1956 International Cross Country Championships

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1956 International Cross Country Championships
Organisers ICCU
Edition 43rd
Date 17 March
Host city Belfast, Northern Ireland Northern Ireland (men)
Upminster, Essex, England England (women)
Location Royal Ulster Showground (men)
Nations participating 8 (men) / 2 (women)
Athletes participating 70 (men) / 12 (women)
Races 1 / 1
Distances 9 mi (14.5 km) men / 1.9 mi (3.0 km) women

The 1956 International Cross Country Championships was held in Belfast, Northern Ireland, at the Royal Ulster Showground on 17 March 1956. In addition, an unofficial women's championship was held the same day at Upminster, England on 17 March 1956. A report on the men's event[1] as well as the women's event[2] was given in the Glasgow Herald.

Complete results for men,[3] and for women (unofficial),[4] medallists, [5] and the results of British athletes[6] were published.

Medallists[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Individual
Men
9 mi (14.5 km)
Alain Mimoun
 France
45:18 Frank Sando
 England
45:28 Ken Norris
 England
45:28
Women
1.9 mi (3.0 km)
Roma Ashby
 England
13:05 June Bridgland
 England
13:11 Diane Leather
 England
13:12
Team
Men  France 42  England 59  Belgium 131
Women  England 10  Scotland 34

Individual Race Results[edit]

Men's (9 mi / 14.5 km)[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time
1st, gold medalist(s) Alain Mimoun  France 45:18
2nd, silver medalist(s) Frank Sando  England 45:28
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Ken Norris  England 45:28
4 Fred Norris  England 45:36
5 Hamoud Ameur  France 45:42
6 Lahcen Ben Allal  France 45:44
7 Frans Herman  Belgium 45:46
8 Antonio Amoros  Spain 45:57
9 Bakir Benaissa  France 46:00
10 Said Benmaguini  France 46:10
11 Amar Khallouf  France 46:11
12 John McLaren  Scotland 46:12
13 Ken Gates  England 46:13
14 Pat Moy  Scotland 46:14
15 Luis García  Spain 46:27
16 Marcel Vandewattyne  Belgium 46:38
17 Peter Driver  England 46:41
18 Maurits van Laere  Belgium 46:45
19 Frans van der Hoeven  Belgium 46:49
20 Albert Chorlton  England 46:50
21 Paul Genève  France 46:52
22 Chris Suddaby  Wales 46:53
23 Manuel Faria  Portugal 46:57
24 António Ventura  Portugal 47:04
25 Hélio Duarte  Portugal 47:05
26 Abdallah Ould Lamine  France 47:14
27 Francisco Irizar  Spain 47:15
28 Charlie Owens  Ireland 47:28
29 João Silva  Portugal 47:30
30 José Araújo  Portugal 47:33
31 Ken Huckle  Wales 47:34
32 Don Appleby  Ireland 47:34
33 Eddie Bannon  Scotland 47:38
34 Pierre de Pauw  Belgium 47:44
35 David Richards Jun.  Wales 47:46
36 Davy Harrison  Ireland 47:47
37 Denis Jouret  Belgium 47:47
38 Joe Stevenson  Scotland 47:55
39 Tom Stevenson  Scotland 47:56
40 Bertie Messitt  Ireland 48:03
41 Bobby Calderwood  Scotland 48:06
42 Sergio Bueno  Spain 48:09
43 Tommy Dunne  Ireland 48:11
44 Lucas Larraza  Spain 48:15
45 Jim McCormack  Scotland 48:19
46 Derek Ibbotson  England 48:20
47 Filipe Luis  Portugal 48:31
48 John Disley  Wales 48:32
49 Jose Castro Ruibal  Spain 48:41
50 Andy Brown  Scotland 48:43
51 Alan Perkins  England 48:48
52 Jesús Hurtado  Spain 48:50
53 Jack Dougan  Ireland 48:53
54 Julien Vandevelde  Belgium 49:07
55 Augusto Silva  Portugal 49:15
56 Jim Mahood  Ireland 49:26
57 Terry Keegan  Ireland 49:31
58 Jimmy Todd  Ireland 49:37
59 Peter Bowden  Wales 49:42
60 Gordon Dunn  Scotland 49:47
61 Dyfrigg Rees  Wales 50:24
62 Mariano Martin  Spain 50:53
63 Ken Flowers  Wales 51:06
64 William Butcher  Wales 51:19
65 Richard Morgan  Wales 51:21
Hamida Addéche  France DNF
Lucien Theys  Belgium DNF
Félix Bidegui  Spain DNF
Derek Walker  England DNF
Joaquim Santos  Portugal DNF

