Roger Bannister, the first man to run a sub-four minute mile, has died aged 88.

Bannister, aided by Christopher Chataway and Chris Brasher as pacemakers, achieved the feat by running three minutes 59.4 seconds at the Iffley Road track on 6 May, 1954.

Bannister, who also won a Commonwealth and European Championship gold medal that year, went on to become a leading neurologist.

He was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2011. 

A statement from his family said: "Roger Bannister, died peacefully in Oxford on 3rd March 2018, aged 88, surrounded by his family who were as loved by him, as he was loved by them. He banked his treasure in the hearts of his friends." 

Sebastian Coe, who followed in Bannister footstep's by breaking the mile world record in 1981, paid tribute to an inspirational man.

The president of athletics governing body said on Twitter: "This is a day of intense sadness both for our nation and for all of us in athletics. There is not a single athlete of my generation who was not inspired by Roger and his achievements both on and off the track."

British Athletics tweeted: "All at British Athletics are incredibly saddened by the passing of Sir Roger Bannister at the age of 88. A legend in every sense of the word."