RIP Sir Roger Bannister

Oh, how sad.

Sir Roger Bannister has just died.

Sir Roger was the first person ever to break the 4 minute mile, in Oxford in 1954.

What a fab photo this is.

Men in over-coats and hats, holding stopwatches.

And when you think of today’s technical paraphernalia of timing chips and timing mats…I just ran a timed 10k race this morning, so know all about chips and mats.

By the way, I converted 4 minutes for a mile to minutes per km, since I think in the latter, & it equates to 2:29 per km.

Crazy fast!

What a great man Sir Roger was.  Totally modest.

5 Comments

  • RIP.
    Remember winning a quiz competition in college with this being the last Q

  • He was 88!! Not really sad – a pretty long life. Dying young is sad but he had his 4 score years and more! Pretty lucky, I’d say.

  • Sanjeev Chhabra

    Christine, thanks for digging up that video.
    Couple of interesting trivia I’d like to add:

    1. Bannister was an asthmatic
    2. He used pace setters
    3. He ran the race after a regular day at the hospital.
    4. The record stood less than 2 months
    5. The timing was manual, so the 0.1 seconds under the barrier could also have an empathetic element
    6. In the same year, aged 25, he left athletics and went back to an excellent career in medicine!

  • Christine, thanks for digging up that video.
    Couple of interesting trivia I’d like to add:

    1. Bannister was an asthmatic
    2. He used pace setters
    3. He ran the race after a regular day at the hospital.
    4. The record stood less than 2 months
    5. The timing was manual, so the 0.1 seconds under the barrier could also have an empathetic element
    6. In the same year, aged 25, he left athletics and went back to an excellent career in medicine!

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