Leo Blyton was Bicester AC’s sole representative in the Bannister mile races that took place on Monday.  This series of races is named after Sir Roger Bannister who became the first person in the world to run the mile in under 4 minutes.  Blyton took part in the under 15 boy’s race which was held on the Iffley road track, the venue of Bannister’s sub 4 minute performance.  Blyton’s race, the Pat Fitzgerald Mile, was run as the BMC under 15 championships.  The British Miler’s Club (BMC) stage a series of events through the Summer for elite middle distance runners.

Blyton was up against a stellar field and was well placed at the 1,500 metre mark where he was in 5th place but lost a further two places in the final 100 metres to eventually finish 7th in the 12 strong field.  This was a superb effort from Blyton, who is not only in his first year as an under 15 but also competing in his competitive first track and field season.  On the day Blyton finished 0.12 secs behind the leading first year under 15 athlete clocking a superb 4mins 57.58secs for the mile distance thus breaking the long standing under 15 boy’s club record previously held by Mark Curzon.  Blyton’s time at 1500 metres (4mins 38.75secs) will also count for record purposes.  Not only was this a new personal best but also an EA PB level grade 6 performance.  At this early stage of the season Blyton holds the 3rd fastest 1500 metre time in the South East for a first year under 15 male athlete.