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Monday, March 5, 2018

... the announcer read out the time: "3" The rest was drowned out by the roar of the crowd.

Roger Bannister Dies At 88
First To Run Mile In Under 4 Minutes
Associated Press

LONDON — Roger Bannister, the first runner to break the 4-minute barrier in the mile, has died. He was 88.

Bannister’s family said in a statement that he died peacefully on Saturday in Oxford, the English city where the runner cracked the feat many had thought humanly impossible on a windy afternoon in 1954.

Bannister, who went on to pursue a long and distinguished medical career, had been slowed by Parkinson’s disease in recent years.

He was “surrounded by his family who were as loved by him, as he was loved by them,” the family said in a statement announcing his death on Sunday. “He banked his treasure in the hearts of his friends.”

British Prime Minister Theresa May remembered Bannister as a “British sporting icon whose achievements were an inspiration to us all. He will be greatly missed.”

Helped by two pacemakers, Bannister clocked 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds over four laps at Oxford’s Iffley Road track on May 6, 1954, to break the 4-minute mile — a test of speed and endurance that stands as one of the defining sporting achievements of the 20th century.

“It’s amazing that more people have climbed Mount Everest than have broken the 4-minute mile,” Bannister said in an interview with The Associated Press in 2012.

The enduring image of the lanky Oxford medical student — head tilted back, eyes closed and mouth agape as he strained across the finishing tape — captured the public’s imagination, made him a global celebrity and lifted the spirits of Britons still suffering through postwar austerity.

“It became a symbol of attempting a challenge in the physical world of something hitherto thought impossible,” Bannister said as he approached the 50th anniversary of the feat. “I’d like to see it as a metaphor not only for sport, but for life and seeking challenges.”

He might not have set the milestone but for the disappointment of finishing without a medal in the 1,500 meters, known as the metric mile, in the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki. Instead of retiring from the sport, he decided to chase the 4-minute mark.

Swedish runner Gundar Haegg’s mile time of 4:01.4 had stood for nine years, but in 1954 Bannister, Australian rival John Landy and others were threatening to break it.

“As it became clear that somebody was going to do it, I felt that I would prefer it to be me,” Bannister told the AP. He also wanted to deliver something special for his country.

“I thought it would be right for Britain to try to get this,” Bannister said. “There was a feeling of patriotism. Our new queen had been crowned the year before, Everest had been climbed in 1953. Although I tried in 1953, I broke the British record, but not the 4-minute mile, and so everything was ready in 1954.”

His chance finally came on a wet, cool, blustery May afternoon during a meet between Oxford and the Amateur Athletic Association.

With Chris Brasher setting the pace on the cinder track, they ran a first lap in 57.5 seconds, then 60.7 — 1:58.2 for the half mile. Chris Chataway, a distance specialist, paced a third lap of 62.3 — 3:00.4. Bannister would need to run the final lap in 59 seconds.

With 250 yards to go, Bannister surged past Chataway, his long arms and legs pumping and his lungs gasping for oxygen. After Bannister crossed the finish line, the announcer read out the time: “3” The rest was drowned out by the roar of the crowd.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Colchester Half 2018

 Best of luck to Mike and Tray and their friends on February 24th at 10 AM. Based on the log, it sounds like they are going to have excellent times!

Monday, January 15, 2018

49th annual Tradition Run


 Lee, Karen, Michael Leungevity, Dave Hoople

 April Lionberger

Lee and Karen
We certainly didn't break any records but we sure had fun. Karen and Lee crossed together. Actually, this was our 2nd crossing ... when Dave Hoople saw us do it we were told to go back and do it again, just to record the moment. Wanda (and Karen) and a bunch of other Trail Mixers warmed up w/ a 5 mile in the woods run.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Monday, January 1, 2018

Ledyard 5k


Happy New Year All!

Taricani and Bradley knocked down the Ledyard 5k yesterday. Not sure what the wind chill values were but it's supposed to be even better (worse?) today, January 1.

Be sure to visit the December 2017 log (http://primepuzzle.com/runlog/december_2017.htm) for the last few entries (especially Taricani's unbelievable streak stats and the younger Bradley's snow angel ridden wind chill remarks).


Lee and Robyn


ATTENTION BTMD: the wind chill data is shown in the above results link.