Sunday marks 64 years since the first sub-four-minute mile by Roger Bannister

This weekend marks the anniversary of the first sub-four-minute mile and given Sir Roger Bannister’s death two months ago there is expected to be added poignancy at various mile races around the world.

Such events include a Cardiff Anniversary Miles meeting on Friday May 4, described by organisers as a double celebration “not only marking the barrier he broke but also the man himself”.

An Ealing Mile in Lammas Park and The Naked Mile in Yeovil also take place on the same day.

There is the Mow Cop Killer Mile on May 10 and, later this month on May 27, the Vitality Westminster Mile in London.

The event in the UK capital sees the Sir Roger Bannister trophy awarded to the winner of the men’s elite race.

A British Milers’ Club (BMC) ‘Bannister Mile Series’ also kicks off with the ‘city mile’ races at Lee Valley on May 9.

Bannister, who ran 3:59.4 in Oxford on May 6, 1954, was founding president of the BMC.

“Sixty-four years on, can anyone match his time?” asks the BMC. “History will meet innovation in this meeting on a night of 5000m races with music and much more.”

More on the Bannister Mile Series can be found here.