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Sir Roger Bannister

Rest in Peace, Sir Roger Bannister. Seen here in the classic shot of him about to breast the tape at Iffley Road, Oxford becoming the first man ever to run a sub-four minute mile. Ably assisted by fellow athletes, Chris Brasher and Christopher Chataway. Not only a great athlete but a learned man and a gentleman in the true sense.

Reading about Roger’s great feat at Oxford and his modern, individualist thoughts on training were an inspiration to me as young teens middle-distance runner. For me he appeared to know exactly what he was trying to achieve and the way in which he would do it. The planning of the Iffley Road event was a final testament to that clear and uncluttered thinking.

Diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2011, his words when talking of the subject three years later were characteristic:

‘I have seen, and looked after, patients with so many neurological and other disorders that I am not surprised I have acquired an illness. It’s in the nature of things, there’s a gentle irony to it.’

Dignity, greatness and an inspiration to all – Sir Roger Bannister

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March 9, 2018 - Posted by | Sporting Tales | , ,

2 Comments »

  1. A dedicated heart, mind and soul.

    Brilliant to think of what he achieved and encouraged others to achieve.

    There are millions of potential RBs in Britain: let’s nurture them and make our place much, much better for more people, more of the time.

    Great article Stuart: keep it up!

    Comment by signsofanopencity | March 9, 2018

  2. Thank you and for your meaningful comments and sentiments also. I really do believe that Sir Roger was a great man and an inspiration to many of us through not only his wonderful life achievements but also his great dignity too.

    Comment by Stuart | March 9, 2018


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