Women's (1.9 mi / 3.0 km, unofficial)[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality Time
1st, gold medalist(s) Roma Ashby  England 13:05
2nd, silver medalist(s) June Bridgland  England 13:11
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Diane Leather  England 13:12
4 Phyllis Perkins  England 13:23
5 Madeline Wooller  England 13:25
6 Maureen Bonnano  England 13:51
7 Anne Drummond  Scotland 14:35
8 Anne Herman  Scotland 15:11
9 Doreen Fulton  Scotland 15:17
10 Mollie Ferguson  Scotland 15:18
11 Elizabeth Steedman  Scotland 15:19
12 Mary Campbell  Scotland 16:05

Team Results[edit]

Men's[edit]

Rank Country Team Points
1  France Alain Mimoun
Hamoud Ameur
Lahcen Ben Allal
Bakir Benaissa
Said Benmaguini
Amar Khallouf
42
2  England Frank Sando
Ken Norris
Fred Norris
Ken Gates
Peter Driver
Albert Chorlton
59
3  Belgium Frans Herman
Marcel Vandewattyne
Maurits van Laere
Frans van der Hoeven
Pierre de Pauw
Denis Jouret
131
4  Scotland John McLaren
Pat Moy
Eddie Bannon
Joe Stevenson
Tom Stevenson
Bobby Calderwood
177
5  Portugal Manuel Faria
António Ventura
Hélio Duarte
João Silva
José Araújo
Filipe Luis
178
6  Spain Antonio Amoros
Luis García
Francisco Irizar
Sergio Bueno
Lucas Larraza
Jose Castro Ruibal
185
7  Ireland Charlie Owens
Don Appleby
Davy Harrison
Bertie Messitt
Tommy Dunne
Jack Dougan
232
8  Wales Chris Suddaby
Ken Huckle
David Richards Jun.
John Disley
Peter Bowden
Dyfrigg Rees
256

Women's (unofficial)[edit]

Rank Country Team Points
1  England Roma Ashby
June Bridgland
Diane Leather
Phyllis Perkins
10
2  Scotland Anne Drummond
Anne Herman
Doreen Fulton
Mollie Ferguson
34

Participation[edit]

Men's[edit]

An unofficial count yields the participation of 70 male athletes from 8 countries.

Women's[edit]

An unofficial count yields the participation of 12 female athletes from 2 countries.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scotland Fourth in Belfast Cross-country Race - France regained the International nine miles cross-country championship at Balmoral, Belfast, on Saturday - they last won it three years ago - surprisingly defeating England by 17 points..., Glasgow Herald, March 19, 1956, p. 4, retrieved October 1, 2013 
  2. ^ Women's International - England beat Scotland in a women's International race over two miles at Upminster, Essex, England..., Glasgow Herald, March 19, 1956, p. 4, retrieved October 1, 2013 
  3. ^ Magnusson, Tomas (March 24, 2007), INTERNATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS - 14.5km CC Men - Belfast Royal Ulster Showground Date: Saturday, March 17, 1956, Athchamps (archived), Archived from the original on August 6, 2007, retrieved October 1, 2013 
  4. ^ Magnusson, Tomas (January 20, 2006), Various Cross Country Events - 3.0km CC Women - Upminster Date: Saturday, March 17, 1956, Athchamps (archived), Archived from the original on May 17, 2006, retrieved October 1, 2013 
  5. ^ INTERNATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS, Athletics Weekly, retrieved September 24, 2013 
  6. ^ 36th IAAF WORLD CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS - EDINBURGH 2008 - FACTS & FIGURES - GREAT BRITAIN & NORTHERN IRELAND AT THE INTERNATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY & WORLD CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS (PDF), IAAF, p. 13ff, archived from the original (PDF) on September 27, 2013, retrieved September 24, 2013