You don’t have to be a runner to have heard about Roger Bannister and how he became the first man to run a mile in less than 4 minutes. In a little over a week’s time it will be the 60th anniversary of this feat and after reading a BBC article this morning I was inspired to pay tribute to this landmark.
Given that I live just over a half-marathon away from the Iffley Road track where the record breaking took place and that I am now completely mad about all things running, I am slightly ashamed to say that until this morning I hadn’t realised that the anniversary was coming up but it got me thinking – could I pay a tribute to it by running a mile?
Well, I’m out of the UK on holiday (with my running gear obvs) so I thought why not have a virtual tribute. So I’m looking for 59 other runners to join me at some point on Tuesday 6th May, wherever they may be, to run a mile as fast as they can and share their story with me.
I thought it’d be great to gather 60 snippets to not only celebrate the milestone of the sub 4 minute mile but also to celebrate the varied community that running has become.
All you need to do is contact me via Twitter (@running_dan_w), or comment on this blog post, with some basic information:
- Name and/or Twitter handle
- How long you’ve been running
- Up to 3 words that describe why you run
- Where you intend to run your mile
- Your target time
Then after you complete your mile, get back in touch to let me know how you got on with you time and ideally (but it’s not compulsory) a before, after or during photo.
If you want to get involved please use the hashtags #runyourmile and #4minmiletribute to help me compile the story of 60 miles.
Here’s my mile snippet:
- Dan @running_dan_w
- Running seriously for 5 years
- Charity, Challenge, Fun
- Puerto Pollensa, Mallorca
- I’d be chuffed with anything under 7 minutes but would like to go under 6:30
Find out how everyone got on in this post here.