Tommy Payne & Ralph Harrison

Below are two Booklets on the career of the great Tommy Payne and written in 1936 which provide an astounding insight into Race Walking a century ago, and an article regarding  1908 Olympian Ralph Harrison (by Peter Fawkes). Both have surfaced thanks to Keith Harrison (grandson) with the Tommy Payne contribution also kindly formatted by Peter.

Memories of Tommy Payne

Further to the above

This article by 1948 Olympic 50km Bronze Medallist Tebbs Lloyd Johnson, with a following letter by Joe Smith of Lancs WC,   appeared in the March and May 1977 editions of Race Walking Record respectively, and are gratefully published here.   AN ECHO FROM THE PAST

Tough Men of the Road

A Tribute to the ‘TOUGH MEN of the ROAD’ Remarkable Document by Cliff Royle C148

A Tribute to the ‘TOUGH MEN of the ROAD’   Introduction   This title may appear a little misleading, but as you read on it will become apparent that it is about some men determined to achieve fitness and reward from participating in what for many past years *(and still is)…

Roland Hardy article from 10 years ago

Derbyshire Living Legend

 Over 50 years since his greatest triumph it is perhaps appropriate to pay tribute to one of Chesterfield’s greatest ever sportsmen, the famous Olympian athlete and local living legend, Roland Hardy.  It was over fifty years ago – on May 31st 1952 at London’s White City Stadium that…

Video Clips of Old

Manchester to Blackpool Walk video previews – Courtesy of British Pathe

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