14, 2012
By Nia Mason, ITV Meridian
Sir Roger Bannister started them off, and thousands of runners set off on the Oxford Half Marathon this morning. While it was an honour for many of the runners to meet one of their sporting heroes in the flesh, Sir Roger himself, said he was honoured to still be...
September 26, 2012
By ITV News
LONDON, England - A new athletics track at Paddington Recreation Ground is to be opened today, the site where Roger Bannister trained to break the four-minute Mile. The project, which aims to leave a lasting legacy for the Olympic Games, is backed by double gold medalist Mo Farah.
September 24, 2012
By Ian Pinnell, Radio Cherwell
On Friday 21st September 2012, Emily's Big Walk took place at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.
I was sent to cover the walk, as part of my role as Programme Controller with hospital radio station - Radio Cherwell. I interviewed various people, from...
September 14, 2012
Double Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah has given his backing to the restoration of a historic running track.
By Rob Whitson, West End Extra
WESTMINSTER, England - Paddington Recreation Ground, where legendary runner Sir Roger Bannister trained to break the 4-minute Mile, is undergoing a...
August 08, 2012
I silently retire from competitive ghost-chasing. No longer in training, I hie to a quaint pub in downtown Oxford and, to the spirit of Roger Bannister and unbreakable barriers broken, hoist a pint.
By Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle
OXFORD, England -- The rain begins falling just as I...
August 08, 2012
From Sports Illustrated via AP
LONDON - Roger Bannister will forever be remembered for four laps around the track.
So it was fitting that the first man to break the four-minute Mile 58 years ago was front and center in the Olympic Stadium on Tuesday night to watch the men's 1500 meters, known...
August 07, 2012
Of all the knighted British sporting legends, Bannister is still the most revered and remembered.
By Mike Wise, The Washington Post
LONDON — The attendant from the British Olympic Committee had brought a wheelchair along for the hunching 83-year-old man. But he refused, determined to walk the...
August 06, 2012
By John Baldoni, Forbes
Of the many wonderful outcomes of the London 2012 Olympics is the attention that Roger Bannister, the first man to run the sub-four minute Mile, now in his eighties is receiving.
When I was growing up, Bannister was a hero of mine. I ran track in high school and the...
July 30, 2012
By James M. Clash, The Huffington Post
Watching opening ceremonies for the London Olympics, I was delighted to see the great Sir Roger Bannister present. Bannister was an Olympian in 1952, but he didn't win the gold you might expect from the first man to run a 4 minute Mile. In fact, he's...
July 27, 2012
By John F. Burns, New York Times
OXFORD, England — When Sir Roger Bannister is asked whether he knew he was about to run into history as he lined up on a rain-dampened, blustery English running track 58 years ago for his bid to break the four-minute Mile barrier, he smiles, shakes his head, and...
July 26, 2012
William Hill stop taking bets on 83-year-old's appointment; Bannister became first man to ran sub-4 minute Mile
By Sam Jones, The Guardian
William Hill has stopped taking bets on Sir Roger Bannister lighting the Olympic cauldron after receiving a flurry of big bets backing the man who ran the...
July 18, 2012
Bikash Mohapatra digs out some of the biggest names in sport who failed to leave a mark on the Olympics.
The Olympics is a great leveler.
While on the one hand we witness athletes rising from relative anonymity to create history, on the other there are eminent athletes who...
July 10, 2012
By Associated Press
OXFORD, England — Roger Bannister returned to the track where he broke the 4-minute barrier for the Mile 58 years ago, walking slowly but smiling broadly as he carried the Olympic torch across the finish line Tuesday just 17 days before the start of the London Games.
July 09, 2012
By Oliver Staley, Bloomberg Business Week
Britain was still reeling from World War II in the early 1950s. Then came the coronation of a new queen, the conquest of Mt. Everest and, in May 1954, the breaking of the four-minute Mile by Roger Bannister.
Bannister and his epic run helped rally the...
July 04, 2012
Sir Roger Bannister has revealed how his fourth place at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics changed sporting history.
By The British Broadcasting Corporation
He planned to retire if he won gold at the Games - and would not have gone on to run the first sub-4 minute Mile.
The 83-year-old told BBC...
June 12, 2012
As he prepares to carry the Olympic Torch, an enchanting interview with 4-minute Mile legend Roger Bannister
By Jane Fryer, Daily Mail
OXFORD - Sir Roger Bannister is sitting straight-backed and immaculate in his favourite 'very hard' chair.
He’s chatting about Olympic gold medals, the...
