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Tribute to Sir Roger Bannister

Sir Roger Bannister, who died on Saturday at the age of 88, has been described as "one of the greatest inspirational figures in the history of British sport".

He secured his place in sporting history when he became the first person to break the four-minute mile barrier.

He achieved the feat when he ran time of three minutes 59.4 seconds at Iffley Road sports ground in Oxford on 6 May, 1954.

Bannister went on to become a consultant neurologist, and viewed running as something to be done in his spare time.

He was also one of the pioneers of orienteering in southern England and one of only four Presidents of the sport.

"All at British Orienteering are incredibly saddened by the passing of Sir Roger Bannister at the age of 88. A legend and at the same time a gentleman in every sense of the word."

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