THE FOUR-MINUTE MILE

There have been many barriers that have been broken in athletics, but even though it is over 60 years since Roger Bannister in 1954, the 4-minute mile still retains a mystique about it. Mike Berisford became the first Scot to break 4 minutes in 1958 and Sol Sweeney became the 29th and latest Scot to run under 4 minutes in 2019.

 

Here then is the complete list of Scotland's sub 4 minute milers:

Chris O'Hare at the 2019 European Indoor Champs (photo by Bobby Gavin)
Chris O'Hare at the 2019 European Indoor Champs (photo by Bobby Gavin)
Time   Athlete Location Date
3:50.64   GRAHAM WILLIAMSON Cork 13/07/1982
3:51.60   Williamson - 2 Oslo 21/07/1984
3:52.01   Williamson - 3 Edinburgh 26/06/1983
3:52.02   JAKE WIGHTMAN London 21/07/2019
3:52.44   JOHN ROBSON Oslo 11/07/1981
3:52.66   Williamson - 4 Edinburgh 31/07/1982
3:52.74   Robson - 2 Oslo 17/07/1979
3:52.91 i CHRIS O'HARE New York 20/02/2016
3:52.98 i O'Hare - 2 New York 16/02/2013
3:53.08   Williamson - 5 London 17/09/1982
3:53.13   Robson - 3 Brussels 28/08/1981
3:53.15   Williamson - 6 Oslo 17/07/1979
3:53.34   O'Hare -3 Eugene 27/05/2017
3:53.35   O'Hare -4 London 21/07/2019
3:53.43   Robson - 4 London 31/08/1979
3:53.47   Williamson - 7 Eugene 25/09/1982
3:53.65 i JOSH KERR New York 9/02/2019
3:53.88   Kerr - 2 London 21/07/2019
3:53.96   Williamson - 8 London 23/07/1983
3:54.14 i O'Hare - 5 New York 3/02/2018
3:54.2   FRANK CLEMENT Oslo 27/06/1978
3:54.20   Wightman -2 London 22/07/2016
3:54.23 i ANDREW BUTCHART New York 4/02/2017
3:54.3   Robson - 5 Oslo 27/06/1978
3:54.30   DAVID STRANG Oslo 22/07/1994
3:54.59 i O'Hare - 6 New York 6/02/2016
3:54.66 i O'Hare - 7 New York 15/02/2014
3:54.72 i Kerr - 3 New York 3/02/2018
3:54.92   Wightman - 3 Birmingham 20/08/2017
3:54.95   Clement - 2 Stockholm 30/06/1975
Scottish record holder Graham Williamson
Scottish record holder Graham Williamson
Time   Athlete Location Date
3:55.01   O'Hare - 8 Birmingham 20/08/2017
3:55.13   Williamson - 9 Cork 3/06/1984
3:55.3   PETER STEWART London 10/06/1972
3:55.35 O'Hare - 9 New York 14/02/2015
3:55.43 Strang - 2 Boston 22/01/1994
3:55.53   O'Hare - 10 Bay Shore 5/09/2018
3:55.56   Clement - 3 London 29/08/1975
3:55.82   Robson - 6 London 2/07/1978
3:55.82   Williamson - 10 London 15/09/1978
3:56.00 i O'Hare - 11 Boston 30/01/2016
3:56.05   Strang - 3 Eugene 4/06/1995
3:56.08   Clement - 4 London 15/09/1978
3:56.22   O'Hare - 12 Long Island 6/09/2017
3:56.35   O'Hare - 13 London 25/07/2015
3:56.39   Williamson - 11 London 2/07/1978
3:56.4   Williamson - 12 Oslo 1/07/1980
3:56.48 O'Hare - 14 Fayetteville 11/02/2011
3:56.49   Robson - 7 London 3/06/1981
3:56.5   Clement - 5 Dublin 11/07/1977
3:56.63 i O'Hare - 15 New York 11/02/2012
3:56.8   IAN MCCAFFERTY Reading 11/06/1969
3:56.86   Strang - 4 Eugene 5/06/1993
3:56.9   RONALD SPEIRS Philadelphia 30/04/1977
3:56.9   Williamson - 13 Albury (AUS) 16/10/1982
3:56.96   DAVID BISHOP Dublin 11/07/2014
3:56.98   Williamson - 14 Gateshead 10/06/1979
3:57.0   Clement - 6 Gateshead 12/09/1977
3:57.02 i Kerr - 4 College Station 10/03/2018
3:57.11   NEIL GOURLEY Birmingham 18/08/2018
3:57.17   O'Hare - 16 Cambridge (USA) 19/05/2018
3:57.20   Gourley - 2 Bay Shore 5/09/2018
3:57.24   Clement - 7 Edinburgh 6/08/1976
3:57.24 i Wightman - 4 Boston 28/01/2017
3:57.26 i O'Hare - 17 New York 31/01/2015
3:57.31   Strang - 5 Oslo 10/07/1993
