"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)
King of the Peds
Will appeal to anyone interested in the history of sport as well as those intrigued by stranger-than-fiction stories...

























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,
March 6-11, 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
This illustration, found in the New York Evening 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;
NY, Austria's Anton Strokel
and Bobby Vint, the "Brooklyn Cobbler".
Endorsed by
William Sichel (Scotland)
— modern CHAMPION international
ultra-distance runner, who comments: 
"I have certainly been inspired by your book."
5th International Astley Belt
contest at
Madison Square Garden, New York,
Sept. 22, 1879.
Rowell (2) — the winner — is next to the rail at the start.
Weston, in the long coat, is at the back of the competitors.
William Edwards
AUSTRALIA
Sir John Astley MP
- the creator of the
Astley Belt
races
Book and E.book
purchase
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 shoutingthe odds during races. Contestants were therefore susceptible to attacks whilst competing around the track from disgruntled punters.
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>>>
                    
“WESTON, WESTON, RAH-RAH-RAH!”
           LINKS
Dirt Dawg
Flowalking
Forgotten Stories
Inside the Apple
New England Historical Society

'PEDESTRIANISM —
When Watching People Walk Was America's Favorite Spectator Sport'
— By Matthew Algeo ( Amazon.com  / Amazon.co.uk )

'THE LAST GREAT WALK' —
THE TRUE STORY of a 1909 WALK from NEW YORK to SAN FRANCISCO and WHY IT MATTERS TODAY
— By Wayne Curtis

Silver Strider (New Astley Belt)
Strippers Guide
Vintage Hiking Depot
Walking History
Wobble to Death
     Press release/review copies click   HERE
  ... Is P.S. Marshall's  fascinating historical account of this hugely popular 19th century sport and the professional pedestrians, or 'peds' who made it the
'must-see' spectator event of the time!
E. P. WESTON
THE
ORIGINAL
SPORTING
SUPERSTAR!
THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE AND TIMES
OF
EDWARD PAYSON WESTON
THE WORLD'S GREATEST WALKER
What the authors say about Weston...
BBC   Daily Express    (DE print)   Grantland  Guardian   Flowalking   SJA
A MAN IN A HURRY
Amazon.com
Amazon.co.uk
Kindle Edition
The great man's spectacular Career Biography and
companion volume to A MAN IN A HURRY
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


The O'Leary Belt
Won by Nick Murphy (505 miles); Frank Hart
(565 miles) and Peter Panchot (541 miles)
Joe Scott
NEW ZEALAND
Napoleon Campana
USA

Sir John Astley MP

— creator of the

Astley Belt

races

BBC feature


George D. Cameron SCOTLAND
Read George's story in
King of the Peds
King of the Peds
MOVIE SCREENPLAY
Weston, una vita senza sosta
L'uomo che inventò la marcia
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