“PEDESTRIAN”
A person travelling on foot; a walker.
PEDESTRIANISM” 
 The act, art, or practice of a pedestrian; 
walking or running; travelling or racing on foot.

The hugely popular sport of Pedestrianism hit its zenith in 1879 when the 'Pedestrian Mania' 
captured the sporting world's attention with 'go-as-you-please' races in Britain, USA, 
and elsewhere. The public just couldn't get enough of it and thousands turned up 
to watch these incredible races at venues like the "Aggie" in London, 
and Madison Square Garden, New York. 









Pedestrianism Parlor Game, 1879

Left and right: two examples of how New York's The Sun reported on the sport. These are its front pages for September 27 and 28 and 95% of the space is devoted to covering the 5th Astley Belt.


William Gale
although born in London, 
was known as the 
"Long-winded walker of Cardiff" 
where he lived. 
Nick Murphy,
Haverstraw, USA
Frank Hart leads Norman Taylor in the 5th Astley Belt contest at 
Madison Square Garden, New York, USA, Sept., 1879
The Start in the Six-Day Walking Contest at the 
Adelaide St. Rink, Toronto, 1 A.M., 19 May, 1879
William Gale, National Police Gazette, 27 Aug., 1881
Ephraim Clow 
National Police Gazette 
21 May, 1881
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Fred Krohne, 
National Police Gazette,
 3 Sept., 1881
George Littlewood, Dan Herty and George Cartwright
National Police Gazette, 24 Nov., 1888
Robert Vint, National Police Gazette, 11 June, 1881
O'Leary belt, National Police Gazette, 18 Oct., 1879
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