"INCREDIBLE feats of endurance, skulduggery and romance. These are just some 
of the topics covered in Paul Marshall's fascinating book, 
King of the Peds"...
Northumberland Gazette (UK)
BATTLE RAGES ON FOR 
KING OF PEDESTRIANISM
BOOK SHEDS LIGHT ON EARLY EAST END HEROES
East London Advertiser (UK) - 
(Printed newspaper article - here)



























Name a world sporting legend... Tiger Woods? 
Lewis Hamilton? 
Roger Federer? 
David Beckham? 
Henry "Blower" Brown? Henry who?...
Hammersmith and Fulham News, London, England  (UK)
It will be highly informative to anyone interested in in one of the more bizarre corners of sporting history...
Race Walking Record (UK)...
Article — HERE
"Will delight athletic enthusiasts who have a strong interest in this ‘lost’ section of the sport"...
Newcastle Evening Chronicle (UK)
"You may remember 
how you welcomed 
the New Year of 2009.  
I celebrated by reading 
King of the Peds 
until 3:00 A.M..."
Walkapedia (USA) 
It is one of the most 
detailed and best-researched idiosyncratic 
sports books you are likely 
to read...
THE HERALD (Scotland, UK)
                                1st Astley International Belt race at the                                      "Aggie", Islington, London, March, 1878.
                      Daniel O'Leary (USA) 
                                Leads "Blower" Brown (England)
                                And Henry Vaughan (England)

George Littlewood














aka the "Sheffield Flyer"
of England, STILL holds the 
6-day WALKING world record made in Sheffield, UK, 6-11 March, 1882. 













Charlie Rowell


Running 150 miles in ONE day 
wasn't a problem for the 
"Cambridge Wonder". 











"Andsome Charlie" STILL holds the 
world record for running the furthest distance for 6 days (12 hours per day) 
at the Royal Aquarium, Westminster, London, in April/May, of 1885.

Apart from winning many trophies 
in his career, Rowell would secure incredible prize money amounting to 
what is equivalent to a staggering
$$$ One Million Dollars $$$
in today's money for winning 
just two races in 1879.

The Astley Belt, which was won outright by Charlie, can be viewed online by clicking on the magnifying glass on the 
CAPTURING CAMBRIDGE 
website and typing in 'Charles Rowell'... 
It can also be viewed at the
Museum of Cambridge
Endorsed by 
William Sichel (Scotland)
— modern CHAMPION international
ultra-distance runner, who comments:  
"I have certainly been inspired by your book."
William Edwards
AUSTRALIA
P.S. Marshall's  fascinating historical account 
of the hugely popular 19th century sport and 
the professional pedestrians, or 'peds', who 
made it the then 'must-see' spectator event. 
It will appeal to anyone interested in the 
history of stranger-than-fiction stories...
Frank Hart
aka 
'BLACK DAN'
was 
Daniel O'Leary's 
protégé and a worthy 
contender for the title of
King of the Peds. 












This incredible athlete made a real impression on the American sporting scene, when he won the 
2nd O'Leary Belt 
with a new world record 
of 565 miles, in 1880.
Joe Scott
NEW ZEALAND
Napoleon Campana
USA
Sir John Astley MP
--creator of the Astley Belt races
Henry Vaughan 
ENGLAND
Surprising history of indoor athletics...
THE HERALD (Scotland, UK)
George Cartwright (aka the"Walsall Flyer"),
gets assaulted during the 
2nd Astley Challenge Belt 
held at the Bingley Hall, Birmingham, England 
in 1882.

The Great Man's 
SPECTACULAR 
Career Biography 
by P.S. MARSHALL
Press release/ review copies click HERE
     5th International Astley Belt  First Day...
at the "Mecca" of Pedestrianism, 
Madison Square Garden, New York, USA, 22 September, 1879 

3rd Astley Belt Race
(Above, Left, Right and Below) 
Gilmore's Garden, 
New York, March, 1879
Rowell and Ennis help Harriman (below) 
with the cartoonists version (right)
Usage of images on
websites & in 
magazines/newspapers.
With kind permission of
www.kingofthepeds.com
Roadside sign celebrating O'Leary's life
 Featuring...
 JOSIAH EATON
ROBERT SKIPPER
JOHN TOWNSEND 
GEORGE WILSON
RICHARD MANKS
& the 
PEDESTRIANS
'Pedestrianism Extraordinaire!' 
...Mind-boggling 
feats of endurance...
EDWARD PAYSON WESTON... In the NEWS...
BBC                      GRANTLAND
Berkshire Eagle   Daily Express   Inland Valley Daily Bulletin 
International Business Times    Irish Independent    LA REPUBBLICA (Italy)   Times Picayune  
   Minneapolis Post     OnMilwaukee 
DAILY EXPRESS feature
Book Review by Peter Lovesey
Contact P.S. Marshall
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 get a FREE PDF 
copy of the book
'The Race of the Century'
(Movie Synopsis) PDF
Ennis, Harriman, Rowell and O'Leary
Ennis, Harriman and Rowell
Amazon co.uk
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FREE sample 
Chapter 28 (PDF)
 -- WESTON'S 
WALKING CLUB
 WATCH...Movie Synopsis Trailer
Rotherham Advertiser 
(South Yorkshire, England) 
'King of the Peds' feature
LINKS: ALL THINGS WALKING -- AMERICA'S WALKING CLUB -- EVERWALK NATION 
It is the world's 
OLDEST 
authenticated athletics-based 
WORLD RECORD
Chapter 36 of KotP -- 
'Walking on Top of the World!' 
can be downloaded here for 
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THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE AND TIMES OF 
EDWARD PAYSON WESTON
Amazon.co.uk
THE WORLD'S GREATEST WALKER
What the authors' say about Weston...
Amazon.com

BBC 

feature
                       GEORGE HAZAEL  
                         leads Hiram Jackson, 
                         George Guyon and 
                         Frank Hart (5th Astley 
                         Belt, Madison Sq. Gd., 
                         New York, Sept.,1879)  >>>>>>>>>>>>
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                                      Peter Crossland                                         The 'Sharp Sheffield Blade'
George Cameron
SCOTLAND
Jimmy Albert 
WINS 
at MSG,
New York, 
with a new 
six-day 
world record 
of 
621 miles!
Feb., 1888
< (2nd from left) Int. Walking Match -  O'Leary Belt - Chicago, Ill., May 29th, 1879

-- ULTRARUNNING WORLD + (ARTICLE)
KotP supplied images for...
Walk 'Til You Drop: 
The Story Behind 
Sports Betting
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​P.S. Marshall has created a comprehensive database of his other great passion... 
...watching FILM NOIR movies! 
This is available as a free PDF download HERE