From a Cambridgeshire village to champion
of the world!
The true story of rough diamond
CHARLIE ROWELL, a young boatman
on the River Cam who took up
six-day running with astonishing success. In the late 1800s
Charlie toppled established
stars of pedestrianism from
America - beating them at
their own game and in their
own backyard too!
But Charlie was a lively character
who got into all sorts of scrapes,
gambling, bare-knuckle boxing
and even fraud, among other things.
His fall from grace was expedited
by the loss of the huge fortune
he'd won as champion pedestrian.
After failing miserably
in one last desperate attempt
to make money (he entered a big
1908 marathon while unwell),
Charlie died pennniless just
a few months later aged 56.
My illustrated biography of
the man they called
'The Cambridge Wonder'
is currently in production
and will hopefully
be on sale during 2023.
Watch this space!