Eastleigh Victory Walk

Archive: Wessex Film & Sound Archive
ID No.: AV6/M6
Title: Eastleigh Victory Walk
Date: 1945
Colour: Black & White
Sound: Silent
Duration of complete item: 2 min.
Themes: Victory Celebrations in 1945


Amateur cinefilm, taken by Mr Eckett, showing parts of the Eastleigh Victory Walk, 22nd September 1945, an athletics event organised to celebrate Victory in Europe and Japan after the Second World War, and featuring former Olympics walker Tommy Green from Eastleigh.


The Victory Walk is shown starting and in progress at Eastleigh and Lyndhurst. Tommy Green is featured (he is older and balder than the others) squeezing a sponge over his head at the halfway stage in Lyndhurst and, later, finishing the race at Eastleigh.


This is one of two films of the Walk held by WFSA, the other shot by Ronald Carey in colour (but not such good quality). Mr Eckett of Southampton held the film for a good number of years until it was eventually transferred to WFSA.

The 50 kilometres road race walk is an Olympics level event, and this special 1945 event at Eastleigh was the first time in six years that it had been staged, due to the War. Organised by Eastleigh AC in Hampshire, and promoted by Tommy Green and W C Merrett, the Victory Walk attracted 146 competitors from as far away as Sheffield, and included the Swedish National Champion H Ohlssen. The course went from Eastleigh, through Southampton to Lyndhurst in the New Forest and back. The scratch event was won by Harry Forbes of the Birmingham Walking Club in a time of 4 hours, 48 minutes, 59 seconds, with 53 year old veteran Tommy Green coming a creditable 17th.

Eastleigh Victory Walk (1945)

Eastleigh Victory Walk (1945)

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