A "mass mile" run will fill the streets of Oxford to mark the 70th anniversary of Sir Roger Bannister's record-breaking four-minute mile.

The city, which played host to Sir Roger's feat, will see amateurs and professionals take part in the community mile.

The event has been organised jointly by the Oxford University Athletic Club and the University of Oxford, with backing from Oxfordshire County Council.

Sir Roger's son, Thurstan Bannister, will be in attendance to celebrate his father's legacy.

He said: "After retiring from competitive athletics, my father continually encouraged elite athletes and amateur runners of all ages.

"The track and community miles will be exciting to watch, and I am sure many runners will find them so inspiring, they will shatter their PRs and other records."

From 9am on May 6, runners will convene at St Aldate’s, race down Oxford's High Street, and finally, sprint to the finish line on Iffley Road, the same track where Sir Roger created history.

The community mile is open to participants of all ages and abilities.

Places for the event are limited so those interested in taking part are being encouraged to sign up.

Jared Martin, club captain of Oxford University Cross Country Club said: "Oxford University Athletic Club and Oxford University Cross Country Club are extremely excited to host Bannister Miles on this special anniversary.

"For the city of Oxford and beyond, Bannister Miles offers an unparalleled opportunity to celebrate the benefits of sport."

The day will also feature races and heats for athletes nine years and above, para-athletes, and high-level amateur runners, leading up to men’s and women’s elite miles.

The University of Oxford vice-chancellor, professor Irene Tracey, said: "I grew up with a love of sport and remain a keen runner, committed to the transformative benefits of sport.

"The Bannister Miles will be a fitting way to mark this legacy, achieved at the University 70 years ago."

Councillor Dr Nathan Ley, Oxfordshire County Council's cabinet member for public health, inequalities and community safety, said: "We are delighted to be supporting this event to mark the 70th anniversary of Sir Roger Bannister's impressive feat.

"We hope it will help to inspire more children and young people to follow in Sir Roger's footsteps."

In addition to the athletic events, visitors can indulge in food and drink stalls, explore a pop-up World Athletics museum, and engage with health and fitness groups.

As the day comes to a close, World Athletics Heritage Plaques will be unveiled to recognise Sir Roger's achievement and Oxford University Athletic Club's contribution to athletics.