Sign up to this year’s Vitality Oxford Half Marathon and you will be able to experience your very own piece of local history by following in the footsteps of Sir Roger Bannister and running your own ‘Bannister Mile’.
2014 marks 60 years since Sir Roger Bannister became the first ever man to run a mile in less than four minutes at Oxford University’s Iffley Road Track; the very same place that the runners in the Oxford Half will experience it just before the half way point at this year’s race.
The Bannister Mile will begin around the six mile mark on the Iffley Road and will end on the finish line of the track. Competitors’ results will include both chip timing for the half marathon and the Bannister Mile.
Speaking at the Iffley Road track last week Sir Roger said:
“It is such an honour to have a section of the route named after me. I’m delighted that the Bannister Mile will take place in my home town of Oxford, at the same place where I set my four minute mile”.
This year’s Oxford Half will take place on Sunday 12 October and entries are still available at the Oxford Half website.
To mark the 60th anniversary since Sir Roger set the record, he has recently had a book published. He added:
“I have just published my autobiography called Twin Tracks, which is about my running in Oxford and my medical career.”
Organisers of the Vitality OXFORDHALF have teamed up with Sir Roger and publishers of the book to offer people the chance to purchase the book for just £10.99, almost half the retail price. To redeem the offer, go to www.therobsonpress.com/promotions and type in the code OXFORD HALF.
The Vitality Oxford Half Marathon route takes runners on a tour of Oxford’s beautiful countryside. It is a flat single-lap route perfect for runners of all abilities. It takes place on Sunday 12th October and entries are still open at www.oxfordhalf.co.uk
PHOTO: Sir Roger Bannister and organiser of the Oxford Half Andrew Taylor