the BOOKS

 

My sporting histories and biographies, published in hardback, paperback

and as e-books. All titles available -

via shops, the publishers, or

on-line from Amazon!

 

PIONEERS IN BLOOMERS

is out in NOVEMBER 2022

as a paperback or e-book:

 

The amazing true story of a few dozen brave females who became the largely unsung pioneers of women's sport

in the UK - the 'pedestriennes' of the 19th century.  Women’s sport is finally flourishing in Britain. But still largely forgotten are the courageous efforts of these Victorian-era ladies who can claim to have laid the foundations for modern woman to participate in pro sport.

 

Dozens of these working-class women abandoned humdrum lives to become history’s first professional sportswomen. They bravely put personal safety and decorum aside to tackle astonishing walking contests of 1,000 miles or more, competing against each other or against the clock, chasing cash prizes to feed and clothe their families.

 

Victorian society was shocked by their chutzpah. Several of the women became rich and famous, but many had a torrid time. Huge crowds watched them trekking day and night. The public loved them, but the authorities wanted them banned. The walks were often riotous affairs that attracted gamblers, drinkers and rowdy behaviour, but it was the women themselves who would be lambasted in the press, condemned as immoral and despicable.

 

The controversy only intensified when they adopted the daring new ‘bloomers’ costume from America, but with hindsight it is clear they were actually pioneering women’s rights.   

 

PUBLISHED 28 NOVEMBER 2022 by Troubadour/Book Guild, £9.99 

 

On sale via Amazon and all usual sources as a 272-page paperback or e-book.  

 

To pre-order now, use this link:

 https://amzn.to/3qbufXr

 

                  

 

 

BLOG: 'Diary of a Clapped-Out Runner'

the BLOGS

 

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WORK IN

PROGRESS!

 

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,

including high-stakes

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!

 

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Published features in magazines and journals

the FEATURES

 

Football, cricket and running.

Wallow in the the history and

the nostalgia - as featured

in my in-depth articles

published in various magazines

and journals over the years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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OUT NOW!

THE first full biography of Britain's middle-distance hero Sydney Wooderson, one of the most popular figures in UK sporting history, is on sale now - Order via Amazon or any good bookshop 

 Click on the button

'Buy My Books' (above)

to get your copy right away! 

 

'SYDNEY WOODERSON: A VERY BRITISH HERO' is the sixth in my series of books on running legends of the past. Priced only £10.99,

 

it is 424 pages long, fully illustrated

and there is a 'Foreword' by Lord Sebastian Coe, IAAF President

and track legend.

 

See below for coverage the book received in Athletics Weekly.

 

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OUT NOW! 'Sydney Wooderson: A Very British Hero' by Rob Hadgraft (424 pages, £10.99) According to ATHLETICS WEEKLY: "A fitting tribute . . the amount of detail is extraordinary . . fascinating, deeply researched, affectionately written."

ONE THOUSAND & COUNTING!   That's me (the one in red socks) pictured with Tiptree clubmates around the time I chalked up

my 1,000th race.  Injury and old age is now taking its toll, so sadly there's unlikely to be more big milestones any time soon!

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