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  • Short Summary

    Various shots of attempts by Gordon Pirie to break the 3 mile record and Brian Hewson to do the same for the 1000 metres.

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    Unissued / unused material - dates and locations may be unclear / unknown.

    London or Manchester

    MS Race official fires starting pistol, race board in background. LS Athlete Gordon Pirie in tracksuit warming up. LS Crowd behind barriers. MS Group of runners taking off their tracksuits. LS Five runners starting the 3 mile race. LS Swing on first lap of three miles at the White City stadium - athlete (possibly John Disley) in lead. Pan across packed stadium. Runners with Gordon Pirie in the lead. MS Man by track holds up sign saying "9". LS Group of men by track, possibly trainers. MS Man by track holds up sign saying "6", runners pass with Gordon Pirie ahead. LS Pan across crowd. MS Pirie way ahead of field. (2 shots). LS Pirie runs unpaced to finish- time 13 mins. 29 secs. Athletes at end of race. LS Crowds cheering.

    LS Start of 1,000 metres. Various shots of the race with Brian Hewson running ahead of the field. LS Hewson runs alone to win in 2 mins. 20.2 secs. Hewson putting tracksuit on. LS Pirie and Hewson shaking hands.

    Various shots of the Pirie race including Pirie moving into the lead, and racing hard into the final stretch to win the race. Various shots of the 1000 metre race including the start and Hewson running alone to the finishing line.

    Note: "Date received" on original paperwork reads: 22/06/1955. Athlete John Disley is also mentioned as starting in the lead of the 3 mile race.

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    Film ID:
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    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:31:16:00 / 01:38:39:00
    UN 2748 B

Comments (1)

  1. gritiga says

    Says 'London or Manchester'.
    I saw Pirie, Ibbotson and Zatopec race at White City, Manchester, on 22 June, 1955, which was like White City, London, also a greyhound racing cicuit. The runners had - at one point - to run at 90 degrees across the centre of the track from one side to the other. This film doesn't show this, but shows the runners just circling the track, so I suggest that the film shows WHITE CITY, LONDON. Also my memory is of the Manchester race being run late into the evening under floodlights, which are not in use in this film.

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