Brasher Close, UB6

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Christopher William Brasher (August 21, 1928 – February 28, 2003) was an Olympic track and field athlete and co-founder of the London Marathon. He also acted as pacemaker for Roger Bannister when he ran the first sub-four-minute mile at Iffley Road Stadium in Oxford. He took part in the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, finishing first in the 3,000 metres steeplechase, but was disqualified for allegedly interfering with another runner. The following day, after an investigation, his disqualification was quashed and the Gold was reinstated. In later life he became sports editor of the Observer and designed and manufactured the Brasher Boot, a walking shoe with the comfort of trainers. This is one of a small cluster of streets named after famous British sports men and women that come off Lillian Board Way. The roads are laid out over former sports grounds, which included tennis courts, a swimming pool and pavilion.

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