This Saturday (10 September) there is an opportunity not to be missed if you want to find out how fast you really can run the classic distance of one mile. AAT Events are offering a series of chip-timed runs aimed at everyone from complete beginners to Olympians at Guildford’s Spectrum Arena athletics track from 9am to 11am (so time to do the Guildford parkrun first).
The four-minute-mile is an iconic measure of athleticism first achieved by Sir Roger Bannister at Oxford in 1954. Although the funky stopwatch medal awarded to all competitors on Saturday is based on this incredible feat, every time at Guildford will be equally valued and recorded for all to see.
If you have ever bet a family member or friend that you could beat them in a running race or have a 'non-running friend' who claims that they can run no further than a few yards to catch a bus, bring them along to the 4 Minute Mile Challenge.
The idea is simple: run a mile (4 laps) as fast as you can! Multiple attempts are allowed so you could sneak in a quick practise before your rival arrives. Each attempt is chip timed, so you’ll have printed proof of your run which will go down in history forever! No-one can argue with that...
Last year the fastest milers were Harry Boyd (4:50) and Wendy Fitzpatrick (6:12) and Cameron Gibson (5:20) was an impressive first young athlete. Anna Bonet (11:22) and Sian Lloyd (11:23) had just as much fun at a more sedate pace.
Many runners take to the track for the first time (or first in a long time at least) and this fun event really brings out friendly competitiveness in everyone. Entry fees are £9 for unlimited mile attempts or £15 for a family. If you’ve missed the online entry don’t worry, come along and bring cash, plus your retro vest and shorts!