Front Runners
The First Athletic Track Champions

By Warren Roe
May 2002
Foreword by Sebastian Coe
The Book Guild Ltd.
ISBN: 1-85776-655-5
190 pages, illustrated
$39.95 hardcover


In the mid-Victorian age, Britain led the world in running and speed walking--sports that captured the public's imagination with the winners feted as heroes and role models, much like modern day soccer players. In Front Runners, Warren Roe focuses on the famous Hackney Wick Running Ground in east London, the home of this sport, at the time. The book brings athletics and the athletes of this period into sharp focus. It is essential reading for anyone interested in this hitherto little known period of British sport.

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