• Short Summary

    ON THE STROKE OF MIDNIGHT LAST NIGHT (SATURDAY) BRITAIN JOINED IN AMERICA'S LATEST WALK-FOR-FITNESS CRAZE.?

  • Description

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    TGV PARTICIPANTS.
    0.07

    2.
    CU SIGN ON MAN'S BACK 'BRIGHTON FOR BUST'.
    0.10

    3.
    SCU WOMAN AND MAN
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    4.
    STV PARTICIPANTS.
    0.18

    5.
    SV SOLDIERS.
    0.21

    6.
    SV PARTICIPANTS DRINKING BEFORE STARTING.
    0.24

    7.
    SV MEN BLOWING ON HANDS.
    0.27

    8.
    SV MAN STAMPING FEET.
    0.30

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    SV MEN DRINKING SOUP.
    0.34

    10.
    TGV PARTICIPANTS.
    0.39

    11.
    CU FACE OF BIG BEN AT MIDNIGHT.
    0.42

    12.
    SV WALKERS PAST CAMERA OVER WESTMINSTER BRIDGE.
    0.48

    13.
    SV WALKERS.
    0.59

    14.
    CU FEET PAST CAMERA.
    1.02

    15.
    GV TRAFFIC HELD UP.
    1.06

    16.
    STV WALKERS.
    1.11

    17.
    STV DITTO INCLUDING WOMEN.
    1.15

    18.
    TOP REAR VIEW...WALKERS.
    1.21



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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: ON THE STROKE OF MIDNIGHT LAST NIGHT (SATURDAY) BRITAIN JOINED IN AMERICA'S LATEST WALK-FOR-FITNESS CRAZE. WITH BIG BEN, LONDON'S FAMOUS LANDMARK, AS A STARTING POINT, MORE THAT 800 MEN -- MANY OF THEM MIDDLE AGED DESK-BOUND EXECUTIVES - STRODE OVER WESTMINISTER BRIDGE AND HEADED SOUTH ON A 50-MILE FITNESS WALK SPONSORED BY THE LONDON NEWSPAPER, DAILY SKETCH. THEIR AIM WAS TO WALK THE 50 MILES TO BRIGHTON WITHIN 20 HOURS - THE AMERICAN "NEW FRONTIER" STANDARD LAID DOWN BY PRESIDENT KENNEDY.

    THE WALKERS, INCLUDING A NUMBER OF WOMEN, WERE HEADED BY DOCTORS, MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT, A DUKE, A MARQUIS, CIVIL SERVANTS, ACTORS, BUSINESS EXECUTIVES, HAIR STYLISTS, SOLDIERS, AND A SCORE OF ENTHUSIAST FORM THE AMERICAN NAVY INFORMATION OFFICE IN MAY FAIR.

    MARSHALS AND CHECKPOINTS, FIRST AID POSTS AND REFRESHMENTS HAVE BEEN PROVIDED ALONG THE ROUTE. AND IN BRIGHTON, THE MAY AWAITS WITH AN OFFICIAL WELCOME WHILE THE PUBLIC BATHS, WITH SHAVING FACILITIES AND HOT MEALS HAVE BEEN ORGANISED.

    EACH PARTICIPANT HAS BEEN TOLD: "THIS IS NOT A RACE AND IT IS NOT FOR ATHLETES". AND DON THOMPSON, THE BRILLIANT OLYMPIC WALKER, WHO HOLD THE LONDON TO BRIGHTON RACE RECORD, HAS GIVEN EXPERT ADVICE. THOMPSON TIPS: EAT TWO HOURS BEFORE STARTING, EAT EASILY DIGESTED SANDWICHES ALONG THE ROUTE AND FOR DRINK -ONE-THIRD LEMON BARLEY WATER, TOW OR THREE FIVE-GRAIN SALT TABLETS, 16 TEASPOONS OF SUGAR AND TOP UP WITH WATER. AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE THOMPSON "CONCOCTION" - STOP AT A PUBLIC HOUSE FOR A PINT OF BEER.

    AMERICA'S "I-LIKE-HIKE" CRAZE STARTED AFTER PRESIDENT KENNEDY CHALLENGED HIS MARINES TO PROVE THEMSELVES EQUAL TO THE MARINES OF 1908 WHEN A PRESIDENT ORDER REQUIRED THEM TO PERFORM "TEST HIKES" OF 50 MILE IN 20 HOURS. PRESIDENT KENNEDY'S BROTHER, ATTORNEY-GENERAL, MR ROBERT KENNEDY COVERED THE DISTANCE IN 17 HOURS 50 MINUTES. THE MARINES FOLLOWED AND ONE OF THEIR NUMBER FINISHED IN 11 HOURS AND 44 MINUTES BUT SAID HE HAD AN URGENT DATE WITH A GIRL FRIEND. PRESIDENT KENNEDY'S FITNESS, CHALLENGE WAS SOON BEING TAKEN UP BY CIVILIANS - AND A NEW CRAZE WAS BORN.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADEC1Y3W60X80YPSA3BH57KAO0
    Media URN:
    VLVADEC1Y3W60X80YPSA3BH57KAO0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/02/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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