A bus load of Birtley athletes went off for the day - and came away with a bus load of medals. Far too many to count or mention individual performances, but apparently a great time was had by everyone. Well done to all involved, and special thanks to the organisers, Gary and Shannel.
On a different note, Tommy Millmore posted an interesting article on the history of the sub 4 minute mile:-
It’s a bit of a read but maybe some of the older ones will be interested and hopefully some of the younger ones will also have an interest in the history of our sport.
I’ve always been interested in the history and stories of running a sub 4 minute mile and the “race” to be the first person to do it. The first person to succeed was of course Roger Bannister on the 6th May 1954, 65 years ago. I read the attached article which lists all of the athletes in the world who have, in the 65 years since Bannister, achieved the sub 4 goal and in total there’s 1,569. There’s always been a saying that more people have climbed Everest than ran a sub 4 mile, so I looked it up and yes, the total number of people who’ve conquered Everest is now well over 4,000. Does that mean it’s harder to conquer a sub 4 mile than to conquer the highest mountain? Well maybe not, although with years of training and the best equipment and the best team behind you, the mountain might be possible. The same applies for the mile although once you’re on the track it’s you alone who will have to achieve your goal. Have a look at the list of champions who didn’t achieve sub 4 and of course the full list of athletes who have, there’s some great athletes in both. The list is alphabetical so go to the “Os” and there’s a name you’ll recognise. Of course the mile isn’t raced as often now so the opportunity to run sub 4 isn’t there as often as it used to be, but wouldn’t it still be an achievement to get on that short list?
This is the article he refers to (for those who don't know, the O refers to Michael Openshaw, Hayley's husband and Mia and Dillon's dad!)