May In Running History


Three-time Olympian, four-time world champion and former multiple World Record holder on the roads, Lornah Kiplagat was born.

2:10 marathoner Helder Ornelas becomes first athlete banned on the basis of his Athlete Biological Passport

Steve Way breaks the British 100km record in Gravesend, running 6:19:20, an average pace of 3:48/km or 6:06/mile!

Rob Denmark 13:30 5km road – british record

Roger Bannister (Great Britain) becomes the first person to break the elusive 4-minute-mile barrier with a 3:59.4

Ian Stewart 45:13 10-mile

First world road relay (women)

First world road relay (mens race)

Andrew Rivett completes LEJOG record

Grete Waitz first woman sub 70 HM

First world relays begin in Nassau, Bahamas – Kenya women break 4×1500 world record

Men’s 4x1500m relay

Diane Leather 5 minute mile

Kenenisa Bekele – 12:37.35 5000m