Sixty-three runners from nine countries - Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Holland, Morocco, Portugal, Spain and Yugoslavia - participated in the annual cross-country contest filmed by Visnews at Hannut.
LV English team parading.
LV French team ditto.
LV Dutch team parading.
LV Start of race pan to back view.
LV TOWARDS Runners over jump No 49. Vandewattyne leading
SV 49 towards followed by 46 Mimoun of France
LV No 49. Vandewattyne towards.
SV Pan to back No 49. leading.
No 4. North, England leading other runners
LV Towards No 49. Vandewattyne in lead.
SV Towards No 46 Mimoun France, No 3 Perkins, England No 4 North, England.
LV No 49. Vanderwattyne finishing.
SV Towards No 46. Mimoun and No 3. Perkins ENGLAND
LV On stand, Left Perkins England and Vanderwattyne Belgium.
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Background: Sixty-three runners from nine countries - Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Holland, Morocco, Portugal, Spain and Yugoslavia - participated in the annual cross-country contest filmed by Visnews at Hannut. Belgium, Feb. 1.
Britain, Holland and Germany each had five competitors at the start. Morocco's entry was Ben Aissa, Portugal's - for the first time - Manuel Faria. Favourites were Britain's formidable team of Perkins, North, Anderson, Norris and Driver, the Belgian Vandewattyne and France's Mimoun. The English had carried the day in 1954 and the three following years with Norris winning in 1954 and 1957. Frenchman Mimoun had booked ??? success in Spain only the Previous Sunday.
From the start it was Belgian Vandewattyne who took the lead. Lap after lap of the 9,800 metre obstacle course he kept his position unchallenged. Close on his heels at first, North fell back later and Mimoun moved into second place. The it was North again till Mimoun came up in a renewed effort.
In the sixth and seventh laps Vanderwattyne was still leading with Mimoun second and in this order they crossed the finishing line. Perkins took third place.