Author Topic: RIP Roger Bannister  (Read 1807 times)

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Re: RIP Roger Bannister
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2018, 04:06:03 pm »
I am currently reading "The Perfect Mile" by Neil Bascomb.  Not only Bannisters story but John Landy and Wes Santee attempts to break the 4 minute mile as well.  A good read.
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Re: RIP Roger Bannister
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2018, 04:10:07 pm »
I remember going with a school party to visit the Iffley Road track a couple of years after his run. Even as a teenager it was difficult to comprehend that a great achievement was reached at such and insignificant track.

RIP Roger your achievement inspired many others to their goals.
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Re: RIP Roger Bannister
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2018, 04:50:23 pm »
Back in the early 80's I played rugby against Oxford Uni at Iffley Road.  As part of our warm up we had a jog around the next door running track, more than 4 minutes for the one lap methinks, let alone four!
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Re: RIP Roger Bannister
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2018, 05:12:04 pm »
I think he was the first athlete I was aware of.  Amazing that he did it with so little training.
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Re: RIP Roger Bannister
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2018, 06:07:22 pm »
The lovely thing about his achievement is that it can't be taken away.  He will always be the first.  Bitterly ironic that an eminent neurologist should succumb to Parkinson's.

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Re: RIP Roger Bannister
« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2018, 07:18:04 pm »
I think he was the first athlete I was aware of.  Amazing that he did it with so little training.
... which of course begs the question of how fast he COULD have run, if we parachuted a modern coach back to 1954!
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Re: RIP Roger Bannister
« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2018, 07:59:31 pm »
Or modern doping!  :demon:
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Re: RIP Roger Bannister
« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2018, 10:55:08 am »
Or modern doping!  :demon:
Are you saying that 1954 doping wasn't as good? Certainly detection was less sophisticated.

(The guy was a medical student, so would have had better access than the amateur-on-the-street to chemical aides. )
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Re: RIP Roger Bannister
« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2018, 12:53:03 pm »
Along with Alexander Fleming he was one of the most famous allumni of St Marys Hospital; I was there when he named a 125 after the hospital at Paddington station (there is still a nameplate and a painting of the event on display somewhere)

He also indirectly left a legacy as half of Norfolk Place was restored to 1954 status by the BBC for the drama about his great sporting achievement