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PostSubject: 1947 Britannia shield cross country 5 mile   14/11/2017, 19:19

On 18th September 1947 in Halton, Cheshire. Lt. Emile Zatopek of Czechoslovakia won the Brittania Shield International cross-country race 5 mile in a time of 24 minutes 26 seconds.
Wich countries were present? Wat's the total result of this race who was second a.s.o.
Wich country won?
The Czech team was composed as follow: Lt. Emil Zátopek, Corporal aspirant Vomáček, Corporal aspirant Roudny, Private Zabloudil and Private Kořán.
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PostSubject: X Country running history   15/11/2017, 11:05

Wikipedia doesn't give more than the name of the first man home  Zátopek - though the event seemed to have RAF sponsorship, and being the year before the 1948 Olympics would suspect the event was at RAF Halton (shortly to be closed) in Buckinghamshire;
- handy for London,  (travel in early post-war UK after the most severe Winter in the century)
- Country setting  - Wing, Tring, Ivanhoe and Wendover - undulent terrain
-  reasonably organised RAF Camp  (feeding, fitness/first aid and accn), bounce

that said, way back then I was small fry,
so witnesses so the event  (if any) could be nonogenarians Shocked at least.
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PostSubject: Re: 1947 Britannia shield cross country 5 mile   18/11/2017, 12:22

The Britannia Shield was made of a bomb-damaged oak from the Guildhall, the shield, wich commemorates the Battle of Britain, was for competition in boxing, cross-country running, fencing, shooting and swimming. In 1946 it was won by Czechoslovakia. Under the chairmanship of Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Barratt, chairman of the Royal Air Force Boxing Association, a committee has been set up to make arrangements for the competition to be held during Battle of Britain week September 1947
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PostSubject: Re: 1947 Britannia shield cross country 5 mile   19/11/2017, 15:47

The Singapore Free Press from 17 september 1947.
Athletes from 8 Nations: The RAF in Brittain, the US Air Force in Europe, France, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Norway, Holland and Greece.
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PostSubject: Re: 1947 Britannia shield cross country 5 mile   19/11/2017, 21:11

Picture  dated 1948  Britannia Shield RAF Contest (Archive in Australia)

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Accession no: H99.202/4122
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Contents / Summary; RAF; the teams of five competing European nations at the Britannia Shield competition, 1948.

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PostSubject: Re: 1947 Britannia shield cross country 5 mile   14/12/2017, 16:58

Here the results: 1. Zatopek (CZ) 8km in 24.46 - 2. Theys (Belgium) 26.33 - 3. Gailly Belgium) - 4. Turriez (F)  - 5.Keyberg (Norway) - 6. Kjerson (Norway)

By country: 1 France 39pts - 2 Czechoslawakia 39 pts - 3 Norway 48 pts - 4 Belgium 48 pts - 5. RAF 81 pts - 6.Greece  105 pts - 7. Netherlands 108 pts - 8. USA 172 pts
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PostSubject: Re: 1947 Britannia shield cross country 5 mile   17/1/2018, 21:38

1)  The Britannia Shield (Pentathlon competition) is a very RAF (and Allied Air Force) orientated event.  Any records of individual team scores and personalities are most likely to be recorded with that Arm of the Services-  Since the Competition commemorates the Battle of Britain, it is NOT, strictly, a matter of BAOR/RAF(G) record-

2)  The Britannia Shield is made from the timbers of the bombed City of London Guildhall and is played for by teams from Eight Allied Nations competing to commemorate the Battle of Britain anniversary.  The Shield (presented by Sqn Ldr Virpsha)  is awarded to the Team awarded the highest points across a range of sports;  boxing, cross-country running, fencing, competition shooting and swimming.  (Pentathlon)
There are copyrighted photos available at   http://www.topfoto.co.uk/imageflows2/?s=Britannia+Shield
covering the September 1947 event, these feature:

"t":1502491180,"f":"1370909","c":  Marshal of RAF Lord Portal of Hungerford at RAF Uxbridge with the captain of the Belgian team, Lt Col Donnett

"t":1502491179,"f":"1370911","c"   The Britannia Shield and some of the Team Leaders:  left to right: ( Lt Col V. Bergman of Czechoslovakia, Captain R. Braden, last year's Secretary, Squadron Leader ES Virpsha, who presented the Shield, and Captain Vick of Norway.\r\n15 September 1947 )

"t":1502491179,"f":"1370912","c"   Picture shows: some of the runners seen passing aircraft on the RAF station at Halton, Bucks (ie NOT HALTON in Cheshire) through which the last lap of the (cross country) race was run. The winning team in this event was the one representing the United States.\r\n15 September 1947

​View shield here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGP4ms372BU

​https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9xoPNFzI6o

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfGPA83sPoo

and some of the named personalities;

http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?12979-Eugene-Sigismund-VIRPSHA

http://www.bbm.org.uk/airmen/Bergman.htm      (312 Cz Sqn RAF)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/military-obituaries/air-force-obituaries/10221774/Lt-Gen-Baron-Mike-Donnet.html

3)   Sponsz (Belg slang for Sponge)  a Colonel of Boduria and arch enemy of Tin Tin - thus an imaginary figure   (Personality:
Sponsz is an unquestioning devotee of his country's dictator Marshal Kûrvi-Tasch. He is a calculating and ruthless figure and bears strong grudges against those who upset his machinations - reminded I am of the profile of Guy Verhofstadt - the ugly one!).
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PostSubject: Re: 1947 Britannia shield cross country 5 mile   19/1/2018, 15:53

Thanks Pborn4 for this great info.

The monocle-wearing Chief of Police of Szohôd, and the head of the Bordurian Secret Police or ZEP

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