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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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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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