Athlete undertakes walking and running wager

Victorian illustration to download showing a man, wearing shorts and singlet, walking fast in a park, with spectators watching and running after him. This athlete was Mr Smith of Ipswich, known as ‘The Phenomenon’; bets were laid that he could not walk 7 miles and run 9 miles within 2 hours – he achieved it with half a minute to spare. This incident took place in Bayswater, London, in 1851.