Running Through the Ages
Throughout most of human history, running was necessary for survival. In present times, it has become an ever-popular way to promote physical fitness. This work takes a close look at the history of running from the era when running was a survival skill to the contemporary age, when people run for enjoyment. Questions such as why the Greeks considered swiftness of foot the most highly prized quality and why we run counterclockwise around a track are answered in this in-depth history that also includes anecdotes and legends about the history and lore of running.
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Good read, suprising my G grandfather William Martin not in book as he was the only person after Harry Hutchens to win the Sheffield handicaps twice in Dec 1883 and 1884. I have a list of winners and Harry won the handicaps three times.
William was born in the Strand London in 1863, his father John a retired soldier of the 97th Regimnet of Foot died in 1870, his mother Ellen Mccave is still in London but still a single woman in 1870. There is a link from William to the Hutchens family and think he encouraged William to Sheffield where in 1881 he was working in the steel. later a Publican in Pond Street as was his in laws.