The world premiere of a new documentary about Roger Bannister’s historic first sub-four-minute mile will form part of the official 60th anniversary celebrations at the Bupa Westminster Mile on Saturday 24 May.
The documentary has been made by US filmmakers Tom Ratcliffe, former international marathon runner and TV analyst, and Jeremy Mosher, television producer and university runner. It will be shown on the big screen in Green Park.
“Sixty years ago, wartime rationing was still in place, morale was low and Britain was struggling to emerge from the darkness of the war years,” said Ratcliffe.
“Then in 1953 came the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on the same morning as the news broke that Edmund Hillary had conquered Everest. Against this backdrop, a young Oxford medical student made plans to become the first man to run a mile in less than four minutes, a feat long assumed to be physically impossible.
“Our film, Bannister: Everest on the Track, explores this extraordinary moment in history. Aided by a unique team, Bannister led the way into a new era in athletic achievement, at a time when his country needed it most. To date, fewer people have run a sub-four-minute mile than have climbed the world’s highest peak.”
Sir Roger Bannister, patron of the event, will be present to watch the runners compete in 30 different races over the mile distance in the Royal Parks. At the close of entries, 5,869 runners had registered. Double Olympic and World champion Mo Farah will start the men’s and women’s races and run alongside the under 11 and under 13 boys in the London borough races.
A preview of the Bannister documentary can be seen here http://vimeo.com/87990808