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Sir Christopher Chataway was first SPOTY winner

Sir Christopher Chataway, who died today aged 82, was the first winner of BBC's Sports Personality of the Year award after setting the 5,000m world record at 13:51:06.

Sir Chris Chataway (left) and Sir Roger Bannister in 1954. Credit: PA

He retired from professional athletics after the 1956 Olympics but kept on running for decades afterwards and completed the Great North Run a few years before his death.

Sir Chris Chataway during the British Games at White City Stadium, London, in 1954. Credit: PA

Sir Christopher was ITN's first ever newscaster

Sir Christopher Chataway was an all-round man.

Besides his 5,000 metres world record and his role in helping Sir Roger Bannister become the first man to break the four-minute mile barrier, Sir Christopher was also the face of the very first ITN newscast in 1955.

Sir Christopher, who died today aged 82, was the first ever winner of BBC Sports Personality of the Year, after setting the 5,000m world record at 13:51:06.

Although he retired from professional athletics after the 1956 Olympics in Stockholm, he continued to compete until recently.

In 2006, aged 75, he completed the Great Northern Run half marathon 1:38:50

Chataway: Running 'a friendly codger in my old age'

Sir Christopher Chataway, who died today aged 82, said running "returned to be a friendly codger" in his old age after acting as a tormentor in his younger days.

Sir Roger Bannister (left) with Sir Christopher Chataway (centre) in 1994. Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Archive

Speaking about taking part in the Great North Run at almost 80-years-old, Sir Christopher said at the time: "I sometimes think that running, which was a sort of tormentor in my youth, has returned to be a friendly codger in my old age - that what was Joe Stalin has turned into Dixon of Dock Green."

He is survived by his sons Mark, Matthew, Adam, Charles, Ben, his daughter Joanna, his wife Carola and his former wife Anna.

Chataway finished Great North Run three years ago

The son of athlete Sir Christopher Chataway, who died today aged 82, said his father continued running late in life and clocked up a "very respectable" time in the Great North Run three years ago.

He kept running almost until the end of his life. He ran with a couple of my brothers in the Great North Run about three years ago now.

And then doing it in a very respectable time.

– Mark Chataway

Mr Chataway said he believed Sir Christopher would like to be remembered as "a wonderful father, a husband, a grandfather".

"Those probably mattered more than any of the sporting or political things," he said. Sir Christopher was also a Conservative politician and broadcaster.

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Former athlete Sir Christopher Chataway dies aged 82

A former 5,000 metres world record-holder who set the pace to help Sir Roger Bannister become the first man to break the four-minute mile barrier in 1954, has died aged 82.

Sir Christopher Chataway in 2008. Credit: Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

Sir Christopher Chataway died at around 7am this morning at St John's Hospice in north west London having suffered from cancer for two and a half years, his son Mark Chataway said.

The athlete's interest in keeping fit stayed with him as his life progressed and his son said that up until a couple of weeks ago he was on the exercise bike every morning.

Mr Chataway, 53, described his father as a "very compassionate and wise man" who had the "ability to put other people's needs first".

"We were, especially in these last few years, struck by his amazing qualities of humility and strength," he said.