Marc See broke the Sub 4 Minute Mile barrier last month at a local WA Athletics meet. Image – Supplied.
Before last Friday, only five West Australians had ever achieved the elusive ‘4 minute mile’, but at a WA Athletics meet on January 29 recently, a young Scarborough runner made his way to become the sixth.
Twenty-six-year-old Front Runner Sports physiotherapist Marc See, who has been competitive running since his first school cross country race at age eight, cracked the barrier at WA Athletics Stadium, clocking in at 3:58.61.
His achievement has also made him the 56th Australian ever to catch the Sub 4 Minute Mile, and he told Runglobal that there was no greater feeling.
“As I crossed the finish line I felt pain, relief and pride,” he said.
“Pain as it takes a lot of strain to will yourself around at a speed your body has never accomplished before, and is desperately trying to abort you from the effort at any given second.
“Relief as I’d finally accomplished that holy grail of running standards, and pride – it was an all West Australian affair, it was a race in Perth, with only WA runners.”
It has taken 58 years for a WA athlete to break the Sub 4 Minute Mile on home soil; Herb Elliott did it back in February 1958 at Leederville Oval.
It was See’s second attempt at the barrier, with his first just last year at the Perth Track Classic where he got a time of 4:02, coming second only to Zac Patterson (4:01).
See is a seasoned runner, having been an open athlete for 14 years.
He is a six-time open state 1500m champion, still holds the under 16s state 2000m steeple chase and state 1500m records, and is a five time winner of the HBF Run for a Reason 4kms race.
See is hoping his personal achievement of conquering the Sub 4 Minute Mile will inspire others to realise, in his words, that ‘we can do it’.
“My main advice is not to expect anything too soon,” he said.
“Running teaches you patience, a hard-fought lesson for most of us.
“Few people are talented enough to take up the sport and do amazing things within 12 months and if they do, they find it difficult to progress much after that.
“Having a plan and just enjoying the journey is the best thing you can do; looking for incremental gains across a year and not having each run feel like a chore – that will see you through to your goal more times than not.
“I’ve joined some rare company and am very incredibly grateful to all those who have helped me get to this point.”