Bannister Mile Series

British Milers Club
Bannister Mile Series
Commemorating Sir Roger Bannister the first sub four-minute miler and founding president of the BMC
Sir Roger Bannister (23 March 1929 – 3 March 2018)

9th May - Lee Valley - Men and Women’s City miles

On the 6th May 1954 Sir Roger Bannister became the first man to run a mile in under four minutes. Sixty-four years on, almost to the day, can anyone match his time? History will meet innovation in this meeting on a night of 5000m races with music and much more.
The city mile has a long history being regularly run at Motspur Park in the 1960s and 70s. Many sub-4 times were set, but one to just miss out was 18 year old future world record holder Steve Ovett with 4 minutes exactly.
Back in June 1969 women were not regularly racing a mile. The BMC set about changing this staging a race in Leicester where Mia Gommers ran a World Record 4:36.8

7th July – Eltham - The Peter Coe U17 mile (male) and Frank Horwill U17 mile (women)

Hosted in the BMC Grand prix this is a chance for some of the best young middle-distance runners in the country to compete over a mile. The races are named after two coaching greats: Peter Coe coach to Sebastien and Frank Horwil, the founder of the BMC.

28th July – Oxford - Men and Women’s miles

Hosted at the iconic Iffley Road, the venue where Sir Roger achieved his fabulous record. Who can join the list of those who have broken four minutes at Oxford BMC races?
Iffley Road saw a BMC women’s record in 2004 when Sonia O’Sullivan ran 4:27.79

18th August - Trafford BMC Grand Prix - Men and Women’s miles

In 2007 the BMC hosted the famous Emsley Carr mile in the Trafford Grand Prix. A series run every year since 1953 and won by many athletic greats. The race in 2007 was won in a BMC all-comers record time of 3:54.24. Can anyone match that?


Series Prize Money
1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place Men's Target Women's Target
£1,000 £600 £400 03:52 04:24
£500 £300 £200 03:54 04:27
£250 £150 £100 03:56 04:30
Best of British - Any BMC member not winning a higher prize will win £100 for sub 4:00 (men) or sub 4:34 (women).

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