"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) 
'When peds walked 
the earth...'
THE INDEPENDENT (UK) 
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 action 
at the "Aggie", Islington, London, March, 1878.
Left: Daniel O'Leary (Chicago, USA) Middle: "Blower" Brown (Fulham, England)
Right: Henry Vaughan (Chester, England)

George Littlewood 



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

 2013 was the 125th 
Anniversary of  
"Littlewood the Lionheart's" 
6-day ultra-endurance
RUNNING 
world record made at 
Madison Square Garden, 
New York, USA, 
in Nov/Dec, 1888 

It wasn't beaten for 96 years

      

Charlie Rowell 



— one of the 
main contenders for the title of 
King of the Peds.

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

He 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
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...
THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE AND TIMES OF 
EDWARD PAYSON WESTON
THE WORLD'S GREATEST WALKER
What the authors' say about Weston...
A MAN IN A HURRY
Amazon.com
Amazon.co.uk
Frank Hart
aka 
'BLACK DAN'
was 
Daniel O'Leary's 
protégé and a worthy 
contender for the title of
King of the Peds. 

P.S. Marshall, the author of 
King of the Peds
is currently working 
on this pioneering 
black sporting superstars 
career biography.

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.

Read Frank's story in 
King of the Peds

Boston Globe article... 
Joe Scott
NEW ZEALAND
Napoleon Campana
USA
Sir John Astley MP

— creator of the 
Astley Belt
races

BBC feature
Henry Vaughan 
ENGLAND
Read George's story in 
King of the Peds
Surprising history of indoor athletics...
THE HERALD (Scotland, UK)
George Hazael (England),

leads Hiram Jackson (USA), 
George Guyon (USA) 
and Frank Hart (Haiti), 
during the 5th Astley Belt
at Madison Square Garden,
 
<<New York, Sept., 1879>>
George Cartwright (the"Walsall Flyer"),
gets assaulted by a spectator during the 
2nd Astley Challenge Belt (1882) held 
at the Bingley Hall, Birmingham, England. 
It's possible that the attacker had wagered on an opponent 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.



EDWARD PAYSON WESTON
The Great Man's 
SPECTACULAR 
Career Biography by P.S. MARSHALL
“WESTON, WESTON, RAH-RAH-RAH!”
THE ORIGINAL SPORTING SUPERSTAR!
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
International Walking Match 
O'Leary Belt, Chicago, USA29 May, 1879. 
The start from left to right: Guyon; Crossland
Goodman; Parry; Banks; Geraghty
3rd Astley Belt,  New York, 1879
Rowell, Harriman and Ennis
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on other websites? 
Link...With kind 
permission of:
www.kingofthepeds.com
Roadside sign celebrating the life of Daniel O'Leary
 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 (DE print)    Inland Valley Daily Bulletin 
International Business Times    Irish Independent    LA REPUBBLICA (Italy)   Times Picayune  
   Minneapolis Post     OnMilwaukee    Walkers Almanac... (Listen)...
DAILY EXPRESS  
Book Review 
by Peter Lovesey
Contact 
P.S. Marshall
Click HERE to get a FREE 
pdf copy...
The password for the 
CONTENTS pdf 
is 123456 
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'The Race of the Century'
(Movie Synopsis)