Bannister: Everest On the Track is both a historical study of Britain’s psychological, and even physical, need to achieve a major milestone as a way of erasing the traumas of World War II, and a new look at the road to running a mile in under 4 minutes for the very first time. A challenge that, in the immediate post-war period, was considered physically impossible.
Before the war, Great Britain had overcome great sporting challenges. But at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, reality had changed completely. Roger Bannister was the emblem of a figure –that of the scholarly athlete– that had all but disappeared. Would a runner who combined his medical tudies with training mark a milestone in the history of the sport?