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06th May 2014

Exeter marks sixty years since Roger Bannister ran the sub-four-minute mile

Today is exactly 60 years since Roger Bannister (1946, Physiological Sciences), now Sir Roger, ran the first sub-four-minute mile at the Iffley Road running track in Oxford.

Sir Roger has published an autobiography to coincide with the 60th anniversary, Twin Tracks. You can read about the book and purchase a copy here. You can also relive the thrilling challenge of the first sub-four-minute mile here with real-time footage from the day.

This record-breaking feat is being marked in Exeter College with a lunch for Sir Roger.

Sadly Sir Roger revealed earlier this week that he has Parkinson’s Disease. Sir Roger, who became a noted neurologist after studying at Exeter College, reflected on being diagnosed with a neurological disease:

“I am having troubles with walking. Ironically, it’s a neurological disorder – Parkinson’s disease.

“It’s in the nature of things, there’s a gentle irony to it.

“I am being well looked after and I don’t intend to let it interfere – as much as I can.

“Just consider the alternatives – that is the way I look at it.”

You can read more about Sir Roger, his career and his running achievements here. There is also a fascinating documentary available on the BBC, 30 minutes into this audio broadcast.

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