Friday, 20 February 2015

Friday photos (19): National Cross Country Championships 1965

More than 8700 runners are registered to take part in the English National Cross Country Championships tomorrow afternoon, taking place for the 15th time at Parliament Hill  since the race was first held there in 1957. I plan to be among them, joining the thousands on that famous charge up the hill that marks the start of the course.

These images are from a British Pathé newsreel featuring the 1965 Nationals there, described by the commentator as 'nine miles of snow, ice, mud and slush'. The race was won for the second year running by Mel Batty (Thurrock Harriers), who also set a world ten mile record in 1964. His old club have established a Mel Batty 10k road race in memory of their lifelong member, who died in 2011.

Mel Batty

Mel Batty crosses the finishing line - the 1965 Nationals were sponsored by News of the World

New Zealand runners at the start of the race

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