Oxford University Athletics Club

Iffley Road Festival of Miles

Roger Bannister crossing the tape at the end of his record breaking mile run at Iffley Road, Oxford. He was the first person to run the mile in under four minutes, with a time of 3 minutes 59.4 seconds. Original Publication: Aldus Disc - People & Personalities - 1353 - 12   (Photo by Norman Potter/Central Press/Getty Images)

Roger Bannister crossing the tape at the end of his record breaking mile run at Iffley Road, Oxford. He was the first person to run the mile in under four minutes, with a time of 3 minutes 59.4 seconds. Original Publication: Aldus Disc – People & Personalities – 1353 – 12 (Photo by Norman Potter/Central Press/Getty Images)

Iffley Road is famous across the world as the track where Roger Bannister first broke the four-minute barrier for the mile, running 3:59.4 in 1954. Since then, the record has been broken numerous times but the magical four-minute barrier remains a coveted prize achieved by only a few of the most elite athletes.

We are therefore excited to be once again hosting the annual Iffley Festival of Miles, on the 18th July 2015. Athletes of all abilities are invited to come along and compete at this iconic venue, with open races being held over the mile and 600m. Fully officiated with electronic timing, all runners get an official ‘Personal Best’ for this classic distance.

For the past four years the Festival of Miles has been run in conjunction with the prestigious British Milers’ Club, and so from 3:30pm we also have the Oxford Grand Prix, featuring some of the country’s best distance runners. All are welcome to stay and watch these races (which include some international and Olympic athletes) – and if you meet the qualifying standard you could also take part yourself!

For more information please contact the Event Organiser, Hugo Fleming, at Iffley.miles@gmail.com. An entry form for the Open Races is available here, while the BMC Grand Prix races should be entered through their website.

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