It's the 16th. time that this 10,000 metre International Cross Country Race has been organised?
It's the 16th. time that this 10,000 metre International Cross Country Race has been organised and run at the Lasarte horse race track near San Sebastian in northern Spain. This year is was a wet occasion - heavy rain had made the track very muddy.
The race was won by England's Trevor Wright. There were 112 runners representing, naturally, Spain, and Tunisia, Germany, Scotland, Belgium, Holland, Italy, France, Finland and Algeria. A past winner of the event, England's Mike Tagg, fell on the slippery track and was trampled by other contestants. He came fifth. Second and third positions went to Spanish competitors, with 4th. place going to a Tunisian.
SYNOPSIS: The flags of 11 nations flew over the Lasarte horse race track near San Sebastian, Spain on Sunday to welcome competitors taking part in the 16th. International Cross Country Race. The day was wet, it had been raining steadily for several hours, and the track was heavy with mud, but the 112 competitors were keyed-up for the 10,000 metres ahead.
Competitors had come from England, Spain, Tunisia, Germany, Scotland, Belgium, Holland, Italy, France, Finland and Algeria.
One of the favourites for the race was England's Mike Tagg, a past winner of the event, but this year the mud claimed him as a victim. He slipped and was trampled on by following competitors. It spoiled his victory chances, but he managed to pull-up into fifth position at the finish. It was hard going for all the runners. But as the race progressed it became clear that England were still very much in evidence at the front.
As the leaders neared the finishing line England's chance of victory seemed certain. Trevor Wright had won in a time of 32 minutes 18.1 seconds. In second place, five seconds behind was Spain's Mariano Haro. In third place, another Spaniard - Javier Alvarez Salgado.
It had been a hard run race in difficult conditions, and England's Trevor Wright had proved a worthy winner.