Four minutes for a mile might have been a tad optimistic but one runner’s time at the AAT Events Four Minute Mile Challenge on Saturday (10 September) did at least start with a four. Jack Kiely was fastest of 102 competitors at this unusual new event at the Spectrum Arena athletics track in Guildford.
The idea was for runners to tackle the classic distance in a series of chip-timed heats aimed at everyone from complete beginners to elite club runners. Many competitors were experiencing the thrill of racing on an all-weather track for the first time, no doubt inspired by the deeds of Team GB in Rio.
Kiely (4:59) was followed by Mark Trueman (5:12) and Josh Carter (5:15) in the men’s medal categories. Witold Tobola (5:24) was fourth ahead of Michael Rix (5:27 and 5:30), who was one of several gluttons for punishment who ran at least two races. One prolific example was Paul Nicholas who finished 7th, 9th and 10th overall with amazingly consistent times between 5:38 and 5:40.
Last year’s fastest woman, Wendy Fitzpatrick (6:03), was 16 seconds clear of Hollie Light (6:19) from the organisers AAT Events. Anya Gardner (6:20) was close behind in bronze.
All competitors received a bespoke, stopwatch themed medal and an official chip-timed result to record their achievement/s.