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Sheffield steel. “Jem” Sherdon, the mystery miler of the Victorian era

A weekly newspaper which was entitled “Bell’s Life in London and Sporting Chronicle” provides athletics historians with the most detailed accounts of the races run by professionals during the years of its publication, from 1822 to 1886. It was founded by Robert Bell, a London-based printer and publisher, but was very soon sold to the […]

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The North of England’s first national champions of the 19th Century

Amateur athletics rapidly developed in the second half of the 19th Century in the North of England as factory-workers and the emerging middle classes sought respite on their Saturday afternoons off from their jobs in the throes of the Industrial Revolution. Cross-country running gained enormously in popularity from the 1870s onwards, though by then it […]

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