June 04, 2012
Sir Roger Bannister will carry the Olympic torch on the track where he became the first man to run the Mile in less than four minutes
By Tim Walker, The Telegraph
OXFORD - Although Sir Roger Bannister would have been a popular choice to light the Olympic flame at the opening ceremony, the...
May 16, 2012
The daughter of a photographer who captured Roger Bannister's four-minute Mile has recreated his iconic image.
By BBC News
OXFORD - Jenny Priscott, from Didcot, copied her father Ivan Sansom's picture when a theatre show retold the record-breaking event at Iffley Road Track, Oxford.
May 08, 2012
By Stephen Wilson, Irish Examiner
OXFORD - Roger Bannister remembers those fabled four minutes as if they were yesterday.
Like a proud patriarch regaling wide-eyed children, the 83-year-old avidly recounts that magical four-lap race on a cinder track in Oxford on May 6, 1954 — an event that...
May 06, 2012
By Paul Kelso, The Telegraph
OXFORD - This weekend sees the anniversary of perhaps the most famous landmark in sport. On Sunday it will be 58 years to the day since Sir Roger Bannister ran the first sub-four-minute Mile, a feat that still resonates around the sporting world.
To mark the...
April 01, 2012
Special emergency meeting approves Mile for 2012 London Olympic track & field schedule
LAUSANNE, Switzerland – (April 1, 2012) – In an unprecedented emergency meeting and vote, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has dropped the 1500 meters for the Mile as an Olympic track event effective...
March 01, 2012
By Stephen Wilson, Associated Press
OXFORD, England – Roger Bannister remembers those fabled four minutes as if they were yesterday, still as vivid in his mind today as that blustery late afternoon more than half a century ago.
Like a proud patriarch regaling his wide-eyed grandchildren, the...
February 25, 2012
By Rhianne Pope, Oxford Mail
When Roger Bannister stepped out on to an Oxford running track nearly 60 years ago, he was about to make sporting history.
And now a project at the Oxford Playhouse is looking to hear from the 3,000 people who were there to witness the first sub-four-minute mile.
February 15, 2012
"Here's a mark that transcends sports. It's something that's so embedded in our culture and other cultures that it's often referenced outside the sport."
By Eddie Pells, AP National Writer
It's the race that cemented Roger Bannister's name into history and the distance that everyday runners...
February 14, 2012
You were our First Love from the first time that we set eyes on your classic beauty & rich history; it's been a wonderful 140-plus years together. From the time Edward Merritt (USA) ran 4:43.8 in 1877 to Great Britian's Sir Roger Bannister's ground breaking, and now iconic, first...
May 01, 2004
Was Roger Bannister the first man to run a Mile in under 4 minutes or was he just the first amateur?, asks one of Britain's top sports historians
By Peter Radford, The Observer
There were no celebrations on May 9, 1970 to mark the 200th anniversary of the first 4 minute Mile, and no tours...
June 27, 1994
Forty years after Roger Bannister broke four minutes, the brotherhood of Mile record holders gathered to honor their grand obsession
By Gary Smith, Sports Illustrated
Never join someone who eclipses you. Align yourself with one who increases your luster. The man who puts you in the shade...
June 17, 1978
There was a lengthy pause as the three timekeepers compared their watches in order to come up with the official time, and then there was the announcement, “It has happened again!”
By Craig Masback
The quest for my first sub-4 minute Mile began on the streets of Rome and finished on Oxford’s...
July 15, 1974
In 1954, gasping with effort on Oxford's Iffley Road track, Roger Bannister ran the first 4 minute Mile. Now a prominent neurologist and chairman of the British Sports Council, his celebrity is undimmed, although critics say his idealist's view of athletics is anachronistic.
By Kenny Moore,...
June 20, 1955
The warm and personal story of a runner's boyhood, his first experiences in running, his youthful ambitions and frustrations, and how he developed the power he felt within him to become the greatest Miler of all-time
By Roger Bannister, Sports Illustrated
I remember a moment when I stood...
January 03, 1955
The year brought shining performances in a host of sports, but the electrifying running of history's first 4-minute Miler—a man of no fanfare—made him year's pre-eminent man of sport
By Gerald Holland, Sports Illustrated
If ever a good speech ruined a dinner it was that delivered by Dr. Roger...
August 16, 1954
Bannister surges to victory in the heart-stirring Commonwealth Games Mile; first time two men sub-4 minutes in the same Mile race
By Paul O'Neil, Sports Illustrated
VANCOUVER, B.C. - The art of running the Mile consists, in essence, of reaching the threshold of unconsciousness at the instant...