"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,
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
Endorsed by
William Sichel (Scotland)
— modern CHAMPION international
ultra-distance runner, who comments: 
"I have certainly been inspired by your book."
William Edwards
AUSTRALIA
Sir John Astley MP
- the creator of the
Astley Belt
races

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 sport and those intrigued by 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


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
Surprising history of indoor athletics...
THE HERALD (Scotland, UK)
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, February, 1888
Jimmy Albert (4) (inset) creates a new 6-day world record of 621 miles --
Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper
The O'Leary Belt
Won by Nick Murphy (505 miles); Frank Hart
(565 miles) and Peter Panchot (541 miles)
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>>>
5th International Astley Belt
Madison Square Garden,
New York,
September 22nd, 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.

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 is 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.
KotP Movie Screenplay description HERE

Roadside sign celebrating the life of Dan O'Leary
EDWARD PAYSON WESTON -- IN THE NEWS...

BBC          GRANTLAND
Daily Express (DE print)     Irish Independent    LA REPUBBLICA (Italy)  
Times Picayune    Minneapolis Post     OnMilwaukee     Walkers Almanac... (Listen)...

EDWARD PAYSON WESTON
The Great Man's
SPECTACULAR Career Biography by P.S. MARSHALL
“WESTON, WESTON, RAH-RAH-RAH!”
THE ORIGINAL SPORTING SUPERSTAR!
King of the Peds -- Movie Screenplay
CNN 'Great Big Story'
Press release/review copies click HERE
EDWARD PAYSON WESTON In the News...
Contact P.S. Marshall at:
kingofthepeds@hotmail.com