For many, running is about redefining the word impossible, breaking through the barriers of the human mind, body and spirit. No one encompassed this more than Sir Roger Bannister, the first person to run a mile in under four minutes.
Bannister also won a gold over the same distance at the 1954 Commonwealth Games, and later became a respected neurologist. However, he was – and is – forever linked to three minutes and 59.4 seconds, the so-called “impossible” barrier broken at Iffey Road in Oxford on May 6, 1954.
Some of our favorite quotes from the legend, Sir Roger Bannister: