"Andsome" Charlie Rowell — one of the main contenders for the title of King of the Peds
Running 150 miles in one day wasn't a problem for the "Cambridge Wonder". Rowell still holds the world record for advancing the furthest ever recorded 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 one million dollars today for winning two races in 1879.
Read Charlie's story in
King of the Peds
Willliam Gale WALES
This illustration, found in the New YorkEvening World, informed its readers about some of the "peds" (an affectionate name used by the fans of the sport of pedestrianism to refer to the professional pedestrians that took part in these contests) competing in a big
"go-as-you-please" match which was to take place at Madison Square Garden, New York,USA,
between February 6 and 11, 1888.
Some of the "sporting superstars" of the day were involved in this one and they were: "Old Sport"
Campana, aka the "Bridgeport Wonder"of Connecticut; George Cartwright, aka the "Walsall Flyer" of England; Peter Hegelman, of Germany; Dan Herty, of Boston, Massachusetts; Frank Hart, aka "Black Dan", also of Boston; John "Lepper" Hughes, an Irishman living in New York; George Noremac (Cameron, spelt backwards), aka the "Flying Scotsman"; Peter J. Panchot, of Buffalo;
George Cartwright, aka the "Flying Collier", gets assaulted by a spectator during the
2nd Astley Challenge Belt (1882)
held at the
Bingley Hall, Birmingham, England.
It is possible that the attacker had wagered on a rival of Cartwright during the race as there was a lot of off-course and track-side betting on these highly popular events; with bookmakers shouting the odds during races. Contestants were therefore susceptible to attacks whilst competing around the track from disgruntled punters.