Athletics: How many Thurrock Harriers have run sub-four for the mile?

Earlier this week saw the 60th anniversary of the first four minute mile.

Even now this remains a milestone in any athletes career. In the Harriers 65 year history only 1 person has achieved this mark. He was Barry Smith who recorded 3m59.4s in 1976. Later Barry moved to Gateshead with his job. Here he ran a second faster and made it to the Olympic 5000 semi final. He also broke the British 10k record.

Since 2000 Neil Bangs from Aveley has been capable of coming very close to this mark as was Grays based James Guest a decade earlier. The metric equivalent of a 4 minute mile is running the 1500m in 3m42s. At present James Shane from Basildon is the only runner in the County capable of this achievement.

Pat Dobbs added yet another title to his ever expanding list. He won the Southern Veterans 10k Championship in the V75 category. His time was 54m50s.

This weekend the young athletes are in action at Ipswich for the 2nd round of the Eastern Young Athletes League. They will hope to continue their winning streak after victory in the first match at Thurrock.

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