Emsley Carr Mile

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The Emsley Carr Mile is an annual invitational athletics running event held in the United Kingdom over one mile for men. The race has been part of the London Grand Prix since 2008, and was won in 2014 by the Kenyan athlete Asbel Kiprop.[1]


The race was inaugurated in 1953 by Sir William Carr in memory of his father Sir Emsley Carr, a former editor of the News of the World.[2][3] The event was created to encourage athletes to break the four-minute mile.[3] By the second time the race was run, Roger Bannister had already broken the world record on 6 May 1954 at the annual athletics event between the Amateur Athletics Association (AAA) and Oxford University at the Iffley Road Track in Oxford.[4] Bannister never did run in the Emsley Carr Mile.[3]

The winners of the race write their signatures in the pages of the Emsley Carr Trophy, a red Moroccan leather-bound book, now running into a second volume since 1980.[2][3] It contains a history of mile running since 1868 from around the world and also includes signatures of many of the world's leading milers, including Paavo Nurmi, Sydney Wooderson, John Landy, Gordon Pirie, and Roger Bannister.[5] The race has been won by ten Olympic champions, Kip Keino, Steve Ovett, Murray Halberg, John Walker, Sebastian Coe, Saïd Aouita, William Tanui, Vénuste Niyongabo, Haile Gebrselassie and Hicham El Guerrouj. It has also been won by seven athletes who have held the world record for the mile: Walker, Ovett, Coe, El Guerrouj, Filbert Bayi, Derek Ibbotson and Jim Ryun.[3]

Ken Wood, a former Sheffield athlete, won the Emsley Carr Mile a record four times.[6] The fastest time recorded for the event stands at 3:45.96 by El Guerrouj in 2000. It is the ninth fastest time ever recorded for the mile, and the fastest time recorded on British soil.[2]

In 1969 Sir William Carr decided not to continue sponsoring the race and the AAA took it over and continued until he died in 1977.[2] Since 1977, Emsley Carr's grandson, William, has continued with the tradition and has kept the book up to date and has provided a glass piece, presented to the winner by a member of the Carr family.[2]


Year Winner Time Venue
1953  Gordon Pirie (GBR) 4:06.80 White City Stadium, London
1954  Ken Wood (GBR) 4:04.80
1955  Ken Wood (GBR) 4:05.40
1956  Derek Ibbotson (GBR) 3:59.40
1957  Ken Wood (GBR) 4:02.00
1958  Murray Halberg (NZL) 4:06.50
1959  Derek Ibbotson (GBR) 4:03.10
1960  László Tábori (USA) 4:00.30
1961  Ken Wood (GBR) 4:08.40
1962  Jim Beatty (USA) 3:56.52
1963  Bill Crothers (CAN) 4:06.50
1964  Witold Baran (POL) 3:56.04
1965  Alan Simpson (GBR) 4:04.11
1966  Kip Keino (KEN) 3:53.42
1967  Jim Ryun (USA) 3:56.02
1968  John Whetton (GBR) 3:58.56
1969  Francesco Arese (ITA) 3:57.80 Crystal Palace, London
1970  Ian Stewart (GBR) 3:57.40 Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh
1971  Peter Stewart (GBR) 4:00.40
1972  Peter Stewart (GBR) 3:55.30 Crystal Palace, London
1973  Frank Clement (GBR) 4:01.81
1974  Frank Clement (GBR) 3:57.44
1975  Filbert Bayi (TAN) 3:55.50
1976  David Moorcroft (GBR) 3:57.06
1977  Sebastian Coe (GBR) 3:57.67
1978  John Robson (GBR) 3:55.83
1979  Steve Ovett (GBR) 3:56.58 Gateshead Stadium, Gateshead
1980  Colin Reitz (GBR) 4:00.60 Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh
1981  Geoff Smith (GBR) 3:55.80 Cwmbran Stadium, Cwmbran
1982  David Moorcroft (GBR) 3:57.84 Crystal Palace, London
1983  Sebastian Coe (GBR) 4:03.37 Alexander Stadium, Birmingham
1984  Peter Elliott (GBR) 3:55.71 Gateshead Stadium, Gateshead
1985  Mark Rowland (GBR) 4:01.70 Morfa Stadium, Swansea
1986  Neil Horsfield (GBR) 3:57.03
1987  John Walker (NZL) 3:58.75 Gateshead Stadium, Gateshead
1988  Chris McGeorge (GBR) 4:07.07 Crystal Palace, London
1989  Saïd Aouita (MAR) 3:51.97 Gateshead Stadium, Gateshead
Year Winner Time Venue
1990  Peter Elliott (GBR) 3:55.51 Gateshead Stadium, Gateshead
1991  Peter Elliott (GBR) 3:52.10 Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield
1992  Steve Crabb (GBR) 3:58.76
1993  Philemon Hanneck (ZIM) 3:57.06 Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth
1994  Kevin McKay (GBR) 3:58.72 Gateshead Stadium, Gateshead
1995  Vénuste Niyongabo (BDI) 3:49.80 Crystal Palace, London
1996  William Tanui (KEN) 3:54.57 Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield
1997  Vénuste Niyongabo (BDI) 3:53.28
1998  Laban Rotich (KEN) 3:51.74
1999  Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 3:52.39 Gateshead Stadium, Gateshead
2000  Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR) 3:45.96 Crystal Palace, London
2001  Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR) 3:49.41
2002  Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR) 3:50.86
2003  Paul Korir (KEN) 3:48.17
2004  Paul Korir (KEN) 3:49.84
2005  Michael East (GBR) 3:52.50 Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield
2006  Gabe Jennings (USA) 4:10.02 Alexander Stadium, Birmingham
2007  Jon Rankin (USA) 3:54.24 Stretford Stadium, Manchester[7]
2008  Shedrack Kibet Korir (KEN) 3:54.68 Crystal Palace, London
2009  Bernard Lagat (USA) 3:52.71
2010  Augustine Choge (KEN) 3:50.14
2011  Leonel Manzano (USA) 3:51.21
2012  Silas Kiplagat (KEN) 3:52.44
2013  Augustine Choge (KEN) 3:50.01 Olympic Stadium, London[1]
2014  Asbel Kiprop (KEN) 3:51.89 Alexander Stadium, Birmingham[8]

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  1. ^ a b Turnbull, Simon (28 July 2013). "Young British milers start to build on the Olympic legacy". The Independent. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e MacKay, Duncan (7 August 2003). "Miling milestone brings out the stars". guardian.co.uk (Guardian News and Media). Retrieved 18 October 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Turnbull, Simon (8 August 2003). "Athletics: Chirchir brothers add to nostalgia of Emsley milestone". The Independent. Retrieved 18 October 2009. 
  4. ^ Powell, David (7 August 2003). "Emsley Carr Mile stands test of time". Times Online (Times Newspapers Limited). Retrieved 18 October 2009. (subscription required)
  5. ^ "Emsley Carr Mile". Athletics Weekly. Retrieved 18 October 2009. 
  6. ^ Davies, Catriona (12 April 2004). "Did another runner pip Sir Roger?". The Telegraph (Telegraph Media Group). Retrieved 18 October 2009. 
  7. ^ "A record breaker". Manchester Evening News (MEN Media). 16 August 2007. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Kiprop Makes Statement at Emsley Carr Mile". Bring Back the Mile. 25 August 2014. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
List of winners
  • Butler, Mark, Emsley Carr Mile Association of Road Racing Statisticians, 5 October 2006; Retrieved 23 January 2011