Why we’ve been too slow to talk about the world record mile – and how to change it
Today, the world has seen the first ever recorded mile, but it was only the latest example of how far the record is held.
It is now understood that a runner from the UK’s West Midlands had been racing for three hours when he finally crossed the finish line.
The Guinness World Records official website has revealed that it was Chris Smith, a runner who has completed more than 200,000 miles on his own, that crossed the line first, at 2:36pm BST (3:36am GMT).
He is currently running a personal best of 1:34:59.
However, the record world record for a marathoner has not yet been broken.
At least two other runners have been recorded breaking the world records for distances of 1,500 and 1,600 metres, while the Guinness World Record for a distance of more than 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) was set by Mark O’Keefe in 2010.
But the record has been held for over 100 years.
On March 18, 1798, Thomas Watson set the world mark of 1 hour, 23 minutes and 40 seconds at the Paris Marathon.