3:57.38 i Strang - 6 Fairfax 6/02/1994
3:57.4   IAN STEWART Edinburgh 13/06/1970
3:57.4   P Stewart - 2 Edinburgh 13/06/1970
3:57.4   P Stewart - 3 Leicester 31/05/1971
3:57.4   P Stewart - 4 Stockholm 5/07/1972
3:57.4   I Stewart - 2 London 31/05/1975
3:57.40   Robson - 8 Cork 13/07/1983
3:57.44   Clement - 8 London 10/08/1974
3:57.57 i Strang - 7 Fairfax 7/02/1993
3:57.59   ADRIAN WEATHERHEAD London 29/08/1975
3:57.6   Weatherhead - 2 London 31/05/1975
3:57.6   IAN GILLESPIE Exeter 16/06/1998
3:57.6   O'Hare - 18 Boston 16/06/2019
3:57.76   Clement - 9 London 30/08/1976
3:57.80   Wightman - 5 London 25/07/2015
3:57.81   Robson - 9 Edinburgh 23/07/1985
3:57.9   Clement - 10 London 31/05/1975
3:57.9   Clement - 11 Belfast 3/06/1975
Mike Berisford - first Scot sub-4 - wins 1957 Inter counties
Mike Berisford - first Scot sub-4 - wins 1957 Inter counties
Time   Athlete Location Date
3:57.97 i O'Hare - 19 Fayetteville 11/01/2019
3:57.99   Robson - 10 Barcelona 8/07/1985
3:58.05   DAVID MCMEEKIN London 30/08/1976
3:58.12 i# Gourley - 3 Seattle 25/01/2019
3:58.16   Robson - 11 London 11/09/1981
3:58.27   Williamson - 15 Edinburgh 19/08/1978
3:58.28   ADRIAN CALLAN Swansea 13/07/1986
3:58.37   Clement - 12 Edinburgh 19/08/1978
3:58.38   Robson - 12 London 7/09/1984
3:58.40   Clement - 13 London 9/09/1977
3:58.4   I Gillespie - 2 Exeter 29/07/1997
3:58.43   Gourley - 4 Atlanta 22/05/2018
3:58.48 i MATTHEW GILLESPIE Boston 8/02/2014
3:58.5   Weatherhead - 3 Leicester 19/06/1971
3:58.52   Williamson - 16 London 7/09/1984
3:58.55 i M Gillespie - 2 Boston 26/01/2013
3:58.64 i Robson - 13 Edinburgh 19/08/1978
3:58.64   I Gillespie - 3 Portsmouth 5/06/1993
3:58.65   Clement - 14 Gateshead 9/07/1978
3:58.69 i Strang - 8 Cambridge (USA) 23/01/1993
3:58.7   P Stewart - 5 Reading 11/06/1969
3:58.7   NORMAN MORRISON Leicester 31/05/1971
3:58.74   Weatherhead - 4 London 26/06/1977
3:58.77   O'Hare - 20 Des Moines 30/04/2011
3:58.8   LAWRIE SPENCE Gateshead 12/09/1977
3:58.81   Robson - 14 London 29/08/1977
3:58.9   Clement - 15 Stretford 30/08/1975
3:58.99   JAMIE WILLIAMSON Cork 16/07/2018
3:59.08   Clement - 16 Edinburgh 20/08/1977
3:59.1   RONALD MACDONALD Gateshead 1/09/1975
3:59.10   Strang - 9 New York 22/05/1993
3:59.15   Wightman - 6 Oslo 7/06/2018
3:59.2   G Williamson - 17 Tokyo 25/09/1978
3:59.20   Robson - 15 Dublin 11/07/1983
3:59.24   MICHAEL BERISFORD London 18/08/1962
3:59.29   ALISTAIR CURRIE London 2/08/1985
3:59.3   I Gillespie - 4 Salisbury 4/09/1993
3:59.39   Robson - 16 London 23/08/1978
3:59.40 i Strang - 10 Fairfax 22/02/1992
3:59.4   Wightman - 7 Nottingham 28/07/2016
3:59.45   Callan - 2 Edinburgh 23/07/1985
3:59.56   GLEN STEWART Sheffield 25/08/1996
3:59.58 i# COLIN HUME Murfreesboro 5/03/1983
3:59.58 i Gourley - 5 Blacksburg 5/02/2016
3:59.62 i O'Hare - 21 College Station 12/03/2011
3:59.67   Kerr - 5 Falmouth 18/08/2018
3:59.7   McMeekin - 2 Stretford 30/08/1975
3:59.7   Macdonald - 2 Stretford 30/08/1975
3:59.70   O'Hare - 22 Birmingham 18/08/2018
3:59.74 i KRIS GAUSON Notre Dame 5/03/2011
3:59.86 i SOL SWEENEY Athlone 13/02/2019
3:59.90 i Kerr - 6 College Station 10/03/2017
3:59.95 i Gauson - 2 Bloomington 27/01/2012

complete as at 21 July 2019. 136 performances by 29 athletes.

i = indoors; # - non-standard indoor track. Ian Stewart also ran 3:57.3 at Reading 11/06/1969 before committing to Scotland.

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