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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Unique Meeting at Ballyhooly by John Walshe

The following short article was written by John Walshe...


Last Sunday’s Ballyhooly 10km road race saw a unique meeting between two people with historic miling connections.

The race is held in honour of local man John Hartnett and this year the 1972 Olympian was on hand to start the event and present the prizes. During a chequered career at Villanova University, Hartnett broke Ronnie Delany’s Irish mile record with a time of 3:54.7.

Amongst the competitors in Sunday’s low-key but friendly race was a young man from Notting Hill in London bearing the famous name of Bannister. Julius Bannister, grandson of Roger Bannister, the first man to run a mile under four minutes, was on holiday in the village and in his first-ever road race won the junior prize in a time of 50:39.

Roger Bannister achieved immortality on May 6th, 1954, when he ran the mile in 3:59.4 at the Iffley Road track in Oxford – 20 years later John Hartnett covered the same distance on the grass track of the Mardyke in 3:56.3, a feat that’s portrayed in an iconic photograph that can be seen on the wall in the reception area of the Mardyke Arena Health & Leisure Centre.

Picture shows John Hartnett and Julius Bannister at the prize-giving in Ballyhooly

John Hartnett 10k results

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

An amazing coincidence!