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Sir Roger Bannister to receive honorary doctorate

Sir Roger Bannister will be honoured at Oxford Brookes University Credit: ITV Meridian

Sir Roger Bannister will receive an honorary doctorate from Oxford Brookes later this morning. Sir Roger completed his own medical degree at the University of Oxford, and was the first person to run a four minute mile in 1954.

Sir Roger will join students completing their studies from the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences in a ceremony later.

Sir Roger Bannister completes a mile in under four minutes Credit: ITV Meridian

After completing his medical studies at the University of Oxford and St Mary's Hospital, London, Sir Roger combined a career in research with clinical practice as a neurologist for twenty years. He retired as Master of Pembroke College, University of Oxford in 1993.

Being the first person to run a sub-four-minute mile Sir Roger has always maintained a keen interest in athletics and served as the first Chairman of the Sports Council, which led to a knighthood in 1975. He was also President of the International Council for Sport and Physical Recreation.

Sir Roger Bannister completes a mile in under four minutes Credit: ITV Meridian

"We are delighted to welcome Sir Roger Bannister to our September graduation ceremonies. Graduations are a very important event in the Brookes calendar, when we celebrate the hard work and achievements of our students. Sir Roger's life and works have been informed by a spirit of determination and dedication, and I'm sure our graduates this week will look to his many great achievements as inspiration for their own futures."

– Janet Beer, Oxford Brookes Vice-Chancellor

Sir Roger Bannister looks back on his 4 minute mile

Today marks 60 years since Sir Roger Bannister slashed records across the world when he ran a mile in four minutes for the first time. The record-breaker ran the distance when he was at Oxford University. Divya Kohli joins the man himself as he looks back on what it was like to break such a record.

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Sir Roger Bannister remembers the 4 minute mile

It's sixty years since Sir Roger Bannister became the first man to run a mile in under four minutes. Sir Roger made sporting history with his landmark run at Oxford's Iffley Road track in 1954.

Sir Roger Bannister completes a mile in under four minutes Credit: ITV Meridian

It comes as the former neurologist confirmed he is suffering with Parkinson's disease.

Sir Roger Bannister completes a mile in under four minutes Credit: ITV Meridian

Sir Roger said, "I am being well looked after and I don't intend to let it interfere - as much as I can. Just consider the alternatives - that is the way I look at it.

Sir Roger Bannister completes a mile in under four minutes Credit: ITV Meridian

"One of my pleasures in life, apart from running, has been walking. Intellectually I am not [degenerating] and what is walking anyway?"

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TRAVEL - ROADS: Oxford Half Marathon road changes

One lane closed due to Oxford Half Marathon on A4142 Eastern By-Pass Road Westbound between Horspath Road and Sandy Lane West. From 9:00 until 10:45 on Sunday 14th October.

Watlington Road in both directions closed due to Oxford Half Marathon between Grenoble Road and Berry Close. There is also no access onto Watlington Street from Oxford Road, Garsington. From 9:00 until 10:00 on Sunday 14th October.

Emily's Big Walk raises money for treatment of childhood cancer

Supporters of Oxford Children's Hospital are holding a fundraising event

More than a 150 schoolchildren and adults are doing a sponsored walk to raise money for Oxford Children's Hospital this morning. Sir Roger Bannister will start proceedings at 11am. People can walk at any time between 11am & 1.30pm. Some Olympic torchbearers are also taking part.

Some participants will be in fancy dress costume - the theme: Alice in Wonderland.

The public are being invited to turn up and join in. Half of the money raised will go to the children's hospital's cancer ward – Kamran’s Ward. The other half will go the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG) to support children with cancer across the UK.