Sixty years ago today, on the Iffley Road running track in Oxford, Roger Bannister became the first person in history to run a mile in under four minutes. Helping him achieve this were Chris Chataway and Chris Brasher. On the 6th of May 1954, Bannister recorded a time of 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds. His record only lasted 46 days!
Bannister is, sadly, the only one of these three still alive. Chris Brasher, who was instrumental in establishing the London Marathon, died in February 2003; and Chris Chataway died just a few weeks ago in January (2014).
The current men’s mile record is held by Morocco’s Hicham el Guerouj. It was set in July 1999 and stands at 3 minutes 43.13 seconds.