The finals of the four cross-country races sponsored by the Belgian newspaper "Le Soir" took place on the plain of Evere, near Brussels, before great number of spectators.
The finals of the four cross-country races sponsored by the Belgian newspaper "Le Soir" took place on the plain of Evere, near Brussels, before great number of spectators. The four races were those for the "Aces" -- runners of international standing, for "junior" athletes (in the 18-20 age group); and for "scholars" (aged 16 to 18), and the "Cross Populaire National".
The race of the Aces produced a long duel between the Belgian runner Van de Wettyne and the British athletes Eldon and Heatley. The Belgian took the lead at the start and managed to keep it throughout the race, although hard-pressed. Towards the end, Eldon made a great effort but Van de Wettyne sprinted and won with a clear lead. Eldon was second, two seconds behind the winner; Herman, of Belgium, third; and Heatley sixth. The Yugoslav runner, Mihalic, who was one of the favourites for the race, was 4th. There were 37 runners: the distance run was 9 kilometres 150 metres.
No fewer than 2,250 runners started in the "Cross Populaire National". The Belgian runner, Roelants, took the lead during the first lap and constantly increased it until he finished an easy winner. The distance run was 7 kilometres 400 metres. The entrants included a team of 500 from Holland and teams from France, Germany and Luxemburg.