Former athlete Sir Christopher Chataway dies aged 82

Former 5,000 metres world record-holder Sir Christopher Chataway, who acted as a pacemaker to help Sir Roger Bannister become the first man to break the four-minute mile barrier in 1954, has died aged 82.

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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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