Today in 1954, Sir Roger Bannister set a world record for the mile and also became the first man to run the mile in under four minutes, covering the distance on a slow track with difficult crosswinds in 3 minutes 59.4 seconds, and he wasn’t even a professional athlete; he was a medical student.
He trained in his lunch break and at weekends - and went to work on the morning he ran the record-breaking mile. Without nutritionists, sports psychologists or intensive training, he ran faster than any man had ever run before. He then hung up his custom-made running shoes and built a career as a pioneering neurologist, an academic and president of the Sports Council of Great Britain.
Today we're drinking to Bannister's achievement with a Three Miler